About Us

Some ideas are born with great intentions and The Australian Working Stock Dog Magazine is one of them!! The concept and innovation to kick start the magazine came from Wayne & Mandy Flintham. Wayne always found that there was something missing in the working dog industry, a place where people could keep up with the latest news, events, calendars, share ideas, stories and training tips / ideas. Wayne contacted a few people within the industry that he thought could help the project grow some legs. Like himself, Wayne chose people with a love of working dogs and a passion for the working dog industry. The magazine is now growing in momentum with help and support from the industry. In 2019 the Magazine changed ownership when Wayne and Mandy decided to take a step back. It has been taken on by Lauren Vest who is excited and motivated to keep growing the magazine and supporting the working dog industry. The team at The Australian Working Stock Dog Magazine want to provide their readers with informative articles, in depth training ideas, news, history and profiles on current champions, while remaining accessible and true to the industry.

Lauren Vest – Owner, Publisher, Advertising

Lauren Vest is the new owner of the Australian Working Stock Dog Magazine as of August 2019. Lauren lives in the Riverina, NSW with her partner Adam James, a few horses, and lots of dogs! She has worked on a cattle station in the Pilbara, WA and most recently worked her way up to manager of a commercial prime lamb and seedstock operation in the Riverina.  Lauren has owned and worked Kelpies, Border Collies and even a Koolie and enjoys trialling in 3 sheep, yard, utility and cattle trials. She is also involved in breeding Kelpies along with her partner and enjoys competing in Campdrafting with her horses when she can fit it in!

To contact Lauren please email: lauren@stockdogs.com.au

Wayne & Mandy Flintham – Founders

Wayne manages a beef research station in North Queensland. Wayne and Mandy are the co-founders of The Australian Working Stock Dog Magazine. Wayne and Mandy have done an amazing job getting the magazine off the ground and into a popular nationwide publication. During their time with the magazine they also helped raise significant amounts of money for charity.

Zoe Crouch – Previously writer, Articles, Trial info / submissions

Zoe was born on a sheep farm in Western Victoria. Her passion for working dogs was realized early on in her life and now Zoe and her husband run a small stud and spend weekends yard trialling. Zoe is also very passionate about photography and whilst an amateur she enjoys taking photos of dogs. Zoe has been an integral part of the success of the magazine up to this point. She has taken a step back now to focus on her own business and we wish her every success!

Kasie LoSurdo – Design Director & Editor

Kasie has been involved with working dog sports for 20 years. First with sled dogs, and now sheepdog trialing. She lives with her husband of 20 years and two children in Sydney. Her other interests include motorcycle riding, permaculture and getting crafty, while running a small business and school teaching.
To contact please email : kasie@stockdogs.com.au

Annette Ross – Designer & Editor

Annette lives in Qld and competes in herding and agility with her border collie.
To contact please email : annette@stockdogs.com.au