Sheep dog trials are a competitive rural sport in NZ where shepherd and dog muster three sheep through courses of different contour, obstacles and circumstances. One trial format is SHORT HEAD AND YARD, used for this variety collection of eighteen stories, each of five minutes, three stories each in themed pens, and significant obstacles all in the writing.
Urban readers will note the rural tags in each story for trials faced by farmers and those living and working in rural NZ. Rural readers will relate to the reality and nostalgia. High school students will find discussion points about rural NZ.