There were occasions in the past when one or two handlers from the UK travelled overseas to take part in a large competition, but these were not really world events. The first world-wide sheepdog trials were staged by the ISDS in Bala, North Wales in September 2002.
In 2005 teams attended the second World Trials in Tullamore, Ireland and paraded their dogs through the streets the day before the competition. More pictures and a report are available in our reports of major trials.
The competition is a tri-ennial (every 3 years) event and the next one was staged in Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire, South Wales on 11-14 September 2008.
The ISDS 2011 World Sheep Dog Trials will be held at the Lowther Estates, Cumbria, Northern England over 15 - 18 September 2011. The Lowther management are delighted that the event will be returning to where the ISDS held a very successful International Trial in September 2009. Invitations have gone out to all nations and local handlers should be aware of their national club's plans.
For those planning a 'trip to remember' to the UK it is ideally located in a beautiful part of Britain. The week before sees the ISDS International Trial take place in Tain, Ross-shire, (8 -10 September 2011) in the far North of Scotland, and this would make it possible to see two great events in two excellent locations over the two weeks.
Full details can be found at www.worldsheepdogtrials.org