Trials Diary

The biggest trials in the UK and Ireland are the ISDS National and International Trials, held every year. There is also the ISDS World Trial, held every three years, the next being in 2020.

There are hundreds of local trials held every year, ranging from small events with few facilities up to medium and large size events with catering and often other side events to keep the interest not only of dedicated sheepdog people but also of the more cosmopolitan members of the general public.

Please Note For a trial to be considered a Qualifying Trial for a National Trial it must not be run as part of a novice or nursery trial and it must be open to all with no unreasonable restriction or qualification, either geographical or in any other way. A minimum of 25 dogs must compete at the Trial. The course must be a National style course that includes a drive element. The trial must be advertised on the ISDS website at least one week before the trial date, or details published in a copy of the local agricultural press (in Southern Ireland this being the Farmers Journal) with publication being on a date before the trial date.

NOTE: Where a Trial is advertised as a Single Session, and then run as Two Sessions (morning & afternoon) ONLY the morning session will be considered as a Qualifying Trial for the Nationals

Please email details of your trials as soon as possible to [email protected], giving date, venue, how to get there and postcode if possible (for Sat Nav users), type of trial (Open, Novice, Nursery, Brace etc), whether entries are on the field or in advance, and a contact phone number (and email if available).


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January 2019

Sat 19th

EASS

Location: Worlington, IP28 8SG

Cradle/Novice Handler Trial. Novice Handler - not have been placed in an Open Trial or have won 2 Open/Novice Trials Full details

 

Sat 19th

Holme Sheepdog Society - Nursery Trial

Location: S Duckworth, Clough Head, Grane Rd, Haslingden BB4 4AT

9.30 am start, enter on field, young and new handlers welcome. Those with two dogs to be booked in by 12 noon. Catering available. Full details

 

Sat 19th

Fylde Sheep Dog Society - Nursery Trial

Location: J Hey, Hollingshead Farm, Caton, LA2 9NA

9.30 am start, enter on field, new and young handlers welcome, those with two dogs to be booked in by 12 noon. Full details

 

Sat 19th

Windermere Nursery Society - Whitbeck Nursery

Location: Next to A595, 1 mile north of Silecroft

9.30 am start, last booking in time 2.00 pm (sooner if there is an obvious shortage of dogs running) Full details

 

Sat 19th

North of Ireland SDS - Eastern Region Nursery Trial

Location: Tullaghan's Road, Dunloy

10.30 am start Full details

 

Sat 19th

Northern Ireland Sheepdog Handlers Association

Location: At John Maginn's, Glassdrummand, Annalong

8.30 am start, all dogs welcome, Open class only Full details

 

Sat 19th

Ryedale Nursery

Location: Furze Farm, Roos, Hull, HU12 0JB

10.30 am start, enter on field by 1.00 pm, more than one dog first by 12 noon. Full details

 

Sun 20th

EASS

Location: Worlington, IP28 8SG

Open/Nursery/Novice. Open dogs to run first, up to 10.30am - no exception Full details

 

Sun 20th

ASSEEDS (Wessex) Nursery & Novice Trial

Location: Shabden Park Farm, High Road, Chipstead, Surrey, CR5 3SF

10.00am Start Full details

 

Sun 20th

Mid Shires Sheepdog Society - Nursery/Novice Trial

Location: Barford Meadows, Nr Kettering, nearest postcode NN14 1UD

9.30 am start, enter on field by 12 noon Full details

 

Sun 20th

North of Ireland SDS

Location: Creggan, Ballybofey, Co Donegal

8.30 am start, Open class only, 2 dogs per handler. 1 dog must be run in each half of the trial. Full details

 

Sun 20th

Charity Nursery & Novice Trial to follow English Nursery Final team selection trial

Location: Slindon House Farm, Slindon, Eccleshall, Staffordshire, ST21 6LX

9.30 am start, catering. Full details

 

Sun 20th

North Westmorland

Location: Change of venue to Moresby, Whitehaven, nearest postcode CA28 8UT

9.00 am start, enter on field by 1.00 pm, only one dog after 12 noon, novice confined to Cumbria. Full details

 

Sun 20th

Northumberland League - Nursery

Location: Gallowshaw, NE61 4NL

11.00 am start, enter on field. Full details

 

Sun 20th

Wessex - Nursery & Novice

Location: Shabden Park Farm, High Road, Chipstead, Surrey, CR5 3SF

10.00 am start, enter on field. Full details

 

Sun 20th

West Country - Nursery

Location: Pengelly Farm, Hewas Water, Cornwall

Nursery, Maltese cross then Driving, 10.00 am start, enter on field. Full details

 

Sat 26th

Yorkshire SDT

Location: West Hall Farm, Nesfield, Ilkley, LS29 0BX

9.30am Start, Enter on field, Nursery/Young and New Handlers welcome Full details

 

Sat 26th

Trawden SDS - Nursery

Location: Signposted from Austwick village

New Handlers & Young Handlers welcome. 9.30 am start. Full details

 

Sat 26th

Come Bye & Away Club - Nursery

Location: (Change of Venue) now at Hunters Lodge, Roman Road, Bleadon, Weston-Super-Mare, BS24 0AD by kind permission of Mr & Mrs M Fewing

9.30 am Start, Entries on field, Driving & Maltese Cross Full details

 

Sat 26th

Windermere Nursery Society - Shap Nursery

Location: CA10 3QG - signposted from A6 south of village centre.

9.30 am start, last booking in time 2.00 pm Full details

 

Sat 26th

North of Ireland SDS - Eastern Region Nursery Trial

Location: Seacoast Road, Magillagan, BT49 0LG

10.30 am start Full details

 

Sat 26th

North of Ireland SDS - Donegal Region Nursery Trial

Location: Castlecooly, Burt, Donegal

9.00 am start Full details

 

Sat 26th

Open Charity SDT

Location: East Moss Side Farm, Thornhill, Stirling, FK8 3QJ

40 dogs; soup, coffee & cake. All Welcome!! Full details

 

Sun 27th

Rainow - Nursery, Novice & Beginner

Location: Yernslow Farm, SK10 5XH

9.00 am start, 1.00 pm last book in. Full details

 

Sun 27th

ASSEESDS (Romney Marsh & District) Cradle, Novice Handler, Novice & Nursery Trial

Location: Whitehall, Ludgate Lane, Lynsted, Nr Sittingbourne, Kent, ME9 0RF

10.00 am Start Full details

 

Sun 27th

Mid Shires - Nursery/Novice

Location: Melton Mowbray, Leics

Full details

 

Sun 27th

Northern - Open

Location: Shap, Cumbria - signed off A6 just south of Shap village

9.30 am start, enter on field by 2.00 pm, if running three dogs two to be booked in by 1.00 pm, catering. Full details

 
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February 2019

Sat 2nd

Priory Farm Open Sheepdog Trial

Location: Priory Farm, Wormegay, King's Lynn, Norfolk, PE33 0RP

2nd & 3rd Feb Full details

 

Sat 2nd

Windermere Nursery Society - Whitbeck Nursery

Location: Next to A595, 1 mile north of Silecroft

9.30 am start, last booking in time 2.00 pm (Sooner if there is an obvious shortage of dogs running) Full details

 

Sat 2nd

Open Charity Sheepdog Trial

Location: 83 Rathkeel Road, Broughshane, BT42 4QE

9.30 am start - A draw will be made before trial commences. Full details

 

Sun 3rd

Holme Sheepdog Society - Nursery Trial

Location: S Duckworth, Clough Head, Grane Road, Haslingden, BB4 4AT

9.30 am start, enter on field, young and new handlers welcome. Those with two dogs to be booked in by 12 noon. Full details

 

Sun 3rd

North Lancs SDS

Location: T W Longton, Lee End Farm, Quernmore, Lancaster, LA2 9EE

9.30 am Start, Nursery & New handler classes throughout the day Full details

 

Sun 3rd

ASSEESDS (Surrey) Nursery & Novice Trial

Location: Shabden Park Farm, Chipstead, Surrey, CR5 3SF

10.00 am Start Full details

 

Sun 3rd

Priory Farm Open Sheepdog Trial

Location: Priory Farm, Wormegay, King's Lynn, Norfolk, PE33 0RP

Full details

 

Sat 9th

EASS

Location: Worlington (change of venue from Little Blakenham)

Cradle/Novice Handler Trial. Novice Handler - not have been placed in an Open Trial or have won 2 Open/Novice Trials Full details

 

Sat 9th

Fylde Sheep Dog Society - Championship

Location: Merscough College, Lee Farm, Moss Lane, Bilsborrow, PR3 0RU

9.30 am Start Full details

 

Sat 9th

Morton SDS Nursery/Novice

Location: CH at Station Farm, Cottage Lane, Broughton Astley, Leics, LE9 6PD

9.30 am start, entry on field Full details

 

Sat 9th

North of Ireland SDS - Eastern Region Nursery Trial

Location: Lissanoure Farm, Loughgiel, Co Antrim

10.30 am start Full details

 

Sun 10th

EASS

Location: Little Blakenham, IP8 4LX

Open/Nursery/Novice. Open dogs to run first, up to 10.30am - no exception Full details

 

Sun 10th

ASSEEDS (Wessex) Nursery & Novice Trial

Location: Shabden Park Farm, High Road, Chipstead, Surrey, CR5 3SF

10.00 am Start Full details

 

Sun 10th

Charity Open

Location: Lamaload Road, Rainow, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK10 5XP

8.30 am start, catering, pre-entry (but entries are now full,) £10 per dog, first 45 dogs Full details

 

Sat 16th

EASS

Location: Castle Rising, PE31 6AN

Open Trial (pre-entry) Full details

 

Sat 16th

Trawden SDS Nursery Championship

Location: M Thornber, Barkerfield, Worston, BB7 1QB

Full details

 

Sat 16th

Whitbeck Opens

Location: Town End Hall Farm, Whitbeck, Cumbria

Feb 16 & 17, AM & PM trials, pre-entry, first 25 dogs per trial. Full details

 

Sun 17th

ASSEEDS Nursery & Novice Championship

Location: Chadhurst Farm, Coldharbour Lane, Dorking, Surrey, RH4 3JH

TBA Full details

 

Sun 17th

 

Sun 17th

Whitbeck Opens

Location: Town End Hall Farm, Whitbeck, Cumbria

AM & PM trials, pre-entry, first 25 dogs per trial Full details

 

Sat 23rd

Yorkshire Nursery Trial with Championship

Location: On the B6165 between Summerbridge and Ripley, 100yds east of Birchfield Ice Cream Farm HG3 4JS.

9.00am Start, Enter on field, Young and New Handlers welcome, Refreshments on field. Full details

 

Sun 24th

English Nursery Final

Location: Hutton in the Forest, Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 9TH

7.30 am start Full details

 
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March 2019

Sat 2nd

North Lancs SDS - Championship

Location: T W Longton, Lee End Farm, Quernmore, Lancaster, LA2 9EE

9.30am Start Full details

 

Sat 9th

Holme Sheepdog Society - Nursery Trial Championship

Location: S Duckworth, Clough Head, Grane Rd, Haslingden BB4 4AT

9.30 am start, enter on field, young & new handlers welcome. Those with two dogs to be booked in by 12 noon. Championship to start 2.00 pm. Catering. Full details

 

Sat 16th

Pennine Interclub Championship

Location: Venue TBA

10.00am Start, ENTRY CLOSED Full details

 
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April 2019

Mon 22nd

North of Ireland SDS

Location: Bavin, Kilcar, Co Donegal, F94 EK88

Open & Intermediate classes, 8.30 am start, pre-entry, limited to 70 dogs Full details

 
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May 2019

Sat 4th

Trawden SDS - Open

Location: Austwick

9.30 am start. Full details

 

Sat 25th

Trawden SDS - Open

Location: Higher Twiston, BB7 4BY

9.30 am start. Full details

 

Sat 25th

Penton Discussion Group SDT

Location: Haithwaite Farm, Penton, Carlisle, CA6 5QT

Open and Local, max 60 dogs. Full details

 
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June 2019

Fri 28th

Shabden Park Continental Open

Location: Located in the stunning Surrey Hills area of outstanding natural beauty, approximately 1 hour from Dover.

28, 29 & 30 June 2019 Full details

 

Sat 29th

Shabden Park Continental Open

Location: located in the stunning Surrey Hills area of outstanding natural beauty, approximately 1 hour from Dover.

28, 29 & 30 June 2019 Full details

 

Sun 30th

Shabden Park Continental Open

Location: Located in the stunning Surrey Hills area of outstanding natural beauty, approximately 1 hour from Dover.

28, 29 & 30 June 2019 Full details

 
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July 2019

Sat 6th

Buchanan Sheep Dog Society - 64th Annual Sheep Dog Trial

Location: Creityhall Farm, Milton of Buchanan, Drymen, G63 0JA

70 dogs (entered only) Full details

 

Sat 13th

Limavady & Bellerena Annual SDT

Location: Cloghan Road, Drumsurn, Limavady

Open Class Only, 8.00 am start, 3 dogs taken before 8.00 am; 2 dogs until 10.00 am; 1 dog after 10.00 am. Entries will be taken on field. Full details

 

Sat 13th

Hebridean Circuit 1 - Waternish SDT

Location: Waternish, Skye

8.00 am start, run to ballot, first 65 paid entries, £5 per dog Full details

 

Fri 26th

Husbands Bosworth & Theddingworth SDT

Location: Husbands Bosworth Hall, nr Lutterworth, LE17 6LQ

Full details

 

Sat 27th

Husbands Bosworth & Theddingworth SDT

Location: Husbands Bosworth Hall, nr Lutterworth, LE17 6LQ

Full details

 
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August 2019

Fri 2nd

WELSH NATIONAL 2019

Location: DINEFWR PARK & CASTLE, LLANDEILO, CARMARTHENSHIRE, SA19 6RT

2-4 August 2019 Full details

 

Sat 3rd

WELSH NATIONAL 2019

Location: DINEFWR PARK & CASTLE, LLANDEILO, CARMARTHENSHIRE, SA19 6RT

2-4 August 2019 Full details

 

Sun 4th

Trawden SDS - Open

Location: Clapham (will be signposted)

9.30 am Start. Full details

 

Sun 4th

WELSH NATIONAL 2019

Location: DINEFWR PARK & CASTLE, LLANDEILO, CARMARTHENSHIRE, SA19 6RT

2-4 August 2019 Full details

 

Fri 9th

ENGLISH NATIONAL 2019

Location: MYERSCOUGH COLLEGE, ST MICHAELS ROAD, PRESTON, LANCS, PR3 0RY

9-11 August 2019 Full details

 

Sat 10th

ENGLISH NATIONAL 2019

Location: MYERSCOUGH COLLEGE, ST MICHAELS ROAD, PRESTON, LANCS, PR3 0RY

9-11 August 2019 Full details

 

Sun 11th

ENGLISH NATIONAL 2019

Location: MYERSCOUGH COLLEGE, ST MICHAELS ROAD, PRESTON, LANCS, PR3 0RY

9-11 August 2019 Full details

 

Thu 15th

IRISH NATIONAL 2019

Location: MINERSTOWN ROAD, ROSSGLASS, CO DOWN, BT30 8LR

15-17 August 2019 Full details

 

Fri 16th

IRISH NATIONAL 2019

Location: MINERSTOWN ROAD, ROSSGLASS, CO DOWN, BT30 8LR

15-17 August 2019 Full details

 

Sat 17th

IRISH NATIONAL 2019

Location: MINERSTOWN ROAD, ROSSGLASS, CO DOWN, BT30 8LR

15-17 August 2019 Full details

 

Thu 22nd

SCOTTISH NATIONAL 2019

Location: KINGARTH, ISLE OF BUTE, ARGYLL

22-24 August 2019 Full details

 

Fri 23rd

SCOTTISH NATIONAL 2019

Location: KINGARTH, ISLE OF BUTE, ARGYLL

22-24 August 2019 Full details

 

Sat 24th

SCOTTISH NATIONAL 2019

Location: KINGARTH, ISLE OF BUTE, ARGYLL

22-24 August 2019 Full details

 
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September 2019

Fri 13th

INTERNATIONAL 2019 - SCOTLAND

Location: SHANDFORD, FERN, BRECHIN

13-15 September 2019 Full details

 

Sat 14th

INTERNATIONAL 2019 - SCOTLAND

Location: SHANDFORD, FERN, BRECHIN

13-15 September 2019 Full details

 

Sun 15th

INTERNATIONAL 2019 - SCOTLAND

Location: SHANDFORD, FERN, BRECHIN

13-15 September 2019 Full details

 
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