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 office@isds.org.uk, 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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December 2019

Sat 14th

 

Sat 14th

Yorkshire SDS

Location: A Throup, on A6034 between Addingham and Silsden

9.30 am start, young & new handlers welcome, anyone running two dogs must book in before 12pm Full details

 

Sat 14th

Holme SDS

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

9.00 am start, young & new handlers welcome, anyone running two dogs must book in before 12pm Full details

 

Sat 14th

EASS - Cradle

Location: Worlington, IP28 8SG

Full details

 

Sat 14th

Lanark Lothians & Peebles (LLP) Nursery League

Location: Caberston Farm, Haugh, Walkerburn, EH43 6AA

Start time TBC Full details

 

Sat 14th

North of Ireland SDS - Eastern Region Nursery Trial

Location: 83 Rathkeel Road, Broughshane, BT42 4QE

10.00 am start Full details

 

Sat 14th

Come Bye & Away Club - Nursery Trial

Location: The Hay Shed Field, Middle East Street Farm, West Pennard, Glastonbury, Somerset, BA6 8NN (turn at The Corner Garage)

Driving & Maltese Cross, 10.00 am start. Full details

 

Sat 14th

Ryedale - Nursery

Location: South House Farm, Bransdale, up above Fadmore, YO62 7JW (postcode gets you to the dale)

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

 

Sun 15th

Moreton Morrell - Open, Nursery & Novice

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

8.30 am start, enter on field by 12 noon, open dogs can run until 10.00 am. Full details

 

Sun 15th

EASS - Open/Nursery/Novice

Location: Worlington, IP28 8SG

Full details

 

Sun 15th

Surrey SDS (ASSEESDS)

Location: Deanlands Farm, Deanland Road, Golden Cross, BN27 3RJ

Nursery & Novice Trial, 10.00 am start. Full details

 

Sun 15th

Clew Bay - Nursery

Location: Tom Gill, Westport

Full details

 

Sun 15th

Dovedale - Nursery, Novice & Beginner with Championship

Location: Shaw House Farm, Cheadle Road, Alton, ST10 4DH

9.00 am start, enter on field by 1.00 pm. Full details

 

Sun 15th

Northumberland League - Nursery

Location: Hawick Farm, NE19 2PW

re-scheduled, 11.00 am start, enter on field, weather permitting. Full details

 

Sun 15th

West Country Nursery

Location: Shaugh Prior, Plymouth, PL7 5BN

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

 

Sat 21st

Central Region - Ardormie Nursery

Location:

10.00 am start, entries on the field. Novices welcome. Full details

 

Sat 21st

North of Ireland Sheepdog Society - Donegal Region Nursery Trial

Location: Willie John Strian's farm, Dundran, Co Donegal, F93 KX34

9.00 am start Full details

 

Sun 22nd

Mid Shires - Nursery/Novice

Location: Eastington, Northleach, GL54 3PN

COMMENCE AT 9.00AM. OPEN DOG HANDLERS TO BE ON THE FIELD AT START TO RUN FIRST. THEY CAN ALSO ENTER & RUN NURSERY AND NOVICE DOGS AS WELL. Full details

 

Thu 26th

Stephen Duckworth Boxing Day Charity Open Trial

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

8.30 am start, 2 dogs only, catering, auction & raffle. Full details

 

Fri 27th

Carr's/Billington, Armathwaite Opens, Cumbria

Location: Take the Armathwaite road off the A6 between Plumpton and High Hesket. The trial is 0.6 miles from this junction.

9.00 am start, 400 yd gather. Full details

 

Sat 28th

Charity Open Sheepdog Trial - Worlington

Location: Worlington, IP28 8SG

Open, 8.30 am start, max 50 dogs. Full details

 

Sat 28th

Bargenoch Open

Location: Bargenoch, Coylton, Ayr, KA6 6HE

Enter on field, 8.30 am start, only one dog can be run after 12.30. Catering available on field. Full details

 

Sat 28th

Northern Ireland Sheepdog Handlers Association

Location: Ballymullock Road, Larne

8.30 am start, Open Class only, 2 dogs per handler. Full details

 

Sat 28th

Tynwern International 2020 Fundraiser

Location: Tynwern, Llanrhystud, SY23 5BD

8.00 am start. Open national, two sessions, same dog can run twice, enter on the field, catering. Full details

 

Sat 28th

Carr's/Billington, Armathwaite Opens, Cumbria

Location: Take the Armathwaite road off the A6 between Plumpton and High Hesket. The trial is 0.6 miles from this junction.

9.00 am start, 400 yd gather. Full details

 

Sun 29th

Fundraising Trial for Scottish Nursery Final 2020 (Open Trial)

Location: Sunnyhill Farm, Hollywood, Dumfries, DG2 0SD

8.30 am start, entry on field, only one dog can be run after 1.00 pm. Full details

 

Mon 30th

Barford Meadows Christmas Open Trial

Location: off A43 between Kettering and Corby

8.00 am start, 40 dogs max, £10 per run including lunch and refreshments. Two dogs max per handler. Full details

 

Mon 30th

Carr's/Billington "Cock of The North" Championship

Location: Take the Armathwaite road off the A6 between Plumpton and High Hesket.

9.00 am start Full details

 
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January 2020

Sat 4th

Trawden SDS - Nursery

Location: C Taylor, Wickworth Cottage, Keasden, Clapham, LA2 8ET

2 dogs must be booked in before 12.00. Full details

 

Sat 4th

Yorkshire SDS - Nursery

Location: M Shields, Timble, LS21 2NN

9.30 am start, if running 2 dogs must be booked in before 12.00 Full details

 

Sat 4th

EASS - Cradle

Location: Euston Park, IP24 2QH

Full details

 

Sat 4th

Central Region - Moss-side Nursery

Location:

10.00 am start, entries on the field. Novices welcome. Full details

 

Sat 4th

North Ayrshire Nursery Trial

Location: Airtnoch, KA3 6JJ

Full details

 

Sun 5th

North Westmorland - Nursery, Novice & New Handler

Location: Tailbert, CA10 3ND

9.00 am start, only one dog can be booked in after 12 noon, all dogs to be booked in by 1.00 pm. Full details

 

Sun 5th

EASS - Open/Nursery/Novice

Location: Euston Park, IP24 2QH

Full details

 

Sun 5th

Romney Marsh & District SDS (ASSEESDS)

Location: Whitehall, Ludgate Lane, Lynstead, Sittingbourne, Kent, ME9 0RF

Cradle, Nursery, Novice & Novice Handler, 10.00 am start. Full details

 

Sat 11th

Windermere Nursery Society

Location: Shap (Tailbert) CA10 3ND

Start 9.30 am, last book in time 2.00 pm unless dogs are still running. Full details

 

Sat 11th

North Lancs - Nursery & New Handler

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

Full details

 

Sat 11th

Holme SDS - Nursery

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

9.00 am start. young & new handlers welcome, if running 2 dogs must book in before 12.00. Catering & toilets. Full details

 

Sat 11th

Lanark Lothians & Peebles (LLP) Nursery League

Location: Birthwood, ML12 6QB

Start time TBC Full details

 

Sat 11th

North of Ireland SDS - Eastern Region Nursery Trial

Location: 83 Rathkeel Road, Broughshane, BT42 4QE

10.00 am start Full details

 

Sun 12th

Moreton Morrell Nursery Trial

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

8.30 am start Full details

 

Sun 12th

North Westmorland - Nursery, Novice & New Handler

Location: Tailbert, CA10 3ND

9.00 am start, only one dog can be booked in after 12 noon, all dogs to be booked in by 1.00 pm. Full details

 

Sun 12th

Wessex SDS (ASSEESDS)

Location: East Sussex - TBC

Nursery & Novice Trial, 10.00 am start Full details

 

Sun 12th

Clew Bay - Nursery

Location: Michael Moore, Moygownagh

Full details

 

Sat 18th

Windermere Nursery Society

Location: Whitbeck (Joe Lowery's) LA19 5UT

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

 

Sat 18th

Trawden SDS Nursery

Location: S Mason, Austwick

2 dogs must be booked in before 12.00. Full details

 

Sat 18th

Fylde SDS - Nursery

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

9.30 am start, if running 2 dogs must be booked in before 12.00. Full details

 

Sat 18th

EASS - Cradle & Novice Handler

Location: Worlington, IP28 8SG

Full details

 

Sat 18th

Central Region - Saline Nursery

Location:

10.00 am start, entries on the field. Novices welcome. Full details

 

Sat 18th

Ryedale Open

Location: Hall Farm, North Reston, Louth, LN11 8JD

8.30 am start, enter on the field, more than one dog first to be entered by 12.00. Full details

 

Sun 19th

North Westmorland - Nursery, Novice & New Handler

Location: Greystoke, CA11 0UR

9.00 am start, only one dog can be booked in after 12 noon, all dogs to be booked in by 1.00 pm. Full details

 

Sun 19th

EASS - Open/Nursery/Novice

Location: Worlington, IP28 8SG

Full details

 

Sun 19th

Sussex SDS (ASSEESDS)

Location: East Sussex - TBC

Nursery & Novice Trial, 10.00 am start Full details

 

Sun 19th

Ryedale Open

Location: Hall Farm, North Reston, Louth, LN11 8JD

8.30 am start, enter on the field, more than one dog first to be entered by 12.00. Full details

 

Sat 25th

Windermere Nursery Society

Location: Shap (off the A6, just south of the village centre)

9.30 am start, last book in 2.00 pm, unless dogs are still running. Full details

 

Sat 25th

Yorkshire SDS - Nursery

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

9.30 am start, if running 2 dogs must be booked in before 12.00. Full details

 

Sat 25th

North Lancs - Nursery & New Handler

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

If running 2 dogs must be booked in by 12.00. Full details

 

Sat 25th

Lanark Lothians & Peebles (LLP) Nursery League

Location: Easter Bush (field TBC)

Start time TBC Full details

 

Sun 26th

North Westmorland - Nursery, Novice & New Handler

Location: Shap, CA10 3PZ

9.00 am start, only one dog can be booked in after 12 noon, all dogs to be booked in by 1.00 pm. Full details

 

Sun 26th

Mid Shires - Nursery/Novice

Location: Melton Mowbray, LE13 1LB

COMMENCE AT 9.00AM. OPEN DOG HANDLERS TO BE ON THE FIELD AT START TO RUN FIRST. THEY CAN ALSO ENTER AND RUN NURSERY AND NOVICE DOGS AS WELL. Full details

 

Sun 26th

Romney Marsh & District SDS (ASSEESDS)

Location: Whitehall, Ludgate Lane, Lynstead, Sittingbourne, Kent, ME9 0RF

Cradle, Nursery, Novice & Novice Handler, 10.00 am start. Full details

 

Sun 26th

Clew Bay - Nursery

Location: Michael Hastings, Louisburgh

Full details

 
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February 2020

Sat 1st

Windermere & Nursery + Championship

Location: Whitbeck, LA19 5UT

Last nursery book in time 12 noon, unless dogs are still running. Full details

 

Sat 1st

Priory Farm Opens

Location: Priory Farm, Wormegay, Kings Lynn, Norfolk, PE33 0RP

£6 per run Full details

 

Sun 2nd

Holme SDS - Nursery

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

9.00 am start, young & new handlers welcome, if running 2 dogs must book in before 12.00. Full details

 

Sun 2nd

Fylde SDS - Nursery

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

9.30 am start, if running 2 dogs must be booked in before 12.00. Full details

 

Sun 2nd

North Westmorland - Nursery, Novice & New Handler

Location: Newton Rigg, CA11 0AH

9.00 am start, only one dog can be booked in after 12 noon, all dogs to be booked in by 1.00 pm. Full details

 

Sun 2nd

Mid Shires - Nursery/Novice

Location: Eastington, Northleach, GL54 3PN

COMMENCE AT 9.00AM. OPEN DOG HANDLERS TO BE ON THE FIELD AT START TO RUN FIRST. THEY CAN ALSO ENTER & RUN NURSERY AND NOVICE DOGS AS WELL. Full details

 

Sun 2nd

Surrey SDS (ASSEESDS)

Location: TBC

Nursery & Novice, 10.00 am start Full details

 

Sun 2nd

Priory Farm Opens

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

Full details

 

Sat 8th

Tomatin SDS - Nursery Trial

Location: Knocknagael Farm, Inverness, IV2 6AJ

20 runners Full details

 

Sat 8th

Trawden SDS - Nursery Championship

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

Full details

 

Sat 8th

Lanark Lothians & Peebles (LLP) Nursery League

Location: Hartside, ML12 6HR

Start time TBC Full details

 

Sat 8th

Central Region - Crieff Nursery

Location:

10.00 am start, entries on the field. Novices welcome. Full details

 

Sun 9th

Moreton Morrell Nursery Championship

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

8.30 am start Full details

 

Sun 9th

North Westmorland - Nursery, Novice & New Handler

Location: Greystoke, CA11 0UR

9.00 am start, only one dog can be booked in after 12 noon, all dogs to be booked in by 1.00 pm. Full details

 

Sun 9th

Wessex SDS (ASSEESDS)

Location: TBC

Nursery & Novice Trial, 10.00 am start Full details

 

Sun 9th

Clew Bay - Nursery

Location: John Tunney, Castlebar

Full details

 

Sat 15th

Yorkshire SDS - Nursery Championship

Location: P Simpson, on the B6165 between Summerbridge & Ripley, 100 yds east of Birchfield Ice Cream Farm, HG3 4JS

Full details

 

Sat 15th

EASS - Nursery/Novice Championship

Location: Little Blakenham, IP8 4LX

Full details

 

Sat 15th

North Westmorland - Nursery, Novice & New Handler

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

9.00 am start, only one dog can be booked in after 12 noon, all dogs to be booked in by 1.00 pm. Full details

 

Sat 15th

Lanark Lothians & Peebles (LLP) Nursery League

Location: Nether Abington Farm, ML12 6SE

Start time TBC Full details

 

Sun 16th

Mid Shires Nursery/Novice Championship

Location: Melton Mowbray, LE13 1LB

Full details

 

Sun 16th

 

Sun 16th

Clew Bay - Nursery

Location: Alan Moran, Newport

Full details

 

Sat 22nd

N Lancs SDS - Nursery Championship

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

Full details

 

Sun 23rd

 

Sun 23rd

Clew Bay - Nursery

Location: Tony Kearins, Dromard Sligo

Full details

 

Sat 29th

Holme SDS - Nursery Championship

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

Full details

 

Sat 29th

 
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March 2020

Sat 7th

 

Sat 7th

Scottish Nursery Final

Location: Meikleholm Farm, Courance, Lockerbie, Dumfriesshire, DG11 1TU

7.00 am start Full details

 

Sat 14th

Interclub Championship - Holme

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

Full details

 
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April 2020

Sat 18th

Barford Meadows Spring Opens

Location: Off A43 between Kettering and Corby, Northants

2 days, 4 trials. 18-19 April 2020. Entry will open 1st March 2020. Full details

 

Sun 19th

Barford Meadows Spring Opens

Location: Off A43 between Kettering and Corby, Northants

2 days, 4 trials. 18-19 April 2020. Entry will open 1st March 2020. Full details

 
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June 2020

Sat 6th

Open Trialling weekend

Location: Rowlands Farm, Rowlands Lane, Havenstreet, IOW

Pre-entry Full details

 

Sun 7th

Open Trialling weekend

Location: Rowlands Farm, Rowlands Lane, Havenstreet, IOW

Pre-entry Full details

 

Thu 25th

Shabfest Continental 2020

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

Three days qualifying on 3 different fields, Championship on the last day. Entries open 1st February. Full details

 

Fri 26th

Shabfest Continental 2020

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

Three days qualifying on 3 different fields, Championship on the last day. Entries open 1st February. Full details

 

Sat 27th

Shabfest Continental 2020

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

Three days qualifying on 3 different fields, Championship on the last day. Entries open 1st February. Full details

 

Sun 28th

Shabfest Continental 2020

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

Three days qualifying on 3 different fields, Championship on the last day. Entries open 1st February. Full details

 
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September 2020

Thu 17th

2020 World Sheepdog Trials

Location: Castle Howard Estate, York

Full details

 

Fri 18th

2020 World Sheepdog Trials

Location: Location: Castle Howard Estate, York

Full details

 

Sat 19th

2020 World Sheepdog Trials

Location: Castle Howard Estate, York

Full details

 

Sun 20th

2020 World Sheepdog Trials

Location: Castle Howard Estate, York

Full details

 
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