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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September 2018

Fri 21st

North Wales SDS

Location: Dolmelynllyn

(local) Full details

 

Fri 21st

Helsfell Open

Location: Kendal off A5284, north west of Kendall, LA9 5EZ

8.30am Start, Pre Entry first 50 dogs, those with more than 1 dog to be booked in by 12. Last booking by 2pm ENTRY CLOSED Full details

 

Fri 21st

North Wales SDS

Location: Dolmelynllyn, LL40 2HP

Full details

 

Sat 22nd

East Anglia Sheep Dog Society Open/Novice Trial

Location: Suffolk Food Hall, Wherstead, IP9 2AB

8.30 am start Full details

 

Sat 22nd

North Wales SDS

Location: Dolmelynllyn

Full details

 

Sat 22nd

North Wales SDS

Location: Dolwyddelan

Full details

 

Sat 22nd

North Wales SDS

Location: Pentrefoelas

Full details

 

Sat 22nd

South Wales SDTA

Location: Weobly SDT

Full details

 

Sat 22nd

South Wales SDTA

Location: Llangeitho

Full details

 

Sat 22nd

South Wales SDTA

Location: Penuwch

Full details

 

Sat 22nd

Cornwall SDS - Tremeer Trial

Location: Trewinnow Farm, Davidstow, PL32 9YA (off the old aerodrome)

Start 9.30am, Entries on field, Open Driving, Novice Mx, Open Mx Full details

 

Sat 22nd

Acharacle Sheep Dog Society

Location: Carnoch Farm, Ardgour, Fort William, PH33 7AF

Full details

 

Sat 22nd

North Wales SDS

Location: Pentrefoelas

Full details

 

Sat 22nd

Carrick Sheep Dog Trials

Location: Farden Farm, Dailly, By Girvan, KA26 9LB

Entries on the field. Starting 9am £5 per dog Full details

 

Sat 22nd

Hayfield SDT - Nursery, Novice & Beginner

Location: Grousefield, SK13 6JY off the A624 between Glossop and Hayfield, Derbyshire

9.00am Start, Enter on field, £6 per dog ( ALSO 29th SEPT) Full details

 

Sat 22nd

Rainow Charity Hill Trial

Location: Summerclose Farm, Saltersford, Rainow, Macclesfield, SK10 5XL

8.00am Start, ENTRY CLOSED Full details

 

Sat 22nd

Rainow Charity Hill Trial - 1000 yd + gather

Location: Summerclose Farm, Saltersford, SK10 5XL

Sat 22 & Sun 23 Sept. Full details

 

Sat 22nd

Dolmelynllyn, LL40 2HP

Location: Dolmelynllyn, LL40 2HP

Full details

 

Sat 22nd

North of Ireland Sheepdog Society - Shilnavogie Amateur Sheepdog Trial

Location: John Davidson, 21 Shilnavogie Road, Glenarm, BT44 0BP

12.00 Noon Start, (Strictly Amateur) Entries on the day, All Proceeds in Aid of Charity Full details

 

Sun 23rd

East Anglia Sheep Dog Society Open/Novice Trial

Location: Suffolk Food Hall, Wherstead, IP9 2AB

8.30 am start ENTRY CLOSED Full details

 

Sun 23rd

South Wales SDTA

Location: Eskleyside

Full details

 

Sun 23rd

ASSEESDS Open & Novice

Location: Plumpton College, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 3AE

ENTRY CLOSED Full details

 

Sun 23rd

Cornwall SDS - Trewiggetts Trial

Location: Trewinnow Farm, Davidstow, PL32 9YA (off the old aerodrome)

Start 9.30 am, Entries on Field. Open Driving, Novice Mx, Open Mx Full details

 

Sun 23rd

Harbottle Open

Location: Harbottle, NE65 7AG

approx 60 runners Enter on field Full details

 

Sun 23rd

Lintrathen Open Sheep Dog Trials

Location: Easter Coul Farm, Lintrathen, Angus, DD8 5JR

8.00 am start, enter on field. Catering on field. Full details

 

Sun 23rd

Rainow Charity Hill Trial

Location: Summerclose Farm, Saltersford, Rainow, Macclesfield, SK10 5XL

8.00am Start, ENTRY CLOSED Full details

 

Sun 23rd

Rainow Charity Hill Trial - 1000 yd + gather

Location: Summerclose Farm, Saltersford, SK10 5XL

Sat 22 & Sun 23 Sept. Full details

 

Sun 23rd

Slacksdale - Nursery, Novice & Beginner

Location: Slacksdale, Peak Forest, Derbyshire, SK17 8EP

Enter on field by 1pm Full details

 

Mon 24th

Nidderdale Show

Location: Bewerley Park, Pateley Bridge, North Yorkshire

Open, Brace & Young Handler. 9.00 am start, those running two dogs must book one in before 12 noon. ENTRY CLOSED Full details

 

Tue 25th

Helsfell Nursery /Young Handler

Location: Off A5284 between Kendal and Plumgarths Roundabout, north west Kendal, Cumbria

9.30 am Start,last book in 2pm unless dogs are still running. venue could be moved to Otterbank Full details

 

Wed 26th

South Wales SDTA

Location: Macmillan Coffee Morning SDT

Full details

 

Sat 29th

North Wales SDS

Location: NWSDS Nursery Heat 5 (Cwm Pennant) and Open

Full details

 

Sat 29th

Devon & Exmoor SDS - Woolhanger Hill Trial

Location: Parracombe, N. Devon EX31 4RF (signed from A39 - Blackmoor Gate & Lynton) by kind permission of Mrs G Melstrom

Start 9.00 am, Entries close 15th Sept, Open Driving, Challenging course more suited to experienced dogs Full details

 

Sat 29th

Surrey Open & Novice

Location: Shabden Park Farm, Chipstead, CR5 3SF

Full details

 

Sat 29th

 

Sat 29th

Rochester Open

Location: Rochester NE19 1RB

approx 60 runners Full details

 

Sat 29th

Durness Open

Location: Keoldale Farm, Durness

Full details

 

Sat 29th

 

Sat 29th

Holme Sheep Dog Society - Open

Location: The Ram Inn, Cliviger, Burnley Road, BB10 4SU

8.30 am start Full details

 

Sat 29th

Northern Ireland Sheep Dog Handlers Association - Western Region Nursery

Location: At Davy Cahoon's, Moneyhaw Road, Moneymore

Start 10.00 am Full details

 

Sat 29th

Ellemford Show and Open Trial

Location:

Enter on field Full details

 

Sat 29th

Dalrymple Show Open Trial

Location: Cairnhill Farm, Kirkmichael KA19 7LA

Entry in the field, 9am start Full details

 

Sat 29th

Hayfield Sheep Dog Club

Location: Grousefield, SK13 6JY

9.00 am Start, Enter on Field, £6 per dog, Nursery / Novice / Beginner Full details

 

Sun 30th

North Wales SDS

Location: NWSDS Nursery Heat 4 (Bodfari)

Full details

 

Sun 30th

Midshires Sheep Dog Society - Open /Novice Trial

Location: Ashurst Farm, Coalpit Lane, Wolvey, Hinckley, Leics LE10 3HD

Pre Entry Full details

 

Sun 30th

Devon & Exmoor Seepdog Society - Woolhanger Hill Trial

Location: Parracombe, N. Devon EX31 4RF (signed from A39 - Blackmoor Gate & Lynton) by kind permission of Mrs G Melstrom

Start 9.00 am, Entries close 15th Sept, Open Driving, Challenging course more suited to experienced dogs Full details

 

Sun 30th

Surrey Open & Novice

Location: Shabden Park Farm, Chipstead, CR5 3SF

Full details

 

Sun 30th

Open & Intermediate Sheep Dog Trials

Location: Riverview, Crosmolina, Co Mayo

9.30 am start, 2 or more dogs before 12 noon. Full details

 

Sun 30th

Abington Sheep Dog Trial

Location: ML12 6SE

Entry on field, £5 per dog. 8.00 am start, no double dogs after 1.00 pm. Rolls etc available. Full details

 

Sun 30th

English National 2019 Fundraiser Open

Location: Lodge Farm, Myerscough College - entry by the beef unit entrance opposite Lodge Farm Livery. Catering & toilets on site.

8.30 am start Full details

 

Sun 30th

Swyddffynnon SDT

Location: SY25 6AL

8.00am Start, Enter on field, Double Gather, Catering Full details

 

Sun 30th

Fund raising Open for the National

Location: Myerscough College, Lodge Farm, entry via beet unit opposite Lodge Livery Yard, Bilsborrow, Preston, PR3 0RT, more details below

Pre-entry first 50 dogs to S Hatton 074811 55828 Full details

 

Sun 30th

Windermere Nursery Society - Brathay Nursery

Location: Clappersgate, Near Ambleside, junction of the road to Skelwith (Bog Lane) off the B5286 to Hawkeshead Rd

9.30am Start. Last book in 2pm unless dogs are still running. inc New/Young Handler Full details

 
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October 2018

Wed 3rd

South Wales SDTA

Location: Nantmel

Full details

 

Sat 6th

East Anglian Sheepdog Society Open/Novice Trial

Location: Ickworth Park, Horringer, Suffolk, IP29 5QE

8.30 am start Full details

 

Sat 6th

North Wales SDS

Location: NWSDS Nursery Heat 6 (Redbrook) and Open

Full details

 

Sat 6th

South Wales SDTA

Location: Ponterwyd

Full details

 

Sat 6th

Yetholm SDT

Location: TD5 8RX

Pre Entry Full details

 

Sat 6th

Devon & Exmoor SDS - Bishopstone Charity DST

Location: Bishopstone, Salisbury, by kind permission of Mr & Mrs R Hawke

Start 8.00am, Open Driving, Entries close 22nd Sept, Refreshments available Full details

 

Sat 6th

Bishopstone Open & Novice

Location: Bishopstone, Nr Salisbury SP5 4LN- signposted from the A354 south of Coombe Bassett

8.00am Start, Limited to 55 dogs Full details

 

Sat 6th

 

Sat 6th

Glenarriffe Sheep Dog Trial

Location: Glen Road, Waterfoot

8.30 am start. Intermediate & Open Classes. Entries on field - 3 dogs up to 10.00 am, 2 dogs up to 12.00 noon, 1 dog thereafter. Full details

 

Sat 6th

Windermere Nursery Society - Totterbank Nursery

Location: Crosthwaite, Near postcode LA8 9AY

9.30am, Last book in 2pm unless dogs are still running. inc New/Young Handler Full details

 

Sun 7th

East Anglia Sheep Dog Society Open/Novice Trial

Location: Ickworth Park, Horringer, Suffolk, IP29 5QE

8.30 am start Full details

 

Sun 7th

Devon & Exmoor SDS - Bishopstone Charity DST

Location: Bishopstone, Salisbury, by kind permission of Mr & Mrs R Hawke

Start 8.00am, Double Fetch, Entries close 22nd Sept, Refreshments available Full details

 

Sun 7th

Bishopstone Double Gather

Location: Bishopstone, Nr Salisbury SP5 4LN- signposted from the A354 south of Coombe Bassett

8.00am Start. Limited to 40 dogs. Full details

 

Sun 7th

Otterburn Open

Location: Otterburn NE19 1JX

approx 60 runners Full details

 

Sun 7th

Osberton Sheep Dog Trial

Location: Osberton Estate, Worksop

Double gather Open Trial. First 30 dogs. No entries accepted until 1st September. One entrant, one dog. Entry fee £10 per dog. Full details

 

Sun 7th

Scalspie Sheepdog Trial

Location: Scalspie Farm Isle of Bute PA20 0QA

Open Trial. Entry in the field Full details

 

Sun 7th

Twiston Open Trial

Location: Lower Twiston, BB7 4DD

9.00am Start, Entry on field. Last booking in time 2 pm. If running 2 dogs one to be booked in before 11.00 am. Catering Full details

 

Sat 13th

ASSEESDS Open & Novice

Location: Olantigh Park, TN25 5EJ

Full details

 

Sat 13th

Cornwall SDS - Blisland Trial

Location: Hamatethy, St Breward, Bodmin, PL30 4PN (off the B3266 near St. Breward )

Start 9.30am, Entries on field, Open Driving, Novice Mx, Open Mx Full details

 

Sat 13th

 

Sat 13th

Alwinton Open

Location: Alwinton NE65 7BQ

approx 60 runners Pre entry required Full details

 

Sat 13th

 

Sat 13th

Manor Sheepdog Trial

Location: Woodhouse Farm Manor

Entries on field 9.00 am start. Full details

 

Sun 14th

East Anglia Sheep Dog Society - Open Championship

Location: TBC

Open to all handers placed 1st - 6th in any of our Open Trials this season Full details

 

Sun 14th

Romney Marsh & District Open & Novice

Location: Scotney Castle, TN3 8JN

Full details

 

Sun 14th

Cornwall SDS - Hamatethy Trial incorporating the Cornish Novice Run -off

Location: Hamatethy, St Breward, Bodmin, PL30 4 PN 9off the B3266 near St. Breward )

Start 9.30 am, Entries on Field. Open Driving, Novice Mx, Open Mx Full details

 

Sun 14th

Northumberland Open SDT,

Location: Portgate Farm, HEXHAM, NE46 4NF

If running two dogs or more dogs, they must be booked in by 10-30 Full details

 

Wed 17th

Winderemere Nursery Society -Totterbank Nursery

Location: Crosthwaite, Near postcode LA8 9AY

9.30am Start, Last book in 2 pm unless dogs are still running. Inc New/Young Handler Full details

 

Sat 20th

South East Championship hosted by Sussex

Location: Deanlands Farm, BN27 3RJ (TBC)

Full details

 

Sat 20th

 

Sun 21st

 

Sun 21st

Windermere Nursery Society - Matson Ground Nursery

Location: Follow the B5284 from Plumgarths Roudabout, through Crook for a few miles. Trial will be signposted. (near to Heathwaite)

9.30am Start, Last book in 2 pm unless dogs are still running. Inc New/Young Handler Full details

 

Sun 21st

Kirkconnel and Sanquhar Sheep Dog Trial (Open)

Location: Carco Farm, Sanquhar, DG4 6EY

Entry on field, £5 per dog 8am start Full details

 

Sat 27th

North Wales SDS

Location: NWSDS Nursery Heat 7 (Dolgellau)

Full details

 

Sat 27th

 

Sat 27th

Cornwall SDS - Pennare Trial

Location: Pennare Farm, Veryan, TR2 5PH (Off the A3078 near Veryan)

Start 9.30 am, Entries Close 15th October, Open Driving, Novice Mx, Open Mx Full details

 

Sat 27th

Barr Sheep Dog Trial (Hill Trial)

Location: Lanes Farm, Barr, Girvan, Ayrshire, KA26 9TH

9.00 am start, entries on field - £5. 700 yard outrun hill course. Catering on field. Full details

 

Sun 28th

Cornwall SDS - Veryan Trial

Location: Pennare Farm, Veryan, TR2 5PH (Off the A3078 near Veryan)

Start 9.00am, Entries Close 15th October, Double Fetch Full details

 

Sun 28th

Bradley Field Open. Kendal

Location: From Kendal Town centre follow signs for Crosthwaite, nearest postcode LA8 5RP

8.30 am start. Pre entry 2 dogs per handler. 1st 45 dogs to either Full details

 

Tue 30th

Windermere Nursery Society - Bradley Field Nursery

Location: Off Underbarrow Road between Kendall and Crosthwaite. Near postcode LA8 5RP

9.30am Start. Last book in 2pm unless dogs are still running. inc New/Young Handler Full details

 
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November 2018

Sat 3rd

Cornwall SDS - Champions of Champions

Location: Venue TBC

Start 12 noon - Entries by invitation only. Driving and Maltese Full details

 

Sat 3rd

EASS

Location: Worlington, IP28 8SG

Cradle Full details

 

Sun 4th

EASS

Location: Worlington, IP28 8SG

Open/Nursery/Novice Full details

 

Sat 17th

North Wales SDS

Location: NWSDS Nursery final (Ardudwy)

Full details

 

Sat 17th

South Wales SDTA

Location: North Wales Nursery Final

Full details

 

Sun 18th

EASS

Location: Castle Rising, PE31 6AN

Open/Nursery/Novice Full details

 

Mon 19th

Cornwall SDS - Champions of Champions

Location: Venue TBC

Start 12 noon - Entries by invitation only Full details

 
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December 2018

Sat 1st

North Wales SDS

Location: SWSDTA Nursery final

Full details

 

Sat 1st

South Wales SDTA

Location: Nursery Final - Brecon

Full details

 

Sun 2nd

EASS

Location: Venue TBC

Open/Nursery/Novice Full details

 

Sat 8th

North Wales SDS

Location: ALL WALES Nursery final

Full details

 

Sat 8th

South Wales SDTA

Location: All Wales Nursery Final / South

Full details

 

Sat 8th

Somerset Christmas Trial

Location: Bellvue Farm, Nempnett Thrubwell, North Somerset, BS40 7XD, by kind permission of Rich & Tracey Stock

Start 9.00am, Maltese X and Drive. Entries on field in person before 12 noon, limited to 2 dogs per handler. There will be a raffle so donations of prizes would be much appreciated. Refreshments available Full details

 

Sat 15th

South Wales SDTA

Location: Tynwern SDT

Full details

 

Sat 15th

EASS

Location: Worlington, IP28 8SG

Cradle Full details

 

Sun 16th

EASS

Location: Worlington, IP28 8SG

Open/Nursery/Novice Full details

 

Thu 27th

South Wales SDTA

Location: Bromsberrow Heath Xmas

Pre Entry Full details

 

Fri 28th

South Wales SDTA

Location: Bromsberrow Heath Xmas

Pre Entry Full details

 

Sun 30th

Barford Meadows Christmas Charity Open Trial

Location: off the A43 near Kettering, Northants - nearest postcode NN14 1UD

Pre-entry, max 3 dogs per handler, £10 per run including lunch & refreshments. Full details

 
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January 2019

Sun 6th

EASS

Location: Euston Park, IP24 2QH

Open/Nursery/Novice Full details

 

Sat 19th

EASS

Location: Worlington, IP28 8SG

Cradle Full details

 

Sun 20th

EASS

Location: Worlington, IP28 8SG

Open/Nursery/Novice Full details

 
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February 2019

Sat 9th

EASS

Location: Little Blakenham, IP8 4LX

Cradle Full details

 

Sun 10th

EASS

Location: Little Blakenham, IP8 4LX

Open/Nursery/Novice Full details

 

Sat 23rd

EASS

Location: Castle Rising, PE31 6AN

Open Trial (pre-entry) 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

 
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