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 September  2017.

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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February 2017

Sun 26th

Windermere Nursery followed by Championship

Location: Near Poppy Farm, Selside, LA8 9ED - see below for further directions.

Start time 9.30 am. Last booking in time for Nursery 12.30. All dogs placed 1st at this season’s Windermere Nursery series are eligible to run in the Championship final. Full details

 

Sun 26th

EASS

Location: Little Blakenham, Ipswich

Novice & Nursery Championship, 20 runners. Full details

 

Sun 26th

Inter-Club Ryedale v Northern

Location: Nova Lane, Middleton, Pickering

10.00 am start, entry closed. Full details

 

Sun 26th

West Country Nursery

Location: Trethern, Delabole

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

 

Sun 26th

Northern

Location: Moor House, Marske

TRIAL CANCELLED Full details

 
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March 2017

Wed 1st

West Kilbride Open SDT

Location: Chapelton Mains Farm, Seamill, KA23 9LU

Entry on the field, 8.30 am start prompt. Only 1 dog after 12 noon. Full details

 

Sat 4th

Rainow

Location: Yearnslow Farm, Rainow, SK10 5XH

Nursery, Novice & Beginner. With Championship. Catering. Full details

 

Sat 4th

Scottish Inter District Nursery Final

Location: Budgate Farm, Cawdor, Nairn, IV12 5XR

8.00 am start. Eye testing will be available at this trial. Full details

 

Sat 4th

Dolgellau Charity SDT

Location: Fronalchen, Dolgellau, Gwynedd, LL40 2AG

Two sessions, enter on field, start 8.30 am, catering Full details

 

Sun 5th

ENGLISH NURSERY FINAL 2017

Location: Slindon House Farm, Slindon, Stafford, ST21 6LX

Best Nursery Dogs compete to find the English Nursery Champion for 2017 Full details

 

Sat 11th

Trawden SDS - Interclub

Location: J Palmer, Lower Twiston, Clitheroe, Lancs, BB7 4BY

10.00 am start (RE-SCHEDULED FROM 25.2.17) Full details

 

Sat 11th

Ryedale SDS

Location: Nova Lane, Pickering

Full details

 

Sun 12th

EASS - Training Day

Location: Springhill, Ipswich

20 runners Full details

 

Sun 12th

North Westmorland SDS

Location: Laithes, Penrith

Open Full details

 

Sat 18th

Tomatin SDS

Location: Knocknagael Farm, Inverness

Full details

 

Sat 18th

Charity Sheepdog Trial

Location: Connolly Farm, Malin, Co Donegal

Open & Intermediate classes, 8.30 am start. In Aid of Oliver Simpson, all proceeds will go to St Lukes Hospital, Dublin. Full details

 

Sun 19th

North Westmorland SDS

Location: Laithes, Penrith

Open Full details

 

Sun 19th

Sheepdog Trial

Location: Connolly Farm, Malin, Co Donegal

Open & Intermediate classes, 8.30 am start. Full details

 

Sat 25th

North Westmorland SDS

Location: Greystoke

Open Full details

 

Sat 25th

Invergarry Open Trial

Location: Invergarry Farm, Invergarry, PH35 4HP

8.00 am start, catering on field. First 50 dogs. Full details

 
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April 2017

Sun 2nd

North Westmorland SDS

Location: Greystoke

Open Full details

 

Sat 29th

East Anglian SDS Open/Novice Trial Trial

Location: Castle Rising, PE31 6AN

Sat 29 & Sun 30 April. 8.30 am start. Judge Mr Fred Chapman. Full details

 

Sat 29th

LLangadog & District SDT

Location:

Pre-entry, entries close 1st March. Full details

 

Sun 30th

East Anglian SDS Open/Novice Trial

Location: Castle Rising, PE31 6AN

Sat 29 & Sun 30 April. 8.30 am start. Judge Mr Fred Chapman. Full details

 
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May 2017

Mon 1st

Cropredy SDT

Location: Thornby Farms, Thornby, Northants

Open and Local Local (25 mile radius from Thornby.) 8.00 a.m. start. £6 per dog. Judge Mr Joe Relph. Full details

 

Sat 6th

Trawden Spring Trial

Location: C. Taylor Norber Austwick LA28 DJ

Full details

 

Sat 13th

Escrick Park Opens

Location: By kind permission of Charlie and Rosalind Forbes Adam. Estate Office (on the A19 Escrick) Escrick Park Estate, Escrick, York. YO19 6EA.

13 & 14 May - Two days of trialling. Enter on field. No limit to number of dogs handler wishes to enter. Same dogs can run both days. Start 9.00 am. Food and toilet facilities on site. Full details

 

Sat 13th

Yorkshire Open with Championship

Location: Park House Farm, Elslack, Skipton, N Yorks, BD23 3AT

8.30 am start, enter on field by 1.30 pm, maximum 2 dogs per handler. Full details

 

Sun 14th

Escrick Park Opens

Location: By kind permission of Charlie and Rosalind Forbes Adam. Estate Office (on the A19 Escrick) Escrick Park Estate, Escrick, York. YO19 6EA.

13 & 14 May - Two days of trialling. Enter on field. No limit to number of dogs handler wishes to enter. Same dogs can run both days. Start 9.00 am. Food and toilet facilities on site. Full details

 

Sat 20th

Quernmore Charity Open (Fylde)

Location: Rotten Brook Farm, Quernmore, Lancaster, LA2 9EQ

Full details

 

Sat 27th

Trawden Summer Trial

Location: Twiston Moor, BB7 4BY

Full details

 

Sat 27th

Penton Discussion Group SDT

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

Open & local classes, 8.30 am start, max 60 dogs. Those with 2 dogs at least 1 must be run before 12 noon. Full details

 

Mon 29th

Open Charity Trial

Location: S.Duckworth Grane Rd. Haslingden BB44AT

Full details

 

Mon 29th

Bamford Sheep Dog Trial

Location: Bamford Recreaton Ground, S33 0DU

Full details

 
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June 2017

Sat 3rd

Glendevon SDT

Location: Parks of Aldie Farm, Fossoway, Kinross, KY13 0QH

Entry £5 per dog Full details

 

Sun 4th

EASS Open/Novice

Location: Wool Fair, Ickworth, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP29 5QE

50 runners. Full details

 

Fri 16th

Freebirch Open

Location: Chesterfield, S42 7DQ

16-18 June. Qualifying and Double Gather Championship. Maximum 2 dogs per Handler. PRE-ENTRY ONLY. £8 per run. Full details

 

Sat 17th

Tomatin SDS

Location: Dell Farm, Inverarnie

Full details

 

Sat 17th

Freebirch Open

Location: Chesterfield, S42 7DQ

16-18 June. Qualifying and Double Gather Championship. Maximum 2 dogs per handler. PRE-ENTRY ONLY. £8 per run. Catering on site. Full details

 

Sun 18th

Freebirch Open

Location: Chesterfield, S42 7DQ

16-18 June. Qualifying and Double Gather Championship. Maximum 2 dogs per handler. PRE-ENTRY only. £8 per run. Catering on site. Full details

 

Sat 24th

Airtnoch Open Sheep Dog Trial

Location: KA3 6JJ

Start time 8.00 a.m. Full details

 
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July 2017

Sat 1st

Osberton SDT

Location: Worksop

Sat 1st and Sun 2nd. Pre-entry. Full details

 

Sun 2nd

Osberton SDT

Location: Worksop

Sat 1 & Sun 2 July. Pre-entry. Full details

 

Sun 9th

Broomhead Show

Location: Sheffield

Pre-entry. Full details

 
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August 2017

Fri 4th

Macclesfield & District Sheep Dog Trials Association

Location: Trial field is on Bullocks Lane, Sutton, Nr Macclesfield, SK11 0HE

Fri 4th & Sat 5th August. Open/Nursery/Brace/Beginners. Fell race, tug-of-war, craft stands. Full details

 

Sat 5th

Macclesfield & District Sheep Dog Trials Association

Location: Trial field is on Bullocks Lane, Sutton, Nr Macclesfield, SK11 0HE

Open/Nursery/Brace/Beginners. Fell race, tug-of-war, craft stands. Full details

 

Sun 6th

Trawden Open Trial

Location: C.Taylor Wennington Side Farm Keasden Clapham LA28ET

9:00am Start Full details

 
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September 2017

Sat 16th

EASS

Location: Wherstead, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP9 2AB

Open/Novice, 50 runners Full details

 

Sun 17th

EASS

Location: Wherstead, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP9 2AB

Open/Novice, 50 runners. Full details

 

Sat 30th

Strathaven SDT

Location: Kypehill Farm, Strathaven

Come off M74 at Jct 10 from south or Jct 9 from north Full details

 

Sat 30th

EASS

Location: Ickworth, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP29 5QE

Open/Novice, 50 runners Full details

 
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October 2017

Sun 1st

EASS

Location: Ickworth, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP29 5QE

Open/Novice, 50 runners Full details

 

Sat 14th

Tomatin SDS

Location: Moy Farm, Tomatin

Full details

 
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