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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November 2018

Sat 17th

North Wales SDS

Location: NWSDS Nursery final (Ardudwy)

Full details

 

Sat 17th

South Wales SDTA

Location: North Wales Nursery Final

Full details

 

Sat 17th

Yorkshire SDT

Location: Jackson Lane, Bradley, BD20 9HG

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

 

Sat 17th

Fylde Sheep Dog Society - Nursery Trial

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

9.30 am Start, Enter on field, new and young handlers welcome Full details

 

Sat 17th

North of Ireland Sheepdog Society - Eastern Region Nursery Trial

Location: 83 Rathkeel Road, Broughshane, Co Antrim

10.30 am start Full details

 

Sat 17th

Durness SDT

Location: Keoldale Farm

Full details

 

Sat 17th

Northern Ireland Sheepdog Handlers Association - Western Region Nursery Trial

Location: Allistair Lyttle's, Kesh Road, Pettigo

10.00 am start Full details

 

Sat 17th

North of Ireland SDS - Donegal Region Nursery Trial

Location: Carrickmagrath, Ballybofey, Co Donegal

9.30 am start Full details

 

Sat 17th

North Westmorland - Nursery, Novice & New Handler

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

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

 

Sat 17th

Ryedale - Nursery

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

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

 

Sat 17th

 

Sun 18th

EASS

Location: Castle Rising, PE31 6AN

Open/Nursery/Novice Full details

 

Sun 18th

Herefordshire and Shropshire Sheepdog Trials

Location: Higher Hagley Farm, Obley, Clun, Shropshire SY4 2AE

9.30am start + AGM Full details

 

Sun 18th

ASSEESDS (Surrey) Nursery & Novice Trial

Location: Deanland Farm, Golden Cross, East Sussex, BN27 3RJ

10.00 am start Full details

 

Sun 18th

Lanark, Lothian & Peebles - Nursery/Novice Trial

Location: Hamilton Hall, EH46 7DB

First Nursery/Novice trial, 11.00 am start Full details

 

Sun 18th

Higher Whitley - Nursery, Novice & Beginner

Location: School Lane, Higher Whitley, Cheshire, WA4 4QB

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

 

Sun 18th

Northern - Nursery, Committee Novice & New Handler

Location: Valley Farm, Bowes, DL12 9RH approx. 4 miles west of Bowes off A66

10.00 am start, enter on field by 2.00 pm, only one dog after 1.00 pm. Full details

 

Sun 18th

West Country - Nursery, Driving then Maltese cross

Location: Pittsworthy Farm, Thorndon Cross, Okehampton, EX20 4NG

10.00 am start Full details

 

Sun 18th

Turton Young Farmers - Open

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

10.30 am start, enter on field, catering Full details

 

Mon 19th

Cornwall SDS - Champions of Champions

Location: Venue TBC

Start 12 noon - Entries by invitation only Full details

 

Sat 24th

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 24th

Trawden SDS - Nursery

Location: J Palmer, Higher Twiston, BB7 4BY

9.30 am Start. Young Handlers and Newcomers are all welcome Full details

 

Sat 24th

 

Sat 24th

North of Ireland SDS - Central Region Nursery Trial

Location: 20 Banagher Road, Dungiven, Co Derry, BT47 4TX

9.30 am start Full details

 

Sat 24th

Central Area Nursery - Baledmund Trial

Location: Baledmund, PH9 0NY

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

 

Sat 24th

Northern Ireland Sheepdog Handlers Association - Western Region Nursery Trial

Location: At S Toner's, Cahore Road, Draperstown

10.00 am start Full details

 

Sun 25th

ASSEEDS (Sussex) Nursery & Novice Trial

Location: Deenland Farm, Golden Cross, East Sussex, BN27 3RJ

10.00 am Start Full details

 

Sun 25th

Morton SDS Nursery/Novice Trial

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

9.30 am start, entry on field. Full details

 

Fri 30th

BOB HAMBLETON, Memorial Open

Location: Sam Hudson's Ilam, Derbyshire, DE6 2BD

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE TRIAL HAS BEEN HELD AND THIS DATE IS NOT GOING AHEAD 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

 

Sat 1st

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 Full details

 

Sat 1st

North Lancs SDS

Location: J Scriven, Lea Warden Farm, Gisburn, BB7 4LJ

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

 

Sat 1st

Central Area Nursery - Glen Moy Trial

Location: Glen Moy

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

 

Sat 1st

Northern Ireland Sheepdog Handlers Association - Nursery Final

Location: Ballyleagry Road, Limavady

9.00 am start Full details

 

Sat 1st

ComeBye & Away Clubs First Nursery Trial

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

Entries on the field Full details

 

Sun 2nd

EASS

Location: Venue TBC

Open/Nursery/Novice Full details

 

Sun 2nd

ASSEEDS (Wessex) Nursery & Novice Trial

Location: Deenland Farm, Golden Cross, East Sussex, BN27 3RJ

10.00am Start 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 8th

Yorkshire SDT

Location: On A6034 between Addingham and Silsden, Cringles, Nr Silsden

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

 

Sat 8th

Holme Sheepdog Society - Nursery Trial

Location: J Cropper, Deerplay, Bacup, OL13 8RD

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

 

Sat 8th

Ryedale Open

Location: North Reston, Louth

(was 18 Nov) Full details

 

Sun 9th

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

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

10.00am Start Full details

 

Sun 9th

Mid Shires - Nursery/Novice

Location: Melton Mowbray, Leics

Full details

 

Sat 15th

South Wales SDTA

Location: Tynwern SDT

Full details

 

Sat 15th

EASS

Location: Worlington, IP28 8SG

Cradle Full details

 

Sat 15th

Trawden SDS - Nursery

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

9.30 am start. Young Handlers and Newcomers are all welcome Full details

 

Sat 15th

North Lancs SDS

Location: M Glasgow, Meadow Court, Tarn Water Lane, Stodday, LA2 0AH

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

 

Sat 15th

Central Area Nursery - Ardormie

Location: Ardormie

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

 

Sun 16th

EASS

Location: Worlington, IP28 8SG

Open/Nursery/Novice Full details

 

Sun 16th

ASSEEDS (Sussex) Nursery & Novice Trial

Location: Deanland Farm, Golden Cross, East Sussex, BN27 3RJ

10.00am Start Full details

 

Sun 16th

Morton SDS Nursery/Novice Trial

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

9.30 am start, entry on field. 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

Sat 5th

Trawden SDS

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

Full details

 

Sat 5th

Fylde Sheep Dog Society - Nursery Trial

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

9.30 am Start, Enter on field, new and young handlers welcome Full details

 

Sat 5th

Central Area Nursery - East Mosside

Location:

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

 

Sun 6th

EASS

Location: Euston Park, IP24 2QH

Open/Nursery/Novice Full details

 

Sun 6th

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 6th

Mid Shires - Nursery/Novice

Location: Eastington, Northleach, GL54 3PN

Full details

 

Sat 12th

Yorkshire SDT

Location: Timble, LS21 2NN

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

 

Sat 12th

North Lancs SDS

Location: T Smith, Pilling

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

 

Sun 13th

ASSEESDS (Surrey) Novice & Nursery Trial

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

10.00 am Start Full details

 

Sun 13th

Morton SDS Nursery/Novice Trial

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

9.30 am start, entry on field Full details

 

Sat 19th

EASS

Location: Worlington, IP28 8SG

Cradle 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 Full details

 

Sun 20th

EASS

Location: Worlington, IP28 8SG

Open/Nursery/Novice Full details

 

Sun 20th

ASSEEDS (Wessex) Nursery & Novice Trial

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

10.00am Start 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

Location: TBA

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

 
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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

 

Sun 3rd

Holme Sheepdog Society - Nursery Trial

Location: J Cropper, Deerplay, Bacup OL13 8RD

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: Little Blakenham, IP8 4LX

Cradle 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

 

Sun 10th

EASS

Location: Little Blakenham, IP8 4LX

Open/Nursery/Novice 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

 

Sat 16th

Trawden SDS

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

Full details

 

Sat 16th

 

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

Whitbeck Opens

Location: Town End Hall Farm, Whitbeck, Cumbria

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

 

Sat 23rd

EASS

Location: Castle Rising, PE31 6AN

Open Trial (pre-entry) 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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May 2019

Sat 4th

Trawden SDS - Nursery

Location: Austwick

9.30 am Start. Young Handlers and Newcomers are all welcome Full details

 

Sat 25th

Trawden SDS - Nursery

Location: Higher Twiston, BB7 4BY

9.30 am Start. Young Handlers and Newcomers are all welcome 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

 
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August 2019

Fri 2nd

WELSH NATIONAL 2019

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

2-3 August 2019 Full details

 

Sat 3rd

WELSH NATIONAL 2019

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

2-3 August 2019 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

Trawden SDS - Nursery

Location: Clapham

9.30 am Start. Young Handlers and Newcomers are all welcome 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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