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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October 2019

Sat 19th

South Wales SDTA

Location: Nant-y-Moel Hill Trial

Pre-entry Full details

 

Sat 19th

The South East Championship

Location: Snargate, Kent, TN29 0EW

Full details

 

Sat 19th

Cornwall SDS - Pennare Trial

Location: Pennare Farm, Veryan, TR2 5PH (off the A3078 nr Veryan)

Classes: Open Driving Novice Mx, Open Mx. Start 9.30 am - Entries close 13th October. Full details

 

Sat 19th

 

Sat 19th

 

Sat 19th

Windermere Nursery Society

Location: Matson Ground LA23 2NH. Take the B5284. Signposted from opposide side of road to Windermere Golf Club.

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

 

Sat 19th

North Lancs SDS - Nursery & New Handler

Location: T Birkett, on the road between Borwick and Over Kellett, LA6 1AB

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

 

Sat 19th

Holme SDS

Location: A Kyme, Higher Walls Farm, Lumb BB4 9NE

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

 

Sat 19th

Northern Ireland Sheepdog Handlers Association - Western Region Nursery Trial

Location: Cahore Road, Draperstown, BT45 7LY

10.00 am start Full details

 

Sat 19th

North of Ireland SDS - Eastern Region Nursery Trial

Location: 83 Rathkeel Road, Broughshane, Co Antrim, BT42 4QE

Full details

 

Sat 19th

North of Ireland SDS - Central Region Nursery Trial

Location: 55 Garvatagh Road, Castlederg, BT81 7QL

10.00 am start Full details

 

Sat 19th

Muckish Mountain Charity Open SDT

Location: Gortnalake, Creeslough

Open only, 8.00 am start, entry on field, €10 per dog. Full details

 

Sat 19th

North Westmorland - Nursery, Novice & New Handler

Location: Moresby, Whitehaven, CA28 8UT

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

 

Sat 19th

Northumberland League, Nursery & New Handlers

Location: Shirlawhope, Longframlington, NE65 8EN

11.00 am start, enter on field. Full details

 

Sat 19th

Biggin Moor - Nursery, Novice & Beginner

Location: Biggin Moor Farm, Biggin, Buxton, SK17 0DS

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

 

Sat 19th

Ryedale - Nursery

Location: Plough Farm, Egton, YO21 1TZ - take the Egton lane towards Glaisdale opposite the Wheatsheaf pub, turn into field through gateway, go through a second gateway to trial.

Enter on field by 1.00 pm, more than one dog first by 12 noon. Full details

 

Sun 20th

Mid Shires Championship

Location: Bondon Farm, Bourton Road, Birdingbury, Nr Rugby, CV23 8ET

Full details

 

Sun 20th

Cornwall SDS - Veryan Trial

Location: Pennare Farm, Veryan, TR2 5PH (off the A3078 nr Veryan)

Classes: Double Fetch, start 9.00 am, entries close 13th October. Full details

 

Sun 20th

Bradleyfield Open (Kendal) (Fell Trial)

Location: Underbarrow Road, West of Kendal, nearest postcode LA8 8HA

8.30 am start, enter on the field, £6 per dog. Full details

 

Sun 20th

Kirkconnel & Sanquhar Sheepdog Trial

Location: Carco Farm, Sanquhar, DG4 6EY

8.00 am start, £5 per dog, enter on the field. Full details

 

Sun 20th

Moffat Open Sheepdog Trial

Location:

TRIAL HAS NOW BEEN CANCELLED Full details

 

Sun 20th

Ryedale Open Trial

Location: Fridlington Farms, Sheriff Hutton, Nr York

9.00 am start, Open, enter on the field, if running two dogs the first must be booked in before 12.00. Full details

 

Sun 20th

Northumberland League - Open (re-scheduled)

Location: Otterburn, NE19 1JX

8.00 am start, enter on field, catering, re-scheduled. Full details

 

Sun 20th

Cowlow - Nursery, Novice & Beginner

Location: Middle Farm, Cowlow, Buxton, SK17 7JA

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

 

Sun 20th

Slacksdale - Nursery, Novice & Beginner

Location: Peak Forest, Derbyshire, SK17 8EP

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

 

Sun 20th

Northern - Nursery, Committee Novice & New handler

Location: Summerstone Estate, Lofthouse

Postponed due to waterlogged ground Full details

 

Wed 23rd

Windermere Nursery Society

Location: Dry Howe (Selside) LA8 9JZ

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

 

Sat 26th

Inter-Society Team Trial - Mid Shires to host

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

Full details

 

Sat 26th

Barr Sheepdog Trial

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

Hill trial 700 yard outrun. Open & Nursery, 8.30 am start, entries on field.Catering on field. Full details

 

Sat 26th

Northern Ireland Sheepdog Handlers Association- Eastern Region Nursery Trial

Location: Nigel Heanin, 131 Hillsborough Rd, Dromara BT25 2AU

10.00am Start Full details

 

Sat 26th

Fylde SDS

Location: T Longton, Rooten Brook, Quernmore, LA2 9EJ

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

 

Sat 26th

Trawden SDS

Location: Change of venue to Higher Twiston, BB7 4BY

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

 

Sat 26th

Northern Ireland Sheepdog Handlers Association - Western Region Nursery Trial

Location: Quilly Road, Articlave, BT51 4UD

10.00 am start Full details

 

Sat 26th

North of Ireland SDS - Donegal Region Nursery Trial

Location: At Bily McClean's, Goland, Ballybofey, Co Donegal

10.00 am start Full details

 

Sat 26th

North Westmorland - Nursery, Novice & New Handler

Location: Moresby, CA28 8UT

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 27th

Cornwall SDS - Champions of Champions

Location: Ashridge Court, North Tawton, EX20 2DH

Classes: Driving & Maltese. Start 12 noon - Entries by invitation only. Full details

 

Sun 27th

Fundraising Trial for Scottish Nursery Final 2020 (Open Trial)

Location: Bettyknowes Farm, Crocketford, Dumfries, DG2 8QE

8.00 am start, entry on field, No double dogs after 2.00 pm. Full details

 

Sun 27th

Morton Morrell Nursery Trial

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

8.30 am start Full details

 

Thu 31st

Windermere Nursery Society

Location: Dry Howe (Selside) LA8 9JZ

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

 
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November 2019

Sat 2nd

Yorkshire SDS

Location: P Mellin, Duckfield Farm, Scartop Road, Oakworth, BD22 0JP

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

 

Sat 2nd

North Lancs SDS - Nursery & New Handler

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

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

 

Sat 2nd

Northern Ireland Sheepdog Handlers Association - Eastern Region Nursery Trial

Location: At John Maginn's, Glassdrummond, Annalong

10.00 am start Full details

 

Sat 2nd

North of Ireland SDS - Donegal Region Nursery Trial

Location: Bavin, Kilcar, Co Donegal

9.30 am start Full details

 

Sat 2nd

North Westmorland - Nursery, Novice & New Handler

Location: Crosthwaite, LA8 8HY

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

 

Sun 3rd

Morton Morrell Nursery Trial

Location: Kineton, CV35 0EH

8.30 am start Full details

 

Fri 8th

Windermere Nursery Society

Location: Otter Bank (Skelsmergh). Follow sign to Whitfell off A6 from LA8 9AP

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

 

Sat 9th

Holme SDS

Location: F Cleary, Cobble Hey, Claughton-on-Brook, PR3 0QN

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

 

Sat 9th

Fylde SDS

Location: R Dean, Walls Tree Farm, PR3 2NT

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

 

Sat 9th

North of Ireland SDS - Eastern Region Nursery Trial

Location: 83 Rathkeel Road, Broughshane, Co Antrim, BT42 4QE

10.00 am start Full details

 

Sat 9th

EASS - Cradle

Location: Worlington, IP28 8SG

Full details

 

Sun 10th

North Westmorland - Nursery, Novice & New Handler

Location: Portinscale, CA12 5SP

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 10th

EASS - Open/Nursery/Novice

Location: Worlington, IP28 8SG

Full details

 

Fri 15th

Windermere Nursery Society

Location: Otter Bank (Skelsmergh). Follow sign to Whitfell off A6 from LA8 9AP

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

 

Sat 16th

 

Sat 16th

Northern Ireland Sheepdog Handlers Association- Eastern Region Nursery Trial

Location: Kieran McFadden's, Ballyportery Rd, Dunloy, BT44 9BN

10.00am Start Full details

 

Sat 16th

Trawden SDS

Location: R Hutchinson, Pott Yeats Farm, Littledale, LA2 9ET

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

 

Sat 16th

North Lancs SDS - Nursery & New Handler

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

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

 

Sat 16th

North Wales SDS - Nursery Final

Location: Ysceifiog, CH8 8NJ

Full details

 

Sat 16th

North Westmorland - Nursery, Novice & New Handler

Location: Hutton in the Forest, 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 23rd

Fylde SDS

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

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

 

Sat 23rd

Yorkshire SDS

Location: A J Maude, Jackson Lane, Bradley, BD20 9HG

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

 

Sat 23rd

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 23rd

Northern Ireland Sheepdog Handlers Association - Eastern Region Nursery Trial

Location: C Quinn's, Ballynahatten Road, Kilkeel, BT34 4LG

10.00 am start Full details

 

Sun 24th

Morton Morrell Nursery Trial

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

8.30 am start Full details

 

Sun 24th

EASS - Open/Nursery/Novice

Location: Castle Rising, PE31 6AN

Full details

 

Sat 30th

Holme SDS

Location: A Kyme, Higher Walls Farm, Lumb BB4 9NE

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

 

Sat 30th

Trawden SDS

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

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

 
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December 2019

Sun 1st

 

Sun 1st

North Westmorland - Nursery, Novice & New Handler

Location: Raise Lodge, CA11 8LY

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 7th

 

Sat 7th

North Lancs SDS - Nursery & New Handler

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

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

 

Sat 7th

Fylde SDS

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

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

 

Sun 8th

North Westmorland - Nursery, Novice & New Handler

Location: Raise Lodge, CA11 8LY

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 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

 

Sun 15th

Morton Morrell Nursery Trial

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

8.30 am start Full details

 

Sun 15th

EASS - Open/Nursery/Novice

Location: Worlington, IP28 8SG

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

 
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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

 

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

 

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

 

Sun 12th

Morton 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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 
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February 2020

Sat 1st

Windermere Nursery Society

Location: Whitbeck, LA19 5UT

9.30 am start, last book in time 1.00 pm. 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

 

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

 

Sun 9th

Morton 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

 

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 22nd

N Lancs SDS - Nursery Championship

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

Full details

 

Sun 23rd

Whitbeck & Nursery + Championship

Location: LA19 5UT

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

 

Sun 23rd

 

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 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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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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