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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January 2020

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

 

Sat 25th

Rainow Nursery, Novice & Beginner

Location: Yearnslow Farm, Rainow, SK10 5XH

9.00 am start, last booking in time 1.00 pm. Full details

 

Sat 25th

Come Bye & Away Club - Nursery Trial

Location: The Hay Shed Field, Middle East Street Farm, West Pennard, Glastonbury, Somerset, BA6 8NN

Driving & Maltese Cross, 10.00 am start. Full details

 

Sat 25th

Northern - Nursery, Committee Novice & New Handler

Location: Hamsteels Hall, Quebec, Co Durham, DH7 9RS

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

 

Sat 25th

Ryedale Nursery

Location: Cawton, near Helmsley, North Yorkshire

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

 

Sun 26th

North Westmorland - Nursery, Novice & New Handler

Location: Shap, off A6 south of the village, 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. Novice confined to Cumbria. Catering. 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

 

Sun 26th

Northern - Nursery, Committee Novice & New Handler

Location: Pool Tree Farm, Hamsterley, Co Durham, DL13 3QW

10.00 am start, enter on field by 1.00 pm, only one dog after 12 noon. Full details

 

Sun 26th

Northumberland League - Nursery with Championship

Location: Lilburn, NE66 4YD

10.00 am start, enter on field. Full details

 

Sun 26th

Slindon - Team Run-off and Championship

Location: Slindon House Farm, Slindon, Eccleshall, Staffordshire, ST21 6LX

9.30 am start, catering, entry closed. Full details

 

Sun 26th

Clough Head Open (Hill Trial)

Location: Grane Road, Haslingden, Lancs, BB4 4AT

8.30 am start, enter on field by 2.00 pm, max two dogs per handler, (may be 3 dogs at the end if time) catering, toilets. Full details

 
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February 2020

Sat 1st

Windermere Nursery + Championship

Location: Whitbeck, LA19 5UT

POSTPONED UNTIL 28TH FEBRUARY. Full details

 

Sat 1st

Priory Farm Opens

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

£6 per run Full details

 

Sat 1st

North of Ireland Sheepdog Society

Location: 83 Rathkeel Road, Broughshane, BT42 4QE

Open Charity sheepdog trial, 9.30 am start, a draw will take place at 9.00 am, 2 dogs per handler. 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: Brockhamhurst Cottage Field at Great Brockhamhurst Farm, Betchworth, Surrey, RH3 7AR

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

 

Sun 2nd

Charity Novice Trial

Location: Parkhouse, Quothquan, Biggar, Lanarkshire, ML12 6ND

Only for handlers that have never got any National points. Entry fee £3 and donations welcome for catering (Cancer Research) 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: Glynde, Sussex, BN8 6TB

Nursery & Novice Trial, 10.00 am start Full details

 

Sun 9th

Clew Bay - Nursery

Location: John Tunney, Castlebar

Full details

 

Sun 9th

 

Sun 9th

 

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

Refreshments will be available. Full details

 

Sat 15th

EASS - Nursery/Novice Championship

Location: Little Blakenham, IP8 4LX

Full details

 

Sat 15th

Border Cup hosted by North Westmorland

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

10.00 am start, entry closed. Full details

 

Sat 15th

Lanark Lothians & Peebles (LLP) Nursery League

Location: Nether Abington Farm, ML12 6SE

Start time TBC Full details

 

Sat 15th

Whitbeck Opens

Location: Town End Hall Farm, Whitbeck, Cumbria, LA19 5UR

15 & 16 Feb - 8.00 am start, 30 dogs each trial on two fields each day, therefore four trials in total. 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

 

Sun 16th

Whitbeck Opens

Location: Town End Hall Farm, Whitbeck, Cumbria, LA19 5UR

15 & 16 Feb. 8.00 am start, 30 dogs each trial on two fields each day, therefore four trials in total. 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

 

Sun 23rd

English Nursery Final

Location: Winterwell Barn, Northleach, GL54 3QD

7.30 am start Full details

 

Fri 28th

Windermere Nursery + Championship

Location: Whitbeck, LA19 5UT

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

 

Sat 29th

Holme SDS - Nursery Championship

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

Full details

 

Sat 29th

North Westmorland - Nursery, Novice & New handler Trial with Nursery Championship

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, Championship runners to be on field by 12.30 pm for ballot. Championship to start at 1.00 pm then normal trial will resume for the dogs still to run. Full details

 
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March 2020

Sun 1st

North Westmorland - Stephen Relph Memorial Charity Open

Location: Greystoke, Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 0TP

9.00 am start, enter on field by 2.00 pm, maximum three dogs per handler. Full details

 

Sat 7th

 

Sat 7th

Scottish Nursery Final

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

7.00 am start Full details

 

Sun 8th

North Westmorland - Stephen Relph Memorial Charity Open

Location: Greystoke, Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 0TP

9.00 am start, enter on field by 2.00 pm, maximum three dogs per handler. Full details

 

Sat 14th

Interclub Championship - Holme

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

Full details

 

Sun 15th

North Westmorland - Stephen Relph Memorial Charity Open

Location: Greystoke, Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 0TP

9.00 am start, enter on field by 2.00 pm, maximum three dogs per handler. Full details

 

Sat 21st

Four Nations Nursery Final

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

8.00 am start Full details

 

Sun 22nd

North Westmorland - Stephen Relph Memorial Charity Open

Location: Greystoke, Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 0TP

9.00 am start, enter on field by 2.00 pm, maximum three dogs per handler. 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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May 2020

Sun 10th

Trawden Spring Open Trial

Location: 8.00 am start, last booking in time 4.00 pm.

Norber, Austwick, LA2 8DJ Full details

 

Sun 31st

Romney Marsh and District Sheepdog Society - Kent Championship

Location: Westwell, TN25 4NH

Entries will close 7 days before the event. Full details

 
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June 2020

Sat 6th

Open Trialling weekend

Location: Rowlands Farm, Rowlands Lane, Havenstreet, PO33 4DE IOW

Pre-entry Full details

 

Sun 7th

Open Trialling weekend

Location: Rowlands Farm, Rowlands Lane, Havenstreet, PO33 4DE, IOW

Pre-entry Full details

 

Sat 13th

The 74th Glenravel & District Sheepdog Trial

Location: JP McFadden's Farm, 28 Crommelin Hill, Newtowncrommelin, Ballymena, Co Antrim, BT43 6RH

Start 8.00 am. 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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July 2020

Sat 4th

Romney Marsh and District Sheepdog Society

Location: Torry Hill, ME9 0EA

Starter Class, Novice & Open Full details

 

Sun 5th

South Knapdale Trial

Location: Craer, Kilberry, Argyll, PA29 6YD

Full details

 

Thu 30th

ENGLISH NATIONAL 2020

Location: Dovedale, Derbyshire

30 July to 1 August Full details

 

Fri 31st

ENGLISH NATIONAL 2020

Location: Dovedale, Derbyshire

30 July to 1 August Full details

 

Fri 31st

WELSH NATIONAL 2020

Location: Caerberllan Farm, Llanfihangel y Pennant, Tywyn, Gwynedd, LL36 9TW

31 July to 2 August Full details

 
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August 2020

Sat 1st

ENGLISH NATIONAL 2020

Location: Dovedale, Derbyshire

30 July to 1 August Full details

 

Sat 1st

WELSH NATIONAL 2020

Location: Caerberllan Farm, Llanfihangel y Pennant, Tywyn, Gwynedd, LL36 9TW

31 July to 2 August Full details

 

Sun 2nd

WELSH NATIONAL 2020

Location: Caerberllan Farm, Llanfihangel y Pennant, Tywyn, Gwynedd, LL36 9TW

31 July to 2 August Full details

 

Thu 6th

IRISH NATIONAL 2020

Location: Killalee, Fossa, Killarney, Co Kerry

6 to 8 August Full details

 

Fri 7th

IRISH NATIONAL 2020

Location: Killalee, Fossa, Killarney, Co Kerry

6 - 8 August Full details

 

Fri 7th

Macclesfield and District Sheep Dog Trials Association

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

Friday 7th & Saturday 8th - 7.00 am start. Open/Nursery/Brace/Beginners Full details

 

Sat 8th

IRISH NATIONAL 2020

Location: Killalee, Fossa, Killarney, Co Kerry

6 - 8 August Full details

 

Sat 8th

Macclesfield and District Sheep Dog Trials Association

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

Friday 7th & Saturday 8th - 7.00 am start. Open/Nursery/Brace/Beginners Full details

 

Sun 9th

Romney Marsh & District Sheepdog Society

Location: Snargate, TN26 2NH

Novice & Open. Full details

 

Thu 20th

SCOTTISH NATIONAL 2020

Location: Desertland Farm, Thornhill, Dumfriesshire, DG3 5HG

20 - 22 August (Brace Wed 19 August) Full details

 

Fri 21st

SCOTTISH NATIONAL 2020

Location: Desertland Farm, Thornhill, Dumfriesshire, DG3 5HG

20 - 22 August (Brace Wed 19 August) Full details

 

Sat 22nd

SCOTTISH NATIONAL 2020

Location: Desertland Farm, Thornhill, Dumfriesshire, DG3 5HG

20 - 22 August (Brace Wed 19 August) Full details

 
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September 2020

Sun 6th

Romney Marsh & District Sheepdog Society

Location: Riggs Hill, ME13 0JD

Starter Class, Novice & Open Full details

 

Fri 11th

INTERNATIONAL 2020

Location: Tanycastell, Rhydyfelin, Ceredigion, SY23 4PY

11 - 13 September Full details

 

Sat 12th

INTERNATIONAL 2020

Location: Tanycastell, Rhydyfelin, Ceredigion, SY23 4PY

11 - 13 September Full details

 

Sun 13th

INTERNATIONAL 2020

Location: Tanycastell, Rhydyfelin, Ceredigion, SY23 4PY

11 - 13 September Full details

 

Thu 17th

2020 World Sheepdog Trials

Location: Castle Howard Estate, York, YO60 7DA

Full details

 

Fri 18th

2020 World Sheepdog Trials

Location: Castle Howard Estate, York, YO60 7DA

Full details

 

Sat 19th

2020 World Sheepdog Trials

Location: Castle Howard Estate, York, YO60 7DA

Full details

 

Sun 20th

2020 World Sheepdog Trials

Location: Castle Howard Estate, York, YO60 7DA

Full details

 
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