We are please to announce that the Longshaw Sheep Dog Trials will take place this year on 1st, 2nd & 3rd September on Longshaw Pastures in front of Longshaw Lodge, near Grindleford, starting at 7.30am each morning. We are very honoured this year to have Lady Ruby Sykes as the first lady President in the 118 years of the Association.
On 1st and 2nd there will be open class sheep dog trials when many of the “ One Man and His Dog” competitors will be taking part. We are very pleased to have Mr. James Howard who won the championship in 2012 and again in 2014 to judge the open classes and championship, and to judge the local class Mr. Jan Pieters, from Holland. Mr. John Elliott will judge the double dog class and Mr. Nick Denniff the beginners class.
At approximately 3.30pm on 1st, subject to any unforeseen circumstances, there will be a parade of local hounds courtesy of the Barlow Hounds, Pennine Foxhounds, High Peak Harriers and the Ecclesfield Beagles.
Following the local class sheep dog trial on Saturday 3rd the Longshaw Fell Race is to be run. Starting at approx. 10.30am, this is open to all adults and is enter on the field. Following the start of the fell race there will be a demonstration of dog obedience and agility.
Starting at approximately 12.30 on Saturday 3rd the trials culminate in a double gather championship, which consists of the 8 highest pointed runs from both Thursday and Friday, when the winner will take home the prestigious Longshaw Championship silver tea pot.
Entrance charges are just £5.00 per adult each day, no charge for children, free parking, and we start at 7.30am, weather permitting, finishing at approximately 5.30pm. For further information please contact the Secretary, Mrs. Sheila Humphreys, MBE on 01433 651852, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
This will be the 118th year of the Association, thought to be the oldest continuous sheep dog trials in England with the two world wars and 2001 because of foot and mouth being the only years when no trials were held.
There will be a licensed bar, hot and cold food and drinks, and ice cream available. The magnificent array of trophies will be on display, so please come and join us for a day on the moors to see some of the wisest dogs in the world. We look forward to meeting you.