Sheepdog Trials

The International Sheep Dog Society’s (ISDS) World Sheepdog Trials

 

Twice now the ISDS has held a World Sheepdog championship.

wsdt world trials The International Sheep Dog Society’s (ISDS) World Sheepdog TrialsClick below to view our selection of the:

* 2002 ISDS World Sheepdog Championships from Bala in North Wales
* 2005 ISDS World Sheepdog Championships from Tullamore, Ireland

wsdt flags The International Sheep Dog Society’s (ISDS) World Sheepdog TrialsIn 2002, border collie handlers and their dogs traveled back to the Estate, near Bala in North Wales, where the first sheepdog trials were ever recorded to have been held, back in 1873.

The Welsh committee organized the grandest of events, a sheepdog trial and country fair. It was to be a level of competition and organisation that would be hard to beat into the future. The competition was very close, down to the wire, with many Border Collie enthusiast still discussing the final outcome. In the end, Aled Owen and Bob won over from Jim Cropper and Sid, but by the very narrowest of margins.

wsdt working sheepdog The International Sheep Dog Society’s (ISDS) World Sheepdog TrialsIn 2005, the 2nd of the ISDS World Sheepdog Trials was held near Tullamore in Ireland. The Irish managed a grand event with over 10,000 spectators coming to this sheepdog trial on the Sunday, welcomed by a bright and sunny day, ideal for the crowds but not so ideal for the competing Border collies on this grueling and difficult course. Some 22 countries were represented at this world class sheepdog trial and from every corner of the world. A full contingent of Border Collies and their handlers represented the U.S.A. with Canada, New Zealand and many of the European countries also being represented. Over 200 dogs competed on the 3 qualifying fields before going on to the Semi Finals on the Saturday and then the Finals on the Sunday.

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