As with every other year at the International Sheepdog Trials, there were several different competitions. The ISDS Brace Championship was held at the noon break during the 2 days of qualifying. Here the Brace Champions of their individual countries compete with their Border Collies for the ISDS Supreme Brace Championship. Then the Young Handlers competition was held on the Saturday with 4 young Border Collie handlers and enthusiasts competing for the ISDS Young Handlers Trophy. Then there’s the ISDS Supreme Driving Championship, the final contest of the 3 days of trials.
One of the most significant trophies to be awarded in the world of the Border Collie, and for any Border Collie enthusiasts, is the Wilkinson Sword Trophy. For 2005 this fine award went to the well known and formidable sheepdog handler, Jim Cropper. Jim has been a strong influence for many novice Border Collie owners and also for the many up and coming competitors in the world of sheepdog trialing. Jim came to Herefordshire to compete in this years ISDS Brace Championship and also in the ISDS Supreme championship. He managed to go through to qualify for the final day.
2005 was a busy year for the International Sheep Dog Society, the ISDS. Following their successful World Sheep Dog Trials held at Tullamore, in Southern Ireland. Here over 230 Border Collies from around the world came to compete in this 2nd World Trial. Following the World Sheepdog trials, the ISDS then had the challenge of over-seeing the 4 National Sheepdog Championships before this final trial at Ross.
For other Border Collie videos please look on our web site. We have a training video called, “Starting Your Border Collie on Cattle, Sheep or Ducks“. It comes highly recommended by magazines such as the Working Border Collie magazine. Other Border Collie and Sheepdog videos include the different years of the ISDS International Sheepdog Championships, and also the United States Border Collie Handlers Finals (USBCHA) from 1999 through to 2003.
It has been a privilege to have been able to work with so many of the finest Border Collie handlers and Border Collie dogs throughout the year, filming at the finest of sheepdog trials since 1988, at Blair Athol. Border Collies have been a significant part of our lives here on our farm for many years.
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