National Sheep Dog Trials coming soon!
31 December 2007
As listed in our Calendar of Events, the National Sheepdog Trials will take place in Hall again this year, March 9 - 16th.
Each year an average of 50 competitors enter approximately 250 dogs and compete for trophies and prize money. The prizes include The Queens Trophy, The Duke of Gloucester Sash and the Governor General's Sash.
Dog compete in three different grades:
Maiden Dogs - Dogs which have never won a trial
Improver Dogs - Dogs which have won a maiden trial
Open Dogs - Dogs which have won both Maiden and Improver trials
The trials generally run from 8.00 AM to 5.00 PM daily. The Maiden trials are conducted from Tuesday to Wednesday followed by trials for Improver and Open Dogs from Thursday to Saturday. Finals of the Improver and Open trials are run on Sunday afternoon.
This information, and much more, can be found on the website of the national Sheepdog Trials Association, including details of the history of the Trials, and an explanation of the course used in competition.