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Welcome to the
Somerset Sheepdog
Training & Trialling Club

Introduction

We are a small friendly sheepdog training and trialling club. We are headed by a committee of 9 sheepdog loving people who give up their time to organise and run a mixture of sheepdog trials and training sessions in the South West. Our aim is to provide a good day out. Whether you are accomplished handlers looking for the challenge of an Open trial, or a novice handler who wants to improve your own skills and working relationship you have with your dog, hopefully, we have something for you.

Some of you may never wish to step foot on a trial field! That’s fine – we aren’t all heading for the Nationals and the sense of achievement when your dog works well for you back home is satisfaction enough.

If you are interested in joining call us on 01934 853688 – or fill in our membership form. You can download a copy here.

About Us

About the Somerset Sheepdog Training and Trialling Club

 

The Somerset Sheepdog Club has changed a lot since it first started over 25 years ago. Early members would probably be dismayed that there is such a ‘competitive’ edge in the world of sheepdog trialling, but we all have to move with the times. Rules are strict and competitions taken very seriously – there is a lot at stake for ‘would be’ champions.

However, The Somerset Sheepdog Training and Trialling Club has a good heart and aims to encourage and support all members who are keen to learn the skills that remain true to the original goal of a good working dog that will listen to his master. Our club is a good place to start and can help to improve your working partnership with your dog. There is nothing more enjoyable than talking sheep, dogs and trials over a cuppa and a slice of home-made cake – always in abundance at our events. We have made good friends within the club and hope to make many more. So if you are interested in some training for you and your dog or coming to a trial in the South West – give us a call on 01934 853688.

 

Membership

How to Join

If you are interested in becoming a member, please send completed form and payment of £7.00 made payable to ‘Somerset Sheepdog Training and Trialling Club’, to:

Tracey Stock, Membership Secretary,
73 Greenhill Road, Sandford
Winscombe, North Somerset BS25 5PA

Membership runs from April to April and entitles each member to run their dog at all Somerset trials and receive our regular newsletter. Any membership fee not received by end of June will result in membership being cancelled.

Download a Membership Form

Please read the Rules of the Club

Rules of the club
1. Your dog needs to be under good control before competing in a trial. Any dog abusing sheep will be called off the course immediately. The welfare of sheep and dogs is paramount.2. For SSTTC trials, you will be allowed to leave the post, but your run won’t be judged or points awarded and your sheet will read ‘D’ for disqualified. You can continue with your allocated time but if your dog grips, sheep leave the course or sheep are hassled in any way, the judge will ask you to leave the course.3. PLEASE NOTE – All placings won at a Somerset Club trial may now be valid at other Sheepdog Clubs. To avoid confusion, always check their rules before entering.

4. If you have competed in a Drive course in Somerset Club and been placed, you are not permitted to run in a Maltese X Nursery trial. This applies to Devon & Exmoor Sheepdog Society but please check rules at other clubs before entering your dog.

5. Any handler whose dog damages sheep will be liable to pay the cost of the damage.

6. The Judges decision is final. Any dispute should be put in writing and not discussed on the trial field.

7. Verbal abuse of the judge or any committee member will lead to immediate suspension of that member.

Upcoming Trials

Upcoming Trials and Training Sessions

Informal Training sessions

With Rich Stock

Venue: Nempnett Thrubwell, North Somerset

For those of you who are not quite at the stage of venturing onto the trial field, or are in need of some extra practice on different sheep, Rich has been running some informal sessions on a Sunday morning. Groups have been small – just 1-5 handlers each session and have proven very popular. If you are interested in coming along then please give us a call – be great to see you.

Sessions will be free to Somerset Club members.

If you are interested, please call me on:
01934 853688 or email enquiries@somersetsheepdogs.co.uk


Somerset Christmas Trial

Kindly hosted by Rich and Tracey Stock

Date: Sunday 10th December 2017

Venue: Bellvue Farm, Nempnett Thrubwell, North Somerset BS40 7XD

Start:  9.00am

Maltese X and Drive

Entries on the field in person please before 12 noon. Entries will be limited to 2 dogs per handler. Hot refreshments including hot pork and apple rolls, mulled cider, teas, coffees and mince pies.

There will be a raffle so donations of prizes would be much appreciated.

If you are interested, please call me on:
01934 853688 or email enquiries@somersetsheepdogs.co.uk

Trial Results

Trials Results

 

Mendip Open Trial

– Sunday 3rd September 2017

Well here we are again back up on top the Mendips in a spectacular field that sloped downwards giving us fantastic views over the hills. As always we are lucky to have such generous hosts as John and Bill Small who always make us so welcome. Even the drizzle and the cold temperatures couldn’t dampen the day as many took up the challenge of the drive course. The sloping left hand drive and wind made it difficult at times for the dogs to hear their whistles and commands but Victor Pitts and Islay had a very skilful run and took the cup this year.

As always thank you to everyone who worked hard on the day to make it all go so smoothly – the bookers in, letters out, setters up and taking down – many thanks. Plus a big thank you to Matt Vickery, last year’s winner –  for Judging – splendid job!!

 

27 ran – here are the results…

DRIVE

1st  – Victor Pitts – Islay – 73
2nd – Jamie Garland – Cap – 71
3rd – Jane Harper – Scruff – 70
4th – John Whiteley – Rocky – 68 OLF
5th – Rich Stock – Sam – 68
6th – Jamie Garland – Sanduck Jake – 67

34 ran

Contact Us

Contact Us

To find out more about training sheepdogs in the South West and sheepdog trials in the South West, please call:
Tracey or Richard on 01934 853688
or email enquiries@somersetsheepdogs.co.uk.

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