Welcome to the
Somerset Sheepdog
Training & Trialling Club


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 email:- somersetsheepdogs@gmail.com – or fill in our membership form.

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 – email:- somersetsheepdogs@gmail.com

SSDTTC is affiliated to ISDS, our number is 59546.



How to Join

If you are interested in becoming a member, please email completed form to :-  somersetsheepdogs@gmail.com

The annual fee is £7.00. Payment can be made at the training sessions, trial meetings or by online banking. 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 

SSTTC rules for Trials

  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 SSTTC 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 SSTTC 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.
  8. Please note that the Judge must not be interrupted when he/she is working.
  9. The use of electric collars is forbidden


Upcoming Trials

Upcoming Trials and Training Sessions

Informal Training sessions

With Rich Stock      

(Please contact Rich re attending any training session – please do not just turn up – Thank You)

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.

email somersetsheepdogs@gmail.com

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Trial Dates for 2021

Early Summer Club Trial  ( NOW FULLY BOOKED)

Date:  June 27th

Venue: Warren Farm, Charterhouse, by kind permission of the Small Bros.

Drive only ( To be confirmed)

Start To be confirmed.

Entries must be booked in advance via email only.

This year entries will be limited to 2 dogs per handler.

Please contact:

email somersetsheepdogs@gmail.com

Summer Club Trial (to be confirmed)

Date:  August

Venue: TBC

Drive only

Start 9.00am.

Entries on the field in person please before 12 noon.

This year entries will be limited to 2 dogs per handler.

Please contact:

email somersetsheepdogs@gmail.com


Autumn Open Trial  (to be confirmed)

Date: September

Venue: TBC


Maltese X and Drive

Start 9.00am. Entries on the field in person please, before 12 noon.

Entries will be limited to 2 dogs per handler.

Please contact:

email somersetsheepdogs@gmail.com


Second Autumn Trial  (to be confirmed)

Date: October

Venue: TBC


Maltese X and Drive

Start 9.00am. Entries on the field in person please, before 12 noon.

Entries will be limited to 2 dogs per handler.

Please contact:

email somersetsheepdogs@gmail.com



Christmas Trial   (to be confirmed)

Date: December

Venue: TBC


Maltese X and Drive

Start 9.00am. Entries on the field in person please, before 12 noon.

Entries will be limited to 2 dogs per handler.

Please contact:

email somersetsheepdogs@gmail.com

Club News

Winter / Spring News Jan 2021

Unfortunately, due to the current Covid situation, we are unable to make any plans for any dates for 2021 trials.

Autumn News Sept/Oct 2020

Unfortunately, the message to all our Club members is that SSTTC will not be holding any trials for the remainder of 2020. We will review the situation towards the end of the year. So sorry to disappoint you all, but in the interests of everyone’s safety we feel this is the correct decision.

Summer News July/August 2020

ISDS update as at July 24th

“Further reviews have taken place this week regarding the Society’s view of the trialling situation during COVID-19, and following Government advice and guidelines, taking into consideration the social gathering rules that apply for all of the four nations, and advice from our insurers, we are unfortunately still unable to provide authorisation of official trials to take place.

The safety of our members is paramount, and therefore the sanctioning of trials whilst the pandemic still continues, and with the increase in local lockdown a high probability in areas throughout the nations, it would be irresponsible of the Society to sanction trials and gatherings.

We continue to monitor this weekly and will provide updates accordingly, and we hope to have some positive news for you all soon.”

So unfortunately, the message to all our Club members is that until matters change SSTTC will not be able to run trials.

Spring News June 2020

What a start to Spring 2020! Everyone’s world has certainly been turned upside down these last few months. We hope you are all keeping well and staying safe in these troubled times. I’m sure you are all wondering when trialling will take place again, but at this point in time we do not have any information as to when this is going to be. We will update you once we have some clearer news.

With regard to SSTTC annual membership due in April, for those who have yet to renew, if you are able to make a bank payment or send through a cheque – that would be amazing.

Stay safe and keep well.

Autumn News October 2019

Hello Everyone, thought it was time for a ‘catch up’ and to let you know what has been happening with the Club during the summer months.  Almost at the end we have addressed the Privacy Policy situation which, unfortunately applied to all small clubs although we are assured, by the overseeing organization, that it was never intended thus. Been a bit of a nightmare, folks.

Anyway to begin on a more cheerful note, ‘there’s bin a lot goin’ on’.

Results of Trials: 

Summer Trial, 28th July, held at Howgrove Farm by kind permission of Dick Withers, with Rich and Tracey Stock, hosting. Jamie Garland was the Judge.  32 dogs ran.

Maltese X:  1st. Floyd Farthing, Sal;  2nd Jane Stubberfield, Dan;  3rd Keeli Wood, Brin;  4th Anne  Cooper, Pip.

Driving:  1st. Floyd Farthing, Jack 83; 2nd. Merrill Fox, Alf 76;  3rd.  Terry Parsons, Tod 73 OLF;  4thChristine Pugh, Moss 73; 5th Mike Dowden, Turk 70; 6th Ian Wheeler, Bob 68.

Open Trial, 1st September, held at Warren Farm, Charterhouse by kind permission of John and Bill Small. Judge was Dick Roper, 56 Dogs ran.

Driving only. 1stJed Watson, Ben 93; 2n Jed Watson, Zac 92; 3rdJed Watson, Bob 87;

4thSlawek Danek, Kay 85; 5thAngie Blackmore, Del 82;6thShirley Greenaway, Sanduck Flip 83.

This was our biggest field of competitors yet. As we have established, this year’s winner will be invited to Judge next year.

Autumn Trial. 13th October, rescheduled from 10 th August to John and Bill Small’s venue using a different field to the Open. 30 dogs ran.

Maltese X, 1st Ron Fouracres.

Driving:  1st Angie Blackmore, Del, 80; 2nd Jenny Attwel Spot 74; 3rd Mike Dowden Turk 70T;

4th Dave Cooper, Lee  68;  5th Andy Melrose Sue 61;  6th Terry Parsons  Tod 57.


Club Awards to members.  2018 – 2019

Highest Pointed Member                                     Terry Parsons and Lil

Most Improved Dog and Handler                      Mike Bacon and Sue

Autumn Trial Winner                                            Angie Blackmore and Del

Open Trial Winner                                                      Jed Watson and Ben

Jed will be invited to Judge next years Trial.

New Ruling for Maltese Cross Class.  It was agreed at a recent Committee Meeting that the Winner of the Maltese cross class must have at least half of the available points for the Class and the 2nd place at least half of those of the winner.


Outstanding Rosettes We hold a number of Rosettes for people who did not pick them up on the day of the relevant Trial. They can be picked up at our next Trial, 7th December.

These are:  From the Spring Trial Lee Bowden 1st and 4th; Jamie Garland, 2nd and 5th

And from the Summer Trial, Anne Cooper 4th.

Training Day  Sunday 20th October.  This was held at Jane Stubberfield’s Cirencester Venue. Bob Watson was once again our Trainer and nine members benefitted from his individual guidance.  Sallyann Fisher kept us all fed with scrummy filled bread rolls and with Tea, coffee and cake provided by club members we were well fed. We plan to host another Training Day in late January/early February in Somerset.

Christmas Lunch at the Brent House Carvery on Saturday 14th December @12.30pm  Cost is £17 per head.  email somersetsheepdogs@gmail.com

Charity Trail Should have mentioned long before now that the Club sent £100 to the Macmillan Cancer Charity following our Spring Trial in April.


Nearly Finally   In reference to our Security blip of 7th October where all members were unintentionally contacted with everyone else’s email address.  So it has all been investigated as follows:

As you know, all Associations and Clubs, as well as Big Business, are now bound by the GDPR ruling about safe use of the personal Data entrusted them. We have been in touch with the independent body that oversees the working of this rule (the IOC – Information Commissioner’s Office which is the independent regulatory office in charge of upholding information rights in the interest of the public)  and they have been most helpful.  As a result we have extended the Privacy Policy that was already on our Website – www.somersetsheepdogs.co.uk  and have created a link to what you can expect of us as an organization, in respect of your privacy. This is a work in progress.

In addition we will be creating a separate email address for the Club that will still arrive on Caroline’s desk but will be part of a new profile on her computer with a different passcode that only refers to SSTTC business.  All SSTTC information with be stored backed stick separately in a USB stick or on ICloud.  We intend to use our website more frequently and these Newsletters will eventually appear on the site in addition to you receiving your own copy. Intending new members can then see how we operate.

So that we can keep our website up-to-date and interesting to new people, we invite you to send recent pics of members at Trials or Training Days to add to our Gallery.  Can you help?

Initially send them to caroline at somersetsheepdogs@gmail.com

And finally   Next Trial is Saturday 7th December at Rich and Tracey Stock’s venue Bellevue Farm, Nempnett Thrubwell.  BS40 7XD.

Contact Us

Contact Us

To find out more about training sheepdogs in the South West and sheepdog trials in the South West:
email somersetsheepdogs@gmail.com

Privacy Policy

Privacy Protection

This policy establishes how we handle information we learn about you when you visit our website and become a club member. Protecting the privacy and personal data of our visitors is of utmost importance to us. Protecting your privacy and your personal data is an important aspect of the way we create, organise and implement our activities on-line and off-line. We are GDPR compliant – the Club has its own email address and all members details are kept within The Clubs own separate storage facility and backed up on a designated USB. Although the ICO (Independent Commissioner’s Office) have mooted that small clubs as ours were never intended to be part of the GDPR regulations, it was felt by SSTTC’s Committee that Compliance would be the sensible way forward.

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