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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 732661 – 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 732661.

 

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:

Jane Stubberfield, Membership Secretary,
57, Marsden, Cirencester, Glos GL7 7 ET

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 Caroline on:
01934 732661 or email caz.rackley@gmail.com

 


Training Day with Matt Vickery

Date: Sunday 5th August 2018

Venue: Avondale, Netton, Salisbury

Start:  9.00am – 4.30pm

Suitable for very young dogs starting out (round pen), improvers and older more experienced dogs. Training will take place individually or in groups as requirements dictate.

 

Please contact Caroline Woolley on 01934 732661 or email caz.rackley@gmail.com

 

 


Somerset Autumn Trial

Kindly hosted by Rich Withers

Date: Saturday 11th August 2018

Venue: Howgrove Farm, Nempnett Thrubwell, Blagdon, Bristol BS40 7UY. This will take you near the venue then please follow the signs

Start:  9.30am

Maltese X and Drive

Entries on the field in person please before 12 noon. Entries will be limited to 2 dogs per handler.

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

Please contact Caroline Woolley on 01934 732661 or email caz.rackley@gmail.com

 

 


Mendip Open Trial

Kindly hosted by John and Bill Small

Date: Sunday 2nd September 2018

Venue: Warren Farm, Charterhouse, Mendip BS40 7XR

Start:  9.30am

Drive only

Entries on the field in person please before 12 noon. Entries will be limited to 3 dogs per handler.

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

Please contact Caroline Woolley on 01934 732661 or email caz.rackley@gmail.com

 


Somerset Christmas Trial

Kindly hosted by Rich Stock

Date: Saturday 8th December 2018

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.

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

Please contact Caroline Woolley on 01934 732661 or email caz.rackley@gmail.com

 

Trial Results

Latest News
Goodbye to dear friends

 

 

So… I guess all good things must come to an end. Our two wonderful friends, John and Alex Whiteley have been a big part of the Somerset Sheepdog Club. Many of you will know, they have moved to Lincoln to be nearer to their son and his family and play that very important role of doting Grandparents! Their contribution and support over the years has been immeasurable and we thank them both. The Club would not be where it is today without them. I think many of you will agree there will be a very big hole in the South West Sheepdog world and that Lincoln has just gained one of the best triallists.

Good luck to you both. We are proud to call you our friends and hope we’ll see you again at the post soon.

Our best wishes to you
Rich and Tracey xx

Contact Us

Contact Us

To find out more about training sheepdogs in the South West and sheepdog trials in the South West, please call:
Caroline on 01934 732661
or email caz.rackley@gmail.com

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