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:- firstname.lastname@example.org – or fill in our membership form.
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:- email@example.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 :- firstname.lastname@example.org
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 emails. 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
SSTTC rules for Trials
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Any handler whose dog damages sheep will be liable to pay the cost of the damage.
- The Judges decision is final. Any dispute should be put in writing and not discussed on the trial field.
- Verbal abuse of the judge or any committee member will lead to immediate suspension of that member.
- Please note that the Judge must not be interrupted when he/she is working.
- The use of electric collars is forbidden
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.
1st Anne Williams Memorial Training Day
– re scheduled to Jan 29th 2022 NOW FULLY BOOKED
(Trainer Dave Cole of South Dartmoor )
Dave is a English National Competitor, Trainer & Breeder
Kindly hosted by Andy Melrose
Results Xmas Trial Dec 5th 2021
Venue: Bellview Farm Nemphnett Thrubwell – by kind permission of Richard Withers – Hosted by Rich & Tracey Stock
Early Summer Club Trial June 27th
Venue: Warren Farm, Charterhouse, by kind permission of the Small Bros.
Results Summer Club Trial August 1st 2021
Venue: Howgrove Farm, Butcombe BS40 7UY – by kind permission of Richard Withers
Drive, Shed, Pen
Results Late Summer Open Trial Sept 5th 2021
Venue: Warren Farm, Rains Batch Charterhouse – by kind permission of Bill & John Small
Drive, Shed, Pen
Results Autumn Open Trial Oct 17th 2021
New Ruling for Maltese Cross Class. It was agreed at a 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.
Autumn Trial 2021
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.