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.
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.
SSDTTC is affiliated to ISDS, our number is 59546.
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.
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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 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 email@example.com
Training Day with Bob Watson
Kindly hosted by Jane Stubberfield
Date: Sunday 20th October 2019
Venue: Rendcomb, Cirencester GL7 7HD
The village of Rendcomb and is about seven miles north of Cirencester in the Cotswolds. From the M5 junction 11A follow the A471 and then onto the A435. Follow the signs from the main road. The Venue is off a No Exit road.
Please bring sandwiches and a flask as there is no food on-site. Although shelter will be provided it is a good idea to bring wet weather gear and warm clothing. It will be a jolly good day out and honing your skills too!
We are limited to about 12 handlers and dogs – five are already signed up – so book early to avoid disappointment. Jane can then arrange her sheep if you let us know by the time we have our Autumn Trial 13th October.
Cost for the day is £15.
If you would like to take part, please text Caroline 07703 197823 or Richard 07840 934691 or alternatively email caroline firstname.lastname@example.org
Somerset Christmas Trial
Kindly hosted by Rich and Tracey Stock
Date: Saturday 7th December 2019
Venue: Bellvue Farm, Nempnett Thrubwell, North Somerset BS40 7XD
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.
Refreshments available. There will be a raffle so donations of prizes would be much appreciated.
Please contact Caroline Woolley on 01934 732661 or email email@example.com
Somerset Sheepdog Training and Trailing Club – Autumn Trial. Sunday 13th October 2019
As this was a Club Trial then the results are restricted to Club members only.
Judge was Robert Hawke, Bishopstone, Salisbury. 30 dogs ran altogether. 2 dogs only per competitor.
Driving 26 ran
1. Angie Blackmore Del 80 points
2. Jenny Atwell Spot 74
3. Mike Dowden Turk 70
4. David Cooper Lee 68
5. Andy Melrose Sue 61
6. Terry Parsons Tod 57
Maltese Cross 4 ran
1. Ron Fouracres
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