120th Vale of Rydal Sheepdog Trials & Hound Show - Thursday 15th August 2024
Sheepdog Trials (8am-6pm)
Sponsored by H & H Land and Estates and Rural Law
The Swaledale Sheep (blacked faced with a white nose) and Herdwicks (white face and grey fleece) used in these Trials are provided by Chris Hodgson of Rydal Farm. They are brought down from the fells and clipped just before the Trials and are not used to daily contact with a sheepdog. They can therefore be quite rebellious, providing a real test for the sheepdog handlers.
Judges award points for the Gathering – the collection of the sheep from the top of the course, the Drive round the course and through the gates and finally the Penning. Spectators have a great view from the hill, looking down on the course. They can also enjoy amusing commentary throughout the day from Mr Jim Bowness.
If you wish to applaud, wait until the shepherd has finished
Hounds & Terriers (10.30AM-3.30PM)
Sponsored by Lycetts Financial services & insurance brokers, Cobbydog Foods, Hounds Magazine and North West Auctions, Simmal Ltd, Ingham & Yorke
The 3 rings in the centre of the field are where the Hounds are shown. The classes are split between dogs and bitches, unentered (youngsters who have not started trail hunting), entered, couples, groups and best walked.
The smallest hounds are Beagles and up to 14 packs from across the Country compete.
The medium sized hound are Harriers and up to 5 packs from across the Country compete.
The large hounds are Foxhounds, from the 7 fell packs: Coniston, Blencathra, Eskdale & Ennerdale, Lunesdale, Melbreak, North Lonsdale and Ullswater.
The terriers class include Lakeland, Border and Jack Russells. Entries are in advance, not on the day.
The Supreme Champion of Show is when the Champion Beagle, Harrier, Fell Foxhound and Terrier compete for the Bruce Logan Memorial Challenge Trophy. This takes place in the Foxhound ring.
There is a new prize this year for a Young person who is keeping the traditions of the countryside going. This is a bursary given in memory of Mary Logan.
Show of Shepherds' Crooks and Sticks (12.30PM)
Sponsored by the Lake District National Park Authority
This is in a gazebos near the Secretary’s tent
Young Dog Handlers and Novelty Dog show (2.30PM)
Sponsored by Carter Jonas
Held in the Harrier ring
Sponsors Lycetts Financial Services and insurance brokers, Ambleside tree services and Nick Mowbray.
The winner of the open hound trail receives the John Benson Memorial Challenge Trophy.
The finish of each trail is a real draw for the crowds and can be enjoyed form the bank, overlooking the sheepdog trials. You can even place a bet on your favourite