NEXT TRIALS - 7th, 8th & 9th September 2017


longshaw trialsThe Trials at Longshaw are said to be the oldest sheepdog trials in England and began far back in 1898. They have been an annual event since then, with only two breaks - during the First and Second World Wars. The Longshaw Sheep Dog Trials are held every year, normally in the first week of September, and are a well attended and much loved feature in the Hope Valley calendar.

 When the Trials recommenced after the Second World War, the BBC came on board and the popular programme 'One Man And His Dog' was born.

longshawtrials2Of all the stories about how the Longshaw Sheepdog Trials came to be, the following is perhaps the most interesting!

In the late 1890s, the head keeper and head shepherd had a bet - who could shoot the most pigeons! The shepherd won - this enraged the keeper, who demanded a return match. The shepherd had no gun licence and suspected that the keeper intended to cause trouble for him by informing the police of this match. He suggested to the keeper that instead of a shoot, they see whose dog was the best at rounding up sheep. The winner would receive a sheep.

This informal match between two rivals turned into the three day event we know and love today, attracting thousands of spectators and raising a great deal of money for charity.

Click here for the Longshaw Sheepdog Trials Website

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