About the English Nationals

National Trials are held by the ISDS annually each summer in England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

The top 150 English sheepdogs and their handlers compete for a chance to represent England at the Annual International Trials each year, usually held in September. Each handler can enter a maximum of three dogs, but only two of these may run, the third being an ‘alternate’ dog who may be substituted for one of the two.

The English National takes place over three days; the five highest scoring competitors from each day win a place in the England team. At the end of the third day's competition, there is a runoff between the winners from each day to find the overall England Champion and the England team captain. Each National Team has 15 places and one reserve place, so competition is fierce.

During the lunch break every day, whilst the singles competitors and singles judges seek refreshment, the best Brace teams in England compete before the Brace judges to find the English National Brace Champion.  They also have the honour of representing their country at the International Trial.  


2018 England Team

1st and National Champion Sergio Perello Galdon with Murguia Jim

2nd James Dumbleton with Sid

3rd Timothy Longton with Rooten Brook Roy

4th James Howard with Bill

5th Jim Cropper with Dan

6th David Henderson with Star

7th Vic Morris with Bob

8th David Bristow with Nell

9th Toby Bulgin with Mist

10th Jim Scrivin with Treflys Taff

11th Mark Hallam with Upland Cap

12th Micahel Glasgow with FInn

13th Briam Bell with Hutch

14th Thomas Longton with Maya

15th Ricky Hutchinson with Jock

Reserve Jackie Goulder with Chap (ROM)


English National Champion Sergio Perello Galdon with Murguia Jim

Photo courtesy of Lisa Soar


2018 England National Team

Photo courtesy of Lisa Soar


2018 England Brace Champion

Ricky Hutchinson with Denwyn Moya and Jock

Reserve Katy Cropper with Tsarvo and Zac

2018 England Brace Champion

Photo courtesy of Lisa Soar


Driving Champion

Timothy Longton with Rooten Brook Roy


Best OLF

G T Watson with Huthwaite Roy