World Sheepdog Trials 2011

15th - 18th September 2011
Lowther Park Estate, Penrith, Cumbria, England

James McGee and Becca, 2011 World Sheep Dog Trials champions.

James McGee 2011 World Sheep Dog Trials champion

The leading handlers in the 2011 World Sheep Dog Trials, from left, third placed Michael Gallagher and Cap, new world champion James McGee and Becca, and runner-up Serge van der Zweep and Eve.

The leading handlers in the 2011 World Sheep Dog Trials, from left, third placed Michael Gallagher and Cap, new world champion James McGee and Becca, and runner-up Serge van der Zweep and Eve.

RESULTS

1

James McGee

Ireland

Becca

613

2

Serge van der Zweep

Netherlands

Eve

577

3

Michael Gallagher

Ireland

Cap

565

4

Tom Lawrenson

England

Clyde

551

5

Erik Holmgaard

Denmark

Joe

498

6=

Kevin Evans

Wales

Mirk

484

6=

Roddy MacDiarmid

Scotland

Jim

478

8

Arthur Temple

England

Meg

474

9

Denis Birchall

Ireland

Bill

438

10

William Gallagher

Ireland

Groesfaen Roy

437

11

Nigel Watkins

Wales

Jody

420

12

Eamonn Lawless

England

Bill

370

13

Richard Briggs

England

Bill

325

14=

Mrs Lyle Lad

USA

Shep

DIS

14=

Alan Jones (Defaidity)

Wales

Bet

DIS

14=

Thomas Wilson

USA

Sly

DIS

Press Release - 26th April 2011

List of Handlers and Dogs

Press Release - 10th February 2011

World Sheep Dog Trials sponsorship tops £35K

Over £35,000 has to date been pledged in sponsorship for this autumn’s International Sheep Dog Society (ISDS) World Sheep Dog Trials, Food & Country Festival.

However, the local organsing committee is still looking to attract additional financial support, including a main headline sponsor, to help towards the £200,000 required to stage the four-day event, which is being be held in England for the first time amid the picture postcard surroundings of the Lowther Estate, near Penrith, in Cumbria from September 15 to 18.

The current major sponsor is Welsh-based CSJ Specialist Canine Feeds, of Bodfari, Denbighshire, run by international sheep dog trialist and judge Ceri Rundle. The company also sponsored the last World Trials held in Wales in 2008.

Another regular World Trials supporter, dog food manufacturer Gilbertson & Page (Gilpa), based in Welwyn Garden City, Herts, has agreed to sponsor again this year. Also included in their support package is a solid gold shepherd’s whistle for the competitor crowned world champion on Sunday, September 18.

The first overseas sponsor is Albert Scheper, of Scheper ClinMon, which is based in Meeden in The Netherlands. The company provides solutions for medical device and pharmaceutical companies.

Other keynote UK-based sponsors already in place include:
Penrith & District Farmers Mart.
A.W. Jenkinson Forest Products, Clifton, Penrith.
Lord Lonsdale, Lonsdale Estate.
Eden District Council.
Nigel Davis Solicitors, Burton-in-Kendal – Nigel is chairman of the organising committee.
Armstrong Watson Accountants, Carlisle.
Scotpen Sheep Handling Systems, part of DCH Farm Sales, Lauder, Berwickshire.

ISDS English president Tim Longton, of Rooten Brook Farm, Quernmore, Lancaster, said: "We are extremely grateful to all companies, organisations and individuals who have already provided or pledged sponsorship in what are difficult economic times.

"We are continuing our negotiations with a number of other potential major sponsors - and a couple of potential headline sponsors too, but still need to attract additional financial support, whatever the sum, to help us stage what is going to be one of the largest events of its kind ever seen in this part of the country, or, indeed, in England.

"We confidently expect upwards of 40,000 people to attend from all parts of the world, providing a multi-million pound boost to the local and regional economy."

Press Release 12th May 2010

OFFICIAL LAUNCH OF 2011 ISDS WORLD SHEEP DOG TRIALS

Celebrities, hosts, working dog enthusiasts, current and potential sponsors rubbed shoulders as the whistle sounded to begin the countdown to the 2011 ISDS World Sheep Dog Trials, Food & Country Festival.

They are to be staged in England for the first time at Lowther Estates, near Penrith in Cumbria, from September 15-18, 2011.

With at least 30,000 visitors anticipated - public interest will be boosted with a Food & Country Festival promoting locally produced food and crafts - the regional economy can expect to receive a £2m-plus boost from next year’s trials.

They are held every three years and are the peak for working sheep dog enthusiasts around the globe. In the quest to crown a new world champion, 240 of the planet’s best handlers will trial some of the world’s top dogs.

The official launch event was staged at The Punch Bowl Inn, Askham, on Thursday 13th May 2010 with the 2011 ISDS World Trials declared "open" by historian, broadcaster, columnist, countryside campaigner and Scottish Borders farmer Sir Johnny Scott.

Sir Johnny wrote and co-presented the BBC2 series "Clarissa and the Countryman" and writes for a variety of publications on field sports, food, farming, travel, history and the countryside.

He commented: "There is no animal quite like the sheep dog. In 1880, the Scottish poet and novelist James Hogg said: ‘Without the shepherd's dog, the whole of the open mountainous land in Scotland would not be worth a sixpence.’ This is not only as true today as it was then, but now applies in all parts of the world."

One Man and his Dog’s Gus Dermody, Tim Longton, ISDS English president and head of the organising committee, and chairman Nigel Davis. Seated, official opener Sir Johnny Scott, right, and the first major sponsor of the 2011 trials, Ceri Rundle, of CSJ Specialist Canine Feeds.

standing, from left, One Man and his Dog’s Gus Dermody, Tim Longton, ISDS English president and head of the organising committee, and chairman Nigel Davis. Seated, official opener Sir Johnny Scott, right, and the first major sponsor of the 2011 trials, Ceri Rundle, of CSJ Specialist Canine Feeds

Another well-known guest speaker was Gus Dermody, the presenter and commentator for BBC2's "One Man and His Dog." Gus is a South Cheshire farmer who trains young dogs, presents sheep dog demonstrations and has also acted as announcer and commentator at recent English National and International Sheep Dog Trials – the 2009 International was held at Lowther Estates.

He said: "The pinnacle for sheep dog handlers is to represent their country and then go on to the World Trials. This flagship event deserves all the publicity it can get."

Organisation of the 4th ISDS World Sheep Dog Trials, administered by the International Sheep Dog Society (ISDS) and held at Lowther Park Farms Ltd by kind permission of the Lowther Estate Trust, is in the hands of a local committee.

2011 ISDS World Trials chairman Nigel Davis, of Burton-in-Kendal, who was secretary of the English National Sheep Dog Trials in 2008 and advisor to the local organising committee for last year’s International Trials held at Lowther, announced that the Earl of Lonsdale, Hugh Clayton, and his wife Liz, had agreed to be patrons of the 2011 ISDS World Trials.

Pictured at the official launch of the 2011 ISDS World Sheep Dog Trials, Food & Country Festival are, standing, Lowther Estates’ Jim Lowther, left, and organising committee chairman Nigel Davis. Seated, ISDS chairman Jim Easton, left, and Tim Longton, ISDS English president and head of the organising committee, with his dog Carrie – the duo have represented the English National team on several occasions.
Lowther Estates’ Jim Lowther, left, and organising committee chairman Nigel Davis. Seated, ISDS chairman Jim Easton, left, and Tim Longton, ISDS English president and head of the organising committee, with his dog Carrie – the duo have represented the English National team on several occasions.

Norman Lorton, ISDS chief executive, said: "Our keynote aim remains to improve the shepherd’s dog for the benefit and welfare of stock, and this ethos is spreading right across the world.

"Trialing is all about pitting wits and skills against a natural environment and for the 2011 ISDS World Trials at Lowther Estates we want to build on the heritage and success of the 2008 trials in Wales."

ISDS English president and renowned trialist Tim Longton, of Rooten Brook Farm, Quernmore, Lancaster, who is heading up the organising committee, said: "After the success of the previous three ISDS World Trials in Wales and Ireland, the pressure was on for the English to do the job!

"Lowther Estates has been very supportive of this event. The countryside around here is beautiful and we have accommodation providers to cater for the thousands of visitors from both at home and overseas. The ISDS World Trials are going to benefit the local economy in a big, big way."

Lowther Estates’ Jim Lowther said: "We are honoured and really looking forward to hosting the 2011 ISDS World Trials. To coincide with them, we will be opening up Lowther Castle again to public access for the first time in 70 years.

"We want to invite the public to come and enjoy Lowther through a whole series of events. The ISDS World Trials will be the catalyst for this, including a major permanent replacement for Lowther Show in 2012." The annual event was last held in 2008.

The debut English ISDS World Trials will cost around £200,000 to stage and the first major sponsor was introduced at the launch event - Ceri Rundle, of CSJ Specialist Canine Feeds, Bwlch Isaf Farm, Bodfari, Denbighshire.

The company, one of the fastest growing brands of natural canine feeds, herbal supplements and treats, used by many top dog handlers, also sponsored the 2008 ISDS World Sheep Dog Trials in Wales.

Ceri – her father H. Glyn Jones is a former International Supreme and Reserve Supreme Champion – was the first lady to appear on One Man & His Dog, the first to qualify for the Welsh National team and the first to be elected on to the panel of national judges for Wales. Herself an international and world trialist, she has since adjudicated in Europe, Scandinavia and the USA.