About The National Trial

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

The top 150 Scottish sheepdogs and their handlers compete for a chance to represent Scotland 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 Scottish National takes place over three days; the fifteen highest scoring competitors from throughout the three days wins a place in the Scottish team. At the end of the third day's competition, there is a runoff between the winners from each day to find the overall Scottish Champion and the Scottish 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 Scotland compete before the Brace judges to find the Scottish National Brace Champion. They also have the honour of representing their country at the International Trial.  


2017 - Scottish Team

1st and Scottish National Champion W.J. Welsh and Jim

2nd N. Campbell and Cass

3rd R.B. Henderson and Skid

4th A.D. Carnegie and Linburn Rook

5th D.S.M. Macauley and Mitch

6th P. Martin and Jill

7th N. Campbell and Gus

8th K.R. Donald and Choc

9th A. Welsh and Don

10th J. Hill and Sid

11th I. Wilkie and Floss

12th E.A.J. MacLean and Dan

13th A.R. Mundell and Taff

14th I.M. Brownlie and Tib

15th L. Hinnekens and Meg

Reserve J.W. Common and Grit


2017- Scottish Brace Champion Julie Hill with Molly and Sid

Runner up - Peter Martin with Jen and Jill