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.  


2018 Scottish Team

1st and National Champion Fraser Shennan with Mia

2nd Ross Henderson with Jude

3rd Chloe Cropper with Fly

4th Jimmy Menzies with Balemund Ted

5th Peter Martin with Daisy

6th Neil McVicar with Mist

7th Alastair McKenzie with Jess

8th Stewart McCrindle with Kate

9th Andy Carnegie with Linburn Rook

10th Alasdair Mundell with Taff

11th Neil Gillon with Sweep

12th Bobby Henderson with Tweed

13th Billy Common with Grit

14th Alastair Stewart with Tweed

15th Stuart Davidson with Queen

Reserve Neil Campbell with Cass


2018 Scottish National Team

Photo courtesy of Lisa Soar


2018 Scottish National Champion

Fraser Shennan with Mia

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2018 Scottish Brace Champion

Alastair McKenzie with Bhoy and Mist

Reserve George Gardiner with Meg and Nan

Alastair McKenzie with Bhoy and Mist

Photo courtesy of Lisa Soar