About The National Trial

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.

The Scottish Nationals take place over three days; the fifteen highest scoring competitors from across the three days of competition win a place in the Scotland team. The overall Scottish Champion and the Scotland team captain is the highest scoring handler overall.

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.