top of page

International Sheepdog
Trials 2023

Events With Intelligence

The International Sheep Dog

The International Sheep Dog Trials take place in Blessington, Co Wicklow from 8th - 10 September 2023.


To those of you who are unfamiliar with the world of sheepdog trialling, the International Sheepdog Trial is one of the largest events in the sheepdog calendar. The purpose of a Sheep Dog Trial is to test the abilities of the best working dogs, in an environment close to true working life. The International Sheepdog Trial 2023 will showcase the talents of 60 dogs from across Ireland, England, Scotland, and Wales. These 60 dogs will consist of the top 15 dogs selected from each nations National Trial, which take place over July and August.


The International Sheepdog Trials is truly an unforgettable experience. From watching the impressive skills of the top sheepdogs and their handlers, to enjoying the lively atmosphere of the event with my family, it was a day filled with excitement and entertainment.

- James Byrne

60 Sheepdogs

300 + Sheep

60 Handlers

15 Finalists

Become A Trader Today

The International Trial itself will consist of two days of qualification, with the top 15 dogs qualifying for the final known as the International Supreme Championship. This final will be held on day 3 of the International Trial, with the largest crowd expected for this day. In addition to the Supreme Championship, there will also be a Brace Championship, which involves two dogs working in harmony with one another. This will take place at lunchtime on day 1 and 2 and will consist of two Brace teams from each Nation, a total of eight Brace teams across the two days. A Young Handler Competition will take place on the final day with one competitor selected from each Nation. 

If interested in visiting or trading at the International Sheepdog Trials, please click the link below to learn more

bottom of page