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Rydal Sheepdog Trials were started by Stanley Le Fleming in 1901 (See picture on right Mr Stanley le Fleming on the left with Mr W B Logan). For more than 100 years, the Le Fleming family have shown unstinting support for Rydal Sheep Dog Trials. The Swaledale Sheep are provided by Chris Hodgson of Rydal Farm and as they have come down from the fells and only recently been clipped, they are often quite rebellious providing a real test for the sheep dog handlers. Judges award points for the Gathering – the collection of the sheep from the top of the course, the Drive round the course and through the gates and finally the Penning. Spectators have a great view of both courses from the hill that divides them. They can also enjoy amusing commentary throughout the day from Mr Jim Bowan.

The Rydal Novice Class is for sheepdogs who have not won a first or second prize in a trial. This class is run throughout the day from 9.00am on the left side of the show field. The prize money for this class is being sponsored by Carter Jonas. The winner of this class will receive £25 and the Porter Challenge Cup . There will also be a prize of  a tankard for the best competitor residing within 15 miles of Rydal Church.

The Le Fleming Stakes is a Open Trial. This class is run throughout the day from 9.00am on the right hand side of the show field. The prize money for this class is being sponsored by TH Commercial, Prizet Court, Helsington, Cumbria and a silver sheepdog Challenge Trophy given by Mr and the late Mrs Richard le Fleming and a tankard to keep given by Mrs Mary Logan. A silver salver for the highest placed Cumbrian Competitor kindly given in memory of the late Mr Jo Thompson.

 

Entries of the sheepdog trial classes close on 21st July 2017.