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Monday, 1 August 2016

Thousands will flock to Castle Howard for national sheepdog trials return

The English National Sheepdog Trials are set to return to Yorkshire after a nine-year absence with thousands expected to descend on Castle Howard for the event from Friday to Sunday, this week (5-7 August).
Ready for the action ... local sheepdog trials chairman Alec Mosey and dog Trooper await the start of the national trials which are held at Castle Howard.
The competition will see some of the best dogs and biggest names in sheepdog trialling come together from across the whole of England to compete to win one of 15 places in the national team and go on to represent England in the International Trials, in Wales later in the year.

Alec Mosey, local chairman of the 2016 English National Sheepdog Trials, said: “We are very proud to be hosting the event once again in Yorkshire and could not think of a more stunning backdrop to our venue than the historic and world-famous Castle Howard.

“As well as the trials, we have ensured that there are plenty of activities on offer for the whole family to enjoy in what promises to be an exciting, entertaining and successful event. Our visitors can get a discounted entry to Castle Howard too with the great house, gardens and adventure playground to discover.

“For those wanting to make a weekend of it, our venue is set in the beautiful rolling countryside of the Howardian Hills, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Scenic villages, the historic City of York, two National Parks, Whitby and the Yorkshire coast as well as the famous World of James Herriot Museum at Thirsk are all within easy reach.”

The event will also include an array of family activities, including a craft and demonstration marquee on Saturday and Sunday.

The Freedom of Spirit for Border Collies Trust will give an insight into the breed, its history, behaviour and training.

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