Collie Herding Test
successful staging of the first Show
Border Collie Herding Test in October 2008, the Kennel Club held two
further tests during 2009 and 2010.
were held at Bredhurst in Kent on Saturday
October 2009, hosted by Southern
Border Collie Club and at
Pickering in North Yorkshire on Sunday
24th October 2010,
hosted by the Border Collie Club of Great Britain.
that have successfully completed the
over Guildenmore - handled and
owned by Rev. Angela Hughes
Dazlerock's Harry Potter - handled and owned by Louise Amos
Cories Lachat - handled by Louise Amos (owned by Ann Jordan)
Coires Meg -
handled by Louise Amos (owned by Ann
Coires Fly - handled by Louise Amos (owned by Ann Jordan)
Corriedhu Breac into Coires - handled and owned by Louise Amos
Littlethorn Colt at Tobermoray JW - handled by Rachel Spencer (owned by
Mrs A Spencer)
Tim O'Day at Guildenmore - owned and handled by The Reverend Angela
Littlethorn Zodiac - owned and handled by Mrs Sue McCrilley
of the Herding Test, a limited version of a sheepdog trial,
is to safeguard the future development of the Border Collie by
emphasising the importance of the breed's natural herding abilities.
Border Collies which achieve Show Champion status in the breed ring
need to succeed in the Herding Test before being made up to full
Champions. However any registered Border Collie which passes the
Herding Test will now be entitled to use the letters 'SBCHT'
the end of its name.
Kisko, Kennel Club spokesperson, said: "We are very pleased
with the success of this test, which will ensure that the innate
behaviour and genes of the Border Collie continue to be valued and
recognition of a dog's natural abilities ties in with our Fit for
Function: Fit for Life campaign, which aims to ensure that dogs are
bred to be fit for their original function and to enjoy their lives to
Test consists of five principal elements - Outrun, Lift,
Bring/Fetch, Inspection and Drive - working a group of five to ten
sheep. Following a review of the initial test in October 2008, details
of the requirements have been clarified. Dogs need to pass overall but
do not need to pass each section; the stated objective of the Herding
Test is 'to assess a dog's instinct to herd sheep in a controlled
manner and under instruction of the handler'. As it is the dog's
herding ability which is being tested, dogs may be handled by anyone,
not necessarily the owner.
Detail of the
When the new
Herding Test was announced last year, exemptions were
specified for dogs which had been successful in certain trials
affiliated to the International Sheep Dog Society (ISDS). A further
exemption is now available, for dogs that have passed the ISDS Working
Test for Registration on Merit.
wishing to enter their Border Collie in a Herding Test should
contact Zoe Tharmasingam at the Kennel Club (Tel: 0870 606 6750 Ext.
313 or email: zoe.t[at]thekennelclub.org.uk) to obtain an application
form. Entries close four weeks before the date of each test, and the
entry fee is £25.00. Dogs must be 12 months old or over at
date of the application. There is no limit on the number of Herding
Tests for which a dog may be entered.