Sunday, December 29, 2019

Euston Trial

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Thursday, November 28, 2019

Newsletter Articles

In preparation for next year's Open season newsletter, I am asking if anybody would be interested in writing trial reports or anything else of interest to include.

If you have any ideas, please let me know via email: easssecretary@btinternet.co.uk

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Chairman's Report - AGM 2019

Welcome everyone to the AGM; it's nice to see so many faces, and particularly some new ones.

I believe the East Anglian Sheepdog Society is one of the strongest societies in the country. Since its reformation in 1976, I think it has gone from strength to strength; progressively adapting for its members and the changes within the sheep industry throughout East Anglia. I'm sure that Richard Seabrook and the other founding members would be very proud to see it today. I believe we offer more to our members than any other society for every level of dog, competitor and handler; from absolute beginners right through to International team handlers. The sheep industry has changed dramatically since those early days of our Society; back then there were much larger sheep numbers within East Anglia, with many estates carrying large breeding ewe flocks. Whereas now, the breeding numbers within our area have lessened and the focus is now more on store lamb finishing or running gimmers. Gone are the days of Ingham sheep sale; three sales through the Summer selling up to 10,000 sheep at the main August sale. However, as a Society, we have adapted; securing venues and sheep to enable us to continue to put on trials. We now put on more trials than ever, with Open trials taking place in every month throughout the Summer and a very full Winter Nursery series.

This is all due to the incredibly hard work that YOUR Committee put in; thanklessly and tirelessly. Unlike many societies in the UK, we don't have many farmer or shepherd members, so for many of our trials, there is quite a logistical job to cart handling systems, trial course, toilets - not to mention in many cases, the sheep to the venue! This work is often carried out by the same few people for every trial and often at their own personal expense in fuel, not to mention time, so please all be aware of this.

At the risk of repeating what I wrote in the last newsletter, I would like to thank the whole Committee for their work in making our Society what it is, and I would (again) like to thank the "unseen heroes" of our Society. Whilst it is perhaps unfair to single anyone out, I feel it's important that all members realise the hard work that goes on behind the scenes. So I would particularly like to thank Kath Perry for her hard work as Treasurer and Open Trials Secretary, Grace Baldry-Roberts for her work as Society Secretary, and also the non-dog running members of our Society, namely Den Else, Claire Lyster and Denis Jenkins.

On a final note, I would like to thank the Society itself for allowing me to be Chairman for the past 2 years; a position I consider to be an honour as personally I owe the Society so much. A long time ago, when I knew nothing about sheep or dogs, I met a man names Will Grey. Shepherd on Elveden Estate, Will introduced me to sheep and dogs, and in fact gave me a pup called Millie. He then suggested I join the Society. On the rare occasion things go well on the trial field, I want to thank Will - but more often than not, I want to blame him for introducing me to the most addictive drug I have ever taken! It's a lifelong affliction with many more lows than highs - I often mutter to myself "it's Will Grey's fault". However, I believe that the occasional highs far outweigh the lows, so on that note, let's all try and work to make OUR Society even better!

Ed Thornalley

Friday, November 15, 2019

Change of Trial Venue

Hi All

Due to the wet weather the trial at Kate’s Hill (Sunday 1st December) has had to be moved. It is now going to be held at Worlington, IP28 8SG - please can you all try and make as many people as possible aware.

Thank you!

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Membership renewal is due!!

Membership renewal is due!!

To run in any of our Winter trials you must have signed up or renewed your EASS Membership.

Send your membership fee with your name and details to our Membership Secretary:
Kath Perry
14 Stone Road,
NR20 4LS

Alternatively should you wish to pay via BACS email your name and details to:
BACS Payments to:
Account Number: 00240771
Sort Code 30-98-58

Membership fee is £12.00 each

Membership forms will also be available at our trials.


Saturday, September 21, 2019

International Sheepdog Trial 2019

Congratulations to Kevin Evans, 2019 International Supreme Champion with Hybeck Blake, and also the 2019 International Brace Champion with Derwen Doug and Knockmaa Bec, what a fantastic achievement!

Monday, September 2, 2019

Wherstead Open/Novice Qualifying Trial - 7th & 8th September - Sponsored by Christchurch Veterinary Referrals

Introducing our sponsor for this weekend’s Open/Novice Qualifying Trial at Wherstead:

~ Christchurch Veterinary Referrals ~

“Christchurch Veterinary Referrals is a family run small animal referral centre based in Ipswich.

Shane and Charlotte Morrison established the practice in 2001. It has grown significantly since its early days and is now one of only three referrals centres across the whole of East Anglia to boast both MRI and CT scanning facilities on-site. A full range of specialised procedures are carried out including spinal surgery, hip replacement, Slocum TPLO, arthroscopy and complicated fracture repair. As the only independent (not corporate) referral centre in the region, we pride ourselves on our level of customer care and the quality of work we deliver”

Monday, August 26, 2019

Methwold Open Qualifying Trial & Championship Double Gather - 31st August & 1st September - Sponsored by Clarkes of Walsham

Introducing our sponsor for this weekend’s Open Qualifying Trial and Championship Double Gather at Methwold:

~ Clarkes of Walsham ~

“Since it was established in 1908, family run Clarkes of Walsham Limited has been serving the building & agricultural trades as well as the general public.

Clarkes is one of the largest independent suppliers of farming and building supplies delivering throughout East Anglia. Our Country Stores stock everything from country clothing to shooting cartridges & accessories, equestrian equipment, rider apparel, bedding and a wide range of horse, livestock and dog feeds.
We are delighted to be sponsoring the EASS’s Open Qualifying Trial and Championship Double Gather. Our Country Stores Manager Sophie is passionate about working sheepdogs, aspires to trial her own collies one day and looks forward to meeting you at trials throughout the season.

We are especially pleased to be able to offer all EASS members a ‘pay as you go’ Trade Cash Account with us, so that you can benefit from discounts on a wide variety of products.”

Monday, August 12, 2019

English National Sheepdog Trial 2019 - Results

Congratulations to Ricky Hutchinson for winning this year's English National Sheepdog Trial in both the single and the brace.

Good Luck to Team England in both this year's International in Scotland in September and next year's World Trial to be held at Castle Howard in September 2020. A special mention to local handler Ed Hawkins on qualifying for both!

Results from the three days are below:

Friday, July 19, 2019


Date for 2019 EASS AGM:

Wednesday 20th November

Stowmarket Rugby Club, IP14 1SZ


EASS Winter Trial Dates 2019/2020


Saturday 9th November 2019 - Worlington, IP28 8SG - Cradle
Sunday 10th November 2019 - Worlington, IP28 8SG - Open/Nursery/Novice
Sunday 24th November 2019 - Castle Rising, PE31 6AN - Open/Nursery/Novice


Sunday 1st December 2019 - Kate's Hill - Open/Nursery/Novice
Saturday 14th December 2019 - Worlington, IP28 8SG - Cradle
Sunday 15th December 2019 - Worlington, IP28 8SG - Open/Nursery/Novice


Saturday 4th January 2020 - Euston Park, IP24 2QH - Cradle
Sunday 5th January 2020 - Euston Park, IP24 2QH - Open/Nursery/Novice
Saturday 18th January 2020 - Worlington, IP28 8SG - Cradle & Novice Handler
Sunday 19th January 2020 - Worlington, IP28 8SG - Open/Nursery/Novice


Saturday 15th February 2020 - Little Blakenham, IP8 4LX - Nursery/Novice Championship


Entry on the field for Cradle & Open/Nursery/Novice trials - entrants must be a Member of the EASS

£5 per dog entry fee

Membership forms will available at trial, but should you wish to become a member prior to event, please contact:

Kath Perry (07786 605419 / eassmembership@btinternet.com)

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Refreshments - Open/Novice Trial : Dalham

There will be some refreshments (cakes and biscuits) available at the trial for a small donation to the EASS funds

Monday, July 1, 2019

Running Order for EASS Trial on Sunday 7th July

Trial at Dalham, near Newmarket
Start time - 8.30am
Directions from Dalham Village

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Running Order for Euston Trial - Sunday 9th June

Start time is 8.30am

Follow EASS signs to trial from Fakenham Magna, not through main gates.

We are very grateful to both Moloney Veterinary Clinics and La Hogue Farm Shop and Cafe for sponsoring this trial

Much appreciated, thank you

Friday, May 10, 2019

Euston Open/Novice Qualifying Trial - 9th June 2019 - Sponsored by La Hogue Farm Shop & Cafe and Moloney Veterinary Clinics

We are hugely grateful to La Hogue Farm Shop & Café and Moloney Veterinary Clinics for sponsoring our Open/Novice Trial at Euston in conjunction with Euston Rural Pastimes

The National Award Winning La Hogue Farm Shop & Café, situated just of the A11 near Newmarket, is owned and run by farmer's son and daughter Chris & Joanna Reeks.
Established in 2002, La Hogue offers a vast array of home and locally produced food including a renowned butchery section with 3 full time butchers. The multi-award winning Farm Café/Restaurant offers home-cooked breakfasts, lunches and afternoon tea in a comfortable, relaxed environment with outdoor alfresco eating and children's play area.
Chris Reeks set up the La Hogue Flock in 2009 on the Euston Estate primarily producing extensively grazed lamb for the shop, but also purchasing ewe lambs at top breeding sales and of renowned breeders and then running them for a year to be offered as breeding shearlings. The Welsh Mules that will be used at the EASS trial at Euston are a testament to what Chris is striving to produce.
Chris said " we're thrilled to support the EASS trial at Euston. Working sheepdogs are very close to my heart and are part of the fundamental fabric of the countryside. Not sure I'll ever have one good enough to trial though!"

Jerry Moloney has been in veterinary practice in north Essex for over 30 years and for 25 of those years he has also been an enthusiastic amateur sheepdog handler and supporter of the East Anglian Sheepdog Society. Jerry comes from a farming background and began his professional life working solely with farm animals but, mirroring the changes in the veterinary world generally, his career took him through mixed farm, equine and small-animal work to eventually develop a specialised and expanding small-animal practice.
Moloney Veterinary Clinics employ 25 people, including a team of 5 veterinary surgeons. They provide a service to clients not only throughout north-Essex but from much further afield. Reflecting Jerry Moloney’s deep interest in the working sheepdog, the practice has become closely identified with the border collie and in fact all working breeds. They are extremely happy to support the work of the EASS and are pleased to sponsor the upcoming Open/Novice Trials at Euston which is being held in conjunction with the Rural Pastimes event.
For more information about Moloney Veterinary Clinics, why not check us out on-line at www.moloneyvets.co.uk, or visit our Facebook page. See you at Euston!


Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Lynn News Article - South Wootton Open Trial - Saturday 16th February 2019

An article in the Lynn News following our Open Trial at South Wootton on Saturday 16th February 2019


Tuesday, February 26, 2019

English Nursery Final 2019

Congratulations to Emma Gray & Telf Joff - Winners of the English Nursery Final 2019

Emma Gray & Telf Joff

And congratulations to EASS Team Member Ed Hawkins for qualifying in the top 10 and therefore giving him a place in the team set to represent England in the 4 Nations Nursery Final in March - well done!

Scores from Round 1
Scores from Round 2

Scores from Round 3

Sunday, February 17, 2019

EASS Annual Dinner 2019 - Saturday 16th February

Summer Trials:

5th May – Castle Rising
Open - The Hulver Open Cup - Ricky Hutchinson & Moya
Novice - The Hulver Novice Cup - Ed Thornalley & Baby Sweep

6th May – Castle Rising
Open - The CWG Shield - Ricky Hutchinson & Sweep
Novice - The EASS Novice Shield - Megan Jenkins & Katie

10th June – Euston
Open - The Maurice Bloomfield Shield - Bob Powell & Mirk
Novice - The EASS Trophy - Richard Curtis & Tess

8th July – Dalham
Open - The Holbecks Park Open Trophy - Ed Thornalley & Nasher
Novice - The Holbecks Park Novice Trophy - Dee Chapman & Sid
18th August – Methwold
Open - The Stockaid Shield - Sarah Jenkins & Aura

22nd September – Wherstead
Open - The EASS Open Cup - Dee Chapman & Sid
Novice - The EASS Novice Cup - Dee Chapman & Sid

23rd September – Wherstead
Open - The Writtle College Open Shield - Ben Smith & Ben
Novice - The Writtle College Novice Shield - Richard Little & Lenka

6th October – Ickworth
Open - The Otley Open Cup - Ricky Hutchinson & Moya
Novice - The Otley Novice Cup - Andrea Bartram & Hazel

7th October – Ickworth
Open - The Omega Megan Bronze - Ricky Hutchinson & Jock
Novice - The EASS Novice Shield - Jamie Gregory & Bob
Highest Placed EASS Local Member - The Ickworth Trophy - Sarah Jenkins & Aura
Best O.L.F. - The Priory Farm Shield - Ricky Hutchinson & Jock

14th October – EASS Championship
The Richard Seabrook/Lacy Scott Memorial Trophy - Ed Hawkins & Jess

Summer Season Aggregate Competitions:

Open - The Lacy Scott Cup - Ed Thornalley & Nasher
Novice - The Brian And Kay Warren Memorial Rosebowl - Bob Wilden & Sam
Nursery - The Cecil Murphy Memorial Trophy - Megan Jenkins & Katie
Highest Placed Lady Handler - The EASS Lady Handler Trophy - Sue Little (Buddy)         
Highest Placed Dog Trained By Its Handler - The Deptford Ornament - Sue Little & Buddy 
Most National Points Won By An EASS Local Member At EASS Open Trials - The Heathgate Shield - Ed Thornalley & Nasher
The Highest Pointed EASS Local Member In The English National Team - The Birkbeck Trophy - Toby Bulgin & Mist

Winter Series Aggregate Competitions:

Winter Series Nursery Aggregate - The Andrew Wilson Memorial Trophy - Ed Hawkins & Roy
Winter Series Novice Aggregate - The Heathgate Salver - Jerry Moloney & Floss
Winter Series Cradle Aggregate - Sue Maddox & Skye
Nursery Dog Trained By Its Handler - The EASS Tankard - Claire Neal & Alf
Winter Nursery Champion – EASS Nursery Salver - NOT AWARDED
Winter Novice Champion - EASS Novice Salver - NOT AWARDED
Novice Handler Trophy - Andrea Bartram

Young Handler Award - The Elaine Bell Crook - NOT AWARDED
Most Improved Handler - The Albert Barker Memorial Trophy - Andrea Bartram
Member Who Has Done The Most For EASS - The Gerald Amps Crook - Grace Baldry-Roberts

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Saturday's Open Trial - Change of Location

Please note that there has been a change of venue for the trial on Saturday. It is now going to be held in South Wootton - only 5 minutes away from the original location of Castle Rising. Field opposite Asda.

Postcode: PE30 3UG

Spread the word!

Saturday, February 9, 2019

EASS Jacket

Introducing the East Anglian Sheepdog Society Regatta jacket

EASS Regatta jacket

Embroidered with the EASS logo

Available in various sizes and colours

£45 each
Contact Grace for more information - easssecretary@btinternet.com

EASS Open Trial Dates 2019

Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th May - 0830 start - Open/Novice Qualifying Trial
        Venue: Castle Rising, PE31 6AN
        Trial Organiser: Graham Baldry (07881 802290)
        Judges: Saturday - Denis Jenkins / Sunday - Graham Baldry

Sunday 9th June - 0830 start - Open/Novice Qualifying Trial
        Venue: Euston Rural Pastimes Event - Euston Park, Euston, Thetford, IP24 2QH
        Trial Organiser: Denis Jenkins (07876 748082)
        Judge: Cathy Cassie

Sunday 7th July - 0830 start - Open/Novice Qualifying Trial
        Venue: Dalham Hall, Newmarket, Suffolk
        Trial Organiser: Toby Bulgin (07721 926187)
        Judge: Sarah Walker

Sunday 14th July - 0830 start - Open/Novice Qualifying Trial
        Venue: Sandringham, Norfolk, PE35 6EN
        Trial Organiser: Graham Baldry (07881 802290)
        Judge: Andy Jackman

Friday 9th August - Sunday 11th August - ENGLISH NATIONAL SHEEPDOG TRIALS

Saturday 31st August & Sunday 1st September - 0830 start - Open Qualifying Trial & Double Gather
        Venue: High Fen, Methwold, IP26 4PJ
        Trial Organiser: Toby Bulgin (07721 926187)
        Judges: TBC
        Sunday's trial is a Championship Double Gather - top competitors from Saturday will qualify.

Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th September - 0830 start - Open/Novice Qualifying Trial

        Venue: Suffolk Food Hall, Wherstead, IP9 2AB
        Trial Organiser: Bob Wilden (07711 822704)
        Judges: TBC

Friday 13th September - Sunday 15th September - INTERNATIONAL SHEEPDOG TRIALS

Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th October - 0830 start - Open/Novice Qualifying Trial
        Venue: Ickworth Park, Horringer, Suffolk, IP29 5QE
        Trial Organiser: Ed Hawkins (07591 342412)
        Judges: TBC

Sunday 13th October - 0830 start
       EASS Open Championship - Open to all Members placed 1st - 6th in any of our Open Trials this season
        Venue: TBC
        Trial Organiser: TBC
        Judge: TBC

Saturday 26th October
        Inter Society Trial hosted by Mid Shires


To enter any of our Open trials simply send your entry fee along with your name, the trial you wish to enter and the number of dogs you wish to run to our Open Trial Secretary:

Kath Perry

14 Stone Road,



NR20 4LS

Alternatively should you wish to pay via BACS email your name, the trial you want to enter and the number of dogs you wish to run to easstrials@btinternet.com
BACS Payments to:
Account Number: 00240771
Sort Code 30-98-58

Entry fee is £5.00 to members and £7.50 to non-members.
Should you wish to become a member please contact Kath on 07786-605419 or email eassmembership@btinternet.com

Prior to the trial running orders will be posted on our Facebook page and our website www.eastangliansheepdogsociety.org

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Trial Cancelled

The Cradle Trial at Worlington on February 9th has been cancelled.

Please spread the word!

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Raffle Tickets

Raffle tickets (to be drawn at the Annual Dinner) will be on sale at our upcoming trials - please see Niki Wilden if you would like to purchase a strip or two!

£1 a strip

Friday, January 4, 2019


Please could anybody that was awarded a trophy at last year's Annual Dinner arrange its return to Denis Jenkins or Sally Else. We need to get them cleaned and polished in preparation for this year's Annual Dinner on 16th February.

Thank you!

Euston Trial - Update

Access to the trial will be via the Main Entrance (not the back way as it usually is at our Open Trial) and will be signposted from there. Gates will be opened at 8am so if you arrive earlier than this, you may have to wait for the gatekeeper.

Annual Dinner Tickets

Tickets are now on sale for our Annual Dinner!

£25 per person

Please contact our Secretary Grace Baldry-Roberts by 1st February to book your place!

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