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THE English Na­tional Sheepdog Tri­als are com­ing to Suf­folk for the first time in the 100-year plus his­tory of tri­als or­gan­ised by the In­ter­na­tional Sheep Dog So­ci­ety (ISDS). And to cel­e­brate all that the county has to of­fer, Suf­folk on Show will be show­cas­ing lo­cal food and drink, coun­try­side crafts and skills, and ru­ral busi­nesses.

“The events give vis­i­tors the op­por­tu­nity to watch the very best of work­ing sheep­dogs, in the mag­nif­i­cent set­ting of Haugh­ley Park, and to en­joy a won­der­ful fam­ily day out,” says or­gan­iser Bob Wilden, chair­man of the East Anglian Sheepdog So­ci­ety (EASS) and owner of The Wool­room East Anglia. High­lights in­clude three days of tri­als by Eng­land’s top 150 sheep­dogs and their han­dlers, plus demon­stra­tions of dogs work­ing in pairs. In­for­ma­tion on the tri­als, and ad­vice on dog train­ing and be­hav­iour, will be pro­vided by The Free­dom of Spirit Trust for Bor­der Col­lies.

“For me, the stars of the show are the dogs and han­dlers who have come from all over the coun­try,” says Tom Hud­dle­ston, ISDS chair­man. “These teams are the best bor­der col­lies and han­dlers in Eng­land. Most of the dogs are the un­sung he­roes of the fields and hills of our land. At the end of the com­pe­ti­tion we will see cham­pi­ons, who will go on to com­pete against the cham­pi­ons of Ire­land, Scot­land and Wales.” One lo­cal com­peti­tor is shep­herd and gra­zier Ed Hawkins from Nedg­ing. Af­ter tak­ing part re­cently in the World Tri­als in the Nether­lands he is look­ing for­ward to com­pet­ing on home ter­ri­tory with his dog, Troy.

Along­side the tri­als, Suf­folk on Show ex­hibitors will be en­cour­ag­ing vis­i­tors to sam­ple their wares – favourites such as Alder Tree ice cream, Stokes sauces, and The Suf­folk Cof­fee Com­pany, are joined by Casa de l’Oli, DJ Wines from Monk So­ham with their de­li­cious hand­made fruit wines, fruit liqueurs and mead, The Lamb Char­cu­terie Com­pany, and Walk­ing Wok. The Suf­folk Baa, run by Com­plete Event, fea­tures Calvors fine craft lagers and ales from Cod­den­ham, Ad­nams ales from South­wold, As­pall Cy­der brewed in Deben­ham, and fruit liqueurs from DJ Wines. Don’t miss the spe­cially cre­ated Suf­folk Sum­mer Punch.

The Arts and Crafts mar­quee in­cludes demon­stra­tions and ex­hi­bi­tions from wildlife artists, artist black­smith, felt­maker, wood­turner, knife maker, land­scape pho­tog­ra­pher, and jewellers and quil­ters. The Mu­seum of East Anglian Life, cel­e­brat­ing its 50th an­niver­sary, is show­ing archive footage along­side pe­riod en­act­ments, and Vik­ings from the Wood­bridge River­side Trust are trav­el­ling with their replica long­ship. Vis­i­tors can mint their own coins and grind their own corn.

Tra­di­tional farm an­i­mals, in­clud­ing the Suf­folk Trin­ity of black-faced sheep, Red Poll cat­tle and Suf­folk Punch horses, will be in at­ten­dance. On Satur­day only, the East of Eng­land Co-op is host­ing a ‘brainy dog’ who works for the Head­way char­ity. They are also of­fer­ing the chance to win a ham­per of their Sourced Lo­cally good­ies.

The events are spon­sored by Gil­bert­son and Page, PPG In­dus­tries, Ip­swich Build­ing So­ci­ety, East of Eng­land Co-op, Anglian Wa­ter, The Wool Room, Mun­tons plc, and Jef­fries of Bac­ton, and are sup­ported by Babergh and Mid Suf­folk Dis­trict Coun­cils. Pro­ceeds go to lo­cal char­i­ties.

Ed Hawkins with his dog, Jess, and nephew Lu­cas Shad­dick, at this year’s Suf­folk Show.

Niki and Bob Wilden, or­gan­is­ers of Suf­folk on Show

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