Eamonn Connell: Eamonn was raised in a farming background which always had working dog and sheep, cattle and horses. He started his career in 1997 winning the Irish nursery title that year. His career continued with many wins at openlevel and nursery mostly with young dogs he started himself.
- Most notable achievements are:
3 times Irish Reserve National Champion (both in singles and brace)
- 3rd Place in International Brace Championship
- Winner of the first ever European Championship
- Finalist at European Nursery Championship
- Finalist at Deerplay Hill trial
- Finalist and Third place in pre International 2021
- Finalist at Dutch open 2023
- 2 times winner of Irish Nursery Titles
- Numerous Open Titles both in Ireland and on the Continent
- Irish World Team member and winner of team gold medal at 2023 World Trial
Nominated by Lorna Savage
Lyle Lad: Lyle Ladd has been trialing at the highest level for nearly 40 years. She is widely known as a fair and knowledgeable judge.
Nominated by George Rodgerson
Ken Price: Nominated by Sue Schoen
Michael Davidson: Michael is the sheep manager for a large 42000 acres estate in North Northumberland, running just under 10000 breeding ewes , which are all lambed outside. He judged two trials in North America last year–the Bluegrass Classic, and the Kingston Sheep Dog Trials at Grass Creek Park. Both Trials feature challenging double lifts. Handlers were happy with his judging at both. A Scot, living in England, he was on the team for England last year. He competes regularly in Nursery trials throughout the Nursery season. He has Been on the English team 3 times, with Sweep and Angus twice. Nominated by Amanda Milliken
Sergio Perello: Sergio Perello has been competing throughout the UK and Continental Europe. Winning the English National in 2018, Reserve English Champion in 2021, and finished 7th at the International Supreme in 2017. Sergio was the Reserve English Nursery Champion in 2019, has been a finalist in the Continental three times. Has over 60 Open wins in the UK.In addition to being a strong competitor Sergio has been a sought out judge. He has judged over 100 trials including many esteemed trials in the UK and serveral national championships for Germany, France, and Brazil. Judged the English Nursery Finals in 2018
Nominated by Maggi McClure
Allistair Lyttle: Allistair Lyttle is based in Pettigo, Co. Donegal in the Northwest of Ireland where he farms 250 acres. In addition to shorthorn cattle, Allistair farms sheep including mule crosses (Lanark X Bluefaced Leicester), Lanarks, Cheviots and specializes in pure bred flocks of Bluefaced Leicester and Blue Texels. Allistair started sheepdog trialing at the age of 8 and in addition to breeding and training sheepdogs, he has travelled globally to provide instruction/improvement clinics to sheepdog handlers. An avid competitor at regional, national, and international level, Allistair has qualified for the Supreme Championship at the International Sheepdog Trial on multiple occasions. He was Irish National Champion and Reserve Champion in 2017 and also qualified for the Supreme Championship at the International Sheepdog Trial with both dogs in that year. At the 2021 International Trial Allistair was one of only two competitors achieving over 400 points in the qualifying rounds. Overall, he finished in 7th place in the Supreme Championship final at the 2021event. Allistair has extensive experience judging sheepdog trials at all levels both domestically and internationally, including World Trial, Continental Trial, Irish National Trials, Bluegrass Classic, USBCHA National Finals, Texas State Finals, Mississippi State Fair. He has held senior roles at director and council level within the International Sheepdog Society including the position of Irish National President Oct 2018-June 2020. When not sheepdog trialing Allistair enjoys supporting the Irish Rugby team. Judging: _Irish National Sheepdog Trial (2002) _World Trial (2017) _Continental Sheepdog Trial (2017) _American National Finals (2010) _Bluegrass Classic (2019) _Mississippi State Fair (2019) _Texas State Finals _Multiple local and regional trials across Ireland Competition: _Irish National Champion and Reserve Champion 2017. Irish Team Captain 2017 _Member of Irish National team 16 times to compete at International Sheepdog Trial _Qualified for International Supreme Championship on 8 occasions – placed 7th in September 2021. (Highest placing 5th – 2008) _Represented Ireland at World Sheepdog Trial on 4 occasions _Winner of ‘Champion of Champions Competition’ at Royal Welsh Show (2018) _Qualified to compete at Regional Nursery Final on at least 30 occasions _Winner of Regional Nursery Final February 2016 _Qualified for 4 Nations Nursery Final March 2019 _Qualified for Regional team to participate in interprovincial Championship and North- South Championship on multiple occasions _Representing Ireland on UK BBC’s ‘One Man and His Dog’ Competition on 3 occasions – including Young Handler (aged 14 yrs. old), 2010 & 2020. International Sheepdog Society: _Held positions at Director and Council level within ISDS for more than 10 years. _Irish Vice President 2015-2018 _Irish National President 2018-2020 Nominated by Marianna Schreeder
James McLaughlin: Irish national champions 2013 One man and his dog champions 2014 North of Ireland double lift champions Irish national champions 2016 qualified 2dogs Ben and his daughter Lynn Reserve supreme champions by just 1 point 2016 Again, one man and his dog countryfile champions singles 2017. 2018 reserve national champions with Ben jnr Again 2 dogs in the Irish team
Ben and his son Ben jnr 2019 Irish team member Ben Who became 1st in qualification for the supreme Sky nursery champions 2021 2023 reserve irish national champions sky, daughter off Ben Sky 2nd 2023 world trial semi final Sky 4th in the world sheepdog trial. Nominated by Pamela Shattuck
Mark Elliott: Mark lives in Cumbria, England. He has been working border collies for 40 plus years, starting at the age of 10. In a recent move, Mark down sized his flock from 850 ewes to 250 ewes but finds time to manage a neighbor’s flock of 800 ewes. The first time Mark competed in the English National trial, he finished 17th, earning him a place on the English Team. In the 2015 English National, Mark competed with 2 dogs, Pat & Tip, finishing 2nd and 5threspectively. Tip also won the Best Drive trophy which was the 3rd time Mark received the honor. He has competed in the International Supreme seven times as a member of the English Team. Mark place 7th at the 2015 International with Pat, and was Reserve Supreme Champion with his dog, Gail, in 2009.
Mark is not only an accomplished handler and shepherd, but a well-respected judge. He has judged countless trials in the UK and in Europe, including the English National, Danish, Nordic and Swedish National trials, as well as the Bluegrass Classic in 2018.
Nominated by Marianna Schreeder
Cappy Pruett: Cappy judged the 2007 usbcha cattledog national finals..Puts on clinics and demonstrations all over united stated. Won Denver 2024 stock show cattledog competition. Nominated by Bob Johnson
Michael McNutt: Nominated by Bob Allen