Sheep Dogs Event
Thank you to everyone who attended, help out or sponsored this event. Your support is very much appreciated.
Photos of the weekend and the event programme are available. View the photos here. Click here to view event programme.
The English National Sheep Dog Trials and Devon County Fayre, which saw nearly 9,000 visitors and their families descend on Filleigh to sample the best of what Devon has to offer, has been hailed as such a success that talks are underway for similar future events.
Hosted at The Earl and Countess of Arran's Castle Hill Estate, the three day event showcased many local trades and businesses, and generated an incredible £82,000 for North Devon Hospice - a local charity helping patients and their families to cope with the impact of life-threatening illnesses.
The grounds of Castle Hill proved the perfect venue for the National Sheep Dog Trials and David Kennard, Chair of the local organisation committee, said “Castle Hill was a wonderful location for this year’s national trials. The whole event will live long in the memory of competitors and spectators alike.”
Lady Arran, who has supported the hospice as President for nearly 20 years, was delighted that Castle Hill was chosen to host this wonderful prestigious event and was delighted with the event. “We were thrilled to see so many people enjoying the range of activities. It really was three full days of fun for the all the family, with visitors captivated by the incredible sheep dogs and their owners competing in the trials.”
The Fayre itself was equally successful with over 100 businesses exhibiting goods from handmade jewellery to local farm produce. Main sponsors, Mole Valley Farmers, had prime location with their full-sized store for the entire weekend. Chief Executive, Andrew Jackson, was also happy with the weekend. “We were delighted and proud to support this fantastic event and it was good to see so many local business doing well off the back of the event.”
Gordon Lester, Chief Executive of North Devon Hospice, commented; "Particular thanks must go to the hundreds of volunteers who gave their time to do all sorts of things from parking cars to selling programmes. Their welcoming smiles made the event extra special for everyone.”