Welcome to the 27th Annual Kingston Sheep Dog Trials, and Canadian National Championships



This annual event, held at beautiful Grass Creek Park attracts over 7,000 spectators throughout the three-day festival. The trials are our agricultural sport celebrating our connection with our urban neighbours. Visitors and handlers from all over the globe make Kingston their home for three amazing days of trials competition.

For those less familiar with the sport of trialing, there are many wonderful side attractions to entertain and delight you! Craft & Artisans’ Fair, Sheep Shearing, Kingston Police K-9 Demonstrations, The Agility Connection, Bowmanville Zoo Animal Encounters, Rideau River DockDogs, Pony Rides & Petting Zoo, Face Painting and children’s craft area.

Still not enough to keep you busy . . . try our new camel rides then cool off with a dip at our beautiful sand beach! Pack a picnic lunch and spend the day or delight in the many wonderful culinary pleasures that await you at the park.

If you are a repeat spectator at the trials, welcome back. If you have never been before, here's hoping you will become a repeat.

Before coming to the trial, check out CORPUS theatre's surrealistic production of Les Moutons on Friday, August 8 in Springer Market Square.

Download the 2014 program!

Click here for answers to Frequently Asked Questions.

For more information about the sheepdog trials competition, email Amanda Milliken.

For general information about the Festival, or to arrange for group tickets, email Lesley Kimble or call 613-546-4291 ext 1715 or 1716
We Couldn't Do It Without Them

The Kingston Sheep Dog trials is an event that could not happen without the support and cooperation of many community partners every year – local corporations, organizations, businesses and individual volunteers.

We would like to extend a special thanks to all of our funding partners and corporate sponsors for their continued support. This year, a special thank you goes out to:

The William James Henderson Foundation
Judge William J. Henderson was an avid Sheep Dog Trials fan. He was also a great sportsman and a farmer, so he combined the best of agricultural sport, which is what the Sheep Dog Trials are all about. Although the Judge is no longer with us, he continues to support his enthusiasms through his Foundation, the William James Henderson Foundation. We thank the foundation Board of Directors for their continued support of the Sheep Dog Trials - their contribution is much appreciated !

The Pittsburgh Community Benefit Fund ( PCBF)
The PCBF has supported the trials since it began, and this year is no exception. They provide the funding for the rental of the Sheep ( all 650 of them) and pay for their transportation to and from Grass Creek Park. Without the sheep, there would be no trial. Although they are exceptionally well tended throughout the trials, occasionally, the coyotes will pay a nocturnal visit threatening the safety of the flock. This year, we were fortunate enough to receive a capital grant from the PCBF to purchase electro net fencing to help keep our sheep safe and secure at the Trials.

We thank the PCBF for their long time support, and especially appreciate their additional support this year . We think the sheep will too!


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