THE annual international sheepdog trials will be held at Castle Howard next week.

15 dogs representing four national teams will compete at the event which runs from September 9-11.

The sheepdogs will compete over the first two days of the event, showcasing their talents to win the Supreme title on Sunday September 11.

This is the first time that international competition has been welcomed to Castle Howard.

Ripon Farm Services (RFS), a family-owned multibranch agricultural dealer covering 12 sites across Yorkshire, Teesside, Lincolnshire, and Nottinghamshire, have been named an official sponsor of the event.

Animal feed suppliers Gilbertson and Page remain the trial’s main sponsors.

Commercial director at RFS, Richard Simpson, said: "Sheep farming is an integral part of Yorkshire life and we’re very much looking forward to having a presence across all three days of the event.”

Spectator tickets can be purchased on Castle Howard’s website: