Details for the 2022 RBST Young Shepherds Competition are now available. There is a new venue for the grand final of the competition, this will be at the English Winter Fair, which is held at Stafford County Showground, Stafford on the 19th & 20th November 2022. The Young Shepherd Final itself takes place on Saturday 19th November.

Qualifying rounds will happen throughout the year at agricultural shows throughout the country. 

RBST qualifying age categories (the age of the child on the day of qualifying)

Junior Young Shepherd 8 – 12 years

Senior Young Shepherd 13 – 16 years

The winner/s of the Junior Handling Classes will be eligible to take part in the RBST Young Shepherd Competition 2022.  If the Class winner has already qualified, the next highest placed eligible competitor not previously qualified can go forward. 

Qualifying rounds for the 2022 Young Shepherd of the Year will be held at the following shows:

Nottingham County Show May 14th
RWAS Smallholding and Countryside Festival, Builth Wells May 21st and 22nd
Hertfordshire County Show, Redbourn May 28th and 29th
Countryfest, Westmorland Showground May 28th and 29th
Suffolk County Show May 31st and 1st June
Staffordshire County Show June 1st and 2nd
Royal Bath & West Show, Shepton Mallet June 2nd-4th 
Royal Cornwall Show, Wadebridge June 9th - 11th
South of England Show, Ardingley June 10th - 12th
Royal Three Counties Show, Malvern June 17th - 19th
Royal Cheshire County Show, Knutsford June 21st - 22nd
Royal Norfolk Show, Norwich June 29th - 30th
Devon Country Show, Exeter June 30th, 1st and 2nd July
Great Yorkshire Show, Harrogate July 12th - 15th
Kent County Show, Maidstone July 8th- 10th
Royal Lancashire Show, Ribchester July 22nd- 24th
Garstang Show, Preston August 6th
Aylsham Show, Norwich August 29th
Dorset County Show, Dorset September 3rd- 4th
Westmorland Show, Cumbria Sept 7th and 8th

Grand Final Details.

Venue: English Winter Fair, Saturday 19th November.

The Junior Young Shepherd of the Year will win the Outlane Trophy and the Senior Young Shepherd of the Year will win the Harrison Challenge Trophy.  The winners from each class will then compete for the overall Young Shepherd of the Year.  The winner of the Junior and Senior category will receive £50 and the Championship Rosette, the Junior and Senior Reserve will receive £25 and Reserve Champion Rosette.

For more information about young handler classes please contact the shows directly for their rules and regulations.

For more information please contact Tom Blunt, RBST Senior Conservation Adviser