Details for the 2024 RBST Young Shepherds Competition are now available.



Competitors will have the opportunity to qualify for the Grand Final at qualifying shows held across the country, a list of eligible shows is below. The winner/s of the Junior Handling Classes will be eligible to take part in the RBST Young Shepherd Competition 2024.  If the Class winner has already qualified the next highest placed eligible competitor not previously qualified can go forward. 

Each qualifier will be presented with a qualifier pack which will contain an entry from, this needs to be returned to RBST by the 31st October 2024. Once received further details of the final will be provided.

The Grand Final for the 2024 RBST Young Shepherd competition will take place at the English Winter Fair, Stafford Showground on Saturday 16th November, further details will be provided in each qualifier pack. 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.



  • 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
  • It is the handler that qualifies regardless of what sheep they have, all we will request is that they have a native breed for the final, which if needs be can be provided for them.




Nottingham County Show

Devon County Show

Welsh Spring Smallholders

Hertfordshire County Show

Suffolk County Show

Staffordshire County Show

Royal Bath & West Show


Royal Cornwall

South of England Show

Royal Three Counties

Cheshire County Show

Royal Norfolk Show

Great Yorkshire Show (MV)

Great Yorkshire Show (Non MV)

Kent County Show

Royal Lancashire Show

Garstang Show

Aylsham Show

Anglesey Show

Dorset Show

Westmorland Show

Royal County of Berkshire

Scottish Smallholders

Grand Final- English Winter Fair

Final 16th November 2024

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