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Sheepdog Trials at Caherconnell Fort


Daily Sheep Dog Demonstrations with Covered Viewing Area – Protecting You from Wind and Rain!

Caherconnell is home to the Burren’s leading sheepdog demonstrations which was created by the landowner, John Davoren. These famous demonstrations attract visitors from all over the world to see the combined skills of the Border collie and his master.

Since the age of 16, John has been training dogs, teaching a variety of dogs to work with both sheep and cattle.In an attempt to preserve the culture that has been a part of Burren life for generations, John is now passing on his expertise on to the next generation.

The sheepdog is an integral part of farming culture and here you will see just how much a well-trained Border collie can help its master. The sheepdog is of untold value when trying to move or direct sheep or cattle across open areas of the karst Burren landscape.
The use of a small number of well understood directions enables the sheepdog to complete tasks in half the time it would take several people.This, along with the qualities of loyalty and hard work, make the sheepdog the very best pet a farming family could hope for.

Caherconnell Sheepdog Demonstrations was the proud winner of a CIE Tours International Excellence Award in 2014, 2015 and again in 2016. The awards are a further recognition of the popularity of these demonstrations among visitors to the Burren.



Sheep Dog Trials at Caherconnell Fort

Border Collie

Meet our three loyal and friendly dogs Rose, Lee and Sally at Caherconnell Sheep Dog Demonstrations today. Rose and Lee are Border collies while Sally is half Collie and half Scottish cattle dog. We will demonstrate the dogs working with both cattle and sheep.

It’s interesting to note that sheepdogs and cattle dogs use very different tactics when herding animals. Sheepdogs, such as the Border collie maintain control of the flock using their predatory behaviour.

Cattle dogs, on the other hand, are much smaller than the cattle being herded and therefore needs to illustrate that its bite is most definitely worse than its bark. Thus the cattle dog will ‘nip’ at the heels of the cattle so as to get them to obey.

As you will see the skill, intelligence and obedience of a well-trained sheepdog makes an invaluable contribution to any farming family.

Come along… we know you will enjoy the experience!

Caherconnell Sheepdog Demonstrations viewing area   Shep the sheep dog working hard at Caherconnell

Lynn & Lee in action during the sheep dog demonstrations at Caherconnell Fort. Watch both of our dogs responding to their individual whistles. It’s great to see this pair working together -visitors to the demonstrations are invited to give this a try!