The event, which takes place on August 31st, September 1st and 2nd, is thought to be the oldest of its type in the entire country. The first one was held in 1898 with Graysons only missing it by a few years – it first started in Sheffield in 1925!
Longshaw Sheepdog Trials has only ever been interrupted by the two world wars. The second one of their inaugural year attracted 700 paying spectators with a special train laid on from Manchester.
By 1901 it was attracting crowds in excess of 3,000 with the majority coming from Sheffield.
A microphone was introduced in 1936 to give a commentary of the events. Prior to this the spectators did not know which were the winning dogs. The following year saw the introduction of a 10-minute bus service from Sheffield, such was the popularity of the trials.
Peter Clark, managing partner at Graysons, said:
“It’s a privilege to be involved with something as deep rooted within the Hope Valley community as Longshaw Sheepdog Trials. We’re a family firm that’s keen to get involved with the local community and this seemed a perfect fit.”
Graysons will have a stand at the event offering promotional giveaways and advice.
Graysons provides the Hope Valley community with a full range of services which includes estate and trusts administration, wills, powers of attorney and lifetime planning, a bespoke private wealth service, Court of Protection, conveyancing and property, family law, personal injury, occupational injury and illness and medical negligence.