Patterdale Dog Day
Sheep Dog Trials, Hound Trails, Terrier Show
Extracts from Chronicles of Patterdale, by Miss Elizabeth A. Little, 1957. With thanks to Patterdale WI
Developments since 1957
The Sheep Dog Parade now takes place on the evening before the Show.
Lord Lonsdale was president of Patterdale Dog Day for 45 years and handed over to his son Charles Lowther in 2003. Charles is a keen fell-runner and takes part in the Arnison Crag race.
The Arnison Crag Horseshoe race was reinstated in 2004 by the late Peter Bradfield and Christine Kenyon, who continues to run it today.
Peter Bradfield was also responsible for saving the show financially by increasing the number of sponsors in 2004 and having the inspired idea to set up the Friends of Patterdale Dog Day in 2011. Because of this continued support, the organisers can donate any profits they make to local charities.
In 1999 Patterdale Dog Day was joined by the Matterdale and St. John's Sheep Show and this has grown over the years. It has also resulted in the Men's Cookery Competition - with very mixed results!
Since 2011, competitive Hound Trailing has no longer been a part of Patterdale Dog Day. When the Grasmere show moved to the Sunday following Patterdale Dog Day, owners, reluctant to run their hounds on two consecutive days, opted for the higher prize money offered in Grasmere. However, a demonstration Hound Trail takes place.
In the history of Patterdale Dog Day, the show has been cancelled only 4 times. In 2001 and 2007 this was due to foot and mouth disease, in 2008 because the field was too wet and in 2020 due to COVID restrictions.