Sheepdog Trials and Dog Festival at Historic Rural Hill

The Sheepdog Trials and Dog Festival at Historic Rural Hill is an annual event that showcases the incredible skill and intelligence of sheepdogs as they compete in a variety of challenges. It also has a variety of pet vendors and dog adoptions. The event is scheduled to take place on November 4th and 5th, 2023, and promises to be an exciting and entertaining weekend for all ages.

The Sheepdog Trials feature a series of competitive events designed to test the dogs’ herding abilities, obedience, and agility. Spectators can expect to see the dogs expertly maneuvering through a series of obstacles, responding to their handlers’ commands with precision and speed.

In addition to the trials themselves, the event will also feature a variety of other activities and attractions, including food and drink vendors, merchant vendors, pet adoptions, and demonstrations by skilled dog trainers. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet the dogs and their handlers, learn about the history and training of sheepdogs.

Whether you’re a fan of competitive sports, an animal lover, or simply looking for a unique and memorable experience, this event is sure to deliver. Don’t miss out on the excitement and join us on November 4th and 5th, 2023!

For the first time ever, we will be hosting Huntersville’s Next Top Dog Show! Categories include Fluffiest Coat, Curliest Tail, Silliest Name and Best Trick! $5 per dog to register, contest starts at 2pm. Register at the ticket tent as you enter!

Merchant Vendors:

•Maxxie’s Designs
•Good Karma Ranch (alpacas!)
•Yappy Hour Bakery, LLC
•Woof Gang Bakery & Grooming Cornelius
•Carolina Pooper Scoopers
•Pulse Out Pain
•Food Trucks:
•Bruster’s Real Ice Cream Cornelius
•Grill Sargent
•Never Seen This
•Saucy Girl Taco Truck
•Leashed pets areallowed at this event.

The sheepdog trial is a rain or shine event. No refunds will be allowed for inclement weather.

Tickets are available online as well as on site both days. This event will not sell out.

Celebrating more than 250 years in history…Rural Hill is the former homestead of Major John and Violet Davidson. The 265-acre site is maintained and promoted by Historic Rural Hill Inc. and features annual events such as the Loch Norman Highland Games, the Rural Hill Amazing Maize Maze, the Rural Hill Sheepdog Trials, and the NC Brewers and Music Festival. Historic Rural Hill Inc. is a non-profit organization supported through membership and donations and with proceeds from its events utilized for the preservation of Historic Rural Hill and its education efforts. For more information on events or for financial support accepted securely online, please visit