Shabfest 2024

Thursday 27th June - Sunday 30th

Welcome to the Mark Banham Sheep Dogs Website

Banham Sheep Dogs is run from a family farm in the North Downs, where Border Collie sheep dogs are used every day for work with livestock.

I am the owner of Banham Sheep Dogs, Mark Banham. I have been using Border Collies for stock work for over forty years and run a flock of 500 sheep and a herd of 30 cattle, which I work with my dogs.

I breed and train sheep dogs and have supplied them to farmers and handlers all over the UK and abroad. Trained and part-trained working sheep dogs available to buy are detailed on the for sale page, including pedigree information and a description of the dog's characteristics and suitability.

Dogs which are currently being used for work on the farm, with which I also trial, are on the my dogs page.

I sell puppies to working homes and when available, they are featured on the puppies page.

I have been competing in sheep dog trials since 1986. I have judged trials across Europe and America, as well as in the UK.

In addition to training and selling working dogs, I provide training to handlers on working sheep with their dog.


In recent years I have been running the Shabden Continental Trial which is now know as Shabfest.

Shabfest has been a great sucess and is growing each year, attracting some of the best dogs and handlers from around the UK & Europe; in 2020 we had competitors from 18 countries!

Shabfest this year (2024) is taking place Thursday 27th June to Sunday 30th June.