NC ES Gathering

Maple Grove Farm hosts the annual North Carolina ES Gathering in October each year.  We provide activities over 3 days, the Gathering is always on Saturday.  Friday is usually for herding clinics and Sunday is generally reserved for ABHA trials, etc.

Quite a few campers with RVs and tents join us for the weekend and folks drop in each day from all over…some near, some far.  We have a wide variety of people and some of the best dogs around.  It always amazes me how all these dogs can get along so well.

Herding, campfires, meals (Les’ famous grilled chicken!), auction, trials, clinics…and most of all good company!  Plan on coming out next October for a great time with other ES-loving folks.

If you would like to participate in any of the following events during the 2016 Gathering weekend, please download appropriate form below.  If you have questions, please email us.


2016 – Herding Clinic (Friday)

2016 – Farm Dog Chore Course (Friday & Saturday)

2016 – AHBA Herding Trial (Sunday)

2016 – AHBA – Herding Trial Course Description

2016 – AHBA Trial Map



2010 Gathering

We had the best time at the ES Gathering held here at Maple Grove Farms in October.  If you have some photos you’d  like to share, email them to us.  We’d love to see them. The ES Gathering food is out of this world!  Click here for a few favorite recipes:  RECIPES  

2011 Gathering

NC ENGLISH SHEPHERD GATHERING: Sat, Oct. 8, 2011 The North Carolina English Shepherd Gathering was held here at Maple Grove Farm and we had lots of fun! Dogs and good people everywhere!  What a blast.  We learned about the history of English Shepherds from Mary Peaslee and had herding workshops as well as trials.  The food …

2011 Gathering Schedule

SCHEDULE (times subject to change)   FRIDAY HERDING WORKSHOP 8:00 – 8:45 AM –  Sign In (at arena on left as you come up the driveway) Parking in field 9:00 AM until finished –  Herding Workshop with Mary Peaslee Stock: Sheep and Ducks Cost to participate per dog $20.00 No cost to audit. 12:00 – …

2012 Gathering

NC ES GATHERING – Oct.2012 We had 100 plus people in attendance and 80 dogs mostly English Shepherds!  

2013 Gathering

THE NORTH CAROLINA ENGLISH SHEPHERD GATHERING The Gathering was fun! We had 90 + people and around 80 dogs! Good food Good Fun! Beautiful day! Check out the photos from the 2013 NC Gathering (click here)! If you have pictures from the Gathering and would like to share them with us, please email me!  We’d …

2014 Gathering

North Carolina English Shepherd Gathering (held October 2014) Picture link:  NC ES GATHERING PHOTOS Maple Grove Farm has hosted the NC ES Gathering for the last 9 years.  For the last five years, the event has spanned 3 days and held traditionally on Columbus Day weekend.  We began this year on Friday, October 10th, with …

2015 Gathering

We had a blast at the 2015 NC ES Gathering!  Look for picture links soon.   Click here to purchase 2016 Calendar.