Nij Vyas Sheepdog Experience

A fun filled day for families, Corporate Business' and Schools

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  • Experience Experience Spend the day with Nij Vyas and his winning team of dogs.
  • Hands on Hands on The chance to work our Border Collies in beautiful countryside.
  • Learn Learn The traditional art of shepherding with a Border Collie.
  • Location Location Set at Launde Abbey in the historic county of Rutland.


The Unforgettable Sheepdog experience

Location: Hill Farm Launde, East Norton, Leicestershire, LE7 9XB

Cost: £100 for first person, £75 each thereafter. (Children U8yrs free, 8 yrs-16yrs £20) Lunch is not inclusive.

All participants need to have paid, even if only spectating

Description: Learn the traditional art of shepherding with a collie dog. This is a personal experience and not part of a group activity. (CA)



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Accomodation is available on site at Launde Farm

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Clients are reminded to bring warm clothing and boots/wellingtons

Experience the Border Collie

Our experience day is undoubtedly the finest anywhere in the country. Working with sheepdogs is not a hobby but a way of life. You will spend the day with International handler, trainer and published author Nij Vyas and his winning team of dogs in the most picturesque and sublime locations. You will be taken on a memorable journey which will be hands on, educational, fun, rewarding, emotive and informative.

Each experience day will be unique and personal for family groups and couples. Individuals voucher holders will be combined where appropriate.

Duration - Approx 4.5 hours - 10:00 am - 2:30pm

Voucher valid for 5 months


  • Arrival and Welcome at Hill Farm
  • Introduction to Nij Vyas' sheepdogs as featured in his book "Sheepdog Training and Trials"over coffee if required.
  • Briefing on Activities
  • Demonstration of the potential of sheepdogs, their roles in farming and sheepdog trials
  • Training Exercise with an experienced dog
  • Break for Lunch (not included in price)
  • Training session - How it all begins
  • Blowing a sheepdog whistle (time permitting)
  • Debriefing



What you can expect

Stunning views and beautiful countryside. To be educated about the traditional art of shepherding with a Border Collie. Experience the thrill of working with livestock at close hand. Work both fully trained and young dogs. Discover the power of silence, confidence and calmness. To be able to multi-task whilst being mobile - Men will find this easy! To understand how three species, each with a mistrust of one another can come together and work in harmony. To be thrilled, surprised, exercised, excited and exhilarated, with plenty of laughter! To understand Nij's approach to "intelligent sheepdog training" and the wider implications of this. Quality locally sourced food is also available. If you are really lucky the Red Kites may also pay us a visit. When possible photographs will be taken to record your day and emailed to you, (photos may be reproduced on our websites), if you do not want photos taken please advise of this in advance.

Who is it for?

Our experience days are suitable for both individuals, couples or groups (5-8 maximum). We also cater for specialist groups such as dog training clubs, rescue societies and businesses. Whether you are a lover of the Border collie, the countryside or wish to engage in team building we can cater for all your needs. Our experience days have proved to be popular not only for visitors from the UK but worldwide with people coming from as far as South Africa, Brazil, Australia, Hong Kong, Spain and America. Under 10's are welcome but restrictions may apply on participation. *Please note spectators will be classed as participants therefore costs will apply.

Launde Abbey

Is easily accessible by all major roads and rail networks. It offers comfortable en-suite accommodation and hospitality that is second to none. Each of the bedrooms has been beautifully furnished and has either an en-suite shower or bathroom and there are plenty of places around the Abbey for guests to sit and enjoy the peace and tranquility of Launde Abbey with the lovely landscaped gardens. For the enjoyment of all guests there is a coffee area and dining room, a licensed bar, as well as a small shop selling snacks, sweets and biscuits.

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Rutland is the smallest historic English county offering something for everyone. The market town of Oakham and Stamford and Rockingham are a short drive away offering many quaint shops and cafe's, whilst Rutland Water, a large artificial reservoir is popular for watersports and cyclists, with walkers and bird watchers as it is an open nature reserve for wildfowl and a breeding site for ospreys. The reservoir is also the best location for seeing red kites which were introduced to the area a few years ago. Rockingham castle, home of the Saunders Watson family who have lived in the Castle for 450 years, sits on an escarpment overlooking the Welland Valley and countryside beyond. Surrounding the Castle are magnificent gardens and grounds providing a haven of peace and quiet.

Weekend Breaks

LAUNDE FARM ACCOMODATION-There are two self contained flats called, the Mill and Mix and the Cowshed. The cottages have been lovingly converted from an old 'Cow shed' and a 'Mill and Mix' feed shed which were no longer in use on the farm.

The Cow Shed.

The Cow shed provides accommodation for up to two people, with either two singles or one double bed. There is a cosy living area with a fully fitted kitchen, comfy chairs, dining table and a television. The bedroom has a spacious ensuite bathroom with shower. There is also an option for a single child's bed.

Mill and Mix

The Mill and Mix is split level and provides accommodation for up to two people, with either two singles or one double bed. There is also a sofa bed in the living room. The living/dining area is spacious and incorporates a fully fitted kitchen, dining table and television. There is a spacious bathroom adjacent to the bedroom with a Bath/shower.

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If you would like other alternative details for Bed and Breakfast please email us.


Payment Options

Payment in full is required with the booking form. If paying by Paypal a 4% charge will be added. The payment link is below.
Single Adult (part of a small group between 2-3 people) - £104
Single Client Private One-One - £156
Family Option: 1 - 2 adults plus up to 2 children under 8 years (No additional charge for children U8) - £186
Family Option: 2 - 2 adults plus one child between 8-16years - £206.80
Family Option: 3 - 2 adults plus two children between 8-16 years - £227.60
Family Option: 4 - 1 adult plus up to two children U8yrs - £130 ( £156 if you require private booking)
Family Option: 5 - 1 adult plus two children over 8 yrs - £168
Single clients wanting a strictly private session - £156 - Plus child add £20
For each additional adult the cost will be £78pp if paying by Paypal/credit card and for each child over the age of 8 years a fee of £20 per child will apply.

If you wish to pay by Bank Transfer please use the details below. The 4% Paypal fee will be waved if paying through this medium.

If you wish to pay by bank Transfer please email us for details.

Corporate Business enquiries please email or telephone.

Booking a session


On receipt of the completed booking form you will be advised of the arrangements via email. Please inform us of any preferred dates.
Please read our RISK ASSESSMENT when booking

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No cancellations or refunds within 30 days of event. Cheques to be made payable to: N Vyas. If you wish to obtain a gift voucher for a family member or friend for the above experience please do not hesitate to contact me. Please note however that vouchers are normally valid for 5 months only and priority is given to clients who make firm bookings. Please note between May - September weekend appointments will be limited.

If you wish to pay by bank Transfer please email us for details.

Border Collie Shop

We have now opened an online shop with whistles, jewellery and many other quality original items for sale.


Left to Right - The Supreme - The A1 and the Turbo (Special order only)

A Momento of your day with Nij And his dogs

Why not buy a copy of "Practical Shepherding" Dvd and whether you have a Border collie or other breed of dog there will be lots of information, tips and guidance that will help you with your dog.