Frank Cashen lives in Screen Co Wexford on a lowland sheep farm with his wife and four children. He first began sheepdog trialling in 1993 after getting his first dog from Jim Lambe. Two years later he made the Irish Team for the International, with Jan. Just four years after he began trialling, Frank made the Irish team with a bitch Jan. He ran first in the International Qualifying, and won that, and went on to win the International Supreme that year, making him the first Irish man ever to win the title. Jan went on to compete in the brace competition with Spot, winning the National Brace Championship in 1999. In 2000, Frank was runner up in the Irish National with Rosie who was also back to the same lines as Jan, and also won the National Brace Championship in 2000 with Jan and Rosie.
In 2004, Frank was runner up in the National Brace Championship in 2004 with Sam and Rosie.
Frank won the Irish National Brace Championship in 2011 with a new brace pair of Jip and Clare who were runners up in the International Brace Competition that year. Jip was bred in Switzerland by Rudolf and Regula Roth.
In 2014, Frank returned to his winning ways on the National stage, with a new brace pair of Jip and Alex, who were also runners up in the International Brace Competition that year. In 2019, Frank and Mist made the Irish Team after placing 5th in the Irish National, also qualifying Mist for the next world Trial.
Frank has already competed in many World Trials, at the first World Trial in 2002 with Rosie and Sam, in 2008 with Clare, and 2014 with Jip.
Frank attends most of the local trials in his area. He typically has 2 or three young dogs every year for the Nursery season which runs from November to February. This year he was successful in the Leinster Nurseries placing 2nd overall in the ‘A Class’ with his 2 and half year-old dog Blackie. This qualified him for the Irish Nursery Final in February in which he finished in 5th place.
Frank has won numerous open trials throughout his trialling career.
Frank enjoys having dogs from pups and watching them progress and develop.