Trials: “a helping hand”

The Society is keen to try and help any Affiliated Trials who may be struggling to find enough committee members / helpers.

The Society is happy to use its media to help identify individual members who may be willing to help.

Please contact the Secretary if you would find this useful.

🚩 Trustees Management Committee

Meeting dates 2020

 20.02.20   25.06.20      15.10.20      03.12.20 (A.G.M.)

20.02.20 (key notes)

  1. Agreed to post on website / FB offer of possible help from NWSDS members if needed by any Affiliated Trials which are finding it difficult to find sufficient committee members / helpers.
  2. Trustees Indemnity Insurance (TII) discussion paper considered – agreed S&T to obtain quote for further consideration at next meeting.
  3. Policies and procedures – noted and agreed reviews reference list.
  4. Disciplinary procedure – adopted.
  5. Complaints procedure – adopted.
  6. Agreed S&T remuneration (December 2020) in light of developments and charity
  7. NWSDS trials – agreed that the Committee should be advised of all NWC trials arrangements agreed by the local committees e.g. judges, trial fields, number of sheep to be used etc. in order to maintain a minimum standard as far as practically possible.
  8. National Qualifying points – agreed that trials should continue to be encouraged to include a pen and single/shed as required to gain points e.g. within the same time limit if it helps!?
  9. Nursery Qualifying league table 2021 – agreed not to pursue.
  10. Mentor trials 2020 – noted that no trials have been organised to date but several nurseries have invited entries from locals/beginners (need to encourage more to follow suit).
  11. Agreed to propose increasing entry fee for Nursery Heats from £3 to £5 at AGM 2020 (half to NWSDS as now).
  12. Agreed to arrange first meeting in 2021 in January instead of February.

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📌World Trial entries & rules Welsh team & Young Handlers * important – action required

World trial ISDS entry form (closing date 1st April) and rules.

Download (1)  WT entry form

Download (2) WT rules

To be completed by the 19 qualifiers from the Weobley Welsh World Trial Qualifier 06-09.09.19.

Note: If the number of team entries (19) is changed competitors will be notified.

Entry form requirements for the Young handlers (3) to be confirmed following the qualifying trial.

1 Dewi Jenkins Jock 296
2 Kevin Evans Hybeck Blake 284
3 Alan Ll. Jones Bob 279
4 Ross Games Roy 276 32 OLF
5 Alan Ll. Jones Spot 276 34 OLF
6 R.M.F. Ellis Tod 272
7 Aled Owen Llangwm Cap 266
8 David Howells Nip 264
9 Sophie Holt Tanhill Glen 261
10 Kevin Evans Preseli Ci 260
11 Nigel Watkins Tanhill Alex 256
12 Angie Driscoll Kinloch Mazi 248 20 OLF
13 Llion Harries Preseli Fly 248 60 OLF
14 Irwel Evans Gwnnws Fly 247
15 Arwyn Davies Becca 244
16 Angie Driscoll Kinloch Carlos 242
17 E.W. Edwards Clwyd Fflei 238 56 OLF
18 Dylan Davies Sali 238 60 OLF
19 Aled Owen Llangwm Glesni 237 51 OLF
20 Elgan Jones Kate 237 69 OLF
21 David Howells Rock 236
22 Cerys Millichap Mai 234 44 OLF
23 Ian Jones Meg 234 50 OLF
24 Irwel Evans Gwnnws Bob 233

Young Handlers qualifying trial

Entry form for qualifying trial (date to be confirmed). Closing date 10th  January 2020.  Only a small number of entries received to date!?

No entry received after that date will be eligible to compete in the selection trial.

Download (1)   WTQ – YH

ISDS World trial rules for Young Handlers competition.

Download (2)  WTQ YH rules

🚩 AGM (draft minutes)



5th DECEMBER 2019 (7pm)

Total members present:  27 (20 to be quorate)                   2018 (31), 2017 (39)

  1. Minutes 2018 AGM

Accepted as a true record, no amendments, no matters arising.


  1. Trustees Charity Commission annual report 2018/2019


  • that paying members total 237, life members 34 and trials societies 56.
  • total membership stands at 327 (293 paying). New members 2019 (41) and 2018 (40)
  • Facebook follows 1,461, Website users 5,670 and page views 46,124
  • Society sponsored Class 3 trials 17 (average entries only 3)

PASSED (signed by Chair)

  1. Trustees Charity Commission financial report 2018/2019


  • cash funds at year end £28,966   * not incl. Sec. & Treasurer service agreement payment (£21,837 2017/2018)
  • reserves at year end £21,402 (£17,239 2017/2018)
  • adjusted surplus of £1,6242 from 2018 championship
  • surplus of £1,051 from 2019 championship
  • surplus of £135 from 2019 Class 2 trial
  • three sheep insurance claims amounting to £328
  • ledger and accounts kept by Sec. & Treasurer inspected by Arwel Staples on behalf of the Trustees Management Committee
  • independent examination required if receipts are £25k-£500k (£16k 2018/2019) and full audit if more than £500k
  • the chair expressed the Society’s gratitude once again to the sponsors of the very successful 2019 championships – NFU Wrexham, Nick Caldwell of GB Tools, Berwyn Hill trial and CSJ

 PASSED (signed by Chair and Vice Chair)

  1. Appointment of officials 2020

a) Mr. Edward Archdale

b) Reappointment of current Trustees excluding two vacancies


c) Trustees vacancies

Anglesey – Paul Reports elected

Flintshire – Keith Jones elected

  1. Motions

(1) Add to NWSDS rules: Any dogs used at the letting out pen at the annual NWSDS Championships (incl. Class 2 and Nursery final) should be easily identifiable e.g. by wearing a bright / florescent dog coat / jacket. Affiliated Societies are encouraged to adopt the same rule (deferred from 2018 AGM).

Proposed: Ceri Rundle Seconded: Sue Main

Amendment: to pilot 2020 and review at 2020 AGM

PASSED (for 16 / against 6)

(2) Amend current rule 9: “Judges are expected to give points gained or lost at the end of the trial to competitors who request them through the Trial’s Secretary” ADD “Under no circumstances should judges be approached directly during or after the trial. Any instance will render the member liable to disciplinary action”

Proposed:  Chair   Seconded: Vice chair

Amendment: ADD During and after the trial. “Competitors or their agents are prohibited from approaching a Judge to seek to discuss or influence the award of points. Such an approach is gross misconduct and will render them liable to investigation” ISDS rules for trials 6.2 zc.


 (3) Nursery Rules no.5 Current: After the 1st August a dog placed 1st to 6th in an Open trial or winning a Class 2 will be allowed to continue to compete.

New: After the 1st August a dog placed 1st to 6th in an Open trial will be allowed to continue to compete in the current season but not future years.  A dog so placed before the 1st August of the current season will be unable to compete in any future Heats.

Proposed:  Chair   Seconded: Vice chair


(4) Trial entry criteria Current: DOSBARTH 2/CLASS 2: Dogs who have not been placed 1st or 2nd in an Open trial, held anywhere in the world

New: DOSBARTH 2/CLASS 2: Dogs who have not been placed 1st or 2nd in an Open trial, held anywhere in the world. Dogs that have won two or more Class 2 trials must run in the ‘Combined’ class if one is available.

Proposed: Chair   Seconded: Vice chair


(5) NWSDS Class 3 sponsorship 2019 to 2021 (subject to annual review)

Take up by new and inexperienced handlers and dogs in 2019 was less than hoped so NWSDS sponsorship will unfortunately not be continued in 2020 and 2021 (Trustees decision). The total number of trials 17, total runs 40, average per trial 2.4. Cost from reserves £390.

Instead Affiliated Societies trials will be encouraged to run their own NWSDS Class 3

New entry criteria: “Handlers (not dogs) that have won no more than £15, anywhere in the world”. Entry fee £2. Prizes £5, £3, £2 or rosettes.

Amendment: UK & Ireland based handlers…..not won a single prize of more than £15

Proposed: Chair   Seconded: Vice chair


(6) NWSDS sponsorship Mentor trials: The Society will provide financial support, if requested (max £50 per trial up to £500 per annum), for dedicated Mentor trials i.e. experienced handlers will provide mentoring at a trial open to new and inexperienced handlers (less than 5 years trialing) only or in conjunction with a local class or nursery. Mentors will accompany handlers at the post and if helpful can accompany them walking the course during their run(s).

Proposed: Chair   Seconded: Vice chair

Amendment: “non-competitive” & to pilot 2020 and review at 2020 AGM


(7) CCDGC/NWSDS Class 2 trial: That the Vice Chair organises a standalone trial every year i.e. 2020 Anglesey.

Proposed: Chair   Seconded: Vice chair


(8) Society Championships: The young handler competition be restricted to competitors aged 21 or under (one class only) from 2020. The John Beck trophy for winner and the Magnox trophy for best OLF (same structure as the Singles Championship). Six cash prizes to be awarded £15, £10, £5, £5, £5, £5 (total £45)    (£90 current <18 and <25)

Proposed: Chair   Seconded: Vice chair


(9) Sheep insurance: Affiliated Trial Society’s membership includes sheep insurance in the event of any loss at a trial. It is proposed to ADD that “in the event of 2 claims being made in 2 recurring years a £50 excess per sheep will apply for the following 2 years”.

Proposed: Chair   Seconded: Vice chair


(10) NWSDS Disciplinary procedure: The Society currently does not have a written policy. It is proposed that the ISDS policy be adopted and adapted as necessary.

Proposed: Chair   Seconded: Vice chair


(11) Associated trials recommendations: To ensure consistency and fairness when a trial has 2 sessions,  entries for both sessions will be open / bookable at the same time on a ‘first come basis’ i.e. both sessions bookable on arrival. No pre booking, telephone bookings, or booking on behalf of absent handlers permitted.

To be noted in 2020 diary as: “Both sessions bookable from start time, no other bookings taken”

Proposed: Chair   Seconded: Vice chair

FAILED (for 8 / against 12)

(12) Associated trials recommendations: The entry fees for non-members of the NWSDS at all Affiliated Societies trials be £2 more than for paid up members in all classes. Membership to be determined by the competitor’s good faith.

Proposed: Chair   Seconded: Vice chair


(13) Associated trials recommendations (fund raising): The Society encourages Trials to notify the Secretary of donations given to  charitable causes so that they can be publicised on social media (to promote the Society’s charitable status).

Proposed: Chair   Seconded: Vice chair


(14) Associated trials recommendations: It is strongly recommended that a pen (means of containment with gate) and shed or single be included if practicable and required in order to qualify for National points. Note: may not be necessary if ISDS rules changed 2020.

To be noted in 2020 Diary as  “National qualifying points awarded”.

Proposed: Chair   Seconded: Vice chair


  1. Investiture of new chair and vice chair

John Whitley retired from the chair and thanked everyone present for all their help and support over the last year including the Sec. & Treasurer who also thanked John for keeping in regular contact which made working together very straightforward.

Gareth Ruggeri (Montgomeryshire) was appointed chair for 2019/2020

Paul Roberts (Anglesey) was appointed vice chair for 2019/2020

  1. Trophies 2020 draw

Rhiwlas – Glyn Ceiriog

John Jones – Llansilin

  1. Trial venues 2020

a) Championships – Red House Farm, Aberhafesp, Newtown 13/14/15 July t.b.c.

b) Class 2 Championship – Anglesey t.b.c.

c) Nursery Final – t.b.c.

d) All Wales Nursery Final – South 2020


Young handlers – Erin Fflur and Elgan Jarman


Judges – Cai Pritchard (Tues.) and Hafgan Pugh (Wed.)


  1. Judges panel

List in 2019 diary unchanged.

  1. Annual dinner 2020

Venue to be confirmed but it was agreed that if no other alternative could be found that returning to Brookhouse Mill Denbigh would be a good option given last years success.

  1. Any other business

Farmers Guardian coverage

Agreed to ask Claire Ridge if coverage of Championships, Class 2 and Nursery final could be guaranteed and if so we would provide copy and photos.


Welsh National 2020 fundraiser

Dylan Davies reported that Merionnydd YFC will be holding an event of the 14th February 2020 

Date of next AGM 3rd December 2020

📌 Reminder: trial entry criteria

TRIAL ENTRY CRITERIA (NWSDS including Affiliated Societies) (unless otherwise stated in members diary)

AGORED/OPEN: Any handler and dog, worldwide,  no restrictions

DOSBARTH 2/CLASS 2: Dogs who have not been placed 1st or 2nd in an Open trial, held anywhere in the world

DOSBARTH 3/CLASS 3: UK & Ireland based handlers (not dogs) that have not won a single prize of more than £15 anywhere in the world.

Note: Individual handlers are responsible for the  welfare (incl. possible injury) and conduct of their dogs and must carry out their own risk assessment of the tasks asked of their dogs during the trial e.g.  deciding whether their dog(s) run the course, are fully fit to run the trial course and are kept under control/supervision at all times.

📌 Victor Ludorum 2019 final positions

Congratulations go to Hefin Jones and Spotan (Open) and Dylan Edwards and Jet (Class 2) on their very successful seasons. 👏 🍾

🚦EOD Awareness Group on Facebook

We have been asked to raise awareness of this group on Facebook. As many of you will know, Early Onset Deafness (also referred to as EAOD or Early Adult Onset Deafness) is an issue in Border Collies

🚩 Cenedlaethol Cymru/Welsh National 2020 (Aberygynolwyn)

The organising committee are very grateful for the financial support already received from Affiliated Sheepdog Trial Societies and would appreciate any further assistance other Societies may be able to offer. Please contact Dylan Davies on 01654 713805. Diolch yn fawr iawn / Thank you.