📌 World Trial Young Handlers Competition

It has now been confirmed that there will be a Young Handlers Competition at the 2020 World Trial to be held at Castle Howard Estate, York, YO60 7DA from September 17th to the 20th 2020.  Wales has been allocated three places and the Welsh representatives will be chosen  by selection trial to be held early in 2020. Venue and date to be arranged. Competitors may enter two dogs in the selection trial but may only qualify with one dog. Each competitor wishing to be considered for selection must complete a separate entry form for each dog. The entry form  is now available to download from this website and must be with G. Owen on or before January 10th 2020.

Competitors must be 21 or under on the first day of the 2020 World Trial. Young handlers who may have represented the Senior Team at an International may enter this competition. Competitors may not enter both the Young Handler and the Senior Competition.  A full copy of the entry rules for the Young Handler Competition will be displayed on the International Sheepdog Society  (ISDS) website shortly. 

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🚩Pwllgor Rheoli Ymddiriedolwyr

Meeting dates 2019:  05.12.19 (A.G.M.)

Meeting dates 2020:      20.02.20     25.06.20      15.10.20      03.12.20 (A.G.M.)


Agreed to propose at AGM what, if any, excesses should apply to any future sheep insurance claims.

Agreed to purchase 50 Red and 10 Yellow sheep collars from reserves if ‘lycra’ pull over versions can be sourced.

Agreed to seek sponsorship to purchase VL perpetual trophies (2) i.e. CSJ first option

Confirmed that Gwynfor Owen and John Whiteley Trustees will be resigning at AGM

Agreed to hold an additional Nursery Heat at Newtown.

Agreed to propose at AGM that the Society adopts and adapts as necessary the ISDS disciplinary procedure.

Noted that EP, Denbigh has retired after many years timekeeping at trials. Agreed to offer him a meal at the Annual dinner.

AGM (2019) agreed motions (in brief)

  • florescent dog coat / jacket – shepherd’s dogs
  • no approaching judges
  • nursery rule 5 remove winning class 2 
  • trial entry criteria class 2 – must run in combined if won 2 or more
  • new class for handlers (not dogs) that have won no more than £15
  • sponsorship for mentor trials
  • NWSDS class 2 trial Vice Chair organises every year
  • Championships young handler competition be restricted to competitors aged 21 or under
  • sheep insurance applying an excess
  • Society adopts and adapts as necessary the ISDS disciplinary procedure
  • 2 sessions trials booking in arrangements
  • trial entry fees for non-members
  • trials fund raising publicity
  • National points (subject to outcome of Welsh Directors meeting)


Individual members: 92% have paid subscriptions.

Affiliated trials: 91% have paid subscriptions.

Balances / total assets: £28,335.65 (incl. current reserves of £20,522.30)

Accounts: Inspected by Arwel Staples (Trustee) and found to be in good order 

Membership: total 235 plus 34 life members. 28 new members 2019 plus 40 in 2018 (68).

Young handlers 50% membership discount: not supported

Trustees information pack (responsibilities etc.): circulated.

CCDGC/NWSDS Class 2 trial: Agreed to propose at 2019 AGM that Vice Chair organises standalone trial every year i.e. 2020 Anglesey.

Victor Ludorum: award to be given at annual dinner (if pilot sustainable)

National qualifying points (used again in 2019): agreed to strongly recommend inclusion of pen and shed at 2020 Open trials if practicable (Affiliated Societies Trials) & to note in Diary “qualifying points awarded”

AGM (2019) draft motions discussed

  • Nursery League qualification points system: NOT SUPPORTED
  • Add to NWSDS rules: Any dogs used at the letting out pen at the annual NWSDS Championships 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 TO BE RE-PRESENTED?
  • Nursery Rules no.5: After the 1st April or retain August (?) a dog placed 1st to 6th in an Open trial will be allowed to continue to compete (A dog so placed before the 1st April or retain August (?) will be unable to compete).FURTHER DISCUSSION REQUIRED
  • Trial entry criteria Dosbarth 2/Class 2: Dogs who have not been placed 1st or 2nd in an Open trial, held anywhere in the world but dogs that have won two or more Class 2 trials must run in the ‘Combined’ class if one is available. SUPPORTED
  • 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. Instead Affiliated Societies trials will be encouraged to have a Class 3 for Handlers (not dogs) that have not run in any Open trial or been placed in any Class 2 trial, held anywhere in the world. Maximum individual prize money £5. SUPPORTED
  • CCDGC/NWSDS Class 2 trial: That the Vice Chair organises a standalone trial every year i.e. 2020 Anglesey. SUPPORTED
  • Recommendations: The entry fees for non-members of the NWSDS at all Affiliated Societies trials be more than for paid up members. SUPPORTED
  • Recommendations: It is strongly recommended that a pen and shed be included at Affiliated Societies Open trials 2020 if practicable and to note in 2020 Diary “qualifying points awarded” SUPPORTED
  • Recommendations: To ensure consistency and fairness when a trial has two (2) sessions, entries for both sessions should be taken at the same time on a ‘first come basis’. SUPPORTED


Membership: Pleasing to note that 50 new members have joined the  Society in the past year and 70% of members have paid their subscriptions due on the 1st January.

Public Liability insurance (ISDS): Requirements have been added to the 2019 diary to raise awareness (already on website).

Charity Commission reporting: Paper summarising the requirements discussed. Noted that the Commission’s templates will be used from the 2019 AGM.

Trials diary 2019: Completed ready for the printers, overall 1 less trial to date (notably Betws yn Rhos will not be held this year) but others likely to be added.

NWSDS Class 3 sponsorship: 17 trials have agreed to accept. 

Sioe Fawr / RWAS young handlers competition < 25: Shortlist of possible competitors agreed. To be confirmed as soon as possible.


ISDS Welsh Directors meeting: Agreed to propose to meeting on 21.10.18 a) returning to 5 a day qualification at National AND run draw process to be reviewed b) the NWSDS Championships 2019 be used as the World Trial qualification for North Wales.

Membership fee 2019: As paid members now exceeds 200 no pressing need to consider an increase (no resolution now required at 2018 AGM).

S&T position: Agreed to recommission Martin D. for 2019 and report to 2018 AGM

Resolutions 2018 AGM:

  1. New constitution
  2. New Nursery Rules: entry qualifications same as South Wales
  3. NWSDS sponsored Class 3 (£40) for young handlers & beginners for 3 years subject to annual review.
  4. Amend Additional Rules for Trials Rule 7 to replace “after completion of run” with “at the end of the trial through the trial Secretary”

Suggestion to change Class 2 entry requirements not supported

Nursery final: Agreed venue and start time (posted on website) and that John Ellis to judge and also represent NWSDS at the All Wales Final

Venues and dates for 2019 (Championships [? incl. World trial qualification], Nursery Final, All Wales Nursery Final and Annual Dinner). Agreed that

  1. John Whiteley (2019 Chair) will action
  2. Venue for All Wales Nursery Final to be discussed at AGM.

Annual Dinner 24th November 2018: Chair to confirm arrangements with S&T as soon as possible. Society trophies etc. to be presented at the evening. S&T to remind winners



AGM notice: Agreed to only post papers to those members who do not have email

Judges panel: agreed to review / update for 2019 diary

Membership fee 2019: Agreed to prepare resolution for 2018 AGM and to increase membership for non UK members by £5 to cover cost of postage and additional administration from 2019.

Sheep insurance claims 2017: noted that payments have been completed

Safeguarding: Trustees Charity responsibilities noted & policy posted on website

GDPR: Privacy notice posted on website and noted on membership forms

Nursery Rules: Agreed to try and arrange meeting at Welsh National (after AGM) to discuss way forward on agreeing all Wales rules

Viability: Noted that on latest information to break even approximately £200 is now required.



Viability: Noted that on current information to break-even approximately £500 is required to be made each year from the Society trials. This has been accomplished on average in recent years so there is no short term financial risk but aim must be to break even e.g. requires approximately another 50 members to be recruited or £4/5 increase in subscriptions.

Public Liability Insurance: Agreed to continue with ISDS due to balance of risks associated with taking out Society cover.

New (updated) Constitution:  Draft to be circulated to Trustees with email addresses and agreed to table adoption as motion at 2018 AGM.

Trustee’s responsibilities: paper shared for information to be circulated to those with email addresses.

General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR): Agreed to proceed in general on basis of ‘Legitimate Interest’ unless or until questioned by the ICO regulator (Information Commissioners Office) or further guidance is issued.

Nursery Rules:

  1. NWSDS position / options to be discussed at next meeting.
  2. Agreed that Chair form a subcommittee (chair and 2 others) to meet with a similar number from SWSDTA to try and agree the same Nursery rules for both Societies before the respective 2018 AGMs i.e. before November.

Website: Agreed that only additions and changes to trials to be posted on website / Facebook page.



New handlers definition: Agreed best course is to continue as present i.e. local trials determining their own definitions

Accounts: Agreed to consolidate 3 accounts into 1 a.s.a.p.

West Bromwich B.S. Agreed to close account a.s.a.p.

Insurances: Agreed to obtain quotation for NWSDS PL cover, meet sheep loss, injury and disposal (up to £150 max. each animal – veterinary fees are not included) from Society funds (current account) and not to insure trophies.

Underpayments: Agreed that those members that have underpaid be reminded.


🚩 Training clinics recommence (Coleg Glynllifon)

Pleased to share that the free weekly training clinics on Monday evening (5pm to 8pm) at Coleg Glynllifon, Caernarfon have recommenced from the 4th November

Young Handlers in particular are invited to take part.

Please contact Cai Pritchard if you are interested: PM on Facebook or 07876 552285

📌 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

👍 “A Way with Dogs”

Series 2 advert. One to watch!





📌 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: Handler and dog that have not run in any Open trial or been placed in any Class 2 trial (NWSDS criteria), held 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.

🚩 Cenedlaethol Cymru 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.

🚩 Website advertising (incl. sheepdogs for sale)

Members are entitled to a 20% discount on this website’s advertising rates.

For example, instead of £30 for a 90 day advert members pay £24.

NWSDS Policy .pdf          Website advertising

As other media is preventing the advertising of animals for sale, members may be considering using this site. This is possible for members only but will be kept under review e.g.

  • this facility is exclusively for responsible sheepdog sales between members and associated ISDS members.
  • the additional workload may mean limiting the number of adverts running at one time.
  • NWSDS reserves the right to remove this facility or refuse to accept specific adverts at any time.

A .jpeg of your advert and a copy of any links e.g.  

is the best and easiest way to advertise.

Please also complete and email your completed booking form in order to comply with the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR).

Booking form              .docx        Adv. form

.pdf          Adv. form

Adverts will be included on a “Dogs for sale” page on this sites menu

🚩 Annual General Meeting 06.12.18

The Annual General Meeting of the North Wales Sheepdog Society was held on Thursday 6th December 2018 at 7.00pm in the Pentrefoelas Education Centre LL24 0LE.

Key points

Noted that paid members total 209 (break even target figure 200) including 41 new members. Affiliated trials members 59.

Surplus of £2,031.57 was reported for the year 2017/2018.

Reserves amount to £17,239.13

Donation of £2,703.49 was recently received from the Coop (nominated community cause). This will be added to the reserves and reported in the 2018/2019 accounts.

Motions passed:

  • New constitution adopted “Charitable Unincorporated Association” (see Membership menu)
  • Amended NWSDS rule “Judges are expected, to give points gained or lost at the end of the trial to competitors who request them through the trial Secretary”.
  • That NWSDS sponsors a maximum of 20 trials per year for 3 years (subject to annual review) to the sum of £30 each for a free to enter Class 3 “Handler and dog that have not run in any Open trial or been placed in any Class 2 trial (NWSDS criteria), held anywhere in the world.” (see News post)
  • Nursery rules revised commencing 2019 (see Trials menu)

12 new Trustees appointed as required by the new constitution

Trophies 2019 draw: Rhiwlas (Llanrwst) &  John Jones (Dinas Mawddwy)

Trial venues 2019: Championships – Penbedw, Tues. / Wed. 3rd and 4th September

Class 2 Championship – Berwyn have kindly offered to provide venue for a dedicated trial with a NWSDS sponsored Class 3 run in conjunction.

Nursery Final – Venue to be confirmed, Sat. 16th November

All Wales Nursery Final – Bodfari, date to be confirmed.

New Nursery Heat to be held at Llanerchymedd (9 in total 2019)

Noted that in order to comply with GDPR only telephone numbers will be used as contact details for trials in 2019 diary.