📌 NWSDS Nursery Heats & Final (updated)

Revised list of 2020 Heats (subject to covid-19 regulations).

Sorry, no spectators at present.

Maximum of 25 handlers each heat (30 maximum gathering).

All Heats pre-entry.

Please click on the trial on the front page of the website to check the telephone numbers.

6 Heats = 4 qualifiers from each and a final of 24 (currently).

Subject to change if the gathering figure changes e.g. up to 36 if the regulations at the time allow.

Heat 1Garndolbenmaen16th August (completed 36 runs)
Heat 2Ardudwy6th September (completed 34 runs)
Heat 3Llanerchymedd4th October (NEW DATE)
Heat 4Bodfari10th October (NEW DATE)
Heat 5Dolgellau25th October (NEW DATE)
Heat 6Llangelynnin31st October
FinalLlanfair Caereinion21st November (NEW DATE)

📌 Coronavirus (risk assessment & posters)

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Covid HSE risk assessment Covid distance poster Covid hygiene poster

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🚩 Pwyllgor Rheoli Ymddiriedolwyr

Next meeting dates 2020:  15.10.20             03.12.20 (A.G.M.)

25.06.20 virtual meeting (key notes)

  1. Agreed that the Society’s position (including the ISDS) remains unchanged from that posted on the website and social media in March. If it is possible to socially gather and travel in the next few months in Wales, it may be possible to run a few local trials and complete elements  of the Nursery season BUT only if ISDS insurance which is currently voided is reinstated and local committees and communities are prepared to arrange/host trials. NWSDS cannot be associated in anyway with any event that is uninsured.
  2. Agreed that previous decision stands and 2021 diaries will NOT be sent to individual members who have not paid their 2020 subscription.
  3. Agreed that Trials who have not paid membership in 2020 will ONLY have a single line entry in the 2021 diary noting only the date and venue.
  4. Agreed not to impose a rejoining fee of £5 in 2021 for unpaid members and trials.
  5. Noted that the Nationwide reserves account has been closed (5th June) and the funds will now be managed through the NWSDS Barclays current account until interest rates are more favourable.
  6. Agreed in view of the Covid-19 restrictions to ‘void’ the 2020 provisions. Consequently, the Chair will remain with Montgomeryshire for 2021 and that Anglesey will now take the Chair from 2022. Arrangements already made for the NWSDS Championships / Nursery Final / Dinner and Class 2 trials in 2020 can hopefully be revived and rearranged for 2021 (in full or in part).
  7. Also agreed that in these exceptional circumstances that the Trustees terms of office be adjusted accordingly – noting that AS will still be replaced by ALlO for Ynys Mon in 2021.

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 status.
  7. NWSDS trials – agreed that the Committee should be advised of all arrangements for Championship trials 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.

🚩 Aelodaeth 2021

The Trustees have confirmed (25.06.20) that members (individuals and trials) who have not paid their 2020 membership will NOT receive the 2021 trials diary and will reluctantly be removed from the Society’s mailing list.

Payment (£15 / £20 non UK) should be made or sent to the Secretary as soon as possible please. Details are on page 4 of the 2020 diary. The Society still incurs costs so your membership is very important and it will avoid any disappointment and administrative disruption next year.

👀 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.

🚩 ISN Digital Magazine now available

You can now get the ISN Magazine in a digital version. Please get in touch in order to access. The link has all the instructions.



🚩Pet travel to Europe after Brexit


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📌 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