About the Welsh National Trial

National Trials are held by the ISDS annually each summer in England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

The top 150 Welsh sheepdogs and their handlers compete for a chance to represent Wales at the Annual International Trials each year, usually held in September. Each handler can enter a maximum of three dogs, but only two of these may run, the third being an ‘alternate’ dog who may be substituted for one of the two.

The Welsh Nationals take place over three days; This year the top 15 competitors will go into the team. Each National Team has 15 places and one reserve place, so competition is fierce.

During the lunch break every day, whilst the singles competitors and singles judges seek refreshment, the best Brace teams in Wales compete before the Brace judges to find the Welsh National Brace Champion.  They also have the honour of representing their country at the International Trial.  


2017 - Welsh Team

1st and National Champion Angie Driscoll and Kinloch Pippi

2nd Kevin Evans and Ace

3rd Llyr Evans and Zac

4th Robert Ellis and Spot

5th Dewi Jenkins and Moss

6th Stan Harden and Cass

7th Wyn Edwards and Clwyd Fflei

8th Gwynfor Owen and Ben

9th Arwel Lloyd Owen and Ben

10th Paul Tomkins and Lyn

11th Richard Millichap and Sweep

12th Glyn Jones and Cap

13th Nigel Watkins and Tanhill Alex

14th Bryn Davies and Roy

15th Aled Owen and Llangwm Cap

Reserve Alwyn Williams and Max




2017 - Welsh Brace Champion Elgan Jones with Jim and Joe

Runner up - Brian McConnell with Roy and Sky