Local Sheepdog Societies

There are two sheepdog societies in Wales, the North Wales Sheepdog Society and the South Wales Sheepdog Trials Association (SWSDTA). For more information about the societies, click on the links below.


North Wales Sheep Dog Society

The North Wales Sheep Dog Society (NWSDS) started off as The Association of Sheepdog Trial Societies of North Wales and first met in the Liberal Club Caernarfon on December 6, 1930. Nefyn & District Sheep Dog Trials Society instigated the first meeting in an attempt to avoid Society trial dates clashing.

It was decided to include Societies from Anglesey, Caernarfonshire, Denbighshire and Merionethshire.

Chairman: Mr. Jones, Nefyn; Vice chairman: Mr Booth, Llandudno; Hon. Treasurer: Mr W. Julian Jones, Barclays Bank, Nefyn; Hon. Secretary: Mr Geo Wood, Llandudno

At the first meeting a list of judges, runners and dogs was drawn up. In the second it was decided that all meetings were to be conducted in Welsh and the Rt. Hon. Lord Mostyn of Llandudno was appointed as President.

A working committee was also elected as it was impossible to progress matters with so many members attending meetings. Its first duty was to draw up rules and the annual membership fee was fixed at 2/6 (12 1/2 p.)

The first Association trials were held in Beaumaris in 1931. At that time there were 22 affiliated Societies and every competitor had to be a member if competing at any of the affiliated Society trials.

The first few years were quite troublesome as not all trial committees were prepared to join the Association and the clashing of trial dates caused much animosity.

In 1955 a trial was arranged between teams from the North and South Wales societies.

At present the North Wales Sheep Dog Society includes approximately 50 Affiliated Societies from the 6 old counties of Wales (Anglesey, Caernarfonshire, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Meirionethshire, Montgomeryshire) and 250 individual members from Wales and other UK and European countries.


South Wales Sheepdog Trials Association

The SWSDTA, originally known as the South Wales Sheep Dog Association, was formed on Friday, December 1st, 1950. With T. J. Cornelius installed as the President, the membership fee was set at 5 shillings per year and Life Memberships were £3/3- . The current membership fee is £10, and you can join online.

The first Executive meeting of the South Wales Sheep Dog Association was held in Cardiff on January 15th, 1951. At this meeting the name was changed to the South Wales Sheep Dog Trials Association (SWSDTA, for short). The Constitution was formed at this meeting, and the first Association Trial was set for August 10th at Porthcawl.