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.  


2019 Welsh Team

1st and National Champion Arwyn Davies with Peg

2nd Beate Behr with Bendigedig Leni

3rd Arwel Owen with Glenys

4th John Bowen with Roy 

5th Llion Harries with Preseli Fly

6th Dr Kelvin Broad with Kinloch Cade

7th Llyr Evans with Zac

8th Eirian Morgan with Spot

9th Meirion Jones with Meg

10th Robert Ellis with Tod

11th David Evans with Lass

12th David Evans with Kemi Maid

13th Irwel Evans with Gwnnws Bob

14th Arwel Owen with Caleb

15th Kevin Evans with Hybeck Blake

Reserve David Howells with Rock


Welsh National Champion Arwyn Davies with Peg

Photo courtesy of Lisa Soar


2019 Welsh Brace Champion

1st Kevin Evans with Derwen Doug and Knockmaa Bec

2nd Ian Jones with Meg and Ted

2019 Welsh Brace Champion

Photo courtesy of Lisa Soar


2019 Welsh National Team

Photo courtesy of Lisa Soar