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.