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.  


2018 Welsh Team

1st and National Champion A Owen with Llangwm Cap

2nd D K Evans Preseli Ci

3rd D M Howells with Rosk

4th A Owen with Llangwn Glesni

5th L Williams with Catterlen Pip

6th A L Evans with Zac

7th M Jones with Nan

8th Dr A Driscoll with Kinloch Pippi

9th R F M Ellis with Spot

10th T Morgan with Kennox Tess

11th D K Evans with Ace

12th R F M Ellis Bronallt Sweep

13th L N Watkins with Ben

14th A Roberts with Sam

15th R Games with Joe

Reserve B McConnell with Larkhill Mel


Welsh National Champion A Owen with Llangwm Cap

Photo courtesy of Lisa Soar


2018 Welsh Brace Champion

1st Gethin Jones with Fran and Maddie

2nd B McConnell with Roy and Sky

2018 Welsh Brace Champion

Photo courtesy of Lisa Soar


2018 Welsh National Team

Photo courtesy of Lisa Soar