The Committee and Officers for 2016 / 2017

 

Chair :                 Ms Tracey Peat

Vice Chair :          Mrs Penny Roe

Secretary :           Mrs W Watson 

Treasurer :           Mr C Roe

Membership

Secretary :           Miss A Jermyn

Trials Sec :           Mrs J Harper

Publicity Sec :     Mrs J Cobbledick

Trophy Sec:        Mrs L Zorab

 

Committee :         Mr R Hayes

                            Mr D Cole

                            Mrs C Worgan

                            Mr D Kennard

                         

 

All the above can be contacted via the "Contact" page on the website. 

 

 

The Society aims to promote all aspects of training, trialling, breeding and management of working Border Collies in the area covered by Devon and The Exmoor National Park.

 

 

A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE DEVON AND EXMOOR SHEEPDOG SOCIETY

 

The Society was formed in 1964 as the Devon Sheepdog Society at an inaugural meeting near Tiverton.

There were 14 founder members.Sadly Ken Watson the last of our founder members still remaining with the Society died in the Autumn of 2010. A very well attended memorial service held at Postbridge bade farewell to a much liked and respected member of our Society. However the various cups and trophies record a great deal of the history of the membership in the past. The names of handlers and dogs engraved on these trophies serves as a roll call from days gone by.

We have been unable to trace any record of just when it became the Devon and Exmoor Sheepdog Society but certainly from an early stage some of the Society’s main Trials have been held up in the Exmoor area and three trials are held there to this day.

 

In common with most Societies there have been ups and downs over the years. The biggest  “down” being when a long gone Treasurer borrowed all the funds and forgot to pay them back! The membership rallied to the flag and a big jumble sale was held in Exeter. Many of the farmer’s wives who were accustomed to the polite affairs held in their village halls were much amazed at the hurly burley of a sale in the big city. We almost needed bouncers on the doors and it was a most wonderful example of country mice come to town.

 

The “ups” thankfully have been more numerous. The National Sheepdog Trials have been held in the South West four times in all although the first occasion was prior to the founding of the Society. There was a gap of forty years before the event returned and was held at Powderham Castle.

 

The 2009 English National was run in North Devon in conjunction with a Country Fayre with all the proceeds going to The North Devon Hospice. The staggering sum of £82,000 was raised over the three days of the event and the National was deemed to have been one of the best ever.

 

The 2013 National Trial was held once again in North Devon.Once again in conjunction with a Country Fayre and at the same venue on the estate of Lord and Lady Arran at Castle Hill, Filleigh, Nr South Molton. .

  

Current membership is in the region of 200 and the Society continues to grow and to promote all aspects of Sheepdog handling in the area. Thankfully as some of the members begin to show signs of wear and tear new faces appear and new hands volunteer to carry the baton forward.

 

The venues for some trials  may alter over the years while others remain  at the traditional sites .

The Society now runs six main open trials and two with restricted entry conditions plus organising the Devon V Cornwall match in alternate years. In 2016 a new trial will be held called " The Cowling Trial "

 

The purchase of a mobile sheep handling system in 2015 has been a big but very worth while step which is a great aid to the smooth running of the events.

 

Long may the Society flourish and the membership continue to enjoy the sport of Sheepdog Trialling whether as competitors or spectators.

 

 

 

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