Nigel Cowling  RIP  


A very large crowd gathered at Ruglands Farm to honour the memory and celebrate the life of Nigel and to extend support to his family.


The unusual setting for such an event was so well chosen and prepared and the weather smiled on the

event which added to the feeling that this really was a celebration. The eulogy was a wonderful tribute

to a remarkable man who had lived his life to the full and sometimes to the almost overflowing !

The stories that were recounted about his life and deeds were fittingly punctuated by the words 

" What a man "

Often it must be added followed by much laughter.


This Society owes a great debt of gratitude to Nigel and his family for support freely given over many years.


Attached below are three photos taken by Penny Roe so that those who would have liked to have been there but were unable to attend can see what splenidly fitting arrangements the family had prepared .

The final and laughter provoking yet moving moment, came when we were asked to pause

to listen to Nigel's favourite music where upon a recording of sheep bleating and baaing

brought the proceedings to a close.  























Please book for the Dinner with either Jill Cobbledick  on email :

                                                                                                  or Tel : 01805 804740


                                                           or with Rose Williams on Tel : 01822 880454


Select from the Menu below and be ready to say what you want to have when you contact to book.

Directions to the venue are posted in Directions to Trials . 


Devon & Exmoor Sheepdog Society Dinner
Fingle Glen,
Tedburn St Mary, Exeter EX6 6AF 
Fri 26th October 2018 
7pm for 7.30pm
Vegetable soup with croutons 
Prawn cocktail
Chicken liver pate with melba toast
Topside of beef with Yorkshire pudding and roast gravy
Roasted loin of pork with bramley apple sauce 
Roasted vegetable parcel with a basil and red wine sauce 
Main dishes are served with roast potatoes and steamed vegetables
Baked apple and cinnamon strudel and custard
White chocolate and berry baked cheesecake 
Glazed lemon tart with cream
Followed by coffee and mints
Two Course with coffee £16.50 per person
Three Course with coffee £18.50 per person
Pre-order required





Some photos from Challacombe Trial from Penny Roe


Holly at the pen with Carol


  Winston competes his cross drive for Roderick             Huthwaite Roy about to shed the sheep for Jed        













Mendip Trial from Penny


Ian Wheeler shedding with ? Don                           Merril's Alfie on the cross drive














Lynne Zorab's Tweed straightens his sheep for the fetch gates.





Hi Hilary


The venue for the C of C trial, is John Carters Sparretts farm. It will be held in the usual field but run the opposite way round to normal










Some photos from Penny Roe from Brentor Weekend and from Tony's Trial.



   Round the post .                                                                                Ready at the top of the field.















Victor receiving his trophy for winning the Brace 






















Pittsworthy Farm.


             Spectators                                                                    Judge and Host




The owners of the very good sheep.




Huish Champflower Trial









































Pennywell Trial.  Photos from Penny Roe






























Brompton Regis 

Photos from Penny Roe




































Photos from Penny Roe.






Set against the beautiful Exmoor landscape Mary and Mac take the sheep round the post.



















Mary and Mac had a good day at the Trial !

















Bob's young dog Ben

through the away drive gates.












 Jed's young bitch Kelly takes

the shed.






Photos from Penny Roe.








Carol's Holly at the shed.











Probably the best place to be

at Kentisbury Down !













Two nice photos courtesy of Julie Tucker taken at Ian MacKay's Charity Trial

at Sanduck Farm.


Thank you Ian from all of us.















Over the years Ian has run many, many Trials both Nursery and Open at his farm. Ian has decided that the time has come to pull in his horns a little, so sadly this year was the last of the two days of trialling at Sanduck Cross.


A presentation was made to Ian on the day to thank him for all he has contributed to the sport over the years. He received two figurines to mark the ocasion and is shown here opening the parcel and holding the cold cast bronze figures both suitably shepherd and dog themed.


Close up of the figurines below.     Thanks to Penny Roe for the pic below.





Some photos from Sanduck Cross and Ashwater Trials from Penny Roe.



Dave Kennard with Fly and Sweep around the post in the Brace. 










Jed Watson round the post with Huthwaite Roy.








Below is Frank Richards penning with Jill.



















Dick Montgomery shedding with Meg below. 




































A few photos from Cheselbourne courtesy of Penny Roe. Above is the scene while contestants enjoyed the sun beside the refreshment trailer and a shot of a packet of sheep taking a dislike to the fetch gates.

Below is a shot of Charles Fitzgerald's Dot on a good line at the away drive and also a photo of Jim Nicholls with Maud completing the shed. Thank you Penny for these.


















There has been an alteration to the rule on Microchip checking at our Society Trials for this year.


Rule 13 now is that at one randomly selected DESDS Trial all dogs competing will have their microchips scanned as they leave the course at the end of their run. Water will be made available at the check point.


PLEASE do one simple thing and do it before the Season starts.




Your cooperation will be much appreciated.






 A very large number of members paying by direct debit  have seemingly not bothered to act on the notice below. Since their Banks will by now have paid the old and now incorrect amount  they


will now owe the Society £3 payable to the Membership Secretary.

ALTER THE PAYMENT TO BE MADE WITH THEIR BANK . This will hopefully save our hard working membership secretary's sanity.

The annual membership sub is increasing to £10



There is no time like the present !

You do not need to contact the Membership Sec just notify your bank to alter the amount of the yearly payment.



Please note that on November 1st 2017 the membership fees will be subject to a small increase.


Joining Fee £10

Membership Annual Sub  £10

Family Membershipb £15 Two adults per Household

Junior Membership £2.50 per child








Below is a copy of the delightful response that I received when I requested permission to use the lovely copyright  photo which I show here of John Carter being presented with The Wilkinson Sword Trophy by HRH Princess Anne at the International Trial. 

If you Google   The Gather Photographs  you will be able to view the wonderful albums of photos on the site.

There is a whole section devoted to Sheepdogs. Do Google and enjoy, you are in for a treat !


email received 18/09/2017 

Good afternoon Hilary, 

Please find attached two copies of the image at an appropriate resolution for your website with our compliments. We are proudly bad at business because, in cases like this, it seems to us wrong to profit from the wonderful achievements of the true gentleman that is John Carter. Via a common acquaintance we have offered  to John our images of the presentation. 

We are happy for you to use the version with or without the (c) watermark but would very much appreciate an acknowledgement if the un-watermarked version is used. 

With best wishes, 

Sarah & Nick (The Gather)






All members , indeed all dog owners , should be aware of the following information.


Now that all dogs must by law be microchipped it is vital that when you get a dog / litter of pups

chipped or buy a dog you must check that the chip implanter has registered the details on a recognised data base.





There is a website called PETCHIP  that will claim to register any chip number into your name for a fee of £15 and put the details on " The National DatabaseThere is no such thing as a National Database

and if you send off £15 that is the last you will hear from them.


The site also claims that the keeper registered for any chip number can be checked on their website. Just try it and see !! Enter the number of a dog you own that is on Petlog for example and it will come up as an unregistered chip number and hence the keeper of the dog can not be traced.


Any vet will be able to read a microchip and tell you what database the number is recorded on.


When you have pups chips implanted make absolutely sure that the implanter does send off the paperwork and that you get confirmation from the relevant database that it has been received and

when buying a dog ask at the point of sale who is the registered keeper and be sure to arrange to have the correct form provided to you so that the keepership can be transferred.


The term Keepership is used as this is not in law the same as ownership.

Strictly speaking,as I understand the law, if  a person other than the owner is responsible for a dog for over six months then that person should be the registered keeper.




Notice to all members and competitors.


It was agreed in committee back in Dec 2016 that, at all DESDS Trials, the full name including the prefix ( if any ) of every dog running would be entered on the score board. This would ensure that the correct details are shown in any results published and that the identity documents will correspond to the microchip number when a dog has the chip scanned. 


As website manager I had failed to note that this information was not on the site and so I apologise for the omission.  Hilary Jones pleading guilty as charged ! 




Here are the results of the election of Officers and Committee from the AGM 2017


  Chair ...................      Hilary Jones

  Vice Chair............      David Kennard

  Secretary............       Wendy Watson

  Membership Sec..     Aeron Jermyn

  Treasurer............       Chris Roe

  Trial Sec.............       Matt Evans

  Publicity .............     

  Trophy Sec.........      Lynne Zorab



  David Cole

  Roderick Hayes

  David Kennard

  Rose Williams

  Victor Pitts