Information from a post on the ISDS Facebook

Due to the recent increase in dog thefts, all names, addresses and contact details have been removed from the trials section of the ISDS website.

The current COVID lockdown prevents trials from taking place and therefore the information is not required.








Qualifying Points for National Trials

Once again we find all ourselves in the situation where all four home nations have been forced into total lockdown restrictions due to COVID-19.

The Trials Committee have once again made the decision to suspend the awarding of National Points from open trials, this initially took place during the first lockdown in March 2020.

We will regularly review this decision and we assure yo7u that we are very keen to get everyone back trialling as soon as restrictions and safety considerations allow.

As you all well aware, the COVID-19 statistics are much worse now than when we had the initial lockdown last year. Our hope going forward is that the vaccines that are becoming available will quickly become the game changer everyone is looking for.

As demonstrated by the disruption of this season’s nursery calendar it is almost impossible to plan ahead at present, but hopefully we will be able to resume normal trialling later in the season.

Please all stay safe.





    statement from the ISDS on their policy re the holding of Trials

ISDS update as at July 24th

“Further reviews have taken place this week regarding the Society’s view of the trialling situation during COVID-19, and following Government advice and guidelines, taking into consideration the social gathering rules that apply for all of the four nations, and advice from our insurers, we are unfortunately still unable to provide authorisation of official trials to take place.

The safety of our members is paramount, and therefore the sanctioning of trials whilst the pandemic still continues, and with the increase in local lockdown a high probability in areas throughout the nations, it would be irresponsible of the Society to sanction trials and gatherings.

We continue to monitor this weekly and will provide updates accordingly, and we hope to have some positive news for you all soon.”


We continue to be informed by our insurance company that they can not provide the insurance for the Society to hold Sheepdog trials.

In addition to this we find ourselves in the situation that each of the home nations have differing rules regarding the do's and don'ts relating to Covid-19 movement and gatherings. 

Current Government guidelines have not been extended to the extent that would allow for trials to take place. In England for example, from 4th July 2020, there is no limit on the number of people allowed to meet, provided they are just from two households and they keep 1 metre apart.

Therefore due to our insurance restrictions and with the current differing Government guidelines for each nation, unfortunately we currently do not endorse the hosting of trials.







In view of the following statement all DESDS Trials for the coming season are cancelled. 

 This a sad blow but unavoidable in view of several factors such as our Trials could not be run without the insurance cover provided by the ISDS and this factor also affects a number of independent Trials.

Therefor no Trials lists will be published on this website until conditions / constraints change.




The health and well-being of our members, competitors, sponsors, volunteers and staff is of paramount importance. Advice from the Government and health officials regarding COVID-19 is changing daily with stronger restrictions being implemented and enforced. Considering this, we have concluded that all National, International and World trials will not take place this year. We understand and appreciate the level of disappointment that this will create, however we need to act responsibly during these times of uncertainty.

Local Trials
Based on advice issued by the UK Government on March 16th, specifically regarding restrictions on non-essential travel and contact, we strongly recommend that all local trials are cancelled.

We are receiving cancellation notifications daily and will be updating the trials calendar accordingly.

Points awarded at any local open trials will not be accepted by the ISDS as of today, 18th March; and this will continue until further notice.

Any affiliated local society that has purchased the ISDS Insurance must contact the office to raise a credit, as this insurance will be null and void as of today, 18th March 2020.

Major Trials - National, International & World
World trial entry has closed, please do not complete any further applications for World Trial entry, and those of you that have already entered will be contacted shortly.

We have made the decision that all major ISDS trials will not take place in 2020. The ISDS will now focus on managing the consequences of this, and when this is completed, start to undertake preparations for planning the 2021 major trial calendar. Once a 2021 calendar plan has been formed, a further statement will be released with necessary details.

We appreciate your support during this period of uncertainty. 












   Chair                           Bob Watson               07484  152681

  Vice Chair                   David Kennard           01271   870056

  Secretary                    Wendy Watson           01822   880215

  Treasurer                    Chris Roe                    01884   855232

  Trophy Sec                 Lynne Zorab                01984   656965

  Membership Sec       Shirley Greenaway      01647   221543

  Trials Sec                   Carol Worgan               07850   918076

  Publicity + Website   Hilary Jones                  07798   500301


Committee members


Roderick Hayes 01884 860019             

Victor Pitts 01392 832669                           Penny Roe 01884 855232

Julie Tucker 079700 33813                    Rose Williams 01822 880454








Letters from the two charities supported recently by the DESDS











Pics taken at the Champion of Champions


Thank you to Penny Roe


Jed Watson penning to win withGwydr Zac


Frank Richards shedding with Bee


Trevor Hopper  penning with Fern


Bob Watson and Roy at the MX





The raffle at the Society Dinner raised £120 which will in due course be donated to charity following the Committee decision of which charities to support this year.








           Having spoken with the ICO our Data Security Policy is provided below.

The DESDS hold Society Members details on password protected computers for the sole purpose of contacting members.

Contact is necessary to impart information about Society Events, Trials and News Letters.

Members are asked to give the Membership Secretary their consent that their information may be used in this way.
If members fail to give consent  in writing when this is requested then their details will only be used for postal contact.

No details will ever be shared with a third party unless the Member gives their expressed consent and if a membership lapses for any reason the details held will be deleted from our records.

Members may give consent as to what details they are happy for the Society to hold
ie ; Just their address, phone number or numbers and Email address as they see fit.
If at any time a member wishes to alter or cancel the details held they should contact the Membership Secretary.





Those members who chose to support the charity trial at Brompton Regis will be glad to hear that the charity Fishing for Life whose supporters ran the excellent refreshments made £544.82 and they have expressed their willingness to do it again next year.





   Some photos from Penny Roe taken at Brendon Hills and at Pittsworthy  





 Jed Watson penning with   Bob


 ( Nursery series runner up

   to Emma Gray )












 Gail turning around the post for Dick Montgomery















 Jim Nicholls penning with Rob

















 Carol with Blackjack at Brendon Hills Trial














 Terry Parsons with Tod














  Meik Wessendorf, from Germany with Nice

  on the cross drive












 James Garland with Sanduck

  Jake. The only pen of the day !











For all matters relating to The Somerset Trialling and Training Club
please refer to their website.






      Report on Raleghs Cross from Lynne Zorab



Glorious sunshine heralded the first trial of the season for the Devon & Exmoor Sheepdog Society. The trial, held at Ralegh’s Cross up on Exmoor, had a good turnout of competitors, with the field and sheep kindly loaned by Russell Cowling and family.  The sheep proved testing, with dogs having to be kept well off if they were to complete the course and local judge Brian Duke was kept busy judging the Driving class, with Victor Pitts from Exminster judging the Maltese Cross later in the afternoon.  Jed Watson was the clear winner in both classes, giving a masterful demonstration of quiet handling with his dogs Zac (driving) and Ken (Maltese Cross).  The Novice Maltese Cross trophy went to Rob Hawke from Wiltshire who had a good run with his dog Mo.  The highlight of the day, however, was the success of young Will Carter from Cornwall who deservedly won the Novice Driving trophy on a score of 70 with Jill, as well as winning Best Young Handler in both the Driving and Maltese Cross classes. 



Super photo below of Will Carter with his bitch Jill

 Photo by Shirley Greenaway








           f the lovely new trophy presented to the Society

by Julie Tucker.


It is to be presented to the junior handler gaining the most points during the Open Trial Season.









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.








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 were 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.  


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 !