As mentioned in our introduction these can include – the Old English Sheepdog, the Bearded Collie, the Kelpie – these come in two varieties and the Huntaway – the New Zealand ‘barky’ dog. All of these are used with sheep in England. There is also the Australian Cattle Dog, the Rough Collie and the Shetland Sheep Dog – both used to herd sheep in some parts of Great Britain and all the European countries have their own breed of herding dog including the German Shepherd!
The International Sheep Dog Society based in Bedford is the oracle for the Border Collie. It holds Registration details of all the registered Border collies throughout the world and is the first stop in the Border collie world. You will also find information about all Trials held and to be held in the UK.
Working Sheepdog Archives has been set up to preserve and catalogue material relating to the working sheepdog and to make it available to students and researchers worldwide. The site includes an Archive Index, books, magazines, videos & DVD’s, and general sheepdog information.
The International Sheepdog Society has won English Heritage lottery money to establish a website for the archive aspect of shepherding. Please contact me if you would like to be involved in this Project with either contributing material and/or becoming a voluntary contributor.
Wiccaweys is based in Leicestershire and approaches the business of rescue and re-homing from an holistic point of view. Over recent years they have looked after over one thousand sheepdogs and none are turned away. They have a comprehensive and well put together website.
Border Collie Resue in Yorkshire re-homed many dogs during the Foot and Mouth epidemic of 2001 that had lost their working lives. These dogs are always re-homed as working dogs and the organisation has strict rules about which, if any, of the collies join non working homes as a pet. They insist that all re-homed dogs receive dog and handler training.
Main Border Collies
Sue – The main proprietor, can be found on www.mainbordercollies.com Dogs at stud and puppies are available from time to time. Sue writes articles of lively and thought provoking interest in the bi monthly International Sheepdog News. Her most recent have been the results of a questionnaire set for about 80 Judges with a variety of different decision outcomes. And the most recent ‘How to set up a Trial’.
This latter is a vital tool to anyone contemplating running a Trial. There are so many details to attend to! The most important of which is the welfare of the sheep followed closely by the welfare of the dog. The handler is not considered!
Andy Nickless has a new DVD about training out now. This link should take you to finding out more http://www.herding-dog-training-border-collie-sheepdog-dvd.com
Nij Vyas has published a book about sheepdog training and trialling – ‘Sheepdog Training and Trials’ and he can be found on a new website where you can purchase this interesting and informative book.
Nij lives in middle England and is available for training of dogs and handlers.
Robert Putnam can be found on www.whiffletreesheepdos.co.uk where there is a comprehensive view of his training services. At weekends – if he not training – he travels far and wide to pursue his craft at many sheepdog trials in the south of England. From time to time he also has trained dogs for sale and he can also be found on firstname.lastname@example.org
Amy Rouse – Trainer of dogs and Handlers. Amy is a young woman with a valuable gift. She workds and trains her bitch Mist and competed with her in OneMan and His Dog in 2010 on the Mendip Hills when she was 15 years of age. Amy lives with her family on the cusp of the counties of Cambridge; Herts; Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex. She has three dogs – all bitches and these are Mist, Peggi and Floss.
No website at present but her contact details are as follows: Email: email@example.com T: 01223 891880 or M: 07772 739690
Hilary Jones lives in Devon and has been training working sheepdogs since she can remember. She also helps people who have behaviour problems with their dog. Particularly collies that do not work but that can be aggressive around sheep.
Contact her on email firstname.lastname@example.org T: 01837 871483 or M: 07798 500301
Working sheep dogs a;ways need good fuel in order that they can do their job well. All dogs need to be fed properly and you need look no further than Ceri Rundle’s CSJ Dog Food Company in North Wales. The products from this company are free from artificial additives and there is a wide range available.
Ceri was the first woman to have represented Wales in sheepdog trialling and comes from a family committed to getting the best from their dogs.
Log onto www.csjk9.com for all your requirements and the list of stockists – there is bound to be one in your area.
Kevin Reeves from Wiltshire can be contacted on email@example.com or 07774 710812
Tracy Huxtable from North Devon can be contacted www.kelpie.info or firstname.lastname@example.org or 07789 148647
Hugh McCall lives near Tavistock in Devon and can be contacted on 01822 870221. At Stud he has Sam who is 18 months old and a New Zealand import. He also has a five year old bitch Doone and a young bitch Brooke – out of Doone. Jake, the Border Collie, makes up the McCall stable.
Please contact the website below if you are interested in purchase. The McCall’s are keen to point out that Huntaways are seriously working animals and good pets they do not make. They will sell only to working homes.
Eddie McDonagh Lancs E: email@example.com T: 01942 879841 M: 07702 968591 Eddie has a long experience with the Beardie and can trace family histories for many generations. He can put you in touch with genuine breeders and trainer.
Sheepdog Societies in the United Kingdom
Dovedale : Robert Watkins 01538 373308 or 07929 946652
Fylde : Linda Longton 01524 35720 or 07779 508356
Holme: Shirley Cropper 01706 872369
Meltham: David Broster 01422 374995
Northern: Jean Bousfield 01833 622266
Northumberland League: Debbie Jordan 01434 345252
Ryedale: Jackie Goulder 01751 470172/ 07796 158467
Trawden: Carol Palmer 01200 445293
Yorkshire: Sharon Bolland 01756 710261
Central and East Anglia
East Anglia: Caitlin Jenkins 01842 762555
Four Counties: Albert Glockling 01394 421560
Mid Shires: Gill Burbidge 01536 770235
South of England
Romney Marsh: Ron Beecham 01634 672210/07811 224425 firstname.lastname@example.org
Surrey: Jill Woolston 01293 772344 www.surreysheepdogsociety.org.uk
Sussex: Jackie Marsh 01444 246962 / 0770328590 email@example.com www.sussexsheepdogsociety.co.uk
Thanet: Marion Turner 01634 267355
Elaine Anstey: 01428652822 southeastenglandsheepdogtrials.org
South West of England
Cornwall Sheepdog Society Sec: Trevor Hopper 01872 501886 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Devon & Exmoor Sheepdog Society Sec: Wendy Watson 01822 880215; Trials Sec. Ruth Passmmore 01837 52972 www.devonandexmoorsds.co.uk
Somerset Training and Trialling Club Sec : Tracey Davidge 01934 853688 email@example.com
South West Nursery Trials – www.westcountrynurserytrials.co.uk
Glos/Gwent Nurseries: Wilf and Janet Reed 01600 712110
North Wales: Ellis Evans 01766 512529
South Wales: Claire Ridge 01437 563228 firstname.lastname@example.org
Nursery League Secretaries
North: Stuart Grant 01853 666291
Central: Kathy Freeman 01567 829401 / 07766 600274
Lanark, Lothian and Peebles: Ian Fleming 01555 851351
Borders: Andrew Dickman 01578 750311 / 07810 838011
Dumfries and Kirkcudbright: Fiona McMillan 01848 200475
Wigtownshire: Elaine Craig
South Ayrshire: Neil Gillon
North Ayrshire: Bobby Howaston 01475 568297
Arran: Will McConnell 01770 600424
Kintyre: Colin Chrystie 01586 553489
North of Ireland Sheepdog Society: Brian Kelly 028 708 48607
National and International Trials
Thanks to Chris for allowing us to use some of his wonderful photographs on our site.
Border Collie Portraits
Sally Jones is a Fine artist who lives Cornwall and who also has been known to work her dogs. Why not take a look at her work on www.bodminfineart.co.uk
Having a permanent portrait of your favourite dog is a lovely idea. Good for Christmas and Birthday presents.