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Welcome to the website of the Working Section of the English Shetland Sheepdog Club

"Sheltie at Work"

The Section's magazine is sent out to subscribers twice a year in spring and autumn.

Now that dog activities are hopefully back to normality again, please send any news or items for the magazine to SAW@esscworkingsection.co.uk 

Agility Show 

The Agility Show was held on Sunday 23rd January 2022

Venue: The Dog Training Barn, Main Road, Middleton, Cheney, Banbury, Oxon OX17 2PW  

See the Agility page for the results.

Rally & Obedience Rules Changes

Rally now has a Rally Warrant to work for. This comes after the level 6 title, but requires the dog to have gained a title AT EACH LEVEL. Dogs working two levels at a time can sometimes gain the higher one first. If the show dates then fall so that no more qualifiers at the lower level can be gained, the lower level title would be skipped. If working two levels at once, it will be necessary to take care to finish the lower level first, which can be awkward if the classes turn out to be in reverse order on the day.

Obedience: Stays at all levels have been discontinued. Initially this was to allow shows to restart after lockdown, but the end of stays has now been voted for.


2022 News Update

Agility News

KC Agility Team GB

Selected for FCI World Agility Championships: 

Martin Reid with Get It With Eager To Work (Imp Deu) – Small Individual 

and Steven Richardson with Sanscott Midnight Mist AW(G) – Medium Team

Diamond Agility Warrant

Jean Tuck's Zac has completed the 1600 points required to gain his Diamond Agility Warrant, making him Tooralie’s Masquerade at Craygill AW(D) Beg.Ex RL5.Ex.

New Agility Champion

Ag Ch Obay Thatz Entertainment with Mark Wingate-Wynne gained their title at Wye Valley in April 2022

Agility Ticket

Matthew Burdett and Licosateria Final Frontier (Bru) won their first Agility ticket at Axstane Ch Show in June 2022.

Obedience News

Sue Robinson's Alnmac Midnight Flyer (Torin) won Novice and came 5th in 'A' at Chesvale on 30th April, then on the following day he came 4th in Novice at Leicester Champ show.

Rally News

In February 2022 Jean Tuck's Zac completed his Rally Level 6 Ex title  with a 3rd place at United Spaniels Association, Derby. Maddie too gained an excellent score, with 6th place.   (Tooralie's Masquerade at Craygill AW(D) RL6.Ex Beg.Ex & Saunderswood Fire Fly of Craygill AW(G) RL6.Ex).


At Stoneleigh Rally Show at the end of May Zac gained the last ‘excellent’ qualifier to complete the new Rally Warrant, the first Sheltie to achieve this. He is now Tooralie’s Masquerade at Craygill AW(D) RW Beg.Ex.

News from 2021