ESSC Working Section


The Working Section runs Obedience Training Days with trainers chosen for their understanding approach to the training of Shelties. We also run an Obedience League where the members can submit their wins and places throughout the year and the first six highest points in Pre-Beginners to Championship 'C' get a rosette.

In previous years the Section held Limited Obedience classes at the ESSC Spring Open and Autumn Championship shows.  From 2019 the ESSC will be running the Obedience at the Championship show themselves, as the Working Section will no longer be involved. Links to results and photos from the shows can be found below and in the Archives.

Don't forget, if you are an ESSC Member who subscribes to "Sheltie at Work", you can claim for our Obedience Awards for the Sheltie gaining the most points in each Obedience class over the year.  Please still put in a claim form even if you have not had many places. Just go to the AGM page for the forms.

Obedience Training Day

 The next Obedience Training Day is to be held on Saturday 16th November 2019.

         Venue:     Grazeley Village Hall, Reading, Berkshire RG7 1LD

         Trainer:    Sarah Delany        

Trainer's Details & Information           Booking Form

Lesley Lubbi's Flame (Amberblaze By a Lady of Layash) Sadie Fair's Thomas (Lavika Land of Love A.Ex)

'Sheltie at Work' Obedience League

Click here for the  'Sheltie at Work' Obedience League 

'Sheltie at Work' Obedience League Results

2018 Results

2017 Results

2016 Results

2015 Results   

Previous years' results can be found in the Archives page.    

Autumn Championship Show

You can see the results of recent shows below and previous years can be found in the Archives page.

Champ Show 2018

Champ Show 2017

Champ Show 2016Champ Show 2015
Photos 2018

Spring Open Show

The ESSC decided, due to the lack of entries, that Obedience Classes would no longer be held at their Spring Open Show. 

You can see the results for the last two years from the links below and prior years can be viewed on our Archives page.


'Sheltie Superstars' 4th at Crufts 2019

The Crufts team was: Rowena Steady (captain and reserve) with Tooralie's Just The Tonic RL2.Ex (Toes), Vanessa Hardin with Sheltysham Miss Mayhem AW(G) Beg.Ex RL3.Ex (Tutti Fruitti), Angela Rowe with Hall of Dreams Seven Wonders AW(B) RL1.Ex (Buddy), Callie Mather with Bluehollow Moondaisy RL3.Ex (Daisy) and Jean Tuck with Tooralie’s Masquerade at Craygill AW(S) RL3.Ex (Zac). Bridget Jamieson with Mountland Mountain Stream (Berwick) was second reserve.

The event started with a parade of all the teams, including reserves, then the team heelwork followed. Next were the individual exercises, with Buddy doing ‘send to bed’, Daisy doing ‘stop the dog and play’, Tutti Fruitti retrieving, and Zac working the scent exercise. The marks of all the teams were very close, and there was a run-off before the final parade. The results were announced and our ‘Superstars’ had gained 4th place! A wonderful result on a brilliant day of team work between each handler and Sheltie, and between all the handlers and Shelties. Thanks to the ESSC for sponsoring the shirts and leads, and thank you to all who supported the team and cheered them on.

There are eleven Shelties that have reached the accolade of becoming Obedience Champions:

   Fred Ratcliffe - Ob. Ch. Master Ian

   Fred Ratcliffe - Ob. Ch. Ghillie Of Mospe

       Mrs C C Glasse - Ob. Ch. Honour Bright Of Surreyhills

       Muriel Pearce - Ob. Ch. Yelruth Annfield

       Mrs Macmillan - Ob. Ch. Safety First From Shiel

       Mr C D Strachan - Ob. Ch. Rory Of Lerwick

       Joan Sharpe - Ob. Ch. Black Diamond Of Bothkennar

       Fred Ratcliffe - Ob. Ch. Masterpiece Of Mospe

       Jean Harris - Ob. Ch. Our Shep

       Hazel Riley - Ob. Ch. Rodhill Frosted Cherry

       Carol Trueman - Ob. Ch. Stornaway Sno Wonder

       In addition there have been another eight Shelties who have won C.C.s mostly with two wins each:

             Edna McCrae - Katrina Skye Maiden

       Linda White - Rockafella

       Eileen Rotheram - Golden Gregory

       Linda White - Rainelor Raven

       Sheila Gorman - Heavitree Hickory

       Sheila Gorman - Hebe Of Heavitree

       Mavis Mills - Beechhurst Dixie Belle

Moonen Shiel CDex, UDex, TDex Margaret Osborne

Margaret Osborne’s Moonen Shiel started her training in 1936 and is still the only Sheltie to have qualified CDex, UDex and TDex and also be a winner of a CC in Working Trials. The test included retrieving a 2½ lb dumbbell on the flat and an 8oz dumbbell over a 6ft scale jump, no allowance was made for small dogs! 

There were then no Obedience CCs but Shiel was tied for first place in the Obedience class at Crufts in 1939, the first time these tests had been open to all breeds. She was well on her way to being a dual champion in Obedience and Working Trials, but unfortunately the war intervened. 

Rosemary Sey’s Sheltie, Golden Boy of Inchmery who was unbeaten in the breed ring, was also trained for Obedience by Margaret Osborne. He won his second breed CC at one of the last shows held before the war and they were invited on television to put on a display of the combination of beauty and brains, something very close to Rosemary’s heart. This may well have sown the seed for the foundation of the Working Section by Rosemary and Tony many years later.