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.
'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
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.