Looking back to 1946…

Going through some old boxes, I found a very old Welsh National Championship programme from 1946.  It’s a little moth eaten, so I thought I’ve added in some of the information and photographed the rest. Interesting to see the names and the course plans…

  1. SINGLES
  2. National Championships and Qualifying Trials for International

COURSE (see plan)

Gathering (5 sheep, Welsh) – 400 yds.  In outrun dog may be directed on either side.  Straight fetch from lift to Shepherd.  No obstacle. (2) Driving away – from pole where shepherd will stand 300 yds in triangular direction through two gates.  Failure to negotiate the gates will involve a loss of points in the Judges’ discretion, according to circumstances, and a second attempt at either gate will not be allowed.  Drive ends when sheep are through or past second gate. (3) Shedding – Two unmarked sheep within ring 20 yards in diameter.  Dog must be in full control of these sheep otherwise the shed will not be deemed satisfactory.  Shedding includes dog’s work bringing sheep from end of drive to shedding ring. (4) Penning – square pen, 6 feet, with gate.  On completion of shedding, Competitors must proceed to pen leaving dog to bring sheep to pen.  Competitors are forbidden to assist dog to drive sheep into pen.  A Competitor who leaves the gate end before being ordered to do so by the Judges, through the Course Director, will lose points in the Judges’ discretion. (5) Single Sheep – Competitor to proceed to shedding ring leaving the dog to bring lot from pen to ring.  One of two marked sheep to be shed off within the ring, and thereafter worn (in or outside the ring) to the Judges’ satisfaction.  Competitors are forbidden to assist the dog by driving off the single any distance or to press it on the dog.

CALE OF POINTSGathering 20 (Outrun 5, Lifting 5, Bringing 10); Driving 10; Shedding 5; Penning 5; Single 5; Style 5.  Total 50.  Aggregate (2 Judges) 100.  TIME LIMIT – 15 minutes.  No extension.

  1. DOUBLES

COURSE (see plan)

Gathering (6 Sheep, Welsh).  Sheep to be placed 400 yds from Shepherd.  Both dogs to start at same time, one going on left hand side and the other on the right had, crossing at head permitted.  Dogs to bring sheep through centre gate 150 yards from Shepherd.  Failure to negotiate gate to be penalized by a loss of points in the Judges’ discretion.  No re-try.  Each dog to keep its own side till fetch is finished.  Crossing in fetch to be penalized in Judges’ discretion except at head.  (2) Driving – 6 sheep with two dogs, 300 yards in triangular direction through two gate obstacle back to shepherd.  Failure to negotiate the gates to be penalised by a loss of points in the Judges’ discretion.  No re-try at either gate.  Each dog to keep its own side till drive is finished. Crossing to be penalized in Judges’ discretion. (3) Shedding – Lot of six to be divided into two lots of three each. (4) Penning – One lot to be penned with either dog in V-shaped pen with four feet entrance and no gate on the right.   Dog to be left in charge while other lot are penned by other dog in similar pen 50 yards apart on the left.

SCALE OF POINTSGathering 20 (Outrun 5, Lifting 5, Bringing 10); Driving 10; Shedding 5; Penning (2 lots) 10; Single 5; Style 5.  Total 50.  Aggregate (2 Judges) 100.  TIME LIMIT – 20 minutes.  No extension.

Gathering (6 Sheep, Welsh).  Sheep to be placed 400 yds from Shepherd.  Both dogs to start at same time, one going on left hand side and the other on the right had, crossing at head permitted.  Dogs to bring sheep through centre gate 150 yards from Shepherd.  Failure to negotiate gate to be penalised by a loss of points in the Judges’ discretion.  No re-try.  Each dog to keep its own side till fetch is finished.  Crossing in fetch to be penalised in Judges’ discretion except at head.  (2) Driving – 6 sheep with two dogs, 300 yards in triangular direction through two gate obstacle back to shepherd.  Failure to negotiate the gates to be penalised by a loss of points in the Judges’ discretion.  No re-try at either gate.  Each dog to keep its own side till drive is finished. Crossing to be penalised in Judges’ discretion. (3) Shedding – Lot of six to be divided into two lots of three each. (4) Penning – One lot to be penned with either dog in V-shaped pen with four feet entrance and no gate on the right.   Dog to be left in charge while other lot are penned by other dog in similar pen 50 yards apart on the left.

SCALE OF POINTSGathering 20 (Outrun 5, Lifting 5, Bringing 10); Driving 10; Shedding 5; Penning (2 lots) 10; Single 5; Style 5.  Total 50.  Aggregate (2 Judges) 100.  TIME LIMIT – 20 minutes.  No extension.