The Championship 2017-08-24T16:52:45+00:00
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All results will be announced after every run, this includes the final.

The Field

The field of the championship is a rented field in Skotselv. Currently the field is cultivated with grass, and this will be harvested and cut short before the championship. The field has a good overview and allows up to a 600m fetch.

The Sheep

The sheep used for the Continental Championship will be of the breed Norwegian White Sheep.

The Norwegian Sheep is a heavy type of sheep, but all sheep used for the event will be empty ewes with no lambs.

The committee is aiming for similar conditions for every competitor throughout the event.

The trial officials

Judge – Kevin Evans

Kevin Evans is a 16 time member of the Welsh Team and has won the Welsh National two times (2011 with Greg and 2013 with Jimmy).

He has qualified for Supreme Championship 8 times with 6 different dogs, winning the event in 2008 with Mirk and Reserve in 2011 with Greg, and winning in 2016 with Preseli Ci.

Kevin qualified two dogs for the final of the 2008 World Trial – Mirk and Spot – and was 6th with Mirk at the 2011 World Trial. He also represented his country at the World Trial in 2014 with his two dogs Jimmy and Greg, where he was reserve World Champion with Greg.

Not only has Kevin been successful in singles competition, he has also won the Welsh National Brace Championship twice (the first time when he was just 18 years old with Jess and Dave)and in 2005 with Jaff and Zac. He’s also been the Reserve International Brace Champion in 2005 with Jaff and Zac.

In  1994, at the tender age of 13, he won One Man and His Dog ‘Young Handler’ with Maid – his first trial dog given to him by Mostyn Isaacs when he was 10.

Kevin grew up around dogs. His playground was the family farm (Penclyn Farm) in Libanus under the Brecon Beacons, a part of Wales that contains some of the most spectacular and diverse landscapes in Europe. Kevin’s life revolves around dogs.  Kevin’s father, David or Dai as he is known, is a top handler and trainer in his own right and has represented Wales five times. Dai has had a huge influence on Kevin.

Judge – Allistair Lyttle

Allistair Lyttle, owner of the Lyttle Company has been working with sheep dogs since the age of 6.

Introduced to the world of sheep dogs by his father David Lyttle, Allistair has developed outstanding skills in trialing and training over his 25 years of working with dogs.  Allistair is also a respected dog breeder, selling dogs worldwide.

Allistair has honed and developed his skills with working dogs over the years, winning prestigious awards includingThe Irish Young Handler of the Year at the International Sheep Dog Trials. Allistair is a regular on the Irish National Sheep Dog Trialist Team, competing and winning at International and Supreme level. Allistair along with Spot were the 2010 winners of the BBC’s One Man and His Dog competition.

Allistair is now one of the leading trialist, trainers and breeders.  He is held in high regard in his industry,  for his skills and knowledge worldwide.

Course Director – Nigel Watkins

Nigel began his trialling career in 1982 and since then he has amassed a superb record on the trial field. His first dog, Nip, was an Open trial winner and qualified to run in the Welsh National. His next dog Spot ran in BBC’s ‘One Man and His Dog’ in 1984.

It was in 1988 that Nigel first represented Wales at the International. This was with his dog Shep who was a son of John Thomas’s Don. Nigel has also represented Wales with May, Peg and Floss. Peg is perhaps his most well-known dog having qualified for the Welsh team every year between 1998 and 2004. She was also Reserve World Champion in 2005, finishing just two points out of first place, and placed 3rd (2004) and 4th (2002) in the International Supreme.

Nigel has won the Welsh National three times – first with Peg in 2002 and then with Floss in 2005 and 2010. Floss was the Reserve Welsh Champion in 2008 and a World Trial finalist, also in 2008. In 2011, Nigel represented Wales at the International with Floss and at the World Sheep Dog Trials with Jody. To round out the year, Nigel competed in the 2011 European Nursery Championship with his new dog, Don (Dick) in what was their first ever trial together. They finished Reserve Champions.

In 2012, Nigel and Jody have won several double fetch trials, including Glanusk, Talgarreg and Defaidity Hill Trial Double Fetch Finals. In 2013 they finished 5th at the Welsh National and went on to become Reserve Supreme Champions at the International. Nigel also finished 2nd at the Welsh National with Molly.

Young Handler Judge – Jon R. Aas

Jon R. Aas is one of the most used judges the last 10 years in Norway. He competed himself in open trials in Norway back in the 80’s and 90’s, but have the last 10 years focused on judging trials. Jon has judged several championships in Norway, including the Norwegian National and the Norwegian Cup Final.