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Arthur to Head Wales International Sheepdog Trials Team
2012-07-31

The team to represent Wales at the Olympics of Sheepdog Trialling will be headed by Arthur Roberts of Pentrefoelas and his dog Chip.

Welsh National sheepdog trials line-up
photo © Lisa Soar
Welsh National sheepdog trials

Arthur will lead a team of 15 plus their dogs and a reserve as well as those chosen for the International Brace Championship. The 2012 International Sheep Dog Trials will be held in the Vale of Glamorgan over three days from 6th through 8th September. Arthur Roberts was chosen to Captain the Welsh team following the Welsh National Championship held in Montgomery.

The £100,000 three day International event will feature the top 15 dogs from each of the four home nations. The three day event will cost around £100,000 to stage and will feature the top 15 dogs from each of the four home nations, - England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

This year’s event also features a Food and Country Festival and has Welsh Government First Minister Carwyn Jones as President.

The original objective of the International Sheep Dog Society (ISDS) to secure the better management of stock by improving the shepherd's dog remains. The Society was founded in 1906 in Haddington, East Lothian, with the intention of stimulating interest in the shepherd and his/her calling. The International Sheep Dog Trial has been held annually since 1906, with the exception of the war years (1915-1918 and 1939-1945), and 2001 (Foot and Mouth Disease).

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