ESSC Working Section

Welcome to the website of the Working Section of the English Shetland Sheepdog Club

"Sheltie at Work"

The Section's magazine is sent out to subscribers twice a year in spring and autumn.

We want to have lots of news to share with our members, so please send any Sheltie news or photos for the magazine to SAW@esscworkingsection.co.uk 

Agility News

Congratulations to 

Lian Knight with Ag.Ch. Licosateria Fightin Spirit (Sirius) who won their third Small Agility ticket at Castlereagh in October 2023, making Sirius Lian's second Agility Champion.

Lily Dakin with Wavesong Honky Tonk Blu (Scout) who won their third Medium Agility ticket at Thanes Show in June 2024, gaining their Agility Champion title.

In July 2024 there were just 2 clears in the Small Champ Final at the Agility Club Championship Show. Apryl Britton with Never Let Go of The Five Colors (Imp Bel) won the ticket (their second). Sophie Balchin and Licosateria Bat Out Of Hell took the reserve ticket.


Obedience and Obreedience News

Sue Robinson's Shelties have been doing well in Obedience in 2024 with Sheltysham Fly by Night with Alnmac (Bounty) gaining 2nd places in Novice at Diss on 21st April & Chesvale on 5th May plus other placings; Sheltysham Nutbox in Almnac (Fozzie) gaining 3rd place in "A" and 3rd place in "B" at Diss on 21st April plus other placings; Almnac Midnight Flyer (Tori) gaining 3rd places in "A" at Oxhey on 27th April and Plantation Park on 25th May plus other placings.

At Newbury Obedience Show on 9th June 2024 Sue Kenny & Mendip Mist Handsome Prince (Siri) had a run off for 1st place in the Obedience 'A' Class and came 2nd.

At Winchester show on the 14th July, there will be two Sheltie teams in the Obreedience class.

Rally News

In May 2024 Karen Marek and Mohnesee Music Maestro RL6.Ex gained the final score for his Rally Warrant at Cheltenham Rally Show. He joins the select group of Shelties that have so far achieved this award, the other two being Jean Tuck's Maddie Saunderswood Fire Fly of Craygill AW(G) RW and Zac Tooralie's Masquarade at Crayhill AWP BegEx RW.

The Rally Warrant was introduced in 2021 and required dogs to have gained a title at all 6 levels, to hold the Level 6 Excellent title and to gain 3 more Excellent scores at Level 6 after 1/1/21.  At the start of 2023 this was amended so it is only required that a dog holds the Level 6 Excellent title and gains 3 more Excellent scores at Level 6 after 1/1/21. So if a dog was working 2 levels together and gained the higher level title first (thus preventing it gaining the lower level title) this would no longer exclude it from gaining the Rally Warrant.  The new system gives all RL6.Ex titles equal value.

2022 News Update

Agility News

KC Agility Team GB

Selected for FCI World Agility Championships: 

Martin Reid with Get It With Eager To Work (Imp Deu) – Small Individual 

and Steven Richardson with Sanscott Midnight Mist AW(G) – Medium Team

Diamond Agility Warrant

Jean Tuck's Zac has completed the 1600 points required to gain his Diamond Agility Warrant, making him Tooralie’s Masquerade at Craygill AW(D) Beg.Ex RL5.Ex.

New Agility Champions

Ag Ch Obay Thatz Entertainment with Mark Wingate-Wynne gained their title at Wye Valley in April 2022.

Katrina Hands won her third Small Agility ticket making up Ag Ch Set The Pace of Summergarden (Imp Aut) at Dundee in August 22.

Agility Tickets

Matthew Burdett and Licosateria Final Frontier (Bru) won their first Agility ticket at Axstane Ch Show in June 2022.

Martin Reid with Get It With Eager To Work (Imp Deu) gained their first Small Agility ticket at Welsh Kennel Club also in August. 

Bronagh Walsh and Fearnach God Of Thunder (IKC) gained their first Small Agility ticket at Lisburn in September 2022

Obedience News

Sue Robinson's Alnmac Midnight Flyer (Torin) won Novice and came 5th in 'A' at Chesvale on 30th April 2022, then on the following day he came 4th in Novice at Leicester Champ show.

Rally News

In February 2022 Jean Tuck's Zac completed his Rally Level 6 Ex title  with a 3rd place at United Spaniels Association, Derby. Maddie too gained an excellent score, with 6th place.   (Tooralie's Masquerade at Craygill AW(D) RL6.Ex Beg.Ex & Saunderswood Fire Fly of Craygill AW(G) RL6.Ex).

At Stoneleigh Rally Show at the end of May Zac gained the last ‘excellent’ qualifier to complete the new Rally Warrant, the first Sheltie to achieve this. He is now Tooralie’s Masquerade at Craygill AW(D) RW Beg.Ex.

News from 2021