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President: Miss Deirdre Matthews

Chairman: Mr Peter Lubbi

Vice Chair: Mrs Indira Helsby

Treasurer: Mrs Lesley Lubbi

Post Secretary: Mrs Lesley Lubbi, Layash, 2 Celia Crescent, Ashford, Middlesex TW15 3NW Post

Telephone : 01784 258334 Email : Info ESSC Working Section


Committee: Mrs Lorna Gibbs, Mrs Trisha Harding, Mrs Karen Marek and Mrs Lynne Moulson


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We are a section of the English Shetland Sheepdog Club that caters for the working activities which covers the whole area of the club and our aim is to promote and encourage all the working aspects of the Shetland Sheepdog and try to combine the beauty and the brains.

The English Shetland Sheepdog Club gave permission to Rosemary and Tony Seys to form the Working Section in 1970. Their idea was to raise the profile of the working Sheltie thus combining their beauty and brains, while retaining essential Sheltie traits. Rosemary has also written a book about the History of the Working Shetland Sheepdog.

The Working Section caters for Sheltie owners who are interested in Agility, Obedience, Rally, Heelwork to Music and Working Trials, or just having fun with their Sheltie’s. As we are countrywide we are not a specific training club. We produce a bi-annual magazine called Sheltie at Work, and hold training days for Rally, Obedience, Agility and Heelwork to Music which are restricted to Shelties and the trainers are chosen for their understanding approach to the training of Shelties.

At the E.S.S.C Championship show we run Obedience classes. The breed ring side by side with the obedience ring, just as Rosemary and Tony envisaged many years ago. We also hold an Agility Show. We encourage all our members young and old to take part or come along and watch our activities, but first and foremost have fun and enjoy your dog.

In the 70’s the Working Sections strongpoint was Obedience, even gaining some Obedience Champion’s over the years. Agility has become increasingly popular with our members and we are notching up many sheltie Agility Champions too. We are extremely lucky with our members as they support and encourage any member just starting out or an old hand in any discipline that they work.  You only have to witness this at any event there are lots of Sheltie supporters in the crowd, and why ever not when you can watch this wonderful breed.


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