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History of the Club

The Border Collie Club of NSW Inc was inaugurated on 16 January 1980 with a foundation membership of 41 members. The club has remained in force since then, membership has grown substantially and over the years the club has developed a reputation for being very involved in all canine matters and very pro-active in many fields, in particular regarding health issues for our breed.

The Club's main aim has been the responsible promotion of our breed and this has been achieved with the Club's involvement in Working Dog Match Days (Breed and Obedience), Breed displays at Spring Fairs and Royals, the ongoing ANKC Judges Training scheme and by providing obedience, agility, show and herding training sessions for our members. The club currently holds annually two Championship shows and Obedience/Agility/Jumping Trials and also runs regular Herding and Tracking Trials.

In 1988 the Club established a register for dogs who had been x-rayed and scored under an approved Hip Dysplasia scheme and continues to encourage members to participate in this. A further register was established to record the results of dogs and litters eye tested for CEA (Collie Eye Anomaly) and in 1989 the club formed a 'Storage Disease' (Ceroid Lipofuscinosis) sub committee to liaise with interstate clubs and keep members informed on new developments and research into this hereditary disease affecting the breed. Research into DNA mapping offered hope for a breakthrough and finance for this worthwhile research was raised by the fundraising efforts of dedicated Club members and the generosity of the RNSWCC and Apex who made substantial donations. The Club was also successful in a submission to the government in 1999 which resulted in a five year grant to fund DNA research at the University of NSW. In 2003 the ongoing cost of this research was further assisted by a generous donation from The Batten's Disease Support and Research Association (Batten’s Disease is the human equivalent to CL). 2005 will be remembered as a milestone year as this exhaustive CL research resulted in the discovery of the gene involved and made possible the long awaited DNA test for Border Collie enthusiasts world wide. Border Collie breeders around the world now benefit from the availability of DNA tests for CEA, TNS and CL. In recent years the club has provided generous donations to The Batten’s Disease Association to thank them for their initial research support.

The club also provides financial support the fund the Border Collie Rescue service, run by a very dedicated BC lover – Julie Gray – and we extend our thanks and appreciation to Julie for her ongoing work in this area.

During the years members of the club - in particular our country, interstate and overseas members - have been kept informed of happenings within the Club by our Monthly publication "Bordertales". The newsletter provides members with educational information and articles concerning our breed, show and trial results, a service to members regarding litter notification and puppy sales and a record of the club meetings. Other 'publishing' efforts by the club have included numerous issues of a Stud Dog Register, the publication of a Year Book and submission of numerous articles to the Dogs NSW Journal and other publications. We also recently undertook a community service project, supplying 20 schools in the western Sydney area with copies of a book to help educate children and promote positive interaction with dogs.

In ? the Border Collie Club of NSW established this website as another means of communicating with it's members and to provide information to the public about Border Collies. As the use of the internet has grown, this website has become a essential means to inform everyone on Border Collies and matters pertaining to the club.

2002 saw the successful formation of the breed's National Breed Council and the Border Collie Club of NSW Inc supported the establishment of this Council and has delegates actively involved in Council activities. The NSW club agreed to host the inaugural National Breed Show and Trial and event, held in April 2006, was a resounding success. The event featured herding, obedience, jumping and agility trials and a conformation show which attracted record entries across all disciplines. Combined with a fantastic opening ceremony and a great closing dinner, presentations and auction – the event will be long remembered as a highlight in the club’s history!

The future will see our club continue to grow and provide a service to our members and a worthwhile contribution to the 'dog scene' generally. The growth of the breed's popularity and its involvement in all aspects of the Dog World should be supported and encouraged by a dedicated breed club. If we all continue to work together, educate the public and promote the best breed - the Border Collie - in a responsible and positive manner - the success of our club in years to come will be assured.

Contact Details


President:                    Lauren Somers


Secretary:                    Ann Moy          


                                      (02) 6337 3393

Treasurer:                    Julia Lawrie    treasurer@bccnsw.com

Publicity Officer:         Ann Lenehan   publicity@bccnsw.com

Puppy Sales:               Ann Moy     puppysales@bccnsw.com

BC Rescue:                 Julie Gray  

                                      email: bcrescueaustralia@gmail.com 

                                      or check out www.bcra.org.au

                                      (02) 4267 1757