2019 Trial

Hi All;

Planning is coming along for our 2019 USBCHA Fall Pn and Nursery trial.

The entry form is not yet available.

PN and Nursery will again run on all 3 days. This is a perfect opportunity to have your young dogs work 3 days in a row at a trial.

Handlers entering dogs in Pro-Novice or Nursery will again have the opportunity to run in an Open Non-Comp training class, but it will only be run on the 27th.  This is the perfect opportunity for handlers to take an Open dog they may be having issues with on the trial field and work on their training in a trial setting.  Handlers will have a set time as usual, but will be able to leave the post whenever they deem necessary to work on whatever training issues they may be having.  The judge will be observing and if it is decided the dog is out of control the judge will call the handler and dog off of the field and another dog will exhaust the sheep.

Stay tuned as more information becomes available.

Looking forward to seeing you all this fall.


Trial Success

Well, our first trial on the new property is done. What a terrific time. Even the cows seemed to enjoy it.

Big thanks to Pacific NW Insurance Solutions for their sponsorship.

Congratulations to our winners. The link to the results is posted on the handler’ s page.

I can’t say enough about how everyone was willing to help. What a great bunch of handlers we had this weekend. You guys made this weekend a lot of fun.

The sheep were healthy and very workable both in the pens and on the field. If the dog was correct the sheep were obedient. If the dog was wrong you knew it. They put up with three days of work and didn’t start getting cranky until Open at the end of the last day. Thanks Jack and Vila Thomason.

Thanks also to Charlie Torre, Rob Miller and Dianne Deal for judging.

I truely appreciated everyone’s help, but need to mention a few who were THERE for me. Rob and Mary Miller, Gene and Terri Zurcher, Norm (sheep whisperer) and Kathleen Rivers, Lavon Calzacorta and Charlie Torre, Karyl Hansen and as always Linda deJong. You guys made this trial for me. THANK YOU!!



Dry Conditions

Please keep in mind that it is still very dry here and we needed to prohibit any outdoor grills or cooking of any kind. Hate to do it, but we’ve had too many fires here to take a chance. Thanks for your understanding.

House Keeping

Just a bit of house keeping for the trial. I will also go over stuff at the handler’s meeting, but want this to you now. It will make more sense when you get here. There is no fence at this time between the camping/day parking fields and the neighbor’s field. The neighbors field is still quite full of nice juicy cow pies. Pat has been harrowing our fields, so the pies are spread out and dried, so I am going to allow everyone to run their dogs on the trial field for exercise, both early morning and after the trial. Please have your dogs off of the trial field by 7 in the morning, so we can let the sheep out of the exhaust. If the sheep are loose on the field at any time please to NOT run your dog on the trial field. If your dog does manage to get himself and his collar totally smeared in cow slime feel free to throw them in the river for a bath. 😊😊 For those of you new to trialing: dogs are not usually allowed on the trial field except while working. Please keep in mind that this is an exception to the rule.

Coming along

Hi All,  Just a quick note to let you know that the trial is coming along.  We have a terrific bunch of handlers coming and it looks like the weather will be cooler.  The days may be warm, but the nights are cooling off.  Fall is on it’s way.

Please keep in mind because we do not have a hired set out crew the running orders and work schedule IE scribe, pen crew and field crew may have slight changes and adjustments due to health issues and scheduling logistics.   Please keep an eye on them as we get closer to the trial.  Linda deJong will also have the most updated lists posted when you get here to the trial, so please double check when you arrive.  There won’t be any changes in class order or how we are running the classes.  Just the order and who is doing what.  Thanks for you patience.

By the way the field is now getting it’s face lift and getting new fence as I type.

field getting fenced


This trial is set up so you can run your Nursery and PN dogs and train your Open dogs 3 days in a row. Come and join the fun. Class order for the weekend and judges for each day are listed below.

Entry Form is on the handler page.

This trial is not to be treated like a clinic.  Please to not ask the judge for advice or help during the competing of the day.

If you have questions during the day please ask the course director.

If we have time the PN handlers will be able to leave the post to train, turning their run into a NC training run as long as the judge determines training progress is being made.

Please remember there is no money back at this trial.  In PN there will be small prizes to 3rd place each day and a 3 day combined high score award in PN. Nursery is points only and Open is Non- Comp training only.

All financial proceeds for this trial will go toward the expense of fencing and cross fencing this property so we can continue to host trials.

With the fencing done, next year we may be able to have one day of the trial up on the hill to test your dogs on some interesting terrain.  This year we will just be happy to have the trial on the flat.