Championship Sheepdog Trials
October 7 & 8, 2016 - Dawn until Dusk
October 9, 2016 - Dawn until 2 pm
Quigley Canyon Fields, Hailey
Presented and sponsored by Dynamite Specialty Products
Nominal entrance fee of $3 per person; children under 5 free.
("Cash is King" for the many activities at the Trials!")
Bring lawn chairs; no coolers please.
Special thanks to Dave Hennessy, Quigley Canyon Ranch for allowing us to use their ranch for our event along with Flat Top Sheep Company for providing the sheep stock each day.
The National Point Qualifying Sheepdog Trails during the Trailing of the Sheep Festival is a must-see for all animal enthusiasts who have wondered who is in charge of the sheep and how the dogs are trained to respond to their handlers. These amazingly talented animals will bring words of astonishment from all viewers along with great photo opportunities.
The U.S. governing body of the Border collie trialing world sanctions the Trailing of the Sheep Festival Dog Trial. The trial will feature the West Coast's most talented border collies paired with the top handlers. Look for teams traveling from Utah, Idaho, Montana, California, Oregon, Washington and Canada. The sheep are being loaned courtesy of Flat Top Sheep Company. The Flat Top Sheep Co., was started in the 1920s by John Peavey's grandfather, John Thomas, who was a U.S. senator. John's father, Art Peavey, was an attorney and also operated the ranch near Carey, Idaho. Today, John, his son Tom and grandsons Cory and Jake (a total of five generations) work together at Flat Top and run their sheep in the Pioneer Mountains above Sun Valley in the summer months."
In addition, enjoy wonderful food from the Gooding Basque Association, beverages from MillerCoors and Sawtooth Estate Winery, shop for great Festival merchandise and peruse the wares of over 20 vendors. Come out for a great day!
2016 Sponsor & Organizer
This year Dynamite Marketing and their line of nutritious dog foods and supplements have committed to being a sponsor of the Sheepdog Trials. Thank you Dynamite! Lavon Calzacorta will be directing the trails on behalf of the NBCHA. This is going to be fun! Lavon has posted information on the USBCHA website. Click here for entry information for your star Border Collie.
Sponsor a Sheepdog!
We're offering 70 sheepdog sponsorships for the 2016 National Point Qualifying Sheepdog Trials. Each of 70 dogs in the preliminary rounds will get a sponsor to support and cheer them on. (That's you who will come to cheer on your sheepdog). Dog supporters will be randomly assigned a dog after the running order is established. You can request a dog and we'll do everything possible to pair you with your favorite athlete.
(You can share a sheepdog sponsorship with someone else!)
Where Your Money Goes
- For trophies and prizes at the Sheepdog Trials
- Offsets the cost of operations for the Trials (Sheep, judges, PA, announcer, corrals, logistics, staff)
- Covers Dog Sponsorship program costs
- Cost of feeding and caring for the sheep
Dog Sponsorship Package (what you get for $100)
- Free entry for 2 people each day of the event
- Trailing of the Sheepdog Championship Trials Program
- Photo of Dog/Handler & Supporter
- Listing on Trailing of the Sheep website
- Listing in Program, next to sponsored dog
- Announced each time sponsored dog runs
- Listing in Trailing of the Sheep newspaper thank you ad
Thank you everyone for a fabulous THREE days of our cherished Sheepdog Trials. Here are the winners.
Top Five Handlers
Shauna Gourley and Sophie & Jade
Don Helsley and The Wizard
Charlie Torre and Hank
Wilda Bahr and Emma
Lora Withnell and Bella
1st Jeanie Helsley and Taite
2nd Lynn Johnston and Jesse
3rd Don Helsley and The Wizard
4th Donna Eliason and Ben
1st Don Helsley and The Wizard
2nd Derek Fisher and Nell
3rd Lasoya Lerma and Blazin Beau
4th Angela Akers and Hazel
The overall 2015 two day combined winners & winner of the pen bounty:
Don Helsley and The Wizard