Championship Sheepdog Trials
October 11 & 12, 2019 - 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
October 13, 2019 - 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Quigley Canyon Fields, Hailey
***PLEASE NOTE: The Trials' address is 300 Fox Acres, Hailey, Idaho 83333 out Quigley Canyon. Take Highway 75 to Hailey and turn at the stoplight at Fox Acres Road (across from the airport.) Follow the signs through the round-a-bout and out Fox Acres Road until the pavement ends at Wood River High School and keep traveling onto the gravel road. The signs will guide you to the field and parking. GPS will most likely misdirect you if you enter “Quigley Canyon”. Please use “300 Fox Acres” for a more accurate GPS location.***
The Trials has a nominal entrance fee of $5.00 per person and children under five are free.
("Cash is King" for the many activities at the Trials!")
Leashed dogs are permitted at the Trials. Feel free to bring lawn chairs; no coolers please.
Special thanks to Dave Hennessy, Quigley Farm 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 Trials 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 United States Border Collie Handlers’ Association is the governing body of the trialing world and sanctions the Trailing of the Sheep Festival Dog Trials. The Trials will feature the West Coast's most talented border collies paired with their 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 (now the fifth generation) work together at Flat Top and run their sheep in the Pioneer Mountains above Sun Valley in the summer months.
In addition out at the Trials, enjoy wonderful food from the Gooding Basque Association, beverages, shop for great Festival merchandise and peruse the wares of over 30 vendors. Come out for a great day!
Many thanks to our sponsors
Sponsor a Sheepdog!
We're offering 80 sheepdog sponsorships for the 2019 National Point Qualifying Sheepdog Trials. Each of the 80 dogs in the preliminary rounds will get a sponsor to support and cheer them on during their run. 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!
Cost: $125.00 per dog.
(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 $125.00)
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.
2017 Overall Winners
1st: Maggi McClure & Coal
2nd: Libby Nieder & Kit
3rd: Mary Minor & Tane
4th: Lynn Johnston & Jesse
1st: Patrick Shannahan & Greg
2nd: Shauna Gourley & Jade
3rd: Lynn Johnston & Jesse
4th: Lynn Johnson & Rile
Overall Combined High Score:
Lynn Johnston & Jesse
Beer Provided Courtesy of
Warfield Distillery & Brewery
Transport Services Provided Courtesy of
Sun Valley Transfer