The Sacramento River and Mount Diablo is the backdrop where over 80 dogs and their handlers from several western states converge in hopes to win a place in the USBCHA Sheepdog Finals held in, Middletown, VA from September 26 - October 1, 2017.
The rolling Montezuma Hills are pastoral, the trial course is tough, the dogs amazing and the sheep typical, meaning they act naturally but not always as expected! The dogs show their skills moving sheep around a large course within an allotted time limit. Dogs and handlers are judged by their ability to complete all the tasks required for competent livestock work. All dogs are veterans of previous trials.
This all adds up to a challenging event for dogs and handlers alike and great fun for the viewing public. Bring your blanket or folding chairs and don’t forget your binoculars