USBCHA COMMITTEE
Conference Call February 25, 2004

Cattledog Rule Committee Conference Call
February 25, 2004
 

Members on call:  Wayne Butler, Dan Gill, Gary Westbrook, Red Oliver, Julie Williams, Pete Carmichael
Members not on call:  Merle Newton, Robin Nuffer, Dwain Thompson, Mike Canaday
Officers on call:  Dan Gill, Francis Raley 

  1. Dan Gill called meeting to order at 7 pm Central Time.
  2. The purpose of the call was to restructure the Cattledog rules.  Red and Julia revised the rules to reflect deductions instead of giving points.  All members had received via email the revised format.  
  3. Committee reviewed each deduction and agreed on point deductions.  
  4. Red moved to present the revised Cattledog guidelines to the B/D, second by Dan Gill.  Motion Passed   The committee asked for the revised guideline to posted to the web as soon as possible.
  5. The final draft of the Cattledog Guidelines, as revised on the February 25 Cattledog Rules Committee conference call will be  presented to the B/D on next conference call.
  6. The committee asked Francis to post the Cattledog Rules Committee on web.
  7. Meeting adjourned at 8:10 pm Central Time.

 Francis Raley

1.         INTRODUCTION

The cattledog trials sanctioned by the USBCHA vary in style and format across the nation.  Unlike sheepdog trials, which were modeled directly after trials in Britain, no such model or “Rules for Trials” or “Notes for the Guidance of Judges” (as developed by the ISDS) exist in relation to cattledogs. 

Therefore, these initial Guidelines, which at this writing deal solely with the first two phases of the gather, have been generated via a collaborative effort of a number of cattledog handlers and judges.  They are meant to represent a basic foundation on which to build while serving as a ready reference for both judges and competitors alike.

 These Guidelines are subject, at all times, to the judges’ consideration and interpretation of relevant trial circumstances and should not be interpreted as “rules” that must be strictly applied.

 2.         GENERAL

 The object of a Trial Course is to test and challenge the ability of a dog to manage cattle properly under the differing circumstances that may be encountered in everyday ranch work across the nation.  The guiding philosophy behind judging a run should, at all times, be related as closely as possible to the practical aspects of real ranch work.

 3.         THE GATHER

 The Gather shall consist of three phases.  Phases One and Two will be worth a total of thirty (30) points as outlined in Items 3.A. and 3.B. and will be judged.  Phase Three will not be judged, and therefore not a subject of these Guidelines at this time.

 A.        Phase One - worth a total of twenty (20) points.
      1.  The set out crew shall keep the cattle settled as near to the established set-out area as reasonably
            possible until such a time the dog makes contact and/or causes movement of the cattle.

 2.  Difficulty in settling/holding cattle at the established set-out area should be considered a relevant trial condition and judged accordingly.

 3.  A dog that works Phase One in the most quiet, calm and efficient manner possible, in consideration of the of the draw (cattle), shall retain more points than a dog who does not.

 4.  Suggested Point Deductions:

 

Fault Description

Point

Deduction

a.         Dog runs too square at the beginning and/or too wide as to be out of contact with             the cattle

2-9

b.         Dog is recalled for a resend

5-DQ

c.         Dog takes a redirect while in motion

½-2

d.         Dog stops, or is stopped by the handler, and takes a redirect

2-6

e.         Dog stops, or is stopped by the handler, and fails to take a redirect

4-9

f.          Dog crosses over, without disturbing cattle

10-18

g.         Dog crosses over, disturbing the cattle

12-19

h.         Dog demonstrates lack of enthusiasm, interest, and focus and/or is sticky

5-17

i.          Dog stops short or overruns, adversely affecting the direction of travel of cattle, but then recovers without a redirect

1-5

j.         Dog stops short or overruns, adversely affecting the direction of travel of cattle, requiring a redirect

1-9

k.        Dog detours to holding pens (or elsewhere) requiring minimal commands to get back on task

2-6

l.         Dog detours to holding pens (or elsewhere) requiring excessive commands
       to get back on task

5-15

m.        Dog goes off course

DQ

 B.  Phase Two – worth a total of ten (10) points.

     1.    A dog that works Phase Two in the most quiet, calm and efficient manner possible, in    consideration of
            the of the draw (cattle), shall retain more points than a dog who does not.

 2.    A dog that makes confident contact with the cattle absent weakness, keeping the cattle grouped and moving, shall retain more points than a dog who does not.

 3.    Suggested Point Deductions:  

Fault Description

Point Deduction

a.         Dog makes weak contact with cattle

4-9

b.         Dog requires excessive commands

1-9

c.         Dog works in an unnecessarily rough or overly aggressive manner

1-DQ

d.         Dog deliberately drives cattle away from the handler

4-9

Cattledog Rule Committee Conference Call
February 19, 2004

Members on call:  Red Oliver, Wayne Butler, Pete Carmichael, Dan Gill, Mike Canaday, Robin Nuffer  

Members not on call:  Gary Westbrook, Merle Newton, Dwain Thompson

 1.      Meeting began at 7 pm Central Standard time.

2.      Red brought to the attention of the committee that the Cattledog rules do not state the number of entries required to be an Open sanctioned trial.  All members agreed there should be at least ten entries in open cattle trials to be a sanctioned trial.  Red will reword the rules and present to the Board at the next Directors meeting.  

3.      Mike suggested rewording the cattle guidelines that was presented to the Board on February 19, 2004.  He said the guidelines could be submitted as faults instead of give points or deductions of points.  Red stated he could redraft the guidelines proposing faults and a range of points that may be deducted.

4.     Mike asked that Julie Williams be added to the Cattledog Rules Committee and Cattledog Committees.  Mike asked if the committee would agree to have Red and Julie revise the guidelines.  Committee agreed for them to go ahead with revising rules.  There will be another Cattledog Rule Committee on February 25.  Julie will send rewritten proposal of guidelines to committee via email and Mike urged that everyone get back to Red with suggestions. 

5.     Meeting adjured at 8 pm Central Standard time.

 Francis Raley