Guy Working Sheep and Lana Working Cow


2014 - Annual Membership Meeting, Wednesday, Sept 10th, at trial site.

2014 - Directors Meeting, more information later.


Directors nomination form and National Finals entry form have been mailed, if you didn't receive a mailings please email me with correct mailing address 

National Finals entry form is on web - under forms.


USBCHA Officer Selection Announcement

The BOD of the USBCHA would like to announce the retirement of Herbert Holmes as President and Francis Raley as Secretary/Treasurer. Their current terms will expire at the end of 2014. The BOD would like to thank both Francis and Herbert for their selfless and dedicated service to the USBCHA. Their personal sacrifices have gone beyond the call of duty on many occasions.

Candidates for an Officer position (President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer) must be members in good standing and may be nominated by any member. Officers will be appointed following a vote by the Board of Directors on the nominated candidates. Officer positions have a 2 year term.   These positions are not salaried; however, travel expenses associated with attending the National Finals (both Cattle & Sheep) as well as day-to-day business expenses will be reimbursed.

The BOD plans to separate Francis’ existing duties into Secretary, Treasurer and an appointed position of Web Administrator.  Persons interested in one or all of these positions may apply directly to a District Director or Director-at-Large, or members may put forward a nominee for any of these positions to a Director. Nominees must have given permission to have their names considered. 

Although a formal resume is not required, outlining the experience a nominee would to bring to the position(s) is important, such as a thorough understanding of trial management, personal references and an understanding of common computer programs (Word, Excel, Adobe Acrobat & QuickBooks for Treasurer).

The future Secretary-Elect and Treasurer-Elect will be required to attend the 2014 Sheep Finals in Carbondale, CO for training.  The future President-Elect will be required to attend the 2014 Sheep Finals as well as begin the planning process for the 2015 National Sheep Finals. Travel expenses for 2014 will be reimbursed for Officers-Elect.

Nominations for Secretary, Treasurer and Web Administrator will be open until June 30, 2014. Please apply directly to a District Director. There is no termination date for nominations for President at this time. The BOD will announce when nominations will be closed.

Members may contact their local District Director or Director-at-Large for further information on the application process.


USBCHA invites bids for National Finals for the years of 2015 & 2016.
Requirements and information is available from the secretary’s office.
Remember this is an attraction for selected areas to promote tourism for this exciting event.

5/2/14   Cattle Finals Scores

To view Cattle Finals Scores go to "Major Events", then cattle, finals, then "results.



Judges for the 2014 National Finals are Alan MacDonald, Faansie Basson, Hefin Jones and Lyle Lad.



It is time to nominate judges for our National Finals, you will find nomination form under "association" on home page.  Please get nominations in as soon as possible. 


thanks,  fr

January 13, 2014, 3:46pm (CST)

Local problems with a power pole are preventing Francis from accessing the Web. Crews are working to resolve the issue. Updates to the website will resume as soon as possible. Your patience is appreciated.

                                                                                                                    November 30, 2013

SUBJECT:  Formal apology for prior actions              

            TO:  U.S.  Border Collie Handlers Association

                     Meeker Classic Sheepdog Trial Committee

                     2013 Meeker Classic Judge, Mr. Bevis Jordan

This letter of apology is submitted in response to the USBCHA ruling dated October 31, 2013 and your recent letter dated November 30, 2013.

I sincerely regret the comments made by me on a social network site referencing the Meeker Classic Sheepdog Trial and the judge Mr. Bevis Jordan in a negative manner.  I do understand the seriousness of my statements and accept your decision to ban me from competing in the 2014 USBCHA Finals.

To the USBCHA Committee:  I understand you have a job to do and through your committee’s deliberations have found me in violation of “Unsportsmanlike conduct”.  I do understand the seriousness of my actions and offer you a sincere apology.  I have been a part of the USBCHA for several years, supporting the organization in many ways.  My husband and I along with our kennel “Canines N Ewe” will continue to support the USBCHA in the future.  I assure you, negative actions/comments from me or my husband will not happen again. 

To the Meeker Classic Trial Committee:  Your trial has always been a top notch venue and known for the strong competiveness of the sheep and handlers.  My comment was not intended to show any disrespect towards your committee, the other handlers and your overall venue.  For this I do apologize.  If allowed by your committee, my husband I would like to continue supporting your trial in a professional and favorable manner.

To the 2014 Meeker Classic Judge – Mr. Bevis Jordan:  I know your job as the judge at Meeker was difficult and challenging.  I am sorry for making it even more so through my actions.  This was unprofessional and I offer you my sincerest apology and would like to assure you that this will not happen again.

Your decision to ban me from the 2014 USBCHA Finals has had a serious impact on me and my family.  It’s been hard for me to talk about it to anyone.  This matter is not trivial to me and please don’t think this.   Due to the stress of the situation, I have had to seek medical attention.  Therefore, “NO” I am not thinking this as a small matter.  The people that know me,  know that I love this sport and give it all and take it serious.  Again I apologize for my actions and accept your decision for the 2014 Finals ban and ask for this matter to be done. 


Jennifer A. Clark-Ewers

10-23-13 -2014 World Trial

If you are interested in entering the 2014 World Trial please send me an email stating you want on the list.  Most likely it will be after the first of the year before we receive more information other than what we have now. Rules below for qualifying for World Trial.

2014 World Trial will be held at Fearn Farm, By Tain, Ross Shire, Scotland

September 3 thru September 6, 2014

Send name of member and dog if you want to be considered HA office.

More information will be available soon. ISDS web site

Qualifying for the 2014 World Sheepdog Trials 

The USA has been allotted 15 spots to form the U.S.A. Team for the 2014 World Sheepdog Trial. Handlers who are interested in representing the USA must be USBCHA members in good standing, and must indicate their interest by applying to the USBCHA Secretary. Entries open ________ and the deadline for entry is ___________. [All entries must be accompanied by a check for entry fees of $XXX].

Team members will be selected using USBCHA qualifying points from the 2012 and 2013 seasons. The top applicant from each USBCHA District in the USA (therefore excluding District 9, and 10) will be offered a place on the team (8 places) with the remaining places (7 places) awarded to the second highest point earner in each district in descending order of points earned.

A handler who wishes to enter two dogs, must qualify both dogs through the applications process. However, any handler who is selected to the team may choose to bring an alternate dog to the trial in the event that the qualified dog is unable to compete for medical reasons.



Newly elected Officiers for 2014 & 2015 are

Dist 1 - Lana Rowley
Dist 2 - Terry Murray
Dist 3 - Thad Fleming
Dist 4 - Ron Burkey
Dist 5 - Pearse Ward
Dist 6 - Lori Cunningham
Dist 7 - Barbara Levinson
Dist 8 - Dwight Parker
Dist 9 - Jim Murphy
Dist 10 - Scott Glen
At Large - Bob Washer


Cell is active now - call land line or cell.

thanks,  fr

I lost my cell phone so please use house phone number 254-486-2500 till Sunday.

thanks,  fr



If you need to cancel your entry in the National Finals you  may send an email stating you want to pull out of the finals, but must call to verify your message was receive 254-486-2500 or 254-715-1290.  It is handler’s responsibility to make sure your message was received and proper action was taken.  Run order updates are posted within minutes after cancelations are received, so please check to see if your entry has been deleted. Thanks,  fr


Handler's meeting:  Open at 5 pm, Oct. 7th
                                   Nnursery 5pm, Oct. 8th


Practice field for National Finals: Susan Rhodes is running the practice field again during the Finals. All inquires should be made through her contact us tab on her website please


Please check "entries received" to make sure your entries/points are correct.  Click on "mayor events" then click "National Sheepdog Finals". On entries received page you will find rules for withdrawing from the finals. 

Thanks,  fr



Good morning,

The sponsorship challenge is heating up! Which Handler/Dog team(s) will you be
rooting for this year??

Don't let your champion walk to the post without hearing the name of their supporter(s)- yes, that is you!!- announced over the PA system. What a lonely walk that would be...

For the price of $100 you not only show support for your mentor, friend, partner, spouse, sibling, child... (you get the picture!) But you also will receive a listing in the Finals
program, a special sponsors only cap, one event pass and are eligible for a drawing for a free event jacket!

The Handler who receives the most sponsors will also win a free event jacket. So,
don't hesitate to show support for a team that you know someone else is already

Now is the time... Support your favorite competitor individually or gang up on them with your sponsorship team! Sponsors pick their Team & Teams can have multiple sponsors.
Sponsorships are tax deductible to the extent allowed by tax laws, receipt provided.
Please gather together and show your support for the 2013 National Finals! (If you contribute as a team, please indicate the one lucky duck who will receive the goodies...)

How do I support my Champion, you ask?? Print a form from the files section of Sheepdog-L or process your entry online by accessing the website and selecting "Sponsor a Team" on the left hand side.

Thanks for your support!

Laura Hanley





Reminder: 2013 National Entry Forms must be postmarked on or before Aug. 1, 2013 to be accepted. Please note on entry form that parking fees for RV parking at finals must be paid with entries.



2013 National Finals Open Judges will be Paul Turnbull & Colin Gordon.
Nursery Judges will be Todde Laambe & Lavon Calzacorta.

The Sheepdog Finals store is open for business!  We have hats, unisex T shirts, ladies T shirts, and a great raffle donated by Carol Campion.  On the way are visors, more shirt styles (rumor has it there is a tie-dye style on the way), and dog sponsorships. Don't forget to check back for new items.  Support the finals and look great at the post.



Nominations need to be made for 2013 cattledog finals judges. You may find nomination forms under "association" - Forms & Applications.  This need to be done ASAP.

Thanks,  fr


We need to get these nominations in ASAP. 

thanks, h


Herbert Holmes



It might be some time before "qualifying points" can be posted to web, because of the storm in the east. 

Thanks,  fr


To purchae a DVD of the National Finals go to



Newly Elected 2014 Directors

Dist 1   Pat Shannahana
Dist 2 Dennis Edwards
Dist 3 Cathy Scoty
Dist 4 Herbert Holmes
Dist 5 Mike Schragel
Dist 6 Barbara Rae
Dist 7 Roger Millen
Diat 8  Marianna Schreeder
Dist 9 Amanda Milliken
Dist 10  Scott Glen
At Large Bara Ross


I can't receive a fax till Monday.  If you need to send a ballot please
give me a call 254-486-2500.

Also I have added two handlers to the run order.  Please run order daily.

Thanks,  fr



Open handlers meeting at 5:30 Monday, Sept. 24th.  Will start Open at 8 AM and Nursery at 9 AM each weekday. Saturday will start at 7 AM and Sunday at 8 AM.   Dinner, Dance and Calcutta for Saturday night?


The board voted to fill drop outs at the national finals up until the day before the trial starts.

To be guaranteed your money back, you must drop out before September 1. After that, the only way to be given a refund is to have your spot filled.

With that in mind, The secretary will continue to update the website, entry's received, on a daily basis. For the most part, it is updated withing the hour of receiving a cancellation. With that in mind, please do not call Francis to see if you are in. LOOK at the website.

The website will be updated until the 20th of September.

After the 20th of September, the only way to get into the finals is to personally be at the secretary's trailer on the Monday before the finals starts, before 5:00 pm, and sign the provided sheet.


At 5 pm on that day, Francis will remove from the running order the cancellations made after the 20th and fill those spots with the dogs on the sign in sheet.

The dogs on the sign in sheet have to be entered  by the August 1 entry deadline and will be given entry into the trial based on qualification points

Herbert Holmes




Reminder all cancellations must be into HA office by Sept. 1 to have fees returned.  The draw will be done Sept. 1st and posted on Sept. 2nd. 

Please check the entries received for the National Finals (pull up major events).  There has been some cancellations and the 150 cut off of points is how 19.4. 


It is sad to report that Robert Barlow passed away this morning after a lengthy illness.  Robert lived in Counce, TN. and was a long time member and friend of USBCHA.  Robert and Peggy had sheep trials for many years, and he ran in both sheep and cattle trials. The memorial service will be help Sept. 18th in Counce, TN.


You can sign up now for practice field times for National finals  at

Thanks, Geri



Reminder:  Aug 1 is deadline for entering the National Finals, no entries will be accepted that is postmarked after that date.

Directors nomination form and entry form was mailed to members prior to July 1st. 
By-law: Article V:  Nominations must be received in the HA Office on or before (July 30, 2012 at least sixty (60) days prior to the Annual Meeting. Sept. 28, 2012, Klamath Falls, OR.  Nomination  form has been mailed to members.

For more information on National Finals check finals web site


Below are photos and videos of 2012 Cattle Finals.:

Award photos and videos of the Champion and Reserve Cattledogs can be found at, along with links to other videos and photo galleries.

Videos taken during the Finals on Sunday can be found on the 2012 USBCHA National Cattledog Finals You-Tube Channel:

We are processing in excess of 1800 photos from Saturday and Sunday that Pam Wolf took, are located on Flickr:


There is a link on Facebook for USBCHA discussions.
For the ones not on Facebook directions: Type www.facebook and either sign in or sign up. Under "search" at the top of the page type usbcha and it will bring up 3 links. 

Elected judges for 2012 National Finals
Alasdair MacRae, MO
Andy Carnegie, Scotland
Bruce Foft, OH
Allisdair Lyttle, Ireland

Elected judges for 2012 Cattle Finals
Gary Westbrook, AR
Pete Gonnet, SASK


April 1st is the deadline for enteries the National Cattle Finals.  Send entries as soon as possible.  Entry form found on "Association" pull up "forms and applications"

Thanks,  fr


Beginning Jan. 1, 2012:  “A three (3) dollar per dog sanctioning fee shall be charged for each dog entered in Open and Nursery competition at all sanctioned trials. The one (1) dollar increase will be specifically designated for the National Finals Committee in order to meet expenses. The funds are not considered a loan, and the USBCHA will continue to share in any profits associated with a current year National Finals.”



There has been only one person nominated for 2012 National Sheep judge and the deadline for nominations is Jan. 15, 2012.  Please get your entries in.  Will select four judges and one mut be from US.  Reminder that you must have approval from person(s) you nominate.  Nomination form may be found on this page "Forms & Applcations"




Have had only one person nominated for cattle judge so opening up nominations till January 1, 2012.  Reminder that you must have approval from person you nominate.

Sheep Nominations are open till January 15, 2012.  Will select four judges and one mut be from US.  Reminder that you must have approval from person(s) you nominate

Nomination form may be found on this page "Forms & Applcations"..

Thanks,  fr

12/4/11, Earnest Coggins

Our sheepdog community lost a very special individual tonight. Some will remember and mourn, some will not have known him, but ALL of us have benefited from him and the others that have come and gone before. They gave to each us and to the sheepdog world and what they gave was then passed down, and down, and down again. Do not forget or take for granted what these men put into the world we enjoy now.

Please say a prayer for Earnest and his family tonight. 

I also ask for anyone who has any photos, or stories of Earnest,  to please forward them to me. If it was significant to you, it will be significant to his family!

 Ann Coggins
285 Curtis Brown Rd.
Tallapoosa, Ga. 30176

Anita Young






Because of the snow storm in NJ the open sheep and cattle "qualifying points" pages can not be pulled up.  Gene Sheninger said it may be as late as this Friday before it is restored. It may be Monday (11/7/11) before I can post points.


Oct. 24

Corey Perry has been elected as Director in the run-off for District 10.  Corey will serve 2012 & 2013.

Francis Raley,  10/24/11

Sept. 15, 2011

Results of Director elelction, 2011, Class of 2013

District 1 - Geri Byrne
District 2 - Dan Keeton
District 3 - Thad Fleming
District 4 - Ron Burkey
District 5 - Pearse Ward
District 6 - Lori Cunningham
District 7 - Barbara Levinson
District 8 - Dwight Parker
District 9 - Jim Murphy
District 10 - Tie between Corey Perry and Wendy Schmaltz, run off ballot has been   mailed.
Director at Large - Robin French
Jan 1 new Directors will begin serving their term.


9/5/11:  There is still time to fax your Director's voting ballot.  I will be leaving Sun. Sept. 11.  If your balolot is not received by Saturday it will not be counted.


8/30/11:  It is that time of the year again to nominate judges for National Finals.  Nonimation forms are found on this page (click on Forms & Applications). Cattle nominations for 2012 must be in the office by Oct. 1, 2011.  Please get your choices in early.

8/30/11:  Because of the storm in New Jersey the server for qualifying points is down.  No way of knowing how long this will last.

8/26/11:  The cattledog TV program is complete and ready to go, the airing time and dates are :Sept 5 at 8pm EST and Sept 6 at 11am EST. This is a link for the commercial that will play this next week on RFD to advertise the program,

8/25/11:  Remember the last day to pull out of the 2011 National Finals is Sept. 1st in order to get refund of entry fees.  Must received cancelations by midnight on the 1st.  Run order will be posted on Sept. 2.

8/25/11: The 2012 National Cattledog Finals will be held in Redding Iowa May 24 - 27, 2012.. The contact people are Jeff Mundorf and Greg Sharp.

8/23/11:  Handlers winning awards in 2010 please remember to return traveling trophies to National Finals. They can be mailed/UPS to Strang Ranch, % Bridget Strang, 393 CR 102, Carbondale, CO. 81623

8/18/11:  September 1st is the last date to cancel any entries from the National Finals.
After that date no fees will be returned nor handlers/dogs added to the run order.

I will be leaving for National Finals on Sept. 11th, must received Director's ballots before that date in order for them to be counted/  Fax number  254--486-2271

9/10/11:  Believe all National entries have been received.  Please check your points and email me if there are any errors.  The draw will be done later in the month and run order posted on Sept. 2.  Entries that don't make the top 150 will be returned after Sept. 1st.

Thanks,  fr

8/2/11:  More entries wil be coming in the next few days.  When you are certain you have qualified, please take the following steps:

1.  Familiarize yourself with the Handler Section of the web site:

2.  Make your parking reservations (mandatory):

3.  Provide information for the Announcer, the web site,  and the Trialer Data Pool Project (not mandatory but encouraged):

7/30/11: Entries for National Finals must be postmarked on or before Aug. 1, 2011 to be accepted.  Please check received entries (Major Events) to be sure your points are corrected and your entries listed as received.

7/20/11    Forms & Applications.  Clicking the "submit" or  "E-mail" button to send a completed form requires sofeware capable of creating PDF documents be installed on your computer.  If you can't create a PDF document fill out the forms on line, print and either mail or fax (254-486-2271) to me. 

Trial Host:  If you have not sent in results of your trials please do so ASAP.  Trials being held the next two weeks please email me your results so handlers will get credit for their placings. 

Thanks,,  fr

7/15/11:  No nominations will be taken after midnight July 16th central time.  May fax form to 254-486-2271.

Thanks,  fr

Attention Nomination for class of 2013 must be received in the HA office on or before July 16. Please send in your nomination ASAP. You may fax copy of form to 254-486-2271.


July 1, 2011

I hope everyone enjoys our new web site,

Trial hosts please check the "Upcoming Trials" link to be sure your trials are listed correctly.  Contact me at for corrections.  Remember when sending in your approval dates to include a "open and closing date".  It will be much easier for me if everyone would use the "trial approval form" when requesting sanctioning.  National Sheep and Cattle Finals info will be found under "Major Events".

Entries for 2011 National Finals must be postmarked no later than Aug. 1, no entries will be accepted after that date.  Last date to cancel entries is Sept. 1 in order to have fees returned.  Running order will be posted on Sept. 2nd, checks deposted first week in Sept.  Please send in your entries as soon as possible, Due date for printing the program is Aug. 10th.  Any entries not making the top 150 will be returned and checks not deposited. 

Entries for National Finals will be posted as entries come in.  For information on Finals use website:

Check "Latest News" often.  From now on this is where you will find the latest news. Remember July 16th all nominations for directors must be received. 

Thanks and again we hope you will find this new site helpful and easier to use. 





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