Open Entries Received

"Reminder - The final date to scratch from the USBCHA Finals
and be guaranteed a refund is August 31, 2017."

19.6 was lowest pts to be accepted in 2011 finals, CO
16.8 was lowest pts to be accepted in 2012 finals, OR
24.6 was lowest pts to be accepted in 2013 finals, VA
  7.6 was lowest pts to be accepted in 2014 finals, CO
11.2 was lowest pts to be accepted in 2015 finals, CA
22.6 was lowest pts to be accepted in 2016 finals, CO

Entries for the National Finals must be postmarked on or before Aug. 1. Entry available June 1  
No entries will be accepted after that date.
Beginning on or before August 15, Joanne Murphy (our webmaster) will update the website entries received on a daily basis. Scratches will be filled up until the day before the trial starts. Please do not call either the Secretary or Webmaster to see if you are in. LOOK at the website.

No refund after Sept. 1 in either the Open or Nursery Class unless there is a valid family medical or veterinary excuse. No exceptions . After that, you will receive a refund only if your spot is filled. It is the handler's responsibility to make sure your message was received and proper action was taken. Entries/wait list updates are posted within 24 hours after cancellations are received, so please check the website to see if you are still on the entry list. If you are, email

Beginning September 10, the only way to get into the Finals is to personally sign in at the secretary's trailer before 5:00 p.m. on the Monday before the finals starts (Sept. 25).


At 5:00 p.m. on Monday, the Secretary will fill any spots resulting from scratches with dogs from the sign up sheet. Subsequent scratches (made after Monday at 5:00) will also be filled from the sign up sheet or by qualified alternate dogs when appropriate (see below). The dogs on the sign up sheet and alternates have to be entered by the August 1 entry deadline and will be given entry into the trial based on qualification points.

An entrant must notify the Trial Secretary 30 minutes before the class begins each day (first dog to the post) in order to substitute an alternate dog (listed on entry form). An alternate dog must have sufficient qualifying points to be eligible (for the Open) or qualifying legs (for the Nursery). An alternate dog will not be substituted if there is a dog on the sign up sheet that has a greater number of qualification points. Handlers on the sign up sheet are required to check in with the Secretary 30 minutes prior to the first dog on the field to be eligible to run in place of any scratches for that day..

Part I, Rule 4 of the USBCHA Rules states: Members must be in good standing to earn points towards participation in the USBCHA Open Finals and qualifying legs for the USBCHA Nursery Finals. To participate in the USBCHA National Finals, one must also be a member in good standing of the American Border Collie Association (ABCA).
The ABCA is in the process of verifying membership. If you are entered in the Finals and are not a current member of the ABCA, please join prior to the commencement of the National Finals.
An application is available by clicking   ABCA Membership Form





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