World Sheepdog Trial

World Sheepdog Trial (updates in red)

The World Sheep Dog Trial is held once every three years. Handlers from countries around the world come together to compete for the title of World Champion.  


Castle Howard Estate, York, England

Trial Dates

Qualifying:                          September 17-18, 2020
Semi-final:                          September 19, 2020
Final:                                    September 20, 2020

Allotted Places to United States

The ISDS has sent notification to the USBCHA confirming places allotted to the U.S. team, as follows:

Senior Handlers:               10
Young Handlers:               3

Note that a place = 1 dog running

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Entry Information

Entry open date:               February 1, 2020
Entry close date:              April 1, 2020

Senior handler:                 £125 per dog         (approx. $161 USD)
Young handler                   £50 per dog          (approx. $65 USD)

Each handler will be responsible for submitting a completed official entry with fee to the ISDS between the open and close dates.  Official rules for the competition will be posted on the World Trials website.

As of 01/02/2020 the MyISDS World Trial 2020 registration system will be active, until 01/04/2020 at 17:00 GMT. Links to the site will be sent to all team members and alternates (BTW, that’s Jan 02 – April 01 in the calendar format the rest of the world uses).

Team Reserves:It was decided that travelling reserves would be able to enter. Each reserve will be able to enter in the same fashion as team members. They will be required however to on entering to tick the “team reserves” box.  

If they do not run in the World Trial they will be refunded.

Young Handlers:

Will find that they are able to enter free of charge as the system will understand how old they are.

Entry confirmations:

  • We will update you as the entry process progresses.
  • Each handler will receive a letter of acceptance by 30/04/2020.
  • This letter will repeat all entry information to ensure it correct before going to print.
  • It will also detail how to register at the event and other pre-event information.


U.S. World Team Qualifying Rule

Places in the USA team for the World Sheepdog Trials will be offered to:

  • top five (5) American teams from the 2019 USBCHA Sheepdog Finals, and
  • top five (5) American teams from the 2018 USBCHA Sheepdog Finals.

If all ten (10) teams selected do not accept the remaining places will be offered to American teams placing:

  • sixth (6th) through seventeenth (17th) at the 2019 USBCHA Sheepdog Finals, followed by sixth (6th) through seventeenth (17th) at the 2018 USBCHA Sheepdog Finals.

If the ten (10) places on Team USA are still not filled:

  • places will be offered to those American teams finishing eighteenth (18th) through fortieth (40th) (i.e. semi-finalists) from the 2019 USBCHA Sheepdog Finals, followed by eighteenth (18th) through fortieth (40th) at the 2018 USBCHA Sheepdog Finals.

Senior Handler Team

USBCHA is pleased to announce the Senior Handler Team as follows:

1Faansie BassonSamConfirmed
2Patricia MacRaeNellConfirmed
3Alisdair MacRaeTweedConfirmed
4Fernando AlvesBenConfirmed
5Thad FlemingAliConfirmed
6Mike NearySisConfirmed
7Ron BurkeyRockyConfirmed
8Bob AllenJoeyConfirmed
9Terry MurrayMinetteConfirmed
10Faansie BassonJackConfirmed
11Lyle EastMoAlternate
12Jamie MitchellSweepAlternate
13Wyatt FlemingMirkAlternate

Official World Trial 2020 Senior Handler Rules can be found here.

Young Handler Team

The United States will be represented by the three young handlers listed below.


5Sophie HemmingsDaveyConfirmed
6Jacob CampbellMidgeConfirmed
8Logan LaubBlakeConfirmed

Official World Trial 2020 Young Handler Rules can be found here.

Want to help support the U.S. Team?  Visit https://www.sheepdogwt.com/