Proposed Bylaw Change Affecting Qualifying for Open Sheepdog Finals
The Board of Directors has recommended an amendment to the Bylaws that would change how Qualifying points are calculated for the 2021 National Sheepdog Finals. Details are here along with links to the online and downloadable ballot. Vote now if you are a current member.
Grant Available to offset COVID-19 Trial Expenses
The United States Border Collie Handlers Association is pleased to announce the USBCHA Porta-Potty Payback Program (PPPP), a grant of $150 per sanctioned event to assist trial hosts in offsetting the added costs of satisfying local guidelines and regulations for outdoor gatherings, and to enhance the protection of trial participants from COVID-19 infections. The program will be in effect while Interim Rules Pertaining to COVID-19 are in place. More information and a grant application form can be found here. Check the COVID-19 menu for more trial resources for both trial hosts and handlers.
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Last year I was invited to judge the Cedar Stone Farm trial in Cambridge WI by trial host Merry Russel. I’m always honored to be asked to judge a trial but little did I know at the time that this would turn out to be the first trial in the Midwest to be held in Read more about Trialing in the time of COVID[…]
The USBCHA Board of Directors met in extraordinary session by teleconference on July 29th to further discuss issues arising from the COVID-19 pandemic and other matters. Due to the amount of work involved in addressing legal and liability issues arising out of COVID-19, the USBCHA will investigate the feasibility of engaging independent counsel to draft Read more about July 29th Directors Meeting[…]
The USBCHA Board of Directors met Wednesday July 8th by teleconference to discuss further developments arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. There were three interim rules added to the Association rules and applying to all sanctioned trials. Hosts are required to follow the local rules and regulations applying to the state in which the trial is Read more about July Directors Meeting Minutes[…]
At their July Directors Meeting, the USBCHA approved the following rule changes pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic. These rule changes are effective immediately and until further notice: PART II a: INTERIM RULES PERTAINING TO COVID-19 PANDEMIC (Adopted July 8, 2020. Interim rules will remain in effect for 90 days from the date of adoption unless Read more about Interim Rule Changes[…]
The USBCHA has affirmed its decision to resume sanctioning of sheepdog and cattledog trials scheduled on or after August 1, 2020. Given that the COVID-19 pandemic is still among us, it is important for trial hosts and handlers to exercise the utmost caution when attending USBCHA trials and events. To facilitate this, USBCHA has instituted Read more about UPDATE ON TRIAL SANCTIONING REQUIREMENTS AND GUIDELINES FOR TRIALS AFTER AUGUST 1, 2020[…]
The Board of Directors June 2020 meeting minutes are now available.
Time to nominate USBCHA District Directors. You are eligible to nominate a district director from your district and a director at large from any district as long as you are a current General member or Life member who has met the requirement for General membership. No one can be nominated to both positions. PLEASE MAKE Read more about 2021 Directors Nominations[…]
On the advice of the 2020 National Cattledog Trial Committee, USBCHA has canceled the 2020 National Cattledog Finals scheduled for October 14-18 at Sandeen Farm in Blakesburg, Iowa due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
It is the USBCHA’S position that the Covid-19 pandemic is a serious public health emergency that threatens the health, lives and livelihoods of the populations of the United States and Canada, including members of the HA. USBCHA also concurs with the opinion that federal, state/provincial and local guidelines for social activities have been largely effective Read more about TRIAL SANCTIONING TO BEGIN AUGUST 1, 2020[…]
Highlights: 2020 USBCHA Sheepdog Finals are cancelled due to uncertainty around COVID-19. 2021 Finals will be in Belle Grove Virginia Decision on 2020 Cattledog Finals is tabled. Trial sanctioning suspended until July 31st 2020 pending further review. Full minutes of the Board meeting are here.