May 22, 2017

World Sheepdog Trial

World Sheepdog Trial

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

Important Links

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)

USBCHA must submit completed official entry with fee for each handler to the ISDS between the open and close dates.  Official rules for the competition will be posted on the World Trials website.

Senior Handler Eligibility

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

  1. the top five (5) American teams from the 2019 USBCHA Sheepdog Finals (Group 1)
  2. the top five (5) American teams from the 2018 USBCHA Sheepdog Finals (Group 2)

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

  1. sixth (6th) through seventeenth (17th) teams at the 2019 USBCHA Sheepdog Finals (Group 3)
  2. sixth (6th) through seventeenth (17th) teams at the 2018 USBCHA Sheepdog Finals (Group 4)

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

  1. eighteenth (18th) through fortieth (40th) teams (i.e. semi-finalists) from the 2019 USBCHA Sheepdog Finals (Group 5)
  2. eighteenth (18th) through fortieth teams (40th) at the 2018 USBCHA Sheepdog Finals (Group 6)

Based on results from the 2018 and 2019 finals, the ranked ELIGIBILITY LIST is shown below.  Handlers should indicate their interest in competing to the USBCHA Secretary as soon as possible, and make a firm commitment by sending a completed entry form with entry fee to the Secretary no later than January 15, 2020.  The ELIGIBILITY LIST will be updated as handlers indicate their intentions to the USBCHA.


1Shauna GourleyJade1
2Angie Coker-SellsAndy1
3Faansie BassonSam1
4Patricia MacRaeNell1
5Dennis EdwardsCoup1
6Alisdair MacRaeTweed2
7Barbara RayMaverick2
8Fernando AlvesBen2
9Thad FlemingAli2
10Tom WilsonKate2
11Mike NearySis3
12Ron BurkeyRocky3
13Beverly LambertLee3
14Dennis EdwardsRoy3
15Bob AllenJoey3
16Terry MurrayMinette3
17Faansie BassonJack3
18Russell McCordCutter3
19Lyle EastMo3
20Jamie MitchellSweep3
21Wyatt FlemingMirk4
22Shauna GourleyMira4
23Joni TietjenDeets5
24Carol ClawsonTimp5
25Mich FerraroMawde5
26Thad FlemingSyd5
27Linda TesdahlGlyn5
28Libby NiederRaven5
29Russell McCordStan5
30Dianne DealKate5
31Ian CaldicottGoose5
32Cy PetersonReba5
33Terry FolsomQuark5
34Beverly LambertRoy5
35Kay StephensJep5
36Diana SylvestreKip5
37Fernando AlvesNex5
38Kay StephensStorm5
39Angie Coker-SellsSoot6
40Angela AkersCora6
41Loreli JuddSally6
42Bryan WhiteBrae6
43Derek FisherNell6
44Joe HaynesPepper6
45Adrian EspinozaSally6
46Patrick ShannahanGreg6
47Alasdair MacRaePenny6
48Erin SwansonWest6
49Linda TesdahlRoyce6
50Shane HarleyHope6
51Kathy KnoxRob6
52Cindy GoodMeg6
53Angela AkersHazel6
54Karen ZamoraTJ6
55Karen ChildTeff6
56Maggi McClureBuster6

Young Handler Eligibility

  1. A Young Handler must be no more than 21 years of age on day one of the trials (September 17, 2020).
  2. Each U.S. USBCHA district may nominate one young handler no later than December 31, 2019.
  3. Nomination must be accompanied by a parental consent and release form (to be drafted).
  4. USBCHA President to select up to three young handlers. Qualifying criteria to include:
    1. Total Open trial points accumulated in 2019 trial year
    2. Total Open trial points accumulated in 2018 trial year
    3. Number of Open trials competed in 2019 trial year
    4. Number of Open trials competed in 2018 trial year
    5. Other criteria as determined by the USBCHA Board of Directors