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 in mitigating the spread of Covid-19.  Progress in limiting the spread of Covid-19 when these guidelines are followed has occasioned the USBCHA’s Covid-19 committee to recommend, and the Board of Directors to approve, resumption of sanctioning sheepdog and cattledog trials scheduled on or after August 1, 2020.  More information and guidelines will be forthcoming at the end of June.  Regardless of one’s position on the Covid-19 pandemic, in the coming months it will be important for all handlers to respect the views of fellow handlers and trial hosts with respect to social distancing, personal protective equipment, hygiene, respiratory etiquette and other measures that may be required to permit participation in or to conduct a trial in the safest environment possible.  Anything less could endanger the sport, itself.  Please do your part to ensure the successful resumption of sheepdog and cattledog trialing in 2021.

Just a reminder that temporarily sanctioning requests can be submitted up to 5 days prior to entry opening dates without director waivers.