Due to the intensifying Coronavirus pandemic in North America, the USBCHA has withdrawn the sanctioning of all sheepdog and cattledog trials through May 10, 2020, effective immediately. This is in line with the current CDC recommendation limiting events to 50 people or less.
In addition, the window for applying to the HA Secretary for sanctioning has been temporarily reduced to at least seven (7) days prior to the trial entry opening date, from thirty (30). The HA Secretary will change dates for trials already sanctioned if the host emails the name of trial, date of trial and new dates and entry opening dates. Otherwise, trials scheduled between March 20 and May 10 will be listed as non-sanctioned unless canceled.
To allow the HA to make informed decisions moving forward, USBCHA has formed a Coronavirus Committee that will re-evaluate the situation on a bi-weekly schedule and make recommendations to the Board. USBCHA will update membership on sanctioning for future trials as the situation merits.
The Board has also authorized the creation of a Qualifications Committee to recommend a temporary system for qualifying dogs for the Finals in the event conditions permit such activities to occur. USBCHA encourages its members to follow all federal, state and local guidelines on gatherings, travel and social distancing.
Minutes of the Directors' Meeting are here