2018 Canadian Sheepdog Championships
Canine Solutions-Working Border Collies
10112 RR 52 Cypress County, AB T1B0K6
Starting August 23rd, 2018, sheepdogs and handlers from across Canada and from the United States will meet at the Canadian Sheep Dog Championships in Cypress Hills Alberta to compete for the Canadian Championship title. The Canadian Border Collie Association (CBCA) was created to promote the breeding and training of working border collies and is the only registry of purebred border collies in Canada. The CBCA Championship will showcase the incredible instinct, athleticism, and intelligence of the working border collie in partnership with its handler as they guide a group of sheep around a challenging course to complete a number of tasks designed to emulate the work of practical farming. Handlers communicate with the dogs using a variety of whistle and verbal commands and it is a spectacular partnership to watch. We invite you to attend the 2018 CBCA Championships and observe these incredible dogs as they perform as they were bred to do!
Patrick has been herding with sheepdogs for over 20 years, both competitively and on his farm. He is recognized as one of North America's leading handlers, judges and trainers. Patrick is well known to USBCHA board members as a former board member himself.
Patrick got his start in the livestock industry without the help of dogs. He soon learned that a dog could do the work of several men and women. His dogs have now become a full-time occupation. Patrick has experienced great success in the competitive world. He is a two time US National Champion, first with Hannah in 1994 and more recently in 2010 with Riggs.
Patrick has judged nearly every major trial in the United States and Canada, including the Canadian National Finals, the USBCHA Finals, and Soldier Hollow, and he is widely loved as a clinician. Although successful competitively, Patrick's goal is to also provide good work dogs for the livestock industry. Patrick lives on a small sheep ranch in Caldwell, Idaho where he runs a commercial flock of Katahdin hair sheep. He writes frequently about training, breeding and livestock handling.
Spectator dogs are not allowed at the Canadian Sheepdog Championships.
Please leave your pets at home.
.Setting Sheep on Horseback
Chris Schmaltz from McCord, Saskatchewan, he been been responsible for setting sheep at every Canadians held in Western Canada since 2004, and countless numbers of other trials in Western Canada. There are not many who can, or will set all day-for several days, in all sorts of weather. Starting the day even before the birds wake up, Chris insures that all competitors get fair setting. Many a time a run has been save through his quick actions - whether it be keeping a packet settled after an unplanned dismount, or roping a renegade ewe hell bent to join a run already in progress. When he is not on a horse setting, you can likely find him on a horse checking his cows or sheep, with a dog by his side.