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.
We hope you will come join us over these 4 1/2 days as 92 open dogs
and 16 nursery dogs from across north America will compete for the
2018 Canadian Sheepdog Open Champion and Nursery Champion Title.
2018 Canadian Sheepdog Championships to Be Held south of Medicine Hat
By Jennifer Glen
On a summer morning, a man steps out onto a large field with his shepherd’s crook and his faithful border collie at his side. The black and white dog scans the horizon, and briefly glances at his handler, before looking back out across the field, tense with anticipation. At a quiet word from his master, the sheepdog races off with purpose towards a small group of sheep 400 yards away. As he gets close to the woolly creatures, he swings around behind them, responding to whistles he can hear from his shepherd, and brings them all at a trot in a straight line to his man. At the end of the work, for his efforts, the dog gets a pat on the head as he cools off in a water trough. The dog’s true reward is a job well done and a close partnership with his shepherd, because he’s a border collie. He has been bred for 200 years to love nothing more than working sheep. Perhaps this is a sight you never figured you’d get a peek at without a trip to a farmer’s field in Scotland but Canada has a sheepdog history of its own. When Scottish shepherds immigrated to Canada, they brought with them their invaluable partners, the dogs that made their job possible. Today’s border collies and handlers in Canada can herd for a living or a hobby. Some of them work with flocks of sheep on their farms or in cattle feed lots and some do it just for the fun of it on the weekends. The Canadian Border Collie Association was formed to register these hard workers and every year there is a Championship to determine who has the best dog. Rotating years between Ontario and the Western Provinces, it is Alberta’s turn to host the Canadian Border Collie Association’s Championship and the Cypress Hills area outside of Medicine Hat will be the venue on August 23-26. The best across Canada will be here to match dog against dog with no less than 4 former Canadian Champions trying to win the coveted trophy again, along with many others who plan to win it for their first time. Some handlers and dogs will be coming in from local areas and some as far away as Ontario. Even the US dogs will be trying to get in on the action as teams from Michigan, Washington, and Wisconsin will try their hand against the Canadian competitors. Almost 90 dogs will be competing in the “Open Class”. This is the class for the experienced dogs and after two preliminary rounds they will compete in a final, harder round on Sunday to determine the best of the best and win the cup. There will also be a “Nursery Class” made up of youngsters under 3 years old who will show off their skills to help determine who has the most promising future. Spectators are invited and are welcome! The venue is less than 20 minutes south of Medicine Hat. Bring a chair to sit and under the tent but please leave your pet dogs at home. The dates are August 23-26 and you can find more information and directions at www.caninesoulutions.ca
Guest speaker, wants to enrich your trial experience by sharing his unique perspective on the world of Border Collies and livestock.
Combining a ranch-raised background along with careers in broadcasting and education, Ray has been sharing his life with working Border Collie for two decades.Sharing his love of the dogs, his admiration for the handlers and his knowledge of livestock, Ray will be your guide to a fuller appreciation of training, teamwork and discipline needed to compete. He hopes to add to your understanding of the art and science of working livestock with dogs. Ray has been invited to speak at the National Sheepdog Finals (since 2001), the Soldier Hollow Classic (from it’s inception in 2004), the Meeker Classic (since 2012), the Canadian Sheepdog Championships, National Cattle Dog Finals and the Trailing of the Sheep Festival Trial in Sun Valley.In addition to public speaking, Ray also judges and competes in both cow dog and sheep dog trials.Ray and his wife make their home in Kuna, Idaho where he is trying to find time to hone his skills as a custom cowboy boot maker.To contact Ray, call 208-866-2208 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org..
Spectator dogs are not allowed at the Canadian Sheepdog Championships.
Please leave your pets at home.
10112 RR 52 Cypress County, AB T1B0K6
The Kiwan's Sheep operation will provide 380 cross bred ewes for the Canadian Championships.
Chris Kirwan, along with his wife Margi, their daughters Kayla, Taylor, and Bailey and their son Jamie, operate and manage a large farm in Gull Lake, Saskatchewan where they raise cattle and sheep and grow grain.
Chris, who was born and raised on the farm in Gull Lake, started raising a few orphan lambs as a young boy and now has a flock of over 900 ewes. The ewes are a mix breed of Dorset, British Milk Sheep and Suffix.
The sheep are turned out to pasture at the end of May where they graze on grass for the summer. Come December, the sheep are brought in for breeding and are put on corn and have access to grazing throughout the winter months. The lambs are weaned the first week of August and are then turned out on winter wheat or corn. Typically, the lambs are sold at the end of November.
Riders Chris Schmaltz and Jack Reiger top the horizon as they quietly shadow sheep to the post. Settling in at the top of the course, grazing at the post, the sheep are unaware that a border collie's just been sent to fetch them. Riders have slipped back into the background and the run has begun.
Those that set the sheep are a vital component to a successful trial and successful runs. This quiet, seemingly simple exercise of setting the sheep requires skill, consistency and long hours. Up before the sun, and unsaddling after the last sheep is safe and fed for the night, the set-out crew are unspoken heroes of good trial and good runs. A quiet, consistent set insures each dog and handler equal opportunity to work the sheep.