Welcome to the Land of Lincoln Border Collie Association or LOLBCA.  Our club has been supporting  working border collie activities in the mid-west for over 20 years.  Our organization was formed to:

  • Promote the use of herding dogs in livestock operations
  • Educate and train stock owners in the use of herding dogs in their operations
  • Educate herding dog owners interested in developing the natural talents and instincts of their dog
  • Support other organizations with mutual interests such as Future Farmers of America, 4-H clubs etc.
  • Provide a fun, sportsmanlike competition in the open field USBCHA style herding trial

We put on at least one open field trial a year in Illinois. Detailed trial information is posted under the Trials tab. Be sure to join us for the fun!

Looking forward to seeing you at our July Trail — July 6, 7, and 8, 2018!

The Board of Directors has been very busy planning our annual trial. This year, the trial will be a three day trial — Friday July 6 through Sunday July 8. We will be returning to Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe, IL.  We will  have three days of Open trials and three days of Nursery (same course as Pro Novice) trials, two days of Pro Novice (full drive, same course as Nursery). We will also have two Ranch runs (shortened outrun and one leg of the drive) and two Novice runs (shortened outrun and a wear).

Our judge this year is Mr Adrian Espinosa and we are very excited to have him! We will have entry information on Handlers’ Post soon. Entries will open in May. 

AJ at Bluegrass

Trial Volunteers
In order for a trial to run smoothly, we needs lots of hands. Volunteer shifts will be 2.5 hours each. We will need volunteers for scribing and sheet running/posting of scores and of course for the final set up and tear down, too. Please connect with Catherine Price to volunteer to help! We need all the hands we can get.


It’s time to renew your membership!

It’s time to renew your membership! Please submit memberships by March 30, 2018. Click here to find a membership form. 

Possibility of Another Trial in 2018

We are currently investigating a few possibilities to hold a second trial in 2018. We will keep everyone posted on our progress. If you are interested in helping with a second trial or hosting one, please let us know!

Annual Meeting 
The LOLBCA Club will host its annual meeting in conjunction with the trial. Stay tuned for more information!

Join the Board!

If you care about promoting working border collies and expanding sheepdog trials in Illinois, join our board of directors! We would love to have you. We are always looking for good board members and at the meeting we will hold elections for new board positions. 
If you are interested nominating yourself or someone for the board, you must be a member in good standing and current on your membership dues. You can send in your membership dues today — Click here for a membership form and the mailing address!

Current Board of Directors and officers: 

Laura Tomaszewski, President roseviewfarmborders@gmail.com

Jim Jones, Vice President jimpjones1215@gmail.com

Linda Johnson, Treasurer sheep2bcollies@yahoo.com

Kari Carney, Secretary cobkar2@gmail.com

Mary Lou Hayden, Director dogwoodfarmherding@gmail.com


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