Info for Spectators

Information on the August 2013 Sheep Dog Trial

Three Sister’s Park is located at 17189 N. Rt. 29, Chillicothe, IL 61523

Free admission

Runs start each day at 6:30 am and conclude at dusk.

Tentative Running order for August 2013 Trial

• Open Round 1 (6:30 am handlers meeting.)
• Nursery/Open Ranch Round 1 (may not finish)

• (finish) Nursery/Open Ranch Round 1
• Ranch 1
• Novice 2
• Open 2 handlers meeting and start

• Open 2 concludes

Ranch 2 
• Novice 2
• Open Ranch/Nursery Round 2

Description and requirements of classes:

Novice class is for novice dogs and novice handlers.  No handler that has ever competed in the Open class can enter Novice and the dog cannot have run in any class with a drive. The course consists of a shortened outrun, lift, fetch, wear, then pen.

Ranch class cannot have any Open handler or a dog that has competed in a cross-drive class. The course is shortened outrun (a bit farther than Novice), lift, fetch, 1 part of drive through some panels and then pen.

Open Ranch is open to all handlers.This course has shortened outrun (a bit farther than Ranch), lift, fetch, drive, cross-drive & pen.

Open class is a sanctioned class through the USBCHA. It is open to all handlers. This class has the longest outrun then has lift, fetch and drive, cross-drive, pen and shed.

Nursery class is also a sactioned class through the USBCHA and is open to dogs if its third birthday falls on or after July 1 of the year in which the Nursery Final is held. Imported dogs are eligible only if imported before they reach one (1) year of age. The course is the same as the Open class but does not include a shed. We will not be running the Nursery class at this trial.

If you are looking for a particular handler, checkout the Info for Handlers/Running Order page. The running order for each class of the trial is posted there.

Everyone is invited to attend.  Three Sister’s Park is a beautiful, open-field trial setting.  Please bring a lawn chair for yourself and protection from inclement weather as the event is held rain or shine.  If you are bringing your dog, please keep it on a leash and away from the livestock.  Many of the dogs participating in the trial are working farm dogs and may or may not enjoy meeting your dog.  Please be respectful of handlers and their canine team member and ask permission before approaching them.  Please pick up after your dog in every part of the park.

There will be no concessions available for purchase but there are several restaurants close by.

Most everyone is happy to explain what is going on out on the field, so please ask questions.  We are always happy to talk about our dogs :) We look forward to seeing you there.

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