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Nichols, Kelsey – JOE


This loyal dog competes at Soldier Hollow for the first time.

Kelsey Nichols is the Sheep and Ranch Manager of the McCormack Ranch in Rio Vista, CA.

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This 4-year-old Border Collie is another main dog that Kelsey uses on the McCormack ranch.  He has worked with her on the ranch for four years.  Kelsey says he is the “most loyal dog she has ever had.”  In addition to his ranch work, he is a successful trial dog, finishing third this year at the challenging Zamora Sheepdog Trial.

Kelsey Nichols is the Ranch Manager and Shepherd for the McCormack Ranch in Rio Vista, California, where they raise commercial South African meat Merino sheep.  The McCormack ranch has provided natural quality meats and grains since 1896. The ranch owners are committed  to sustainable farming established by Jeanne’s grandfather over a century ago.  The ranch also hosts a sheepdog trial every March.  Kelsey, now a full time sheep rancher, grew up with horses and playing the oboe.