Come to Soldier Hollow and see the world’s most highly trained dogs (border collies) and their handlers test themselves on Soldier Hollow’s Olympic Hillside. Working up to 400 yards from their handler these dogs must work with precision and gather wild range Rocky Mountain ewes, bringing them down the mountainside along a preset course and through free standing gates. All the while the sheep have other ideas about how things out to progress (there is drama)! It all ends in front of the stands where the dog must separate certain sheep from others and then place the sheep in a small pen. The work is judged for quality and care of the sheep and must be completed in just 13 minutes. It has a beauty and intensity that is captivating!
Just a reminder: Spectator dogs are not allowed. Service and seeing eye dogs welcomed.
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2017 FIELD FIRST ROUND INVITATIONS!
2017 First Round Field of Invitations
We are proud to announce that first round invitations for 2017 Vita Bone Soldier Hollow Classic have been extended. These competitors represent the world’s finest sheepdog handlers and we look forward to seeing many of them on Soldier Hollow’s Olympic hillside this fall. If in creating this list we have inadvertantly missed someone who should be included please contact us so that we might correct the oversight. In late March we will be sending out a second round of invitations to fill out the trial based on the number of open positions that are available after we have response from these invitees. If you are aware of qualified handlers here in North America or abroad who might be able to attend please feel free to forward their name (or to forward your own name). We are always on the lookout for top handlers and dogs, particularly those who have demonstrated superior ability in double lift competition.
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First Name Last Name Country Awards
Nicholas Analoro France 2016 Continental 4th Place
Rose Anderson U.S.A. WWSDA Sheepdog Trial Champion
Faansie Basson U.S.A. Former Multiple South African National Champ.
Bill Berhow U.S.A. Former North American & Soldier Hollow Champion
Dawn Boyce U.S.A. 6th Place 2016 North American Championships
Kelvin Broad Wales 2016 Welsh National Reserve Champion
Lavon Calzacorta U.S.A. 2016 Soldier Hollow Judge
Angie Driscoll Wales Discretionary Invitation
Donna Eliason U.S.A. Vita Bone Soldier Hollow Classic Assistant Trail Director
Ron Enzeroth U.S.A. 2016 Meeker Classic 4th Place
Medwyn Evans Wales 2016 Welsh National Champion
Kevan Evans Wales 2016 International Champion
Derek Fisher U.S.A. 2016 Meeker Classic Reserve Champion
Viktoria Fornander Sweden 2016 Continental 11th Place
Dennis Gellings Canada 2016 Soldier Hollow 9th Place
Jean Gellings Canada Former Vita Bone Soldier Hollow Classic Gold Medalist
Neil Gillon Scotland 2016 Scottish National Champion
Scott Glen Canada 2016 Vita Bone Soldier Hollow Classic Silver Medalist
Jennifer Glen Canada Discretionary Invitation
Shauna Gourley U.S.A. 2016 Soldier Hollow 8th Place
Emma Gray England 2016 English National Reserve Champion
Viola Hebeler Germany 2016 Continental 5th Place
Anita Hermes Germany 2016 Continental 6th & 8th Place
Eva Karlsson Sweden 2016 Continental 10th Place
Jaran Knive Norway 2016 Continental Champion
Beverly Lambert U.S.A. 2016 Kingston Sheepdog Trial Champion
Susanne Lejuez Netherlands 2016 Continental 9th Place
Alasdair MacRae Scotland Multiple Former American National Champion
Patricia MacRae U.S.A. Former American National Champion
Teri Mason U.S.A. Discretionary Invitation
Karin Mattsson Norway 2016 Continental Reserve Champion
James McCloskey Ireland 2016 Irish National Reserve Champion
James McLaughlin Ireland 2016 Irish National & International Reserve Ch.
Neil McVicar Scotland 2016 Scottish National Reserve Champion
Amanda Milliken Canada 2016 Canadian CBCA National Champion
Barbara Ray U.S.A. 2016 Soldier Hollow 5th Place
Patrick Shannahan U.S.A. Former North American Champion
Karen Stanley U.S.A. Vita Bone Soldier Hollow Classic Trial Director
Kay Stephens U.S.A. 2016 American National Championships 7th Place
Joni Tietjen U.S.A. 2016 American National Nursery Champion
Eliane Verboven Belgium 2016 Continental 7th Place
Jed Watson England 2016 English National Champion
Gordon Watts U.S.A. 2016 American National Reserve Champion
Tom Wilson Scotland Former Soldier Hollow Classic Gold Medalist
Serge van der Zweep Netherlands 2016 Continental 3rd Place
Jo Agnor Hansen Norway 2016 Nordic Champion
Qualifying to Compete
It’s not too late to qualify on merit. There are still trials seeding winners into this years Vita Bone Soldier Hollow Classic
The Vita Bone Soldier Hollow Classic is an invitational sheepdog trial open to all competitors throughout the world. Most invitations are extended based on performance at selected trials with additional invitations extended based on double lift trial performance, career record and additional discretionary considerations. We invite you to support the trials below and also to contact us if you know of a handler who might otherwise be a candidate for competition at the Vita Bone Soldier Hollow Classic. In the event the Champion at a qualifying trial has already qualified for Soldier Hollow the invitation will pass to the Reserve Champion. If both have qualified the invitation reverts to discretionary status and will be awarded at the discretion of the Event. Handlers qualify based on the first trial they qualify in.
- The Current qualifying double lift trials for the Soldier Hollow Classic:
- The top six finalists at the prior Vita Bone Soldier Hollow Classic Sheepdog Trial.
- The top three finalists at the prior North American Championship.
- The Champion at the prior years Canadian National Championship.
- Champions from all Major Double Lift Trials outside of North America.*
- The top two finalists from the prior Meeker Classic.
- The Champion from the prior Bluegrass Classic.
- The Champion from the prior years Free to Be Sheepdog Trial.
- The Champion from the prior years Kingston Sheepdog Championship.
- The Champion from the prior years WWSDA Sheepdog Trial.
- Four dogs representing the Utah Stock Dog Association (as selected by the Association).
- The Champion from the prior Strang Ranch Spring Sheepdog Trial.
- The Champion from the prior year’s NEBCA Fall Foliage Sheepdog Trial.
- The Champion from the prior Table Top Sheepdog Trial.
- Any qualified handler with legitimate claim as their countries top handler in the prior year.
- Any handler from outside North America who represented their country in the prior years World Championship when held (the World Championships are held once every three years).
*We invite contact from any Champion or Reserve Champion of major double lift trials outside North America. As a matter of course we will try to contact winners of National and International Championships, but sometimes acquiring appropriate addresses is difficult. Please contact us if you feel qualified to compete and you are able to attend for consideration for invitation.
Discretionary invitations beyond these trials may be extended based on diverse criteria as applied by the Event Director. Factors that might be considered include those who have contributed to the success of the trial, friends of the trial, spouses of competitors, career record, location, and other factors deemed significant at the time of the trial. Normally discretionary invitations are one dog invitations.