Sheepdog Championship

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 CONFIRMED FIELD OF COMPETITORS

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We Are Proud To Announce The Confirmed Field Of Competitors Accepted Through March 15!  There Are Still Invitations for 22 Dogs to be Extended!

We are proud to announce the confirmed field of competitors through March 15.  These competitors represent many of the world’s finest sheepdog handlers representing Europe, Africa and North America.  There are still three trials that seed their double lift champion directly into Soldier Hollow.  If you are aware of other 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.  If spots in the competition open up we sometimes are able to offer spots to those individuals in the late spring and early summer.

(Click the column headers to sort.  Once for A-Z; Again for Z-A)

First NameLast NameCountryAwards
RoseAndersonU.S.A.WWSDA Sheepdog Trial Champion
FaansieBassonU.S.A.Former Multiple South African National Champ.
BillBerhowU.S.A.Former North American & Soldier Hollow Champion
DawnBoyceU.S.A.6th Place 2016 North American Championships
DonnaEliasonU.S.A.Vita Bone Soldier Hollow Classic Assistant Trail Director
RonEnzerothU.S.A.2016 Meeker Classic 4th Place
DerekFisherU.S.A.2016 Meeker Classic Reserve Champion
DennisGellingsCanada2016 Soldier Hollow 9th Place
JeanGellingsCanadaFormer Vita Bone Soldier Hollow Classic Gold Medalist
ScottGlenCanada2016 Vita Bone Soldier Hollow Classic Silver Medalist
JenniferGlenCanadaDiscretionary Invitation
ShaunaGourleyU.S.A.2016 Soldier Hollow 8th Place
AnitaHermesGermany2016 European Continental Championship 6th & 8th Place
BeverlyLambertU.S.A.2016 Kingston Sheepdog Trial Champion
TeriMasonU.S.A.Discretionary Invitation
AmandaMillikenCanada2016 Canadian CBCA National Champion
BarbaraRayU.S.A.2016 Soldier Hollow 5th Place
PatrickShannahanU.S.A.Former North American Champion
KarenStanleyU.S.A.Vita Bone Soldier Hollow Classic Trial Director
Kay StephensU.S.A.2016 American National Championships 7th Place
JoniTietjenU.S.A.2016 American National Nursery Champion
GordonWattsIreland2016 American National Reserve Champion
TomWilsonScotlandFormer Soldier Hollow Classic Gold Medalist

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.

  1. The Current qualifying double lift trials for the Soldier Hollow Classic:
  2. The top six finalists at the prior Vita Bone Soldier Hollow Classic Sheepdog Trial.
  3. The top three finalists at the prior North American Championship.
  4. The Champion at the prior years Canadian National Championship.
  5. Champions from all Major Double Lift Trials outside of North America.*
  6. The top two finalists from the prior Meeker Classic.
  7. The Champion from the prior Bluegrass Classic.
  8. The Champion from the prior years Free to Be Sheepdog Trial.
  9. The Champion from the prior years Kingston Sheepdog Championship.
  10. The Champion from the prior years  WWSDA Sheepdog Trial.
  11. Four dogs representing the Utah Stock Dog Association (as selected by the Association). 
  12. The Champion from the prior Strang Ranch Spring Sheepdog Trial.
  13. The Champion from the prior year’s NEBCA Fall Foliage Sheepdog Trial.
  14. The Champion from the prior Table Top Sheepdog Trial.
  15. Any qualified handler with legitimate claim as their countries top handler in the prior year.
  16. 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.