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Whistle & Crook Stock Dog Services LLC

Wilamette Valley Oregon



Trialing: Background Information


     Sheepdog or "Border Collie" trials have been conducted for over 100 years. The first sheep dog trials were held on October 9, 1873 in Bala, Wales. The first trials in the United States started in 1880. The international Sheep dog Society was founded in 1906 to administer sheep dog trials and to register sheep dogs. The societies policy has always been not only to register dogs from registered parents but to register ANY dog that can obtain a sufficiently high standard of work, even to this day dogs that are good enough but of unregistered ancestry are registered as Border Collies by the ISDS.

       The ISDS has been holding the International Supreme Championship for dogs from Great Britain since 1906 and a Brace championship (two dogs working at the same time for a single person) since 1929. Between 1906 and 1921 the Supreme Championship was contested primarily by Scotsmen and Englishmen from northern England. In 1922 National competitions began being held as qualifying trials for the Supreme in England, Scotland and Wales. In 1961 Northern Ireland was included and in 1965 all of Ireland was included.

       In the US administering of trials and registering dogs are separated. The primary registry for Border Collies in North America is the American Border Collie Association (ABCA or ABC). With trials being run under the auspices of the United States Border Collie Handlers Association (USBCHA). The USBCHA has been holding a national championship trial since 1979.