2019 TSDA Sheepdog Finals ~ Nov. 7-9, 2019
Stephenville, TX
Contact: Jack Christensen (e) jhc113@att.net (p) 303-921-8651
Trial Host: Pat Ashcraft
Entries Open: 09/13/2019
Entry Deadline: 10/19/2019
Mail Entries To: TSDA 4302 FM 1991, Meridian, TX 76665
Cancellation Deadline: 10/19/2019 - No Refunds after 10/19/19



Classes
  (Entry/Payback) Trials    
Open $37.50 / $27.50 2 Combined Scores Double Lift Final
Open Ranch $37.50 / $27.50 2 Combined Scores
Ranch $37.50 / $27.50 2 Combined Scores
Novice $37.50 / $27.50 2 Combined Scores
Nursery $37.50 / $27.50 2 Combined Scores
Class Order: Open, OR, Ranch, Novice, Nursery
Trial Information
Start Time: 8:00 am
Handler Meeting: 7:30 am
TSDA Sanctioned
Trial Secretary: Vivian Christensen

 

***Please check the www.tsdafinals.com website for additional Finals information!**

CLASS ORDER: Thursday, (11/7) – Open 1 will run on Upper Field.
                                                         Nursery 1 will run on Lower Field.
                            Friday 11/8) -        Open 2, OR 1, Ranch 1, Novice 1 Nursery 2. -OPEN  2 WILL RUN ON THE UPPER FIELD, AND ALL LOWER CLASSES WILL RUN ON THE LOWER FIELD.
                            Saturday (11/9) -     Double Lift Open, Open Ranch 2, Ranch 2 , Novice 2.
            
ENTRIES OPEN: - Entries will open on September 13, 2019 and close on October 19th (ALL ENTRIES MUST BE IN SECRETARY OFFICE BY OCTOBER 19, 2019!

*** Finals - you may utilize the ONLINE ENTRY SYSTEM FOR FINALS.- iF YOU HAVE ANY PROBLEMS PLEASE CONTACT VIVIAN (303) 921-8653.

ENTRY FEES WILL BE DEPOSITED ON 10/24/2019 AND NO REFUNDS AFTER 10/19/19.

GO AHEAD AND SEND IN YOUR ENTRY FEE PRIOR TO THE CLOSE DATE EVEN IF YOU DO NOT HAVE YOUR 5 QUALIFYING TRIALS!  There are several trials scheduled where if you’re short on qualifying runs you will be able to get your 5 qualifying runs. Armadillo SDT – Nov1-3, 2019 is the last trial and has 2 trials scheduled. 

***IMPORTANT!! THE 2019 NURSERY CLASS YEAR ENDED AUGUST 1, 2019- YOU MUST HAVE HAD TO OBTAINED YOUR 5 QUALIFYING RUNS PRIOR TO THIS DATE.  If your Nursery dog also runs in Open Ranch you will need to have 5 Open Ranch qualifying runs in addition to the 5 qualifying runs needed for the Nursery Class.

TRIAL SECRETARY: Vivian Christensen – 303-921-8653 Cell.

MAIL ENTRIES:  TSDA, 4302 FM 1991, Meridian, TX 76665 - also, USE THIS ADDRESS FOR MAILING FEES FOR FINALS.

START TIME:  Thursday 11/7OPEN 1 - Immediately following Handlers Meeting.  - HANDLERS MEETING -   7:30  am

                         NURSERY 1 - 2:00 PM

                         Friday 11/8 - OPEN 2 - HANDLERS MEETING - 7:30 AM - OPEN 2 WILL BEGIN IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THE HANDLERS MEETING. 

                                               OPEN RANCH 1 - HANDLERS MEETING - 8:45AM- CLASS WILL START IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE HANDLERS MEETING.                                                                                       RANCH 1, NOVICE 1 AND NURSERY 2 WILL FOLLOW. 

                          Saturday 11/9 - DOUBLE LIFT -  HANDLERS MEETING - 8:45 AM STARTS IMMEDIATELY AFTER HANDLERS MEETING

                                                    OPEN RANCH 2, RANCH 2, NOVICE 2 - HANDLERS MEETING 8:45 AM STARTS IMMEDIATELY AFTER                                                                                                                                                             HANDLERS MEETING.  

One entry fee pays for both runs, one entry fee - one trial – 2 go-rounds.

Premium payback in 1st go-round, 2nd go-round and average (Combined).

Payback per TSDA guidelines!
**** A maximum of two (2) premiums per class per handler will be paid****


Points will be based on the Combined Scores of the two runs.  Premium money will be paid 1go-round, 2nd go-round and average (Combined) . (30/30/40) for the OR, Ranch and Novice and Nursery.  For Open - premium will be paid for 1st go- round, 2nd go-round, Average( Combined)  and for the double lift final. (20/20/20/40)

For Premium money, each class will have a separate pool which is $55 of your entry fee (the other $20 goes to TSDA Finals expenses) multiplied by the number of entries in the class. If there are any scratches or No Shows the $55.00 portion of their entry fee will also go into the payback pool for that class.   Premium placement and payback will be determined by the number of Handlers/dogs that left the post. In every case, the distributions will be according to TSDA guidelines.

*** Sheep replacement charge $300.00.***

Judges:  Angie Coker- Sells, Joni Tietjen and Peter Hall

 Angie Coker-Sells

Tecumseh, Oklahoma

I was raised on a cattle ranch in central Oklahoma and am a graduate of Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science.  I got my first Border Collie in 1991 followed shortly by a small flock of sheep.  Today, my husband Scott, daughter Kyann and I raise crossbred cattle and White Dorper sheep.  Our Border Collies are an integral part of our operation as well as our special companions.  I have been training and trialing Border Collies since 1993.  I’ve been fortunate to win the USBCHA/ABCA Open finals, in addition to two Reserve Open Championships, the USBCHA/ABCA Nursery Finals (twice), Meeker Classic Championship and the Texas Open Finals 3 times.  I’ve judged the USBCHA/ABCA Finals twice the Bluegrass Classic twice and the Meeker Classic and past TSDA Finals to name a few.

Joni Tietjen

Clearmont, Wyoming

Joni and her husband Blake live on a ranch in Clearmont, WY where they run several hundred mother cows along with 400+ yearlings. She primarily uses her dogs for ranch work with a secondary use in trialing competitively.
Joni has been training and trialing border collies since the mid-90s and has been a consistent top finisher in trials throughout the US and Canada. She and Ben were the 2016 USBCHA National Nursery Champion in Carbondale CO.  Then in Middleburg VA, Joni and Ben repeated that feat by winning the 2017 USBCHA National Nursery Champion, Ben being the first dog to ever win two National Nursery Champions. At the same 2017 National Finals, Joni and Star took 7th in the Double-lift Final, 1st in the Semi-final, and 8th overall in both Preliminary and Nursery. Joni and Star were Reserve Champion at The Meeker Classic in 2017 and Reserve Champion at Soldier Hollow in 2018.
Joni's accomplishments include placing at other prominent trials such as the Bluegrass Classic, Kingston Grass Creek Park, Zamora Hills, and Sonoma Wine Country.
Joni is in her 3rd year out of a four-year term as a Director of the USBCHA, and judged the National Nursery Finals, Open Semi-finals, and Double-lift Finals in 2018.


Peter Hall

Sperryville, Virginia

I live on a small farm wedged against the Blue Ridge Mountains in Sperryville, Virginia.  I have raised sheep and trained sheepdogs for the past 20 years, and have traveled extensively throughout North America and the UK participating in or watching sheepdog trials.  Between 2004 and 2008, I assisted the ISDS in reporting and providing other services for, as needed, the Supreme International and World trials held over that period.  Through 2014, I also authored detailed summaries of the qualifying and final rounds of the International, which subsequently appeared as photo-articles in American Border Collie and Working Border Collie magazines.  In 2017, I was involved in planning, setup and teardown for the USBCHA National Finals at Belle Grove Plantation, and was Course Director for the Nursery trials.  I have judged several trials, primarily in the Northeast U.S.
My trial dogs, off parents imported from Scotland as puppies, are home bred and trained.  In support of the breed, my farm – too small for trials – has hosted numerous clinics instructed by Jack Knox or Tom Wilson, plus fun days to give handlers with fewer resources access to sheep.  My farm has also held two or three trials on a nearby farm. 
I am currently President of the United States Border Collie Handlers Association, and Treasurer of the Virginia Border Collie Association.  I am also a running member and President of the Sperryville Volunteer Rescue Squad, which provides emergency services to part of Rappahannock County in Virginia.

Directions

Directions


From the intersection of US Hwy 67 and 281 (Hard Eight BQ on the nw corner).  Take US Hwy 67 toward Glen Rose.  Go approximately 5 miles and turn left on CR 175.  Go to first entrance on right.


GPS Address: 561 PR 1220, Stephenville, TX 76401


GPS Address: 561 PR 1220, Stephenville, TX 76401
Hotel Information

All Major Hotels in the Stephenville Area.  

La Quinta  - 254-918-2444 - 105 Christy Plaza, Stephenville, TX.  Pet Friendly. 

 

Hampton Inn & Suites Stephenville -  +1-254-918-5400  - 910 South Harbin Dr. Stephenville - Free Hot Breakfast  -  Pet Friendly -