Trials and Events

NCWSA 2020 Member Meeting and Fun Day

March14, 2020 

Auburn, CA

Kick Off the Season! 

Who: Hosted by NCWSA Board Member Virginia Dains and Charlotte Jones 

What: Local farm flock dorper cross ewes and lambs/free lunch and camaraderie

Where: Finca Yoweda, 3371 Ayres Holmes Road Auburn Ca

When: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM  Membership Meeting and Lunch 12:00-1:00

Members Only ++New members Welcome++ Lunch Provided

Working a dog: $30/dog, Annual Membership: $25

This is an invitation to meet other NCWSA members, work a dog or two, tune up for the spring trialing season, and help plan club activities for 2020. Novice handlers and new members are encouraged to attend.


YES! This Sounds like FUN! I would like to:


  • Run a small 200 yard course

  • Practice a double lift

  • Work in the round pen 

  • Work in a small field 

  • Do some big flock sorting 

  • Give peer judging a go

  • Compete in fun team sports!

  • Help wherever I can!


RSVP Free Lunch! Dry Camping Available Friday/Saturday Call or Email for Details.

Need More Information? Contact  Virginia 530-888-9180 or email

Reserve a spot….MAKE CHECK PAYABLE TO N.C.W.S.A. 

Mail to Virginia Dains, 3371 Ayres Holmes Road, Auburn, CA 95602

Sonoma Wine Country SDT

March 20-23, 2020 

Santa Rosa, CA


USBCHA Sanctioned

The Sonoma Wine Country Sheepdog Trial, held at Sandra Milberg's Farm in Santa Rosa, is in its 28th year.  Sheep will be Western range ewes.

Judges:  Karen Child and Terry Parrish.

Spectators are welcome.  Parking is $5.00 per vehicle and includes entry. All proceeds from this trial will benefit a local charity.


March 20, 21 & 22 


Cash, awards and ribbons.  May run to a standard with 2 open trials over two different courses (hill course and flat course).  We will run 90 + dogs per trial Handler's meeting to be held at 7:30 am.


March 23 

$35/dog NURSERY and $55/dog NURSERY/PRO-NOVICE or $45/dog Pro-Novice only.

Cash and ribbons to 5th place for the combined class and ribbons to 4th place for the Nursery only class. There are TWO Nursery classes and only ONE Pro-Novice class.  

For more info call 707-322-2614 or email

Zamora Hills SDT

March 27-30, 2020 

Zamora, CA


Hosted by Slaven Ranch, Zamora, CA

USBCHA Sanctioned


Judge: Open, Nursery, Pro Novice  -  Michael Gallengar of Ireland 

Entries open: Feb. 18th and close on Mar. 3rd, 2020.     

Entry fees

  • Open $70.00 (per open trial)

  • Pro-Novice $45.00 ( 1 p.n. class)

  • Nursery  $45.00 ( 2 nursery classes. 1 nursery class will run with the P/N class)

2 dog limit in all classes, unless classes aren’t filled. Send in a separate check if interested in 3rd dog. Entries may be limited in all classes. 

*Open Trial 1 - Friday, March 27th to Saturday, March 28th (1  1/2 days)

*Open Trial 2 - Saturday, March 28th, to Sunday, March 29th, (1  1/2 days)

*Pro-Novice/Nursery Class -  Monday, March 30th

Trial Location:  Slaven Ranch, County Road 92B, Zamora, CA 95698  

For more info: Peggy Wines via email or 775-246-5151/775-721-6914.

McCormack Ranch SDT

April 3-6, 2020 

Rio Vista, CA


USBCHA Sanctioned 

Two Open trials will be split over three days. There will be two Nursery trials and we will try to run two Pro Novice trials on Monday.

Judge: Jack Knox

Entries must be postmarked February 17-February 21, 2020.

Fees:  Open (2) April 3-5: $70 per run. Nursery (2) April 6: $50 per run.

**No Pro Novice run if running in Nursery

Pro Novice (2) April 6: $50 per run. 


The trial will be on a hill field with McCormack Ranch commercial ewes. Expect outrun to be approximately 600 yards for Open and 350 yards for Pro-Novice/Nursery. 

Trial Location:  7680 Montezuma Hills Rd. Rio Vista, CA 94571

For more info: Kelsey Nichols at 208-908-1135 or via email

Northern Nevada SDT

April 17-20, 2020 

Carson City, NV


USBCHA Sanctioned

Two Open Trials and Two Nursery Trials

Judges: Tracy Hinton (Open)  TBA  (Nursery)


Entries open March 2, 2020; close March 13, 2020.


Sheep provided by Borda Family Ranch – Sierra Nevada Range Ewes

Field provided by Andersen family, 1051 N Ormsby Rd, Carson City.  This will be the last year we are able to hold this trial at the Andersen Ranch.


Fees: Open $65 per dog, Nursery $45 per dog.


Sheep will be challenging young range ewes.  Field will be Nevada ranch terrain with slightly uneven surfaces.

For more info: Sandra at 859 559 6730, email: or Mary at 775 291 7407 or

Creston Classic SDT

April 24-26, 2020 

Creston, CA


USBCHA Sanctioned

2 Open, 2 Nursery, 2 ProNovice and 2 Novice Trials

Judge: Percy Cowan BC, Canada


Open: Mar 16 - Mar 23, 2020



  • Open $65.00/dog Open trial 1-Fri 4/24, Open trial 2-Sat 4/25

  • Nursery $43.00/dog Nursery trial 1- Fri 4/24, Nursery trial 2-Sat 4/25

  • ProNovice $45.00/dog PN trial-Sun April 26 (2 trials total)

  • Novice $40.00/dog NN trial- Sun 4/26 (2 trials total if entries are sufficient)


Sheep:  The Jaureguy’s excellent range ewes of the central coast 

Trial location: 4797 La Panza Road, Creston, CA 93432

For more info: Contact Stephanie Summers at or call or text 805 235-8407

 Ron Curran/Ken Blake Memorial SDT

May 9, 2020 

Ione, CA


USBCHA Sanctioned

1 Nursery, 1 ProNovice and 1 Novice Trials

Judge:  Kelsey Nichols, Rio Vista, CA

Entries must be postmarked between April 15 and April 22, 2020.  


Pro Novice:  $45.00, per dog

Nursery:  $40.00, per dog

Novice Novice:  $45.00 per dog


Trial Location: Charles Howard Park, Ione, Ca

At the Soccer Fields ~ 2 Miles South of Main Street, Ione on Hwy 124, East Side of Hwy, enter Ione  Fairgrounds, South end entrance, drive past arena and proceed to back of park to Soccer field.  From Hwy 88, turn North on Hwy 124, go approx 3 miles, turn right or east at first entrance and proceed past covered arena to Soccer field.


For more info: LisAnn Spencer at 916-798-3811 or email:

14th Annual Point Pleasant Mother's Day SDT

May 10, 2020 

Elk Grove, CA


USBCHA Sanctioned

1 Nursery, 1 ProNovice and 1 Novice Trials

Judge:  Kelsey Nichols, Rio Vista, CA

Entries must be postmarked between April 15 and April 22, 2020.  


Hosted by:  Tom & LisAnn Spencer, Pt Pleasant Ranch

Trial Location:  11555 Hein Rd., Elk Grove, CA  95757


  • One Nursery Class ~ $40.00 per dog

  • One Pro Novice ~ $45.00 per dog

  • One Novice Novice Class ~ $45.00 per dog


Mother's Day Potluck! Tri Tip and Dessert provided by trial host.​​


For more info: LisAnn Spencer at 916-798-3811 or email:

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