34TH Annual 2019 WWSDA Midwest Championship Sheepdog Trial

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
August 30th to September 2nd, 2019
8am-5pm
Friday: Open I
Saturday: Open II
Sunday: PN I/Nursery I, PN II/Nursery II
Monday Double Lift Finals, 9am-3pm

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Four days of spectacular stock dog trialing, culminating in a Monday show stopper ... a team-to-team double lift with the top handlers and dogs.

The WWSDA trials have been renamed the 34th Annual WWSDA Midwest Championship Stockdog Trials, but it's still the same great "world class" field near Hudson, Wisconsin.   The top 12 Open teams from Friday and Saturday qualify to run the challenging Double Lift Championship on Monday.  The winner of this Double Lift then qualifies for the prestigious 2020 Soldier Hollow Invitational.

At the Spring 2019 WWSDA annual members meeting, members continue to agree that one of the primary directives of the WWSDA is to encourage and support Novice handlers and dogs.  With that in mind, they realized that the Hudson venue, sheep and various draws did not create a healthy and successful situation for our Novice dogs and handlers.  The board is currently exploring other possibilities, and hoping to combine an educational opportunity with a trial later this year.   Stay tuned for more information.   We strongly encourage Novice handlers to come to the Labor Day Weekend trials, volunteer to scribe, work the pens, man the front gate and watch the runs.   We can learn so much from watching the experienced handlers and dogs.

Questions regarding entries should be directed to Jennifer Thompson by email jenniferat@juno.com or cell 507-381-6684 (leave a message if no answer).  Other questions regarding venue, logistics, sheep, etc. can be directed to Jennifer, Claudia (cjmahon@sbcglobal.net) or Susane (shoffman@sheepycorner.com).

Entry information will be posted on both the WWSDA and USBCHA websites in early July.

Looking for something to do with the family over labor day weekend, come on down. Spectators are very welcome to attend any day of this trial. View general poster.

This event is open to the public.

Cost is $10/person. Children 10 & under are free.

2019 SPONSORS

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Contact:

Claudia Mahon, cjmahon@sbcglobal.net

Susane Hoffman, shoffman@sheepycorner.com

 

Advertise in the Trial Program

Consider placing and/or soliciting an advertisement in the trial program where it will likely be seen by over 1,000 people in attendance over the 4 day trial.  Do you have lamb, mutton, beef, breeding stock, fiber, puppies, herding training, or a facility or anything else you want to sell?    Maybe your employer, veterinarian, farm or feed store or shearer would like to advertise or perhaps you'd just like to wish competitors good luck.   The program is a professionally printed glossy booklet that is 5.5 inches by 8.5 inches.  Ads are available in three sizes in both black and white and color from just $25 for a black & white quarter page ad to a full page color ad for $140.  If you don't have an ad, no fear, we can help create one for you.  Click here for Ad Form for details and to sign up.


Become a Team Sponsor

For $500, you can become a Platinum sponsor.   All platinum sponsors receive a full page color ad in the trial program, 20 trial admission passes, announcement of your sponsorship several times throughout the 4 days, your name in the trial program as a platinum sponsor, opportunity to designate your sponsorship for a particular class or the judge, tent, facility or sheep.  If you provide us with a vinyl outdoor banner up to 3' tall by 8' long, we will display it on the back fence for all to see all 4 days.  In addition, we will have a table for flyers, coupons, samples, etc. if you would like to make them available to those in attendance.   Gold, Silver and Bronze sponsorships also available.  Please contact Jennifer Boznos at jbozbc@gmail.com or (773) 841-4803 if you would like to be a sponsor or have any questions. Click here for Sponsor form.


Volunteers Needed!

Except for a couple of key positions, this trial runs completely on volunteer help, in fact, there are over 130 positions over the 4 days.  Please consider volunteering your time.  We need scribes, score runners, sheep pen help, gate admission attendants, parking attendants, announcers, a daily judge concierge, set up before the trial, tear down after the trial and a couple people with calm capable dogs helping to exhaust for the novice & ranch runs as well as help with the double lift.   Most shifts are just 2 - 3 hours and the rest of the day is yours.   Free daily admission for that days volunteers.   Please contact Donna Huntington at goatdonna@gmail.com or (608) 795-2214 if you can help.


Attend

Come watch the country's wisest dogs and wiliest handlers compete for the coveted Midwest Sheepdog Championship at Badlands Sno-Park outside of Hudson, WI. Bring a lawn chair and loll on a sun-drenched hillside, watching dogs and handlers compete under time pressure to move sheep through a complicated course. Gather under a big, shady tent, rain or shine, enjoying pulled pork sandwiches from pork that was raised right on Kinney Farm. Never been to a sheepdog competition? Don't worry, during the action announcers will explain what's going on, along with the subtleties of communication between dogs, handlers and sheep. Bring the entire family and friends and make a day of it, cheering for your favorite dogs and groaning as a recalcitrant sheep escapes at the pen at the last second. Read latest press release…

Please plan on attending this awesome event and invite friends and neighbors.  They'll be glad you did.   It's a great family event.   Bring your own comfortable chair or sit on the bleachers provided.  The trials go on rain or shine but spectators can get out of both under the big top tent.   Lunch food and drink will be available for purchase.   See the website for times and directions.  We have enclosed printable posters which we would appreciate you printing and distributing as you are out and about in your area. Click here to download the posters.