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Brainstorming for No-Frills Trials

  • Heatherhope Farm 22417 Airport Rd Sycamore, IL 60178 (map)

Hosting trials is getting complex and challenging. This deters potential hosts from starting, drives some hosts to quit, and drives up the costs of trials. The cost and scarcity of trials is a burden on competitors. Experienced competitors get discouraged and newer handlers have fewer opportunities to gain experience. Potential volunteers who might help in putting on trials lack the opportunities to learn how to do the tasks that are necessary to put on trials. We should assume there can be different kinds of trials. Some sanctioned open and nursery, some fun and novice oriented.  Some will be more complex and expensive to put on. Others can be simpler and less expensive.


  • To gather, organize and record ideas that will help WWSDA members and others to put on both fun trials and sanctioned trials that are simpler and less stressful for hosts and less expensive and more enjoyable for new and experienced competitors.

  • To put these ideas in the most easily usable forms, such as check lists, detailed instructions, directories of trained volunteers, etc.

  • To provide opportunities for potential volunteers to learn how to do the tasks necessary for trials, including judging, setting out sheep, working in pens, scribing, course directing, etc.

  • To gather ideas for further coordinating efforts of potential hosts in such things as scheduling trials, threading trials together, managing entries and results, etc.

  • To arrange trial experiences so that it is encouraging to all handlers, especially newer ones.

Later Event: April 29
Annual General Meeting