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Derek Scrimgeour clinic, November 2017

Posted on September 20, 2017 at 1:05 AM

The High Desert Sheepdog Association is proud to announce that we will have Derek Scrimgeour with us again this year for another training clinic!

The dates are Monday and Tuesday November 13-14 and the location is once again Paula Bowden’s Diamond J Farm in Yerington, NV. We realize weekdays are not optimal for everyone, but factors beyond our control necessitated these dates for the clinic.

Dry camping is available at Paula’s place, just let her know in advance if you are bringing an RV or camper. Motels are on the attached entry form.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us. We look forward to seeing folks there!


Patrick Shanahan Clinic, May 20-21, 2017

Posted on April 20, 2017 at 1:00 AM

Greetings all! We are pleased to announce that Patrick Shannahan is coming back to Nevada for his annual spring clinic with us. The dates are Saturday and Sunday, May 20th and 21st and the location is once again Paula Bowden's Diamond J Farm in Yerington. Same prices and arrangements as last year, all on the attached entry form.

The one change is that we are not planning to offer private lessons with Patrick this time, as he will be just back from a holiday away and we don't want to push him *too* far past the brink of jet lag. Meanwhile, mark your calendars and we look forward to seeing folks there!


Derek Scrimgeour Clinic Nov 2 -3

Posted on October 2, 2016 at 12:35 AM

Greetings all!

The HDSDA is very pleased to announce that Derek Scrimgeour is coming to do a clinic with us here in Nevada!

The dates are Wednesday & Thursday November 2 - 3, 2016 and the location is Paula Bowden's Diamond J Farm in Yerington.

The cost is $300 per dog/handler slot for two days. There will be 10 working slots per day and a $100 deposit is required to hold your working slot. The balance is due by Saturday, October 22, so that if you must cancel, we can offer your slot to someone else.

Auditing is $50 per day, per person. Number of auditor seats is unlimited with no deposit required.

Yes, you may split a single working slot between two dogs, i.e. one dog on Wednesday and the other on Thursday, but please let us know of that up front. All details should be in the entry form and attached info sheet, but please holler if you have any questions.



Patrick Shannahan 2016

Posted on February 28, 2016 at 3:10 AM

It's that time again - the HDSDA has Patrick Shannahan coming back for a clinic this spring!

The date is the third weekend in May, the 21st and 22nd and the location is once again at Paula Bowden’s place. Cost is $250 per working dog slot for the weekend, (it’s okay to split a slot between 2 dogs or even two people, just let us know) or $125 for just one day.

If you want to come but can’t send a check right now, please let me know ASAP, so we can get an idea of how many folks we can expect. Hope to see you there!



Patrick Shannahan clinic and private lessons!

Posted on April 12, 2015 at 8:10 PM

Greetings all ~ We are pleased to announce our Patrick Shannahan clinic and lesson day! Entries are open as of now and it’s first come, first serve, so be sure to reserve your slot for the clinic and/or lessons.


Private lesson will be on Friday May 15th and the clinic is May 16th & 17th. The location is once again Paula Bowden’s Diamond J Farm in Yerington. Details are on page three of the attached info. Holler if you have any questions!



There will be no lunch served on the Friday, but during the weekend clinic, lunch will be potluck. Please consider bringing your favorite side dish, salad or desert, or anything easy to heat in the oven.


We look forward to seeing folks there!

2015 HDSDA Memberships Due!

Posted on December 29, 2014 at 12:35 AM

Greetings all ~


Wow, where did the last month go? Well, it's that time of year again, where High Desert Sheep Dog Association invites you to join us for another year of sheepdog doings. More is merrier, as they say, and we would be delighted to see both old faces and new ones among our membership ranks. :)

Membership forms are available on our "Info" page.


Since this is getting kind of late, folks will have the entire month of January to get their memberships in for the new year. Hope to see you on board!



Results: High Desert Sheepdog Trial

Posted on October 20, 2014 at 6:20 PM

Here are the results for this weekend's High Desert Sheepdog Trial in the Open, Nursery, Pro Novice and Novice-novice classes.

Open #1

Open #2

Nursery 1 & 2

Pro Novice 1 & 2

Novice-Novice 1 & 2

High Desert Sheepdog Trial is a wrap!

Posted on October 20, 2014 at 6:20 PM

Well, that's that. The High Desert Sheepdog Trial is a wrap! Our Nevada range ewes were challenging but very fit, healthy and uniform, the course was interesting and the weather could not have been more perfect. It wasn't an easy trial, but we're sure glad for all the folks who came out to run their dogs and take their best swing at it. We hope we can do this again next year!

Meanwhile, thanks are due to a lot of folks who helped keep this trial on its wheels. In fairly random order, thanks go out to: Ted Borda for providing sheep, Sam Lompa for the trial site, and to John & Jody Laxague for pointing them our way, plus big, big thanks to Paula Bowden and LD for the use and haulage of all their trial equipment, (course panels and pens, setout pens and panels, tables, signs, water tubs and sheep tanks, hoses and the spiffy new tank for the water truck,) and thanks to Marsha Pike for arranging purchase, storage and delivery of hay for the trial sheep.

Thanks go to Lavon Calzacorta for judging, Ann Daugherty for trial secretary-ing, Paula Bowden for fielding entry forms and emails, as well as being on-site course director and PR person to the general viewing public, Peggy Wines and Anne-Marie Bellard Cuneo for scribing, plus LD Bowden, Jean Singer, Hiroko Komori, De'Lila Welch and Suzy Applegate for working setout with me, and Marsha Pike and Tracey Rhodes for cooking yummy burgers and brats all three days, Chas Hamilton for handling setout and Diane Currier for being our "water boy." A sheepdog trial definitely takes a village! (If I've overlooked anyone, it's because I'm exhausted and have only two functioning brain cells left.)

We're probably all dead tired now, but I think it was a weekend well spent. Thanks, everyone! Hope to see you next time. :)

Trial Update and Hospitality!

Posted on September 30, 2014 at 1:40 AM

Thanks to the terrific response in entries, the HDSDA High Desert Sheepdog Trial is now a 3-day event, October 17, 18 & 19.
Open & Nursery will run on Fri/Sat and Pro Novice & Novice-novice will run twice each on Sunday. Emails have been sent to all our entrants and all classes ARE full, with run orders to follow the week before the trial.

Also - We will have HOSPITALITY at the trial. In the morning we will have Starbucks coffee, yogurt, muffins and apples available on the honor system for $1 each.

Tracy Rhodes has graciously offered to grill for us. He will have Burgers, Johnsonville brats, individual Bistro salads, chips and water.

Burger or Brat (with or without cheese) and a bag of chips - $5
Salad and chips - $5
Water - 2 for $1

Please support our hospitality! We will have hospitality all 3 days.

High Desert Sheepdog Trial - October!

Posted on July 29, 2014 at 11:20 PM

The HDSDA is pleased to announce our fall High Desert Sheepdog Trial!  (USBCHA sanctioned.)

Trial Dates: October 18-19.
Location: Wellington in Smith Valley, NV - (Zoomable map; )
Classes: Open, Pro Novice and Nursery. (Novice-novice if entries permit.)
Sheep: Borda Ranch range ewes for ALL classes.

We are extremely glad to have Lavon Calzacorta as our judge.


Entries open: SEPTEMBER 8, 2014 - Checks Cashed: October 1, 2014

Entry fees
: $40 Open/Nursery/Pro Novice - $30 Novice-novice. Fee is per run.

The trial site is right across the highway from Dressler Park, courtesy of Sam Lompa, and our sheep provider, Ted Borda, promises we'll have much nicer sheep than last year. ;)

Dry camping will be permitted on site, but there are no hookups or trash pickup. Please NO open flames, barbeques or campfires as fire danger will be very high.


Justin Memorial Trial done and dusted! :)

Posted on June 9, 2014 at 2:15 PM

And that's a wrap!  :) A big thank you to De'Lila Welch for hosting the Justin Memorial AHBA farm trial at her Try Color Ranch this weekend! The site was gorgeous as always, the courses were fun, the prizes terrific and the food yummy. We had a nice turnout, everybody had a good time and the dogs did a lot of good work.

A big congrats to Marna Obermiller and Wren for Saturday's HIT and to Jody Laxague and Blackie for Sunday's HIT, plus Paula Bowden and Jack as Sunday's RHIT.

Thank you to Steve Waltenburg and Linda Rorem for judging, and muchas gracias to Laxague's Feed for arranging the stunning HIT award buckles. Thanks also to all our support crew and trial helpers, from Rita, Jordan and Tux in the setout pens to Marsha Pike our scribe to Sandy Schupe in the kitchen. Here's hoping we can do this again next year!

June 7/8 Justin Memorial AHBA Ranch Dog Trial

Posted on April 2, 2014 at 10:05 PM

Mark your calendars and send in your entries!

On June 7th and 8th, the HDSDA is presenting the annual Justin Memorial AHBA Ranch Dog Trial. The location is, as ever, De'Lila Welch's beautiful Try Color Ranch just outside Gardnerville, NV.

This is a ranch course, so emphasis will be on practical, efficient work and a good partnership with your dog. The course is run on sheep only. You may download the premium and entry form here: PDF format and DOC format.

Please note: Entries open on May 5th and not before. Closing date is May 30th. For further details, please see the entry form.

This is a fun trial in one of the area's most picturesque settings. You don't want to miss it! :)

SATURDAY course map

Saturday course directions
SUNDAY course map
Sunday course directions

Patrick Shannahan clinic May 17-18!

Posted on March 21, 2014 at 4:05 AM

Mark your calendars, folks! The HDSDA is proud to announce that Patrick Shannahan will be giving a clinic for us on May 17-18th.

The location will be Paula Bowden's Diamond J Farm in Yerington.

You may download the ENTRY FORM HERE.

Those who know Patrick are familiar with his quiet, common-sense method and those who don't, I can promise you that you'll come away with a brain full of knowledge and renewed enthusiasm over your partnership with your dog. Looking forward to seeing folks there! :)

Haley Hunewill whistle seminar

Posted on March 3, 2014 at 6:30 PM

The HDSDA is pleased to announce that Haley Hunewill will hold a half-day seminar on sheepdog whistles.

This will be a relaxed, *dog-free* gathering designed to help new handlers learn the technicalities of whistling and the philosophies behind the use of whistles and the various types and tones of whistles used.

This will be of great to help to beginners who are struggling to learn, as well as useful for those of us who have learned to do it but still kind of find ourselves whistle impaired. :)

Cost: $50

Location: De'Lila Welch's Try Color Ranch in Gardnerville.
Date: Saturday April 26.
Time: To be announced, but it will be in the morning.

Please RSVP if you are coming!  ENTRY FORM HERE

Memberships and the New Year!

Posted on January 26, 2014 at 5:25 PM

Greetings all ~

As we scan our Western skies and pray for snow or rain, the HDSDA is gearing up for the year to come. We DO plan to hold another Open trial this year! We're aiming for the second weekend of October - with new sheep and a new location. Watch this space and/or our Facebook page and we'll keep you posted.

We are also cogitating on clinics and other events, including hopefully a fall Pro-Novice/Novice trial and any other fun things that sheep and weather permit.

Meanwhile, though, please be advised that memberships for 2014 are due! We very much want to keep existing members on board, plus we welcome any new folks who would like to sign on.

We will be sending out ballots for voting for club officers very soon, but if you want your vote to count, you must be paid up for the year

Membership forms are permanently downloadable here on our "INFO page."  Please join us!  :)

2013 Cold Turkey Trial - done!

Posted on November 9, 2013 at 8:15 PM

Well, our first sanctioned USBCHA trial is in the bag. What a weekend it was! The weather at least was darned near perfect.

First, a big thank you to Paula and L.D. Bowden of Diamond J Farm for sending their sheep for Pro Nov/Nursery/Novice. They did not charge the club for sheep use, and their cross-bred Scotty-X sheep did a good job for us. (Barring of course the one that decided to join the Marines and dove through the fence into the USMC mule pasture.) Thank goodness we found the rascal hiding in the willows and we even found a couple Marines to help us tote her back. Big thanks, Paula and LD! Thanks also to Haley Hunewill for being our judge, we're honored and happy to have had you presiding. And a thanks to everyone who came out to compete with us.

Saturday and Sunday's Open trials were challenging to say the least, and the sheep were not exactly what we had hoped. Yearling range ewes who've been worked in large flocks by dogs and Peruvians may or may not be good trial sheep, and this was a tough weekend for handlers and dogs alike. Nonetheless, we are very grateful for everyone who came out here to run dogs and support our efforts! Thank you for coming out here! And big thanks as well to Shane Harley for coming down to judge for us in our first-ever Open trial, and to Peggy Wines as our very helpful and savvy trial secretary.

Last but not least, a tremendous debt of gratitude to the many people who pitched in, club members and non-members alike, to help keep this trial on its wheels. Kudos include but are not limited to: Paula and L.d Bowden, Ann Daugherty,  Mary Minor,Bonnie Richardson, De'Lila Welch, Chas Hamilton at exhaust, Ann Dahl and Anne-Marie Bellard Cuneo our scribes, and Polly Lowry and Ann Raines, our sheep babysitters, and to Suzy Applegate and Haley Hunewill & hubby Blair who were not even on our setout crew, but who nonetheless came up to volunteer. Harder workers than our weekend crew I could not begin to manage. Many hands made easier work and we were also delighted how fast the course take-down went.

Thank you to everyone who was a part of this. We are thankful for your presence and participation. :)

2013 Cold Turkey Trial results

Posted on November 9, 2013 at 5:45 PM

Friday Pro Novice

1. Ann Raines - Singe - 63
2. Barbara Parsons - Cywd - 59
3. Gloria Atwater - Gael 5?
4. Beth Benz - Hula - 44

Friday Nursery

1. Suzy Applegate - Gus - 69
2. Bonnie Richardson - Spur - 58
3. Morgan Magnuson - Hope - 39

Friday Novice-novice

1. Mary Hunnicut - Dinah - DQ
2. Jody Laxague - Blackie - 45

Open Placings - Saturday

1. Suzy Applegate - Dot - 57
2. Suzy Applegate - Tru - 53
3. LisAnn Spencer - Lacy - 44+
4. Suzy Applegate - Coop - 44
5. Sharon Freilich - Nan - 42

Open Placings - Sunday

1. Haley Hunewill - Cy - 67
2. Suzy Applegate - Tru - 66
3. Sandi Anderson - Liz - 60
4. Tom Spencer - King - 55
5. Gloria Atwater - Nick - 38

Nov 1-3 Trial! Open, Pro Novice, Novice and Nursery!

Posted on September 27, 2013 at 11:25 PM

HDSDA is proud to announce its first sanctioned USBHCA trial

The dates are November 1-3, 2013 at the Farias Wheel Ranch in Smith Valley, NV

[Entry Forms and Info HERE!]

Entries Open: Friday, October 4. Entries Close: Oct 19. No refunds after Oct 20.

Pro Novice, Novice and Nursery will run on Friday the 1st. The sheep will be Paula Bowden's crossbred farm flock. Haley Howard is the judge.

Open will run on Sat & Sun the 2nd and 3rd, and the sheep will be on Rafter 7 yearling+ ewes. The judge for Open is Shane Harley.

Dry camping will be available on site. RVs okay but no hookups. Further info and driving directions are included with the entry forms. Please note that Open and the junior classes have separate entry forms. 3rd dogs may be run if entries do not fill.

September 7-8 Lessons with Lavon Calzacorta

Posted on August 25, 2013 at 11:10 PM

High Desert Sheep Dogs is proud to present lessons with Idaho's own Lavon Calzacorta on September 7-8 at Paula Bowden's Diamond J Farm in Yerington.

Bio: "Lavon is a very popular handler and judge in the West. He has been extremely successful in trials, winning many of the more difficult and prestigious trials in the West. His most successful trial at the USBCHA Nationals was in 2007 when he and Tess were third in the Double Lift Finals. He was also District 1 Champion that year with Tess. Lavon and Tess have placed 3rd at Soldier Hollow. Lavon has judged in the past few years at Wessels Dirt Blowing trial, Vashon Island Classic, Island Crossing Trial, Heppner St. Patrick's Day trial, and a number of local Idaho trials. This year he will be judging Palm Cottage Trial, Big Willow, and Trailing of the Sheep. Lavon is a well-respected judge and person. He prides himself in being thorough and fair."

The cost is $85 for two half-hour lessons. You can come for one day or for two. Join us for a weekend of fun and learning!

Contact: Paula Bowden 775 463 2380 - herdingnews(at)gmail(dot)com

Haley Howard Hunewill Lesson Day!

Posted on April 5, 2013 at 2:05 AM

The HDSDA is proud to present a day of lessons with Smith Valley’s own Haley Howard Hunewill on Saturday, May 18th. Location is De’Lila Welch’s Try Color Ranch in Gardnerville. I am attaching the entry form in both .doc and PDF formats, in case folks favor one format over the other.

Please bear in mind that this is NOT a clinic. It’s a day of private lessons for you and your dog. 10 dogs for the day; 5 in the AM and 5 after lunch.  We’re taking one dog only per person, please, unless the class fails to fill, in which case we may offer day-of entries.

There is no auditing fee
, since this is not a clinic. Folks are welcome to stop by and watch, of course, but Haley will not be doing group discussions or coming off the field to explain to everybody what she was doing with a dog. Her focus will be on you, your lesson and your dog, one person at a time. Also, this will be BYOL: Bring Your Own Lunch, as people will probably be coming and going during the day.

Further info and pricing is on the attached entry form. Please note we’ve set an opening date of April 15th, so folks have time to think about it. Hope to see people there!