Winnemucca Cow Dog Trial offers tough competition

Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
Dec 12, 2008
by WLJ
Winnemucca Cow Dog Trial offers tough competition

This February, canine athletes from across the West are invited to show off their skills in Winnemucca, NV. Feb. 26 through March 1, Winnemucca will celebrate the 20th annual Ranch Hand Rodeo weekend with five fastpaced and fun events that will draw participants and spectators from numerous western states and Canada; in all, more than 2,000 people are expected to pack the Winnemucca Events Complex.

Up first on the weekend’s roster is the Winnemucca Cow Dog Trial competition set for Thursday, Feb. 26, 2009. Over the course of the day’s competition, canine competitors will work on verbal commands or whistles to put several head of cattle through various obstacles and maneuvers that simulate actual working ranch conditions.

A handler’s meeting will begin at 7:30 a.m. Thursday, followed by the elimination round at 8 a.m.; the day’s top dogs will advance to the final round scheduled for 7 p.m. Entry fee for the Open Pro Class is $155; entry fee for the Ranch Class is $80. Entry fees include sanctioning and cattle fees through the United States Border Collie Handler’s Association, Inc. with a portion of the event’s proceeds going to the Humboldt County Search & Rescue.

Handlers must be on horseback and are limited to two dogs for each class. The event will include one elimination round with the top five dogs advancing to the finals in both classes. Complete rules and information are available at

“This competition continues to grow every year,” said Humboldt County Agricultural District 3 Director Kim Petersen. “We have a lot of fun with this and I know our participants do, too.” The weekend also will include the rodeo, the Ranch, Rope and Performance Horse Sale, the Stockhorse Challenge, and Kids’ Dummy Steer Roping and Stick Barrels competitions. The event also includes four days of Western Trade Show. Entries for the 2009 Winnemucca Cow Dog Trial competition are due Feb. 13, 2009. The competition is limited to the first 50 dogs. In the event that 50 dogs are not signed up by Feb. 13, late entries will be accepted for an additional $10 fee until the limit has been reached.

Entry forms and officials rules are available at Information also is available by calling Michelle Hammond Urain, 775/623-5071 ext 101 or 800/962-2638. — WLJ