The CBCA sponsors an annual Championship Sheep Dog Trial. This trial rotates between the West and East annually.
The Canadian Border Collie Association (CBCA) was created to promote the breeding and training of working border collies and is the only registry of purebred border collies in Canada.
Starting August 22nd, 2019, sheepdogs and handlers from across Canada and from the United States will meet at the Canadian Sheep Dog Championships in Airdrie Alberta to compete for the Canadian Championship title.
The trial consists of a Nursery class – two runs with the highest combined score becoming Nursery Champion – and an Open class. In the Open there are two qualifying runs and the top 12 dogs of the qualifying rounds will go on to the Double Lift Final – which will determine the CBCA Champion.
CBCA Championship will showcase the incredible instinct, athleticism, and intelligence of the working border collie in partnership with its handler as they guide a group of sheep around a challenging course to complete a number of tasks designed to emulate the work of practical farming. Handlers communicate with the dogs using a variety of whistle and verbal commands and it is a spectacular partnership to watch. We invite you to attend the 2019 CBCA Championships and observe these incredible dogs as they perform as they were bred to do!
Milton Scott and his family are extremely excited to host the
2019 Canadian Sheep Dog Championships.
Milton Scott is originally from Eastend Saskatchewan and moved to Alberta in 1988. He has raised three kids on his farm outside of Airdire where he also raises his sheep flock of 500 ewes. Milt is the General Manager of Thorlakson Feedyards. TFY is a custom feedlot with capacity for over 20,000 head of cattle. They also farm over 12,000 acres cash crop. Milt has been competing in Stock Dog competitions nationally for over 30 years.
Kier Scott is Milt’s oldest son and will be the Trial Director for the Canadian Sheep Dog Championships. Growing up, Kier would often watch his dad work dogs and recently joined the competing world of stock dogs. Kier was a member of his local 4H club for nine years. Kier participated in the 4H stock dog program as well as raised both lamb and beef projects. Kier graduated from Olds College with a Business Management Certificate and an Business Administration Diploma, where he was also the President of the Students Association. Kier is passionate about business, agriculture and someday will own a business of his own. Kier currently works at Thorlakson Nature’s Call as the Operations Manager. TNC is a composting facility where they process green organic waste and turn it into compost. Kier has become an expert at operating different heavy machinery and enjoys the management tasks that his job demands.
Mackenzie Scott, Milt’s daughter, will be assisting with hospitality coordination at this years Canadian Championships. Mackenzie was heavily involved in 4H throughout high school where she grew passionate about volunteering, showing cattle and public speaking. Spencer Scott, Milts youngest son, was also involved in 4H during high school. Spencer is currently taking his Meat Processing Certificate at Olds College and hopes to own a business of his own one day. Spencer will be assisting with livestock management and let-out at this years Championship
Kier’s Finance, Samantha Stockwood, is also from Airdrie and will be one of the event coordinators, taking care of planning, execution and administration tasks for the Canadian Sheep Dog Championships. Samantha graduated from Olds College with a Business Management Certificate, Business Administration Diploma and recently completed her Bachelor of Science, Agribusiness Degree. Samantha currently works as Cost Control for Parkland Pipeline in Olds. Samantha has enjoyed traveling Alberta with Kier and Milt, watching them compete in trials. She has also enjoyed hosting the Carleton Creek Arena Trial winter series with Milt and Kier.
Scott Glen was born and raised on a cattle farm in Pincher Creek, Alberta, Canada. When he was in his 20’s he bought some sheep and shortly after, a dog, to help him manage them. He turned out to have some skills in training border collies to work and soon was going to competitions and training dogs for other people. He started his own line of border collies and a kennel he called Alta-Pete Kennels in New Dayton, Alberta. Alta-Pete is his Scottish family’s clan motto and means “Aim High”. His foundation sire, Sweep, a rough coated dog with a big white chest and a black “saddle”, produced winning dogs and his blood still runs through Scott’s dogs today. Sweep’s daughter, Fly, was the first dog Scott won the Canadian Championships with in 2000 and again in 2001. In 2004, Sweep’s grandson, Pleat, was the first Canadian bred dog and Scott was the first Canadian handler, to win the United States Border Collie Handler’s Association (USBCHA) Championship. Pleat’s litter sister, Tala, took the reserve championship at the same time with Scott handling. In 2011 Scott again won the Canadian Championships, this time with a little dog named Don who, when crossed into the Sweep line, improved on it. Don also went on to win two USBCHA championships with Scott in 2013 and in 2014. Scott’s current champion is Alice, a daughter of Don and a great great great granddaughter of his Old Sweep. Alice is Canadian bred by Wendy Schmaltz whose great bitch, Gin, had the genes that go back to Sweep. Alice won the USBCHA nationals in 2016 and 2017 and is the current Canadian Champion. Alice is a rough coated speckled girl with a naughty sense of humor off stock. When working she is all business but when off duty in the house, has been known to chew things like computer cords or steal pens or chapstick off tables to chew them up. Scott has also won the Canadian Nursery Championship (for dogs under 3 years old) 4 times. In 2009, he won it with Don and in 2011 he won it with Cy Peterson’s Reba who is a full sibling to Don. In 2015, he won it with Dave who is a grandson of Don and Scott currently holds the title with a tiny little female named Jill who has no idea her diminutive size. Jill was bred in Missouri by Thad Fleming. Scott enjoys competing for the Canadian Championships whenever it is held in the West and is looking forward to it again in 2019.
2018 CBCA Open and Nursery Champion
Howell is descended from a couple of former Canadian Champions: the first one from 1999, Grace, from the championships at Kamloops, was his great grandmother; Ethel, a two time Canadian Champion from 2004 and 2009, was his grandmother. Howell was the 2013 CBCA Nursery Champion. Howell came to me as a left over. Barbara Ray said she couldn’t sell one and I had to take him as a service pup. My Monty was the sire. I had seen another from the litter that looked ok, so I said yes and some one delivered him a couple of weeks later. No wonder no one wanted him. He was a hang dawg, He lacked sense—he wouldn’t come in from the extreme cold. As the winter wore on, he was not on the road to sheepdog scholarship. I nearly sold him. Everything comes to she who waits. On a single weekend, he trained up. In one month of work, he was winning pro novice trials. In many respects, he was easier to run as a nursery dog, accepting direction readily. “Like this?” ‘Yes, like that.’ He emerged from his first winter with an empowered confidence that made him more of a challenge to control, than he was the year before. His unruliness remains true to this day, when he is a seven year old. Howell takes charge in a free wheeling sort of way, that would not please every one. When the sheep are difficult, it is his time to shine, as on western finewools. He has proven to be a bit much for re run katahdins. There is no dirty job he will not do at home. Pen and chute work are his forte. He loves managing the sheep while I put out hay—no talking required between the two of us. Loading stock trailers. He rules at big flock moves, freely running up the sides to catch breakaways, and immediately back to the rear to pick up the pace. He is a wonderful outrunner in many different settings, that could challenge a dog’s imagination. He is nowhere tougher than at the pen, where he knows the job—“we can do this the nice way or the hard way”. He instills lots of confidence when the sheep have looked unpennable—he usually can. He has bred a few nice youngsters. My Quark, now with Terry Folsom in California and my Hazel, reserve National Nursery Champion in the US and reserve Open Champion here in Ontario, after her first outings as an Open dog.
ABOUT THE CBCA
The Association’s objectives are the encouragement, development and regulation of the breeding of purebred Border Collies in Canada by
The History of Sheepdog Trials In the latter part of the 19th century, the best working collies could be found in the border counties between Scotland and England, hence, the name ‘Border Collie’ is used today. Though they are called sheep dogs, these dogs are also used to herd cattle, turkeys and pigs. Border Collies are prized for their skills in gathering, driving, penning, singling and shedding (separating out particular sheep from the flock). They exhibit what is known as ‘eye’, the ability to hold and control sheep with only the force of their firmly planted feet and fixed stare. In October of 1873, in a field near Bala, Wales, shepherds met for the first time to test their skills and determine individual superiority among their collies. This was the first sheep dog trial. This same trial has been running for nearly 125 years. Since the beginning, these trials have spread to every major sheep producing country of the world. In the United Kingdom alone, there are over 400 trials a year. Since 1922, national trials have been run each year in Wales, Scotland and England, with the twelve highest scoring dogs from each country competing in the International trial. In 1967, Ireland took part in the competition for the first time. There is also a BBC television program called ‘One Man and His Dog’ that is viewed by over a million people. The purpose of a sheep dog trial is to test and demonstrate the dog and handler’s ability to move sheep over a prescribed course made up of practical obstacles found in everyday work. In the book, ‘Sheepdogs: My Faithful Friends’ by Eric Halsall, he writes about watching a sheep dog work: “It is magic of the hills which few people other than shepherds and farmers are privileged to see, though thousands of town and city dwellers now thrill to the cleverness of the collie dog at sheep dog trials.”