The United States Border Collie Handler’s Association (USBCHA) holds an annual event to find the best of the best herding dogs. The USBCHA is the sanctioning body for sheep and cattledog trials throughout the United States and Canada. Founded in 1979, the USBCHA has grown into an organization of more than 800 members. Members who qualify at sanctioned open trials during the year are eligible to compete in the USBCHA National Sheep and Cattle Dog Finals to determine the champion open dog and handler for that year. The first Sheep Dog Finals were held in 1979 with the first National Cattledog Finals held in 2001. This year, the finals will be held at the Strang Ranch in Carbondale, Co September 8-14, 2014. The 460 acre ranch is at an altitude of 7000 feet and offers stunning views of Mount Sopris and the Elk Mountain Range in Western Colorado.
Paw Print Genetics will be on-hand to answer questions about genetic screening for Border Collies and other herding dogs. Paw Print Genetics and the USBCHA have partnered to help educate its members about inherited diseases and to provide discounts to the USBCHA members. Working dogs are an investment and members can help ensure a long career for their dogs through testing their dogs prior to breeding, buying or training. Visit Paw Print Genetics on site during the event.