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Packing up and putting to bed this years Trials and starting the planning work for the 12th Annual

Hotchkiss Sheep Camp Stock Dog Trials

May 8, 9, 10, 2015 in Hotchkiss, ColoradoRichard one

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The 11th Annual Hotchkiss Sheep Camp Stock Dog Trials is a wrap for this year.  We hope you enjoyed the demonstration put on by our participants both the two and four legged ones. And we extend our sincere congratulations to each and every one of the handlers and their outstanding dogs. And a special Thanks to everyone who came out this weekend to observe this years Trials.  See you here next year!!!!!  

The Stock Dog Trials are conveniently located just one block from downtown Hotchkiss. Sheep shearing demonstrations will be held throughout the day on Saturday. Other demonstrations, events and activities will be held in and around Hotchkiss to make your visit even more memorable.

DougThere will be a number of other demonstrations offered, as well as an assortment of very interesting merchandise from a variety of the many top notch vendors so you can take home a bit of Hotchkiss and the Stock Dog Trails experience with you.

Jennifer JGood Eye
We are proud to announce our 2014 Featured Artist:
Jennifer Jung
and this years trials painting

CLICK HERE for more information about Jennifer or you can view her artwork at


We will also have a great variety of delicious foods for you choose, from our excellent chefs - vendors on duty to make your dining experience the most pleasurable and convenient.

We have included a great list of area amenities that will help to maximize your experience while visiting the area - just click on the Area Amenities tab on the menu and select what you need.

Now let's get back to the main attraction and the stars of this weekends experience. The dog may be best known as 'man's best friend' but in this case they should be known as the 'PARTNER' to the Shepherd, Rancher and the 'GUIDE/GUARDIAN' to the stock that they are assigned. With just a few pats on the head, a bowl of water and food as their pay: they will work tirelessly from first light till well after dark. No other partner you will ever have will give you so much in return for just a simple 'GOOD DOG'!!!!

We invite you to be our GUEST and witness truly one of the greatest and most dynamic working partnerships.  A DOG, A HANDLER and the STOCK (in this case the SHEEP).  With just a few well timed whistles - the dog takes charge of the sheep and completes the assigned task.  It is important to note that the dogs are trained but the sheep are not!!

The dog approaches the assigned flock takes charge and for the most part trains these free rein sheep to be --- well --- 'just sheep'As you will see in a very short order the dog communicates the How, What, When and Where to the sheep without saying a word.
Working the Sheep

So come by and sit a spell and watch these world class athletes work their magic. We guarantee you'll have a big "O" smile on, in no time at all!!!!

Spectators Entry Fee to the Trials: Friday $4.00 runs start at 8:00 AM, Saturday and Sunday $5.00 runs start at 7:00 AM.

Don't miss this event -
During the break for lunch on Saturday and Sunday we will have a judged demonstration for the spectators benefit and enlightenment. Our judge will take the microphone to explain what is happening and point out the errors during the Run which result in point reductions. Great insight into the internal working of the Trials...

Click on this link to view the 2013 Trials Video
Video on UTUBE by Debbie Laity

Please Support our PARTNERS/SPONSORS without YOU and THEM THE HOTCHKISS SHEEP CAMP STOCK DOG TRIALS would not exist  Click Here to view our Sponsors & Partners

Just "git-r-dun"will be the call to action at this years' Trials.


So mark your calendar strong May 9, 10, 11, 2014 and make this your annual trek to the
We'll See You in Hotchkiss

Our Guests


2014 Class Leaders
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Stock Dog Trials Sponsors

Our Sponsors and Partners are very important to the continuing success of these trials.  Please utilize their services anytime and tell them RICHARD or GORDON sent you. 

Please consider becoming part of the Hotchkiss Sheep Camp Stock Dog Trials family by becoming a Partner.  Click Here to become a Sponsor or Partner.


Trials Judge Wilda Bahr
2014 Judge

Wilda has been judging USBCHA sanctioned trials for 10 years.
more about Wilda


Be sure to stop by and say
to our Trials Announcer
'Les Mergelman'

Les Mergelman

and resident expert on - well just about everything.  He'll tell you a story or two...