Entry Forms
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The Trial Site
3261 Monroe-Wapello Road
Blakesburg, Iowa 52536 

All dogs which will be on the USBCHA Cattledog National Finals site, regardless of whether or not they will be competing, must be accompanied by Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVI) indicating apparent freedom from disease or exposure to infectious or contagious diseases. CVI must be issued within 30 days of the first day of the trial. All dogs four months of age and older must have proof of a current rabies vaccination with a USDA-approved rabies vaccine. Dogs originating from rabies-quarantined areas shall not be admitted. 

Hotel and Camping Information
Ottumwa is 17 miles east of the trial
site. The AmericInn is offering king bed rooms for $88.90 without tax and 2 queens for $90.90. Rooms must be reserved by September 19th. Ask for the USBCHA block. A limited number of pet friendly rooms are available.
Phone: 641-684-8222.

There are many additional motels in Ottumwa.

Albia is 15 miles west of the trial site. Indian Hills Inn has a block of rooms for $73 without taxes available. Rooms must be reserved by September 17th. Ask for the block reserved for the USBCHA Cattledog Finals.
Phone 641-932-7181.

Lake Rathbun is also within driving distance. Honey Creek Resort State Park offers hotel rooms and cabins.

On-site camping is available but there are no hookups. Advance arrangements need to be made with Tim Sandeen at 641-777-1849. 


Wednesday, October 2 5:30 p.m.
Open Handlers’ Meeting immediately followed by All Handler Welcome Supper sponsored by Titan West, Inc. at the Sandeen Genetics Sale Pavilion. Short introduction to Titan West, Inc. cattle handling facilities which will be used at the Finals. Each handler will receive 2 free tickets for the supper. Additional tickets may be ordered in advance for $5.00 each.

Thursday, October 3 7:30 a.m.
Open Round 1
6:15 p.m.
Nursery Handlers’ Meeting

Friday, October 4 7:30 a.m.
Nursery Preliminary Runs

Saturday, October 5 7:30 a.m.
Handlers’ Meeting followed by Open Round 2

7:00 p.m.
Complimentary Handlers’ and Donors’ Supper at the Sandeen Genetics Sale Pavilion. Each handler will receive 1 free ticket for the supper. Additional tickets may be ordered in advance for $15.00 each. Draw for run order and short program including recognition of the donors

Sunday, October 6 7:15 a.m.
Morning Devotion
7:30 a.m.
Nursery Finals followed by Open Finals

Attention: Important Info for Nursery Handlers!

Because of the number of entries in Nursery we need to make accomodations for daylight so we will be using Part IV, Section E, Paragraph 6 of the USBCHA Finals Rules, which reads: "If there are 36-40 nursery dogs entered, the top 20 dogs from the first round will go to the second round, and the scores from the two preliminary runs for those 20
dogs will be combined to determine the top 12 dogs that compete in the final round.

Click here to read the complete USBCHA Rules


The course will start with a judged outrun and a judged lift. The balance of the course will be points for each animal that completes panels, obstacles, or pen/trailer. Any ties will be
broken by referring to Part IV, Section H.5.e in the USBCHA Cattledog Rules. In consideration of the terrain, cattle disposition, and trial course, the Cattledog Committee, in compliance with the Cattledog Rules, may make necessary revisions to the guidelines at the Finals Event.

A. Guidelines

1. Handler post/line: A handler line or fetch line with a handler post will be used throughout the trials. All handlers will send their dog from the handler post. Once the dog is sent the clock will start. The Handler will be allowed to leave the handlers post as instructed in the handlers meeting.

2. Upon completing the fetch all cattle must cross the fetch line to receive a fetch time, and
the cattle must be brought correctly around the handler post to earn 5 points per head.
a. A dog is allowed to go under fences to take control of the cattle without any penalty.
b. The day runs may vary in design in an effort to test the dog’s ability.
c. Should an unruly animal develop during the setout and be deemed unworkable by both
judges, they may elect to give the handler a rerun.
d. Should unforeseen circumstances develop during the run, such as an act of nature that
creates unfair working conditions for the handler or dog as determined by both judges; they
may elect to either award the handler a rerun or stop the run at the point the unforeseen
circumstances occurred and allow the cattle to be reset at that point with the points earned
up to that point and the timer reset as determined by the judges.

3. Retiring from the field (RT)
a. At the discretion of the Trial Committee and to be determined prior to the first run, a
handler can ask a judge to retire at any time for the reasons allowed in this Rule 3(b). If
allowed, the handler will keep the points earned up to that point. Similarly, the judge can ask the handler to retire at anytime for the reasons specified in this rule 3 and the handler will keep points earned up to that point. The judge must indicate whether the handler is being asked to retire or if the handler/dog is disqualified for some reason (see 4.)
b. The purpose of the retire rule is to allow handlers to stop the run when further progress is
doubtful, should the dog be injured, subject to heat stroke, or similar reason. This retire rule shall not used if the dog would be otherwise disqualified under these Guidelines or the USBCHA cattledog rules.
c. The time will be the maximum time allotted for the course.

4. Disqualified (DQ).
a. A dog will be disqualified for abuse to the cattle.
b. Any dog that forces cattle off the designated trial field will be disqualified. However a situation may arise that the dog is trying to take control but loses the animal from the trial field. This dog may not be disqualified, depending on the judge’s decision.
c. Any disqualification will receive a no score for any work completed.
d. Other situations exist for a disqualification under the USBCHA Cattledog Rules, please
review them.

B. Judged Portion of the Trial – Points will be deducted. (Refer to Cattledog Rules Section I for point deductions description.)

1. Outrun - worth a total of twenty (20) points.
a. The set out crew using horses shall keep the cattle settled as near to the established setout area as reasonably possible until such a time the dog makes contact with the cattle.
b. Difficulty in settling/holding cattle at the established setout area should be considered a
relevant trial condition and judged accordingly.
c. A dog that works the outrun in the most quiet, calm and efficient manner possible, in
consideration of the draw (cattle), shall retain more points than a dog that does not.

2. Lift – worth a total of ten (10) points.
a. A dog that lifts in the most quiet, calm and efficient manner possible, in consideration of
the draw (cattle), shall retain more points than a dog that does not.
b. A dog that makes confident contact with the cattle, keeping the cattle grouped and
moving, shall retain more points than a dog that does not.
c. The lift ends once the dog has the cattle moving and at that point the fetch begins.

C. Points Portion of Trial – Points will be earned.
1. Fetch and Drive Panel Obstacles.
a. The panels will be placed with an opening between them for the cattle to go through and
score points. The panels are normally portable metal cattle panels but natural terrain such as trees, rocks and other markers can be used. The size of the opening will be left to the trial committee, and based on the disposition and temperament of the cattle.
b. Each head of cattle will earn 5 points for going through the opening.
c. Points will be earned when the entire animal has completely gone through the panels.
d. Should any cattle, after earning points, turn around and walk back through the drive, cross drive or fetch panels those points will be lost and cannot be retried.
e. If cattle go around the panels and break the imaginary line drawn through the panels to
the edge of the field they are considered to have passed the panels and can not score that
obstacle if re-tried. The entire animal must cross this imaginary line to be passed the panels.
f. At least one animal must score or pass the panels before continuing on with the course. A
handler must work the course with all head of cattle.
g. The drive will start after completing the fetch panel and circling a post (location
determined by committee).
h. The drive shall be a drive away to the first drive panel and a cross drive to the second
panel with a fetch to the handler. Additional fetch and drive panels may be assigned.

2. Multiple Obstacles and or Pen/Trailer.
a. At each obstacle the handler can assist the dog but cannot enter the obstacle.
b. Should a handler enter the obstacle (as determined by a judge) to assist the dog he will
lose all points for that obstacle
c. Points must be earned to continue to the next obstacle unless penalized as described
d. Each head of cattle that completes an obstacle will earn 5 points.
e. If an animal has scored and rejoins with the cattle that have not, the handler has a choice:
He can continue to the next obstacle with the points earned or the handler can retry the
obstacle losing all previous points and start the retry with zero. This applies only to the
obstacles or pen.
f. Final Obstacle: As defined in the USBCHA Cattledog Rules, Part IV Section H.4.b., the
final obstacle (pen or other). All cattle must be in or through obstacle(s) for the dog to earn
the fifteen (15) points awarded at completion of obstacle(s) in preliminary rounds and thirty
(30) points for completion in final round.