Meet the Host Sponsors
Many thanks to the host sponsors for the 2011 National Sheepdog Finals. Without their work and support, this event would not be possible.
Permanently conserving open space for agriculture,
scenic vistas, wildlife habitat and recreation.
Aspen Valley Land Trust, a non-profit 501 (C)(3), will be the beneficiary of profits from the 2011 National Sheepdog Finals held at Strang Ranch in Carbondale, Colorado. AVLT is Colorado’s oldest land trust (founded in 1967) and is committed to conserving ranchland and open spaces in the Roaring Fork and Colorado River valleys.
The host location for the National Finals, the Strang Ranch, has had a long relationship with AVLT. The Ranch is conserved through a conservation easement designed to protect the agricultural productiveness of the property. Kit Strang and Lathrop Strang (deceased) both served on the AVLT Board of Directors for several years and AVLT’s major fund-raising event, the Save the Land Dance, was held at the Strang Ranch annually from 2003 to 2008. The Strang Ranch family and management exemplify good land stewardship and exceptional community service.
(left to right: Martha Cochran, Executive Director; Suzanne Fusaro Stephens, Associate Director; Melissa Sumera, Office Manager; Bethany Collins, Project Specialist)
AVLT has conserved more than 31,000 acres in the central Colorado mountains and continues to work with landowners to conserve the important ranchlands, habitat and scenic open spaces that are vital to the region’s tourism industry, local food production and Western ranching heritage. AVLT is nationally accredited by the Land Trust Alliance Commission and certified by the State of Colorado.
The Board of Directors for AVLT include: Wally Obermeyer, President; Louis Meyer, Vice-President; Cathy Porter, Secretary; Sandy Jackson, Treasurer; and, Jim Aresty, Dave Bellack, Steve Carter, Sue Edelstein, Lee Ann Eustis, Rosemary, Patterson.
Martha Cochran, Executive Director
Aspen Valley Land Trust
320 Main Street, #204
Carbondale, CO 81623
www.avlt.org or email@example.com
THIS ACTIVITY IS SUPPORTED BY FUNDING FROM THE COLORADO COUNCIL ON THE ARTS, A STATE AGENCY, AND THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS, A FEDERAL AGENCY
The 2011 National Sheepdog Finals and AVLT extends a special thanks to the Colorado Council on the Arts and the NEA for recognizing the rich local history in sheep and cattle ranching -- as well as the cultural and historical significance of the working stockdog.
The USBCHA was formed in 1979 to insure the preservation of the Border Collie as a working stockdog. The United States Border Collie Handler's Association, Inc. (USBCHA) is the sanctioning body for sheep and cattledog trials throughout the United States and Canada. It has grown into an organization of more than 800 members. The organization selects the site for the National Finals, choses the judges, sets the trial courses, and provides significant funding towards operating costs and prize money for the event.
USBCHA Members who qualify at sanctioned Open and Nursery trials during the year are eligible to compete in the USBCHA National Sheep and Cattle Dog Finals to determine the champion Open or Nursery dog and handler for that year. President: Herbert Holmes, Vice-President: Geri Byrne, Secretary/Treasurer: Francis Raley.
(Herbert Holmes, president of USBCHA)
Francis Raley, Secretary
2915 Anderson Lane
Crawford, TX 76638
Supporting and promoting the working border collie.
The American Border Collie Association (ABCA) was formed in 1983. The ABCA registers, maintains, and verifies pedigrees of working Border Collies. It promotes the breeding and training of reliable working Border Collies in North America. It supports stockdog trials and exhibitions and provides significant funding for the National Finals. All dogs competing at the USBCHA National Finals are registered with the ABCA.
The American Border Collie Association registrations are accepted by the International Sheepdog Society of Great Britain (ISDS). The ISDS was the pioneer organization that recognized the unique qualities of the working sheepdog. It has maintained a studbook of working Border Collies in Great Britain since 1906. Dogs competing at the USBCHA National Finals can be traced back to the first registered Border Collies in the ISDS stud book.
Patty Rogers, Secretary-Treasurer
82 Rogers Road · Perkinston, MS 39573-8843
Phone: 601-928-7551 · Fax: 601-928-5148
The United States Border Collie Club, Inc. (USBCC). The USBCC is dedicated to preserving the Border Collie as a working stock dog; opposing the showing, judging, and breeding of Border Collies based upon their appearance; promoting only careful breeding for the preservation of working ability and the avoidance of genetic defects; and helping Border Collie owners and the public generally to better understand and appreciate the traditional Border Collie, bred for work. Visit their website at www.bordercollie.org Also includes message boards, activities and veterinary advice.