We will be holding a novice trial at Morse Brook Farm on October 15th and 16th. There will be two Novice-Novice and two Pro-Novice trials on Saturday for a total of about 40-45 runs and two Ranch trials on Sunday. Our judges are Ginny Prince and Denise Leonard.
PLEASE READ THE INFORMATION CAREFULLY IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN RUNNING IN RANCH.
The sheep are a farm flock of Cheviot crosses. They are pressure sensitive and light but if your dog is right they will settle nicely.
The field on Saturday for Novice-Novice and Pro-Novice is a 4 acre field with good visibility from the post.
The Sunday field for the ranch class is at the top of the farm. It is rolling, wide and will provide an opportunity for a 200 yard outrun. We have 35 acres of open land there but access is very limited. You must have a high clearance 4 wheel drive vehicle (TRUCK not a 4WD car) because of water bars on the road, be willing to walk up a steep hill or be willing to ride on a hay wagon or side by side with your dogs to the top. If you drive up you must be willing to stay up there until the end of the trial as access is a narrow road and we can’t have traffic up and down all day. There will be bathroom facilities on top, a fire pit if the weather is cold and tents to sit under. This will be our first time holding a trial in these fields – so you will also be required to bring patience and a sense of humor.
Everyone entered will be expected to volunteer in some capacity. We encourage everyone to sign up for tasks they have not done before and are interested in learning about. We will have experienced people paired and there to guide you.
We are opening entries now and will close them on October 1st when we expect we will have to do a draw for Novice-Novice and Pro-Novice. Please note that people who were on the run order for the cancelled July trial will have priority in any draw. People will be contacted within the week about whether they have been drawn. All others will be placed on a waitlist in the order of the draw – and will contacted if someone withdraws. We will reopen an online waitlist when the draw is completed. Once people have been drawn there will be directions for paying online or by check. The cost will be $35 per run for Novice-Novice and Pro-Novice and $40 for ranch.
First Handlers meeting will be at 8 am.
Dog friendly Hotels and Motels are available in Brattleboro, about 25 minutes away. There are also several AirBnB and other accommodations nearby. Best to check online about their most recently dog policies. The Colonial Motel on Putney has a good rep for being dog friendly. Some folks have reported that thePutney Inn off Exit 4 of I91 is a good place to stay. There are LIMITED spots available for campers on the farm. No campers at the top of the hill but ambitious tent campers are welcome. Please indicate if you want to camp on Friday or Saturday night.
Runs are limited to about 40-45 per day. Limit is no more than 2 dogs total on Saturday (in Novice-Novice and Pro-Novice) classes. You should receive a confirmation email for each dog entered.
226 Kurkul Rd
Westminster, VT 05346
Address inquiries about the trial to firstname.lastname@example.org