National Cattle Dog Trials planned May 6-9
GERING, Neb. – The members of the National Cattle Dog Committee are excited that the highly skilled working cattle dogs and their handlers will be back in Gering, Neb., this year at the Farm And Ranch Museum on May 6-9. These trials will feature approximately 75 of the most outstanding cattle working dogs from all over the U.S. and Canada. Last year handlers competed from 14 states and Canada.
“It is an amazing sight to watch man/woman and dog work together and celebrate together after the run,” said Carol Gifford one of the event coordinators, whose husband Tim competes in the trials.
The preliminary trials which will be held May 6th, 7th, and 8th involves dogs bringing 3 head of cattle from about 1/4 mile out and herding the cattle through 5 different obstacles including 12 foot gates, a crowding alley and finally corralling them in a small pen. This all has to be completed in a 12 minute period.
The final trial, to determine the overall champion, will be conducted on Sunday the 9th where the same obstacles are used however the dog must then work 6 head of cattle from two different starting locations. It is readily apparent that these dogs, that must qualify in previous trials to enter, are tremendous athletes and must have tremendous cattle working instincts. The handler can only give either verbal or whistle commands to get the dog to herd the cattle through the course.
Everyone is invited to attend the trials at the Farm And Ranch Museum located on Highway 92, west of Gering, Neb., near the Scotts Bluff National Monument. A small gate admission fee of $3 will be charged.
The schedule involves the open dog working from 7 a.m. to dusk on May 6 & 7 and nursery dogs (less than 30 months of age) working on the May 8th with the final top 20 open and 10 nursery dogs competing for the overall championship on Sunday the May 9th. There will be a dog training school held from 11- 1 p.m. on the May 8th.
For more information call the Farm And Ranch Museum at (308) 436-1989, Carol or Tim Gifford at (308) 436-4930 or Ivan Rush at (308) 641-1234. You can get more information at the website http://www.nationalcattledogfinals.net.
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