The Sacramento River and Mount Diablo is the backdrop for over 50 dogs and their handlers from several western states converge in hopes to win a place in the USBCHA Sheepdog Finals.
The rolling Montezuma Hills are pastoral, the trial course is tough, the dogs amazing and the sheep typical, meaning they act naturally but not always as expected! The dogs show their skills moving sheep around a large course within an allotted time limit. Dogs and handlers are judged by their ability to complete all the tasks required for competent livestock work. All dogs are veterans of previous trials.
This all adds up to a challenging event for dogs and handlers alike and great fun for the viewing public. The McCormack Ranch is located at 7680 Montezuma Hills Road west of Rio Vista. With the Sacramento River and Mount Diablo in the background, over 80 dogs and their handlers from several western states converge in hopes of winning a place in the USBCHA Sheepdog Finals held in, Middletown, VA in the fall.
The event is open to the public. The daily admission is $15 for adults and children 13 years and older, children 12 and under are free. The event takes place rain or shine so tickets are non-refundable. Take a hayride from the parking lot to the event.
Separate tickets for a lamb barbecue on Saturday, April 1 from 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM are available for $8 at Pets 4 All and Books Rio V. Hamburgers, cheeseburgers, hot dogs and drinks are available every day from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM.
Bring your blanket or folding chairs and don’t forget your binoculars! This is an alcohol free event.
The only animals allowed at the dog trials are those dogs participating in the contest or service dogs.