Redwood Empire Sheep Dog Association
Northern California Trial Hosts Since 1947

RESDA Fall Trial | October 12, 2019

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Our 2019 trial season ends with a bash on Saturday, October 12, at our annual Fall Trial, where we will have Pro Novice and PeeWee as well as an Open Trial. This members-only event is held in a big, beautiful ranch setting at the Johnson Family Ranch near Boonville, CA. We will have a BBQ/Potluck lunch and a Raffle.

Come watch Steve Moody win his ninth High Point Championship! We already know Steve and either Maddie or Roadie will be the winners, so come cheer on your favorite.

Play Day | October 26, 2019

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Tango Farms is hosting a RESDA play day on Saturday, October 26. Handlers and dogs at all levels are welcome with a variety of pens and fields available. The cost is $20 per working spot for the day. A potluck dinner will be held at the end of the day. View the registration form at this link.

RESDA Fall Meeting | Date TBD

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Last year, we had a Fall General Membership Meeting in addition to our traditional Spring Meeting. We hope to hold a Fall Meeting again this year, which is also a good opportunity for a holiday celebration.

2019 RESDA Futurity

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Shelia Brumley-Rios (center) and her 18-month-old pup Gus won our 2019 Futurity Trial, held at the Potter Valley Rodeo grounds on September 21, 2019.

This trial brought back a RESDA tradition: the Futurity. For a $100 entry fee, handlers presented pups up to 3 years old, who had never before competed in a trial. Each team had two runs on the RESDA open course; the team with the highest total points was declared the winner.

President Steve Moody (left) and Vice President Sharon Heringer (right) served as independent judges. All the Futurity teams did a great job, and this was a fun trial to watch. See this link for complete Futurity scores.

Petaluma Youth Ag Day

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On September 27, members Steve Moody, Marnie Nunnemaker, Dennis Morgan and Richard Dix, together with their border collies, gave sheep herding demos to hundreds of school children as part of Petaluma Youth Ag Day at the Sonoma-Marin fairgrounds.

After the experience, Marnie said, "It’s the most fun I’ve had in a long time. They were so enthusiastic about the dogs working on commands and whistles. Our 'special treat' at the end brought many, many smiles. Archie, the friendliest Border Collie I’ve ever seen, let each of the kids give him a quick pat as they left. It was an incredibly rewarding experience for all of us to share with so many youth of the Petaluma area."

Lambtown Festival

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The Lambtown Festival, held in Dixon, CA, on October 5 and 6, 2019, also hosted RESDA sheep dog demos. The Lambtown audience is uniquely well-informed and appreciative. They asked great questions, and we felt we were among our people at this event.

Two full days of demos is a lot of sheep dog work. Huge thanks to our members who provided the demos, including Colleen Duncan, Dennis Morgan, Donna Beebe, Richard Dix, Sharon Heringer and Shelia Brumley-Rios, shown here.