Redwood Empire Sheep Dog Association
Celebrating Our Association—1980

Upcoming Events

  • Mendocino County Fair and Apple Show | September 19, 2021
  • RESDA Fall Trial, Members Only | October 16, 2021

Link to our 2021 schedule.

COVID-19 guidelines should be observed at all events. Click here to review the guidelines.

Bob and Mary Burger Offering Beautiful Border Collie x McNab Puppies

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Potter Valley Classic Sheep Dog Trial

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Steve Moody and Roadie (black and white) won the Open trial at the Potter Valley Classic on Saturday, September 11. As trial winners, they received an extreme ice chest donated by Rainbow Ag in Ukiah, CA, shown upper left.

Steve and Cady (red dog) placed third. Second through sixth place finishers were awarded a large bag of Stella and Chewy's dog food, also donated by Rainbow Ag.

Photo credit: Sharon Heringer

Mendocino County Fair Elimination Trial

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Donna Beebe and Meg (dog right) won the Elimination Trial at the Mendocino County Fair and Apple Show on Saturday, April 21.

The top eight scoring teams (one dog per handler) from the Elimination Trial will be invited to return for the Finals on September 19. The run order at the Finals is by reverse order of qualifying score and is as follows:
  1. Nancy Todd and Grit
  2. Joyce Shephard and Jazz
  3. Colleen Duncan and Rosie
  4. Teri Tucker and Olive
  5. Steve Moody and Cady
  6. Sandra Milberg and Devon
  7. Catlyn Gilman and Bailee
  8. Donna Beebe and Meg
First Alternate: Dean Watson and Gel
Second Alternate: Karen Kollgaard and Timbre

Donna and Macey (dog left) won the Pro Novice trial on Saturday.

Photo credit: Steve Moody

Valley Ford Challenge Cattle Dog Trial

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This year, the format of our Valley Ford Challenge returned to back-to-back sheep and cattle dog trials. The sheep dog trial was run on RESDA rules, while the cattle dog trial was run on Mountain States Stockdog Association (MSSA) rules.

Several RESDA members regularly compete in both sheep and cattle dog trials, including our Valley Ford Challenge trial host and judge, Steve Moody. As a result, the competition at both trials was intense.

RESDA member, Jeff Horner, recently competed in the MSSA national finals, where he and his dog, Gun, placed second in the open cattle class. Jeff and Gun showed us their winning style, placing first in the Valley Ford Challenge cattle dog trial.

Jeff and Tesla achieved the same, perfect score as Jeff and Gun, and placed third based on time required to complete the course. Donna Beebe and Meg also had a perfect score and placed second on time.

2021 Northern California Wool Growers, Beebe-Johnson Memorial *and* Valley Ford Sheep Dog Trials

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On Sunday, June 13, 2021, Colleen Duncan and her border collie, Lucy, had a clean sweep at the Northern California Wool Growers Annual Meeting and Sheep Dog Trial in Red Bluff, CA. They won Open Run 1, Open Run 2 and Overall Combined.

On Saturday, June 19, 2021, they won the Beebe-Johnson Memorial Sheep Dog Trial held at the Johnson Family Ranch in Boonville, CA.

On Saturday, August 7, 2021, they followed up strong, winning the sheep dog trial at Steve and Jeannie's Valley Ford Challenge.

Congratulations to Colleen and Lucy! This is the kind of streak that High Point dreams are made of!

Photo credit: LeeAnn Heringer

2021 Circle X Sheep Dog Trial

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New to RESDA competition this year, Jeff Horner and his border collie, Tesla, had their first RESDA Open trial win at the Circle X Ranch Trial on Saturday, May 8, 2021. With 22 teams running and very fresh sheep provided by Robert Irwin, this was a significant accomplishment.

Warm thanks to our trial hosts, Russ and Nancy Todd. The Todd Family ranch near the town of Potter Valley, CA, is an amazing place to spend a day.

In addition to cash and ribbons, top finishers received free dog food sponsored by Rainbow Ag in Ukiah, CA. Link to Circle X Trial scores.

Photo credit: Donna Beebe

2021 Tango Farms Classic Sheep Dog Trial

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On April 25, 2021, Tango Farms Trial Judge Colleen Duncan awarded first place and the David Howard Memorial Trophy to Steve Moody and Roadie. Link to Tango Farms Trial Scores.

Steve and Roadie previously placed second in our 2021 Spring Trial and are now first in our 2021 High Point Championship as well.

Congratulations, Steve and Roadie!

Photo credit: Donna Beebe

2021 RESDA Spring Trial

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Colleen Duncan of Honcut, CA (left) and her pup, Rosie, took home first place in Rosie's first Open Trial. Their winnings included possession for the year of the Spring Trial perpetual trophy—a historic RESDA painting. Trial Judge, Sharon J. Heringer (right) is shown here presenting the painting to Colleen and Rosie after the trial. … Full trial scores…

President's Letter by our 2021 President, Steve Moody

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The Redwood Empire Sheep Dog Association has been a very big part of my life. In 1979, I got my start in border collies from … Read more…

2020 High Point Championship

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Congratulations to Tom Trent and Angus! They took an early lead in the 2020 High Point contest and successfully held on to it all season long, winning four of eight point trials held this year.

After the RESDA Fall Trial, held on October 17, 2020, they were named our 2020 High Point Champions. A long-time RESDA member, Tom has finished in the "Top Ten" many times. This is his first championship win.

Photo credit: Donna Beebe

Mendocino County Fairgrounds, September 19, 2020

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For not quite seven minutes last Saturday, it felt like 2019 and all was right with the world as we watched Steve Moody and Roadie master the course and take home the buckle at the Mendocino County fairgrounds in Boonville, CA.

Photo credit: Donna Beebe

Watch a video of the winning run here:

Spring Trial Make-Up

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Our warm congratulations to Virginia Dains, a RESDA member from Auburn, CA, who followed up her Open win at the Beebe-Johnson Memorial on July 18 with Trim, with another Open win at the August 15 Spring Trial Make-Up with Susie. Virginia and Susie are shown here with Spring Trial Judge, Carolyn Erdman.

See this page for Spring Trial results.

Beebe-Johnson Memorial

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We had a great sheep dog day in Boonville on July 18, 2020, with 22 open entries and 10 pro novice entries.

Mark Dias and Pheee, shown here, had a beautiful run and topped a very competitive pro novice class. Photo credit: Marnie Nunnemaker

Virginia Dains and Trim won the open class.

Tom Trent and Angus placed second in open, above any other high point contender. With four point trials completed out of eight planned for this year, they held on to their spot at the top of the 2020 High Point Standings.

See this page for all Beebe-Johnson Memorial results.

Previous RESDA Website

We were able to download many but not all of the files from the previous website before it was taken offline.

Access those files here.