North West Championship Sheepdog Trial

Northwest Championship History

The oldest continuosly held sheepdog trial in North America    

crowd in 2015

The Northwest Championship Sheep Dog Trial is the oldest continuously running sheep dog competition west of the Mississippi River and celebrated its 75th year in 2012 with a new trophy designed to last to the 99th year.

The Northwest Championship was founded by Don Bayne and first held in 1937 when the prize money was $11.00. The trial has grown in prestige, competitors and prize money since then. In 1948 the first all around award was presented. A new continuing trophy was started with the 75th anniversary trial in 2012 at the same time the trial moved to Wolston Farm, where it is still held today.   From a trial that started out as a competition between local sheep farmers it has grown to regulary include handlers from all the northwest states as well as from Canada and more far flung states.

The trail is held in conjunction with the Linn County Lamb & Wool Fair, which is also the oldest fair in Oregon. While the trial has been held at many different locations around the Scio area over its long history it has always been a popular event among locals and visitors alike.

If you would like to support the continuation of this historic event please consider sponsoring a dog.

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