May 28, 2023

The Spring NEBCA meeting will be held on Zoom on June 7th at 7:30. Zoom link to follow.

If committee chairs could send their reports to Martha before the meeting it would be helpful.

October 2, 2022

Fall Zoom meeting will be next Wednesday 10/5 at 7pm. Invitations to join the meeting will be available on the listserv and the website. Committee chairs, please send reports to Martha before the meeting if possible to make her job a little easier. See you there!

Novice point results should be sent Debbie West for upload into the NEBCA system.
Here is a sample template for submitting the results. Please make note on the site that accurate headers and data are both necessary. Maria's scripts are expecting certain values for both.

Due to unprecedented rain and Hurricane Henri, the 2021 NEBCA Novice Finals will now be held at
Cascade Farm, 370 Pettyboro Road, Bath, NH.

The sheep will still be provided by Tim & Lisa of Heart Stone Farm and are Gulf Coast Native wool sheep.

Email will be going out to all those currently entered.

Please reach out with any questions or concerns.

NEBCA Novice Trials Committee, Amy, Sheila, Debbie, Pam


The Novice Trial Committee has dropped the points required to qualify for the 2021 Novice finals from two (2) points to one (1) point! This includes points from 2020 AND 2021!
Novice Finals T-Shirts 2021

Entry Novice Finals T- shirt order (DEADLINE IS JULY 31st)Click here for form
The NEBCA Education Committee Presents 4 Hands on Clinics April 18, 2021

Improve your ability to read sheep. Understanding why sheep do what they do is critical to effective sheepdog handling, whether on the farm or at a trial. Learn how to move sheep with minimal stress and subtle movements. Build on the “Understanding and Reading Sheep” clinic conducted by Mike Neary. Handlers will move stock without a dog through various exercises and obstacles on a farm. Each handler will have the opportunity to work two different types of livestock (sheep, ducks, chickens, goats, etc.). A course will be run by an experienced handler and dog to allow clinic participants to learn to identify the lead sheep on various locations on the course.
For more details go to the NEBCA website
A Conversation with Amanda Milliken January 27, 2021

The Canadian Border Collie Association

Fellow sheep dog enthusiasts;

The Canadian Border Collie Association is pleased to announce the release of the documentary film Amanda Milliken In Conversation. The film is an intimate portrait which offers a rare glimpse into Amanda’s thinking on breeding, training and handling sheep dogs.

Amanda tells us how she got started in her career and we join her on the field as she trains her current young dog and talks about her approach to building the partnership that has made her a winner over and over again.

She recounts the story of the ‘dog wars’ - the dramatic fight to preserve the working Border collie, a fight that resulted in the establishment of Canada’s breed registry; the Canadian Border Collie Association.

She shares memories and anecdotes, sometimes humorous, from the early years of herding in Ontario; how trial competition refined the skills of both dogs and handlers and how the Kingston Sheep Dog Trials grew from a humble event in her back field to one of the most important herding trials in North America.

Amanda Milliken In Conversation is an entertaining and educational portrait of one of our sports’ most accomplished members. It is full of gems for sheep doggers of all levels.

It can be found here:


Bob Stephens

President, Canadian Border Collie Association

Annual General Meeting January 16th, 2021

The annual meeting will be on Saturday, January 16 and it would help to have committee reports in advance. Nothing elaborate, just a brief summary of activity in 2020, expenses, issues and recommendations for 2021 (plans, budget, personnel changes if needed). You may want to touch base with your committee members to see if they have input and are on board to continue in 2021. Please copy Martha, myself by email with the information.

The meeting will be entirely online using Zoom, like the June meeting. Details on how to join the meeting will be emailed to all members by this weekend.

Thank you,

Voting Deadline Extended to January 9th, 2021

Due to the slight delay in getting the Winter Newsletter mailed, and the sometime slowness of the USPS, we are extending the deadline to get your ballots received to Saturday, January 9th. That will give everyone an extra few days. If your ballot is postmarked before the 9th but does not get to me until after the 9th, it will still be counted. Thank you, in advance, for getting your ballots mailed in a timely manner. May your holiday season be filled with peace and joy.

Martha Walke, NEBCA Secretary
July 19, 2020

The list of best practices for COVID-19 has been updated and is posted on the website
July 15, 2020
The Novice Trials Committee Announcement

  • Due to COVID-19 there will be no 2020 Novice Finals.
  • All Novice points accumulated during the 2020 trial season will carry over to the 2021 trial season.
  • Stay safe and healthy and we look forward to seeing you soon!

Amy, Sheila, Pam, Debbie
July 1, 2020

During this time when we are not participating in our usual trials the NEBCA Education Committee has reached out to NEBCA members asking them to host small events for handlers within reasonable distances . We are very thankful for those who will be hosting events in the upcoming months. Groups will be small and should follow all the CDC and local guidelines.

Those attending the events must be NEBCA members at the time of registration. Since the numbers are limited we would like members to be able to attend at least one event so we have tried to spread out the events in various parts of the NEBCA region. If an event is oversubscribed we may need to do a draw. We'll do our best so that as many as possible have an opportunity.

Events will be listed on the NEBCA website on the Clinic/Education page. There also could be multiple events on one day unlike our trial schedule Each event will have its own unique flavor based on the hosts design including their appropriate fee. We ask that everyone be considerate of existing state and local guidelines. I can share the attendance lists with hosts so that they know who has attended an event and who may be looking to go one.

June 25, 2020
Membership meeting

There will be an online membership meeting on June 30, 2020 starting at 8 PM. The agenda and information on how to join the meeting can be found on the NEBCA website members only page.

June 5, 2020

NEBCA has issued a list of best practices for event organizers, workers and participants to
address health & safety issues at events for Covid-19.

CLICK HERE FOR NEBCA Best Practices for Covid-19

May 21, 2020 Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

On May 18, the USBCHA extended their moratorium
on sanctioned trials from May 10 to July 31, 2020.

As such, NEBCA will not sanction any trials through July 31.

April 15, 2020
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

On April 4, the USBCHA extended their moratorium on sanctioned trials from May 10 to June 10, 2020.
As such, NEBCA will not sanction any trials through June 10.


NEBCA President
March 21, 2020
Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The highly contagious novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is now present and spreading in the northeast. This has resulted in significant restrictions being placed on public gatherings across the region. Sheepdog trials and clinics generally include 10 to 100 or more people traveling from disparate locations and spending hours to days together. While such events are outdoors and close contact usually limited, there is still risk of transmission if an unknowingly infected person is present. Given this situation, NEBCA will be removing sanctioning of all Open and Novice trials effective immediately through May 10, 2020. NEBCA further recommends, all clinics and fun trials be canceled for the same period. This moratorium on sanctioned trials matches the USBCHA policy issued on Mar 20. NEBCA will mirror any future changes to the duration of the USBCHA policy.


January 16, 2020
The annual meeting will take place as planned on January 18th at 10 AM.

The annual meeting will take place as planned on January 18th at 10 AM. Snow is forecast in the afternoon so please use your own discretion on whether to attend. We will work through lunch and try to finish by 1 pm. The agenda and material for the meeting can be found on the members only page.

There are currently three remote sites. If you'd like to join one of them, contact the organizer by email first.

Barrington N, Sheila Crepeau,

Royalston MA, Concy Smith,

Windsor NY, Kim Lippolis,

December 26, 2019
NEBCA 2020 Annual Meeting and Remote Participation

The NEBCA Annual Meeting will be held on Saturday, January 18, 2020 at the Guilderland Town Hall, at Guilderland NY. Start time is 10AM.

The address is 5209 Western Turnpike, Guilderland, NY 12084. We will use the large meeting room on the first floor, opposite the front door. Coffee, water and lunch will be provided. The meeting agenda and handouts will be placed on the website "members only" page.

In the event of bad weather the meeting may be postponed to Jan 25, so check the website on Friday to confirm. If postponed, an alternate site may be used.

Remote Participation

Members have seemed generally happy with the process for remote participation that we have used in the last two years and we plan to do it again this year. Members who live too far away to conveniently drive to the meeting may organize a satellite meeting site. The minimum number of members that we will allow at a site is three. Talk to other members in your area. If you are interested in participating in this way, e-mail me a list of members who will participate at your site by January 15.

We will provide, via e-mail:
  1. Information needed to connect to the meeting
  2. Additional instructions on the meeting process
  3. An agenda and handouts that will be available at the meeting. It will be the responsibility of members at each remote site to print needed paper copies.
Please let me know if you have questions about any of this. My e-mail address is and my phone number is 518-925-1191. Note that the Guilderland site is still the primary location for the meeting. I hope to see as many of you there as possible.


If you are a memeber of NEBCA, we would like you to know.

If you are holding a trial or clinic with a learning component, you may apply for funds from the Learning Trials Committee to help offset the cost of the event.
Please look under Learning trials on this website for our mission statement and suggested activities and for the application form.

Applications should be submitted to Valerie Pietraszewska by May 30th..

Valerie Pietraszewska
342 Streeter Hill Road
West Chesterfield, NH 03466


In an effort to limit date conflicts the Open Trials Committee requests that all new trials and any trials with changes be sent to the open trials committee chair.

The novice committee wants to remind all trial managers and judges that scoring for the novice classes must be in accordance with the NEBCA guidelines.

This is:

  • Novice-Novice - 80 points total
  • Pro-Novice - 80 points total
  • Ranch - 90 points total

The purpose of the NEBCA guidelines is to provide consistency and clarity in all aspects of the novice program. Questions can be answered, or for more info, any novice committee member.

if you have appropriate announcements for this page.