About the Finals The Texas Sheep Dog Association (“TSDA”) was founded in 1963 in San Saba, Texas with the purpose to advance and create an interest in the breeding and training of working stock dogs across Texas.
Through a system of awards and sheep dog trials, TSDA encourages the continual development of better stock dogs and their applied use on modern farms, ranches, and livestock operations. The first Finals was held in 1981 at the HOT Fairgrounds in Waco. There were approximately 10-15 entrants in three classes. Now, every year, over 120 dogs and their handlers gather for the State Finals to compete for individual championships in one of five classes ranging in skill level from Novice to Open, the most advanced level.
Handlers represent all walks of life from ranchers to retired school teachers to business professionals. For membership information, click here, and visit the TSDA website for a list of sanctioned trials.
This year's Finals will be held November 10-13 in Stephenville, Texas at the Pat Ashcraft Ranch. The public is invited and there is no charge for admission. Bring your lawn chairs!