Above: Nancy Starkey’s dog Kep at the Belle Grove Sheep Dog Trials, Novice and Nursery classes, Middletown, Virginia, April 29-30, 2011

VBCA Mission Statement

The Virginia Border Collie Association is established to create and support interest in the training and breeding of the working Border Collie on livestock; to conduct and promote working trials on a uniform basis throughout the State of Virginia; and to promote cordial relationships among its members and through community relations.

The VBCA is proud to have Virginia as the home for the 1999, 2010, and 2013 National Sheepdog Finals at Belle Grove Plantation in Middletown, Virginia.

Host a Sheepdog Trial

Farm owners may earn $700-$1,000 on a weekend for allowing the VBCA to hold a sheepdog trial. The VBCA provides liability insurance and all trial management labor. Your farm provides a fenced field and trial sheep. Proceeds are split 50/50 between the VBCA and the farm, after expenses (judges, porta-johns, etc.)

Sheep Producers Outreach Program

The Virginia Border Collie Association supports sheep producers by providing resources to increase your productivity, enhance stockmanship and promote agritourism for your farm.

We encourage sheep producers to learn more about using working Border Collies to help on the farm. We offer a large variety of resources for you and your farm dogs so you can enhance your efficiency and experience the benefits of the working dog. The VBCA is dedicated to partnering with sheep producers and farm owners. We offer opportunities for you to share your assets in creative ways to increase and diversify your farm in come.

Sheep dog trials at Montepelier (Photo by Michelle Dobbs)
Sheep Dog Trials at Montpelier (Photo by Michelle Dobbs)


The VBCA annual October trial is the main attraction to the Fall Fiber Festival at James Madison’s Montpelier. We have amazed and educated thousands of spectators over this 2-day event for the past 24 years.

Lease Your Site for a Trial

The VBCA can bring in a flock of 80-100 sheep and hold a sheepdog trial on your fenced field. Our club pays a site fee to your farm, provides liability insurance, porta-johns and trial management.

Lease Sheep for a Trial

The VBCA is looking for well-matched flocks of 80-100 sheep which would be available for lease and transport to our trial sites. At our site, sheep are cared for, fed and watered, and watched overnight. Groups of 3 or 4 sheep are used for each trial course. Typically sheep are used twice per day. This can vary by weather and condition of the stock.

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