BE PART OF A GREAT EVENT!
The Kentucky Border Collie Association announces
The 59th Bluegrass Classic Stockdog Trial
Masterson Station Park in Lexington, Kentucky
May 13-17, 2020
The Bluegrass Sheep Dog Trial is a non-profit event put on by the Kentucky Border Collie Association at Masterson Station Park in Lexington Kentucky. As a non-profit we make the event free to spectators and rely on entry fees, fund raising benefits and sponsors to keep this prestigious and historic trial operating. Download the Sponsor form or contact us directly about custom options that best suit your business.
The Bluegrass Classic is one of the longest running, most prestigious stock dog trials in the country and draws hundreds of competitors from across both the United States and Canada. Many of them are dog breeders, trainers, and livestock owners.
Spectators, including older adults and families with children, come to dog-friendly Masterson Station Park (often with “Fido” in tow) to watch a fascinating partnership play out as handlers and their dogs work together and against the clock to move small groups of sheep around a challenging course. Having vendors at this event benefits everyone. You add quality to our spectators’ experience, which is a “win” for spectators and the Bluegrass Classic! And, of course, you win because a) happy spectators buy merchandise, and b) you get to keep all income from your sales! You pay only for space, and that cost is
the same as it has been for the past several years: $30 buys you a 12 ft x 12 ft area. Need more room? Just buy another space! We supply the grass and the spectators, and you provide the rest. We distribute a free, printed program that has information about the rules/scoring of the trial, diagrams of the course, and a daily running order of handlers/dogs. The program also has a single list of vendors onsite, and information about our sponsors. You can increase your visibility in the program by purchasing an ad and/or becoming a sponsor, thereby driving more traffic to your booth. In addition, if you provide us with a short “script” about your business or product, we will it read it over our public address system throughout on Saturday and Sunday at no charge. We are also willing to promote your products by distributing any coupons or gift certificates that you provide to us.
For more information about ads or other sponsorship opportunities, please contact us. When you buy a vendor’s space, purchase an ad, or become a sponsor, you become a part of the team that works together to offer a very unique and memorable event to the public. Stockdog trials are expensive to hold: nearly 500 sheep must be leased and transported to the site and qualified judges must be hired. The prospect of modest prize money for the top handler-dog teams each day, and for the top finishers on Sunday’s final, helps guarantee that this event draws top-notch handlers and dogs, and that the competition, while always friendly, is spirited. That energy, coupled with the beauty of Lexington in May, makes the Bluegrass Classic a wonderful spectacle. I sincerely hope that you can be part of it.
To join us as a vendor at the Bluegrass Classic, simply download the complete the Vendor Contract PDF, complete it and mail it and your check to KBCA c/o Nisi Staley, 57 Lockwood Place, Ft. Thomas, KY 41075
Thank you so much for considering volunteering at the 2020 Bluegrass Classic!
With more than 160, 3-hour shifts to fill over a 5-day stretch, it takes a LOT of us to “get it done.” So, thank you for being willing to help where you can! If every handler would commit to one (1) volunteer shift, we would be very grateful and well supported. Please consider volunteering!
If you have any questions, or if something changes after you’ve completed the form, please feel free to contact Sherry Smith (248-719-7699).
The following is a brief description of each position.
1. Set up (Monday & Tuesday): The Committee needs extra hands to help with a multitude of items such as tarping, field set up, watering sheep, White House set-up, horse trailer pick-up. We can offer a prime camping spot and an earnest “thank you”! Interested parties will be contacted by Paul or Marianna.
2. Scribe/Clerk: Sits with the Judge to tally the score of each run. Also, keeps the time (stopwatch) of each run. Handlers who will be competing in Open, cannot Scribe on the Open Field until they have completed both of their runs.
3. Recorder: Officially reviews and records the score from each run.
4. Poster: Posts the score for everyone to see.
5. White House Back-Up: Your job is to work side-by-side with the recording person in charge of the White House.
6. Handler’s Tent Hospitality: Arrange the Hospitality table with donuts, coffee cups, etc., keep the table cleaned up and stocked for the handlers until 10 am. The food can then be put away and coffee pots cleaned and filled with fresh water and coffee for the next morning. The night watchman will start the generator in the morning so coffee and tea are brewed by 6 am.
7. Silent Auction Tables: Set up at 10am and pack up items at 4pm, Thursday thru Sunday. We would like 2 people to lay out the items at the beginning of the day and remove the same in the afternoon. The Silent Auction Chair will organize forms and times for auctions to end.
8. Novice Field Break Down: (Sunday only) A couple extra pairs of hands to help disassemble things on the Novice Field including removing course panels, t-posts, the pen, removing tarps from the set-out and exhaust areas and stacking these near the walk-thru gate near the tent. Please breakdown the exhaust pen and stack the green panels next to the exhaust gate.
9. Course Director: Works closely with the Judge to keep the Novice Field running smoothly and on-time. Must have a good working knowledge of all aspects of the competition.
10. Exhaust Sheep: This position requires an experienced handler and a well-trained dog to move the sheep to the exhaust at the end of each run on the Novice Field. The goal is to keep things moving smoothly and on time. These shifts are 2-hours only.
11. Trial Tear-Down: The Committee needs additional hands to tear down the fields, pack up the White House, remove tarping, help load the sheep (Sunday or Monday)