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Shady Acres Sheep Dog Trials

2290 Bruce McCaleb Road
Duck River, Tennessee

Labor Day Weekend

For several years Shady Acres Sheep Farm, on Bruce McCaleb Road in Hickman County, has hosted the Shady Acres Sheepdog Trials. Owners Steven and Paula McCaleb raise White Dorper Sheep and commercial hair sheep on their 70 acre farm and depend on their working dogs daily. The farm has been in the family for generations and the McCalebs have been shepherds and stockdog handlers for over ten years.

The competition is held under the rules of The United States Border Collie Handler’s Association, Inc., which is the sanctioning body for sheepdog and cattle dog trials throughout the United States and Canada. Border collies are known the world over for their herding ability.

The trials are held on Saturday and Sunday of Labor Day weekend each year. There is no admission, concessions are available and spectators can bring their own chairs and picnic baskets.

In the trial, handlers direct their dogs by voice signals as they move a group of sheep through an obstacle course. The obstacles mimic situations the dogs would find themselves in on a working sheep farm. The tasks include gathering the sheep, driving the sheep, and putting the sheep in a pen. Shady Acres Sheep Dog Trials will feature 5 classes for dogs of varying experience and training. For more information on the trials, visit where you can download a fact sheet on what to expect during the competition.


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