Yellow Rose dog trial: clinic, cattle and sheep contests |

Yellow Rose dog trial: clinic, cattle and sheep contests

Tim Naasz works sheep with his dog, Lyla, at the 2015 Yellow Rose Stockdog Training Clinic. Photo courtesy South Dakota Stock Dog Association

PLATTE, SD – The Yellow Rose Stockdog Trial will return for it’s 12th year on December 8th and 9th. The event includes a stockdog clinic, cattle trial and sheep trial. The events are open for all ages and skill levels. Those interested in participating in an event are encouraged to pre-register.

The stockdog trials are a contest in which a dog herds cattle or sheep through a series of obstacles with the guidance of a handler. The dogs are separated into classes by experience and include novice, pro-novice, and open divisions. Anyone interested in competing should pre-register by Dec. 5, late entries are accepted until the day of the event.

People that are interested in learning more about training a herding dog for use on a farm or ranch are encouraged to take advantage of the training clinic on Dec. 8 at the Yellow Rose Arena. The clinic will go over training basics and introduce participants to beginner tips and techniques. Admission is free for spectators, or $50 per dog. Proceeds go to South Dakota Stock Dog Association. Participants that bring dogs receive one-on-one training time with each dog.


Friday, December 8

9 a.m.- Working stock dog training clinic

3 p.m. – Sheep trial

Saturday, December 9

7:30 a.m. Cattle trial

7 p.m. Cattle Trial Finals

All events will be held at the Yellow Rose Arena in Platte, SD. Entry forms for the cattle and sheep trials can be found on Day of entries will be accepted if participants call ahead. For more information about any events, call Tim Naasz at (605) 207-0229 or visit the Yellow Rose Stockdog Trial Facebook page.

The South Dakota Stock Dog Association is a non-profit organization comprised of individuals that breed and train working stock dogs in South Dakota.  To learn more visit

–South Dakota Stock Dog Association

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