Fourth cattle-dog trials returns to Christiansen ranch April 18-19

The fourth annual Cotton?wood Crossing Cattle Dog Trial will be April 18 and 19 at the Gordon Christiansen ranch near Durham.

Spectators are encouraged to watch an event showcasing the working cattle dog in competition.

Each handler and dog team will gather three head of cattle and put them through as many obstacles as possible in a timed event. Points are given for completing each obstacle. The dog that gets its cattle through all the obstacles in the shortest amount of time is the winner.

Four classes are offered: novice, beginners, ranch and open. The difficulty of the obstacles will be adjusted for each class.

Novice dogs are age 3 years and younger. The beginners class is for beginner handlers and any age dog. The ranch class is for dogs used on the ranch, but not necessarily ready to compete with the open-class dogs. The advanced dogs and handlers will compete in the open class.

A complete dog trial run is planned for each day. The handlers meeting will start at 10 a.m. each day.

Spectators are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs. Admission is free, but gate donations will be accepted.

For more information about entries or directions contact Pat Christiansen at 620-732-3320 or

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