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Border Collie Timeline

1873 The first recorded sheep dog trial was held in Bala, North Wales.

September 1893 Old Hemp was born. His blood runs through most of the present day Border Collies we have. He died May 1901. He was bred by Adam Telfer from Roy, a black and tan dog and Meg, a black-coated, strong-eyed bitch.

1906 The International Sheep Dog Society (ISDS) was formed by English and Scottish Shepherds. The ISDS holds our International Sheep Trials. The first trial was held in Gullane, Scotland. The purpose of the ISDS “was founded with the intention of stimulating interest in the shepherd and his calling and to secure the better management of stock by improving the shepherd’s dog.” (http://www.isds.org.uk/society/hist..., accessed June 15, 2006)

1955 The ISDS produced its first Stud Book with pedigrees which reached back to the early 1900’s ending with the famous Old Maid.

September 1972 The idea behind the Border Collie Club of Great Britain was formed.

August 6, 1973 The first meeting of the now Border Collie Club of Great Britian.

June 1975 The United States Border Collie Club (USBCC) was thought up.

October 1975 The USBCC was formed.

October 1976 The Border Collie Club of Great Britain (BCCGB) was registered with the Kennel Club of Great Britain.

1976 The USBCC held the first sheepdog handler’s clinic in North America.

February 1977 The Australian Standard was adopted by the BCCGB.

1978 The BCCGB requested the KC standard be revised.

1979 The United States Border Collie Handler’s Association, Inc. (USBCHA) was formed. This organization sanctions sheep and cattledog trials throughout the United States and Canada. Open dogs compete throughout the year and qualify for the USBCHA National Finals to determine the champion Open dog and handler. The Nursery finals are held in Sturgis, SD for dogs that qualify who are 36 months or younger.

1983 USBCC put on its first sheepdog trial judging clinic.

June 10, 1983 American Border Collie Association (ABCA) was incorporated as a registering body for the Border Collie.

1990 The Border Collie Society of American (BCSA) was started with the intent to get the Border Collie American Kennel Club recognition. It was started by a group of friends in Louisville, Kentucky.

early 1990s Agriculture Canada held a poll to decide the fate of the Border Collie in Canada. The poll would decide whether the Border Collie was registered with the Canadian Kennel Club, its own registry or stay with the American Border Collie Association and other existing registries.

March 1993 The BCSA ran its first advertisement in Front and Finish Magazine.

April 1993 The BCSA was incorporated and had 10 members.

March 1994 The BC standard was up dated for the Kennel Club of Great Britian.

September 1995 The USBCC was incorporated.

October 1, 1995 The American Kennel Club (AKC) gave the Border Collie Herding Group designation and the full recognition.

April 6, 1996 The Canadian Border Collie Association was incorporated under the Animal Pedigree Act and under Canadian Law is the only legal registry of the Border Collie in Canada.

August 1996 The American Kennel Club named the BCSA as the parent club for the breed.

January 1, 2004 American Border Collie Association past the rule – if an ABCA registered Border Collie is named a conformation champion by any registry, it’s ABCA registration papers will be pulled and its offspring will not be eligible for ABCA registration.

January 13, 2004 The American Kennel Club approved the new breed standard for the Border Collie.

March 2, 2004 The new AKC Standard was effective.

February 8, 2005 Optigen offers the DNA genetic test for Collie Eye Anomaly and Choroidal hypoplasia.

July 2005 Optigen discovers and offers the DNA test for Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinosis for Border Collies.

Other organizations I am trying to get information on: North American Sheep Dog Society, American-International Border Collie Registry, Canadian Border Collie Association, Canadian Kennel Club, British Kennel Club. Sources Border Collie Society of American, http://www.bordercolliesociety.com/..., accessed June 15, 2006. United States Border Collie Club, http://www.bordercollie.org/club.ht..., accessed June 15, 2006. American Border Collie Association, http://www.americanbordercollie.org/..., accessed June 15, 2006. United States Border Collie Handler’s Association, http://www.usbcha.com/, accessed June 15, 2006. International Sheep Dog Society, accessed June 15, 2006. American Kennel Club, Border Collie, http://www.akc.org/breeds/border_co..., http://www.akc.org/breeds/border_co..., accessed June 15, 2006. Optigen Collie Eye Anomaly / Choroidal Hypoplasia (CEA) Test, http://www.optigen.com/opt9_test_ce..., accessed June 15, 2006. Optigen CL Test for Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinosis, http://www.optigen.com/opt9_cltest4..., accessed June 15, 2006. Border Collies, http://www.k9web.com/dog-faqs/breed..., accessed June 15, 2006. Border Collie Club of Great Britain, accessed June 6, 2007. The Kennel Club of Great Britain, http://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/ accessed June 6, 2007. Werner Reitboeck, Secretary of the Canadian Border Collie Association, CBCA history via email dated June 19, 2007.