The Sonoma Wine Country Sheepdog Trial is held at Sandra Milberg's farm in beautiful Santa Rosa, CA. For those coming to watch the event, parking is $5.00 at the gate.
There are two open fields which most handlers refer to as the "hill course" and the "flat course." The pro-novice, nursery/pro-novice combined and nursery classes are held on the "flat course."
March 18th and 19th
Cash, awards and ribbons. This year is a little different. We will run two trials each day for a total of 4 trials over the weekend. Most handlers will run their dog on both fields each day and the run order allows for time between fields to rest dogs and themselves. Handler's meeting is at 7:00am each day with the first dog running at 7:30am.
$40/dog NURSERY and $55/dog NURSERY/PRO-NOVICE or $45/dog Pro-Novice only
Cash and ribbons to 5th place for the combined class and ribbons to 4th place for the Nursery only class. This means there are TWO Nursery classes and only ONE Pro-Novice class. Handler's meeting is at 8am with the first dog running at 8:15am.
As in previous years, set out is "paid" and done by a lively crew of very talented people. In previous years this has included Derek Fisher, Gloria Atwater, Amy Coapman, and Ellen Skillings. We may ask for open handlers to help set out or run the pens for a short duration so that the set out crew can run their own dogs.
Western range ewes
There is no RV parking at the trial but there is RV parking 15 minutes from the trial site. Camping is available at the Napa County Fairgrounds (Calistoga RV Park) in the town of Calistoga and at the Sonoma Valley Fairgrounds (RV Center). There are electrical hookups, waste disposal and showers available. Reservations are required for both. Please verify the availability of the fairgrounds prior to your arrival.
Motel Accommodations that allow pets
Best Western Hillside Inn (707) 546-9353
Motel 6 Santa Rosa South (707) 546-1500
Best Western Garden Inn (866) 925-8648
Trial Site: Oak Springs Ranch, 2455 Calistoga Road, Santa Rosa, California
We are located in the city of Santa Rosa, which is about 1 1/2 hours north of San Francisco.
Coming from the south:
Take 101 North to Santa Rosa.
Take Hwy. 12 exit toward Sonoma East.
Turn left on Farmers Lane.
Go for about 1 1/2 miles and turn Right on Hwy. 12.
Go for about 3 miles and Turn left on Calistoga Road. It is about 3 miles to the ranch.
Oak Springs Ranch will be on your left just past St. Helena Road. 2455 Calistoga Road.
Coming from the north on Interstate 5:
South on Hwy 5.
Take Hwy 20 West off ramp toward Clearlake.
Follow Hwy. 20 toward Clearlake.
Left on Hwy 53 toward Middletown and Calistoga.
As you come down off the mountain, take a right turn on Tubbs.
Left on Hwy. 128 & 129.
Right on Petrified Forest Road.
When you pass Porter Creek Rd. the road becomes Calistoga Road. We are on your right at 2455 Calistoga Road.
There is NO RV Parking available at the Trial Site. Parking is very limited.
Please Note: There will be specific areas marked for dog walks with landscape areas off limits. Close all gates behind you.