I tend to do this every year at this time - going back from the USBCHA, Alberta Stockdog Association, Saskatchewan Stockdog Association and British Columbia Stockdog Association websites, with pencil and calendar in hand, deciding what trials to fill the year up. I also have to pencil in life in as well - work and other family commitments (notice that pencilling in allows one to erase them as well). This year, we are also pencilling in our first trial to be held on the ponderosa - Hilltop Trial - and truly hilltops will be seen. I am hoping a few will come out, and will just have to use my powers of persuasion to obtain sheep for the trial - I think it won't be too difficult, since the Saskatchewan way seems to be to help anyone at anytime. Heck, think I will jump in with both feet and do 3 open trials - a carrot at the end of the stick for some trialers - and have 3 nursery trials as well. The plan is coming together perfectly! Just have to make sure Dora the Explorer is tuned up, and make sure the dogs are tuned up as well-a few miles will be done this year. In the list so far is a trip to the Bluegrass in Kentucky, the North Dakota trials, the Wildrose trial (minus any tornadoes please), Calgary Stampede, Bow River Classic (maybe I'll get a plane ride again), the Canadians (in Kingston, Ontario), the Shaunovan and Maple Creek trials, Meeker (in Colorado) and the USBCHA finals in Utah (of course, that is if there enough points on the plate). Truely like a bad drug, this dog trialling sport is. Perhaps an intervention is in order.