Welcome to Helsley Ranch


Located in Caldwell, Idaho, the Helsley Ranch was established in 2000 as a training facility for top quality working border collies.  Our breeding program has the reputation of producing quality puppies bred specifically for their abilty to work stock.

About Don

Don has been actively involved in raising and training border collies for more than twenty years. Prior to his involvement with border collies, he trained and showed cutting horses.  After thirty-five years with Idaho Power, Don currently devotes all of his time to training, trialing, and judging border collies.  He is now available full-time for judging assignments and clinics.  Don is a quiet man, with a reputation for fairness and honesty.  He has succeeded in then in the trialing world, not only as a competitor, but as a well-respected judge.

About Jeanie

Before meeting Don, Jeanie trained and showed horses in California.  She has been a dog groomer and has run successful dog grooming businesses in California and Idaho.  Trialing border collies has been a natural progression for her.  Currently, she competes right along side Don in the open divisison.  Jeanie leaves the bulk of the training to Don, while she tends to the everyday care and socializing of the puppies at H/R Border Collies.

Hello, it’s been awhile……


Hello.  It’s been quite some time since I’ve posted anything new, and that being said, we’ve had a few changes around here. Lost some good friends, changes in the farming end, dogs getting older.  Changes.

First of all, we’ve decided to retire The Wizard. He’s 10 now and owes us absolutely NOTHING. Not another trip to the post,  not a check, not one more set of sheep brought to the post.  He’s doing whatever he wants and enjoying the time.  He is however still available at stud, which I’m sure if he could talk would say that’s ok.

Our farming has changed therefore our training field is now going to be available again this fall for mini clinics. YAY!!!!  We have missed it as much as some of our friends. October is the planned resume date, so message me, email, or just a phone call for info. Remember it’s 3-4 people for 3-4 days week days as well as weekends.

We’ve been taking a close look at our kennel and are downsizing just a bit.  Saying that we are offering for consideration

Abby 3/5/17  Slick coated, fast, good listener, wants to play the game. By IMP. GLEN / Hutchinson’s SWEEP. Out o a good cow dog bred bitch.

Well Hello!

It’s been awhile since I’ve been a contributor here and I apologize for that.  It seems things happen and time just gets away from us

So here I am updating anyone that might be interested.. The Wizard is still going strong, he is in his 7th year and is better than ever. He is headed for Soldier Hollow and the finals the end of this month. He has put a few of litters on the ground and we are very happy the way his pups are turning out.. Don’s newest open dog is Hap. He’s no breeding of ours and we are happy to have him in the line up.  We bought him from Erin Swanson from California. His open debut was at Laura Vishoot’s Palm Cottage Trial in July and he placed an impressive 3rd on the 3rd  day. Jessie is rounding out the team, she will be running at Soldier Hollow and Meeker.

Unfortunately we have had to retire Ash because of some arthritis issues, but she is going to a great home that has sheep and where she will be needed but on a much smaller scale than what we would ask of her. John and Peggy Fine from Rosberg,OR are taking her home.

I still  have Taite as my main dog, she turned 9 in June but seems to be running like a 6 year old. We will try our hand at Soldier Hollow, Meeker and the finals. My new guy  Spot is a work in progress and is coming along really well.  Always exuberant and with moments of brilliance in all of his runs he is more than fun to work.

There are some young dogs coming up that we are excited about, so I’m sure I will be better at being on task with keeping up on the website.

Until next time….

Never too late for good news!

2012 has been a wonderful year for us. To start, 5 of our personal dogs made it  to the National Finals and 4 more were of our breeding. Our Wizard, Ash and Taite all made it to semi round in the open with The Wizard going on to 6th place in the Double Lift. Of the 2 nursery dogs 1 of them, Jessie, made it back for the second round.

2 more Cap pups made it to the nursery…Ben handled by Donna Eliason and Grace handled by Karen Stanley both made it to the second round and Donna was named the Nursery Field  Rookie of the Year.

2 more that we like to claim went on to compete in the open…Tess and Gus handled by Lavon Calzacorta.

Of the 9 dogs just mentioned only 3 were not Cap offspring.  His legacy  lives on.

We would like to thank those of you that are a part of our lives…you just make the good…better.

But most of all we thank the dogs, for they make our lives complete, and of course where would we be without them.

We wish all of you happy holidays and a wonderful 2013!

Happy Trialing!

May, a good month for Helsley Ranch dogs

Helsley Ranch dogs continued their winning ways in May. Tremonton had Jessie winning both Pro Novice classes and Taite placing 4th one day in the open.

Big Willow had the Wizard winning the first day and Taite 8th the second day.

Keith Fassbender’s trial had Ben, a Cap son, owned by Donna Eliason winning his first leg of Nursery. And Gracie, a Cap daughter, owned by Karen Stanley winning her first Pro Novice class.

The Bluegrass had Rio ( a Cole son) owned by Bryan White winning reserve combined in the Pro Novice. Pictured Below.

All and all a very good month.  Congratulations to Ben, Gracie and Rio!