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  • Star of the North Stockdog Trials

    at Gale Woods, Minnetrista MN Oct 5th - 7th 2018
  • Sheepdogs and Sheepdog Trialing

    Information about working Border Collies and the art of moving stock with dogs.
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Handler's Information

Information for Handlers attending the Star of the North SDT Read More

Spectator Information

Come and see these spectacular dogs work sheep. Read More
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Star of the North Sheepdog Trials

Handler Information - Hotels


The Voyageurs Environmental Center is right opposite the Handler's Entrance to Gale Woods. They have two new cabins available for $200/night if you are booking Thu, Fri, Sat Each cabin has 2 twin beds and 7 bunks. They have bathroom facilities as well. You can drive to the cabin to load/unload but the parking area is about 200 yards from the cabin. Dogs are not allowed in the cabins but could stay in vehicles or in crates on the porch. They would need to be leashed on the property. Contact Keith Haslin 952.303.2060. With 2 or three people sharing, it will be cheaper and closer than hotels and just like being back at camp. 



The Grand Stay Hotel Delano MN has rooms for $120/night and is 20 minutes west of Gale Woods. It's a relatively new hotel and is pet friendly. They also have a location in Chaska MN.

The Country Inns by Carlson in Buffalo MN is about 30 minutes away and rooms range from $110 - $130 per night. They also have a location in Chanhassen MN.

The AmericInn in Waconia is around $100/night and like the other two is pet friendly

Country Inn & Suites By Carlson Chanhassen

591 W 78th St, Chanhassen, MN, 55317 United States 866-767-0278

These are probably your best bets for that weekend.



Thanks to Claudia for this one. There is a place in Buffalo MN called Ken's RV Rental. Which will rent a trailer with slideouts and sleeping for 8 - 10 and deliver it to Gale Woods for $250 for the weekend (cheaper than a hotel). They'll probably want a sizeable deposit and there would be a delivery/pickup charge but even when it's not Ryder Cup weekend, the cheapest hotel room you would get in this area is ~$125/night so this is a pretty good deal.

Call Ken's RV Rental 7655 28th St SE, Buffalo MN (763) 477-5269. I rented from these guys in 2016 and Ken's a pretty decent guy. He doesn't take credit cards so cheque well enough in advance for it to clear before the trial, or cash. He'll want a $500 deposit which he'll return in cash when you bring back the unit. The campers are pretty new and rent for between $200 and $300 for the weekend. You'll need to provide your own bedding, dishes, pots/pans, coffee makers etc.

Handler Information - Restaurants and Grocery

There are restaurants and grocery stores in Mound (3 miles from the trial site) and Spring Bank (4 miles from the trial site). Exit the handler's entrance and turn right onto Co 15. Mound is at the intersection of Co. 15 and Co 110W. Spring Bank and Minnetonka are straight ahead on Co. 15.

Handler Information - Concessions

There will be coffee and breakfast items available in the morning and lunch on Friday. Saturday, we will take orders for food (burgers, brats, gyros) which will be delivered to the trial field. We will likely do something similar for Sunday.

There will be a handler's dinner on Sat evening. Details and sign-up sheets will be on the scoreboard.

Handler Information - Day Parking

Park to the east of the road at the south end of the trial field. Please do not drive on to the trial field and please stay off the running track. If you have guests coming on Sunday when there is no shuttle running from the parking lot, we do have a limited number of guest parking passes available so let me know on Friday. 

The park may be running their event on Sunday this year, so the trams may be running from the parking lot to the trial field for spectators. Check with me on Friday or Saturday for more information.