2017 Trial Judge
Norman Close is an accomplished judge who has earned the reputation of being professional, fair, and accurate.
He has judged numerous trials in the U.S. and Canada, including the 2011 US National Finals, The Big Willow Double Lift two times, Old Chatham, North Carolina State Championships, Hilltop, Phantom Ridge Classic, Sterling Acres, and more.
Norman is also accomplished on the trial field, winning many open trials, including the Canadian National Finals.
He is a successful clinician and travels throughout the US and Canada, teaching and training.
Norman was raised on a mixed farm in Lancashire England and has been working with livestock all his life. In 1980 he emigrated to Alberta, Canada to work as a herdsman, and now resides in Coeur d' Alene, Idaho with his wife Vickie. Together they have a very reputable breeding and training program, Handhills Border Collies . Norman’s commitment is to run and breed strong dogs that work well on farms, ranches and also make successful trial dogs.