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Top Hand
Cattle Dogs

Striving to produce the best cow dog possible, Top Hand is not bound to any one breed, but looking for lines that are consistently producing dogs that have bite, trainability, work, big stout frames, and are pleasant to be around- good all- around working hands.

Top Hand has chosen Border Collies from Casey Rindal’s Cap line and Kelpies from Roy Cox’s Buchanan line.  These breeding programs have been proven over many years and are well known across the country for consistently producing good dogs.

Top Hand Cattle Dogs are all handled daily, well socialized and hauled all over. We believe that a dog is born with a certain amount of natural toughness, bite and work. It is our job, as these dogs grow and mature, to build confidence and trust in each dog to bring out the best in them. It is not possible to make a weak dog tough, but it is possible to weaken a tough dog.

Conformationally correct and tough enough to stand up to long days of work on your ranch, Top Hand Cattle Dogs are proven workers. We look for clean biting males and females. We handle all of our puppies daily until the day you pick them up so they are ready to move into your program with the healthiest mind and body possible.

We strive to improve each generation based on the successes of the one previous. Breeding for size and toughness, Top Hand Cattle Dogs typically finish out between 45 and 55 lbs with a broad-based heavy frame and thick muscling.

Border Collies and Kelpies are by nature very sensitive and want to please which is why they make such great working companions. These dogs do best when they have plenty of room to run, discipline and a full-time job. Though extremely loyal and friendly, due to their high energy level and incredible drive to work, they do not make ideal sedentary pets.

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Dog / TH Sue Puppies born January 27, 2013

Kennels built by Str8 Up Custom Kennels

Phone: 405 412 8122

Sly Nov 2010


2nd Annual Top Hand Field Trial is a huge success

Lexington, OK- The second annual Top Hand Field Trial was held under sunny skies the weekend of April 23-25, 2010.  Over $10,000 in cash and prizes drew contestants from ten states with 40 dogs in the Open Field Trial and 20 dogs (maximum capacity) in the first annual ExclusiveTM Top Hand Maturity Trial held on Sunday April 25th.

The Open Trial ran over three days with each dog running two full rounds, one each on Friday and Saturday. On Sunday one dog for every five entered came back to the final round where each dog started with a clean slate.  Each round consisted of three head of fresh cattle and different courses, both including outruns of over 300-400 yards.  The dogs had to fetch the cattle and bring them to the handler at the pen. Once in the gathered, the dog and handler moved the cattle through the working pens as they would during a regular day of work on the ranch.  The finals consisted of eight head of fresh cattle that were gathered and worked in the pens within a 16-minute time limit.

With $2,000 added and 40 dogs entered in the Open trial many people received checks for their hard work.  Paul Gilbert and Boomer won $2,000 for first place, Brent Daniel and Jethro won $1,400 for second, and Laura Stimatze and Gus won $1,000 for third place. 

The first annual ExclusiveTM Top Hand Maturity Trial was held on Sunday and consisted of one round with five head of fresh cattle.  All dogs had to be 30 months or younger as of January 1, 2010 to enter. The Maturity was filled to capacity with 20 dogs that showed everyone there are a lot of good dogs on the way. Randy Reed and Cookie won the Maturity ($1,500), Lyle East and TH Bud were 2nd ($1,000) and Michael Johnson and Sadie were 3rd ($600).   

Buckles, hand made by Jeff Payne, were given to the winners of each trial along with a bag of ExclusiveTM Performance dog food for the eight finalists in the Open and the top four in the Maturity.  Don Gonzales Saddlery hand made leather tooled collars that were given to the winners of the Open and Maturity as well as the 2nd and 3rd place dogs in the Open trial. 

Check out the go-round winners and full results at

TH Bud won second in the Maturity Trial with Lyle East. This was the first Top Hand bred dog to compete at this trial and it appears that the breeding program is proving effective.

The high money earner for the weekend was Paul Gilbert.  He brought home $2,650 for his combined winnings of first in the Open with Boomer and fourth in the Maturity with Spook as well as a Tri-Tronics Jr. Sport Training Collar and second place day money with Boomer in Round 1. 

Randy Reed stayed close to the front of the pack all weekend with Janet McBride’s 22-month old dog Cookie.  Randy and Cookie won first in the Maturity and fourth in the Open.  Randy also won Round 1 with his aged dog Lucky.   Randy Reed followed Paul Gilbert closely, pocketing $2,600 for his efforts with both dogs.  Brent Daniels ran three dogs in the Open and one in the Maturity and went home with $1,900. 

One of the highlights of the weekend was a cowboy cookout with smoked brisket, beans and the fixin’s.  Howell Grayson of Grayson Freeze Branding, Noble, OK, and his family prepared the feast.  They started the briskets on the smoker on Friday and everyone enjoyed food, fellowship and beautiful weather on Saturday evening, topped off with brownies for dessert.

For more information on the Top Hand Trial or Top Hand Cattle Dogs, please visit TopHandCattleDogs.Com.

Open Results

Maturity Results

2010 Trial Photo Album

Paul Gilbert & Boomer

Paul Gilbert and Boomer won first place in the 2nd Annual Top Hand Open Trial. Shown here with Rick Scrivner, Top Hand Cattle Dogs.

Maturity Winner

L-R: Rick Scrivner (Trial Producer), Kristie Bellemore (Title Sponsor, Exclusive Dog Food). Jan McBride (Owner of Cookie), Randy Reed (Handler), Jeff Payne (Buckle Maker). Front: Cookie"

TH Bud

TH Bud and Lyle East win second in the TH Maturity. Good job!


Ranch hand dog boxes made by Tom McBride custom fabrication

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Made from Aluminum tubing these custom boxes are tough and lightweight. The ones shown here are a set of three boxes on the bottom (fixed) and two top boxes that sit on the bottom layer attaching with a few easy-to-use screws. The top layer easily comes off and goes on when needed. Tom is a talented craftsmen. If you can dream it up, he can build it. Top Hand wants to thank Tom for the great work on this new set of custom boxes. For more information call Tom at 580-239-9090.

2nd Annual Top Hand Cattle Dog Trial coming soon!

The second annual Top Hand Cattle Dog Trial will be here before you know it. The Open trial will be held April 23-25, 2010 in Lexington, OK. New this year will be the Top Hand Maturity Trial on Sunday morning April 25, before the Open Finals.

The format of the Open Trial will be the same as last year, with 3 days of competition and each dog running in both the first and second rounds. “2009 was the inaugural year for the Top Hand Trial and it went exceptionally well”, says Rick Scrivner of Top Hand Cattle Dogs. “The biggest change for the 2010 Open Trial is that we will have 3 sets of fresh cattle. A new set of cattle will be used each day to make sure this trial is the best possible test of the dogs, not just a handler trial.”

There will be a Ranch Hand Dinner on Saturday featuring “chef” Howell Grayson of Crosshill Ranch and Grayson Freeze Branding. Howell will bring his smoker and cook up some brisket with all the fixin’s. You won’t want to miss this feed!

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A Big THANK YOU to Tony McCallum...

...and everyone else who came to the clinic with Tony on Sunday November 15, 2009! It was entertaining and enlightening in a way only Tony can present. People had a chance to visit with the well-known and respected "Dogman" from Australia, Tony McCallum.

There were dogs of different age and training stages allowing everyone to have an opportunity to see Tony in action. It was a congenial group of people and we want to thank everyone for traveling from near and far to help make this happen. A special Thank You to Tony for taking the time out of your busy schedule while you were in the US."


TH Tucker


TH Tucker aka Chuck

is now owned by Thad Car of Ione, CA

Chuck is standing stud at the Lost Trail Ranch where he is proving to be a very valuable asset in the cattle operation. With limited breeding he is already proving himself as a producer.








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