Norman Close

Norman was raised on a mixed farm in Lancashire England and has been working with livestock all his life. In 1980 he immigrated to Alberta Canada to work as a herdsman and now resides in Viola, Idaho with his wife Vickie. Norm has two grown children, Sarah & Steven, and three grandchildren, Ryan, Max and Clara.
Norman was always keen to train sheepdogs, but his trialling career did not start until 1997 when he was fortunate enough to purchase CV Joe at 6 months old from Glen McNair in Alberta. Joe was a strong challenge right from the start.
Training Joe helped Norm mature as a trainer.
He took Norm to the Canadian Finals in 2005 and left with the title of Champion.
He also provided Norm and others with excellent young dogs for the future.
Norman’s commitment is to run and breed strong dogs that work well on farms, ranches and also make successful trial dogs.His training style is Win - Win. He believes if you show the dog how to do it right, they never learn how to do it wrong. Helping the dog to succeed rather than fail eliminates confusion and creates good habits!

Vickie Close 

Her journey into art started behind a brush as a successful makeup artist. She became an award winning photographer with her painterly images. Now she does traditional painting along with photographic art, and is the owner of Farm Diggity, a store with unique, high quality products for rural folks. The store's mantra is, "If it is on Farm Diggity, it is good and it works, just like you!"

Whether she is painting with a traditional brush or a camera, it is no surprise that animals grace her work. Vickie’s life has always centered around animals, she finds friendship with them easy and rewarding. They have also always played a role in her recreation -- from team roping to dog agility -- and escalated to a new level when she discovered herding with her border collies. "It is amazing to watch a dog use its God-given instinct. From the moment I saw a good dog work I knew I had to be a part of it." Her husband Norman owns Handhills Border Collies, he raises and trains border collies and he and Vickie train dogs, give clinics and compete together in sheep herding trials across the United States and Canada. She and her husband, Norman, and their border collies currently live on her parents' 120 acre tree farm in Viola, Idaho. Wanting to be close to her parents, in their older age was top priority. "It's a privilege to see my Mom and Dad everyday, one few people have." Vickie and Norman have purchased 80 acres just 18 minutes away  from their current home where they will raise hay and sheep and have an excellent place to run their dogs.