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2023 Sheep Dog Trials

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Date: Jan 30, 2023
Time: 10:00 AM
Cost: $10.00 - $20.00
Sheep Dog Trials is a timed event competition where communication with a companion is of the utmost importance.

The event requires a handler and a working sheep dog, to herd a group of sheep into a pen. The handler can only give communication to the dog to accomplish this task in the fastest amount of time. A prize money, dog food, and bragging rights are up for grabs to the top performers.

What is a Sheep Dog Trial?

As far as possible, the conditions and work to be encountered in everyday shepherding on the hills and farms are followed at sheepdog trials. The trials course is not intended as a succession of 'tricks' or gimmicky obstacles, but rather a practical demonstration of the skills the dog uses every day of his working life.

Those who need to look after sheep, sometimes on difficult country, need the help of one or more able sheepdogs. For many years dogs have been bred to develop the traits of intelligence, stamina and obedience.

During a sheepdog trial, dogs are guided through a series of commands to complete a variety of tasks which reflect their everyday work with a packet of sheep. Each handler will have a preference when giving their commands, either by voice, by whistle, or a combination of both. This has changed very little over the years, and the shepherds of yesterday would easily recognize the requirements of today’s handlers’ competition.

Many of the dogs seen on the trials field will have been at work on the farm, probably that very morning before setting off for the trial. It is true to say that the skills they acquire in their everyday work are key to them gaining maximum points. The system of scoring at trials is that a maximum number of points are allocated for each element, and dog and handler actually 'lose' points for any faults as they progress around the course.
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2023 All American Sheep Day
2023 All American Sheep Day
Jan 30, 2023 | 10:00 AM
NEW DAY-Monday! Includes all-day access. Sheep education, vendors, product demonstrations, lamb for lunch! Mutton bustin', Sheep Dog Trials qualifications @10am and Finals @7pm. Sheep Shearing @10am.
AASheep Day Adult $20.00
AASheep Day Child $10.00

2022 Results

PLACING HANDLER DOG AGE SEX FINAL
1 Nancy Creel Rey 5 female 2.39
2 Tim Flint Quin 5 male 3.55
3 Jamie Spring Monster 3 male 4.30
4 Tammy Merriman Kat 9 female 4.30 no pen
5 Shannon Fritz Reed 7 male 4.30 no pen
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