This sheep dog trial is the stuff herd­ing dogs’ dreams are made of

Modern Dog - - THE SCOOP -

Here’s how the com­pe­ti­tion shakes down: each han­dler and dog goes to the post for their nine min­utes of glory. Dogs are sent to the left or right and pick up their four sheep 250 yards away be­fore bring­ing them to their han­dler’s feet. The sheep are driven around a course of gates be­fore they are penned and fi­nally brought in to a cir­cu­lar shed­ding area and di­vided in two. (Th­ese are some smart dogs!) The smoothest, most ef­fi­cient, most work­man­like run wins. The top dogs mov­ing on from this round will be re­quired to gather two groups of 10 sheep, one to the left and an­other to the right, be­fore join­ing the groups and driv­ing them around a course of ob­sta­cles. Once back into the shed­ding ring, the dog and han­dler will sep­a­rate the 15 sheep not wear­ing col­lars and pen the five wear­ing col­lars. The best job wins the trial! Aside from the main event, daily side at­trac­tions abound, in­clud­ing Rideau River Dock Dogs, Kingston Po­lice K-9 demon­stra­tions, Jun­gle Cat World shows, Sheep Shear­ing, Cana­dian Ca­nine Lure Course, a Nu­tram Dog­gie Play Zone, craft ven­dors and mar­ket place, and food trucks, be­cause this much fam­ily fun works up an ap­petite! Tick­ets are just $10 in ad­vance on­line (kids 12 and un­der are free!), and there’s a free shut­tle bus from var­i­ous points in Kingston proper as well as free car park­ing. Find out more at KingstonSheep­DogTri­als.com!

his Au­gust 5–7th, 80 han­dlers from all over North Amer­ica and their Bor­der Col­lies will flock to Kingston, On­tario for the 29th an­nual Kingston Sheep Dog Tri­als Fes­ti­val. The com­pe­ti­tion, Canada's big­gest sheep dog trial (and the third largest on the east­ern se­aboard!), takes place on the banks of the St. Lawrence River and in­volves 680 sheep and four days of qual­i­fy­ing tri­als, lead­ing to the fi­nal 17 com­peti­tors.

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