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National Sheepdog Finals kick off at Strang Ranch

Will Grandbois
wgrandbois@postindependent.com

SCHEDULE

Tuesday

8 a.m.: Open Preliminary runs

5 p.m.: Nursery Handlers Meeting

6:30 p.m.: USBCHA Board of Directors Meeting

Wednesday

8 a.m.: Open Preliminary runs

9: Nursery Preliminary runs

6:30 p.m.: USBCHA Annual Membership Meeting at Strang Ranch

Thursday: Vendor row open

8 a.m.: Open Preliminary runs

9: Nursery Preliminary runs

Friday: Vendor row open

8 a.m.: Open Preliminary runs

9: Nursery Preliminary runs

6:30 p.m.: ABCA Annual Membership Meeting at Strang Ranch

Saturday: Vendor row open and Doggie Demo park open

7:30 a.m.: Open semi-finals (top 40 dogs)

8:30: Nursery Finals (top 40 percent)

10 a.m.-3 p.m.: Dog Demos

Sunday: Vendor row open and Doggie Demo park open

7 a.m.: Opening Ceremonies

7:30: Calcutta

7:45: Open Finals

10 a.m.-3 p.m.: Dog Demos

4:30: Awards

The Strang Ranch in Missouri Heights outside of Carbondale for the second time hosts the National Sheepdog Finals, with trials beginning today and running through Sunday.

“We are so excited to have the National Sheepdog Finals back in Carbondale this year,” said Andrea Stewart, executive director of the Carbondale Chamber of Commerce.

The national finals are a partnership between the U.S. Border Collie Handlers’ Association, Aspen Valley Land Trust and Strang Ranch. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kids and seniors, while six-day passes run $40 for adults and $20 for kids and seniors. Parking is $5 a car, and carpooling is encouraged. No noncompeting dogs are allowed.

For this year’s finals, the sheep are fresh off the range and much more difficult to handle — and herd — than ranch sheep. “They have a lot of attitude and will test a dog and come after them,” said Alasdair MacRae, who took the top title when the Strangs hosted the event in 2011. “Some dogs are up to the test, and some are not.”

For more information go to http://www.sheepdogfinals.com.


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