Sheepdog Championship & Festival

http://www.soldierhollowclassic.com/home.htm

What happens that captivates so many people who come to Soldier Hollow? You will see the world's most highly trained dogs (border collies) and their handlers walk out to the post in front of thousands of spectators. High above them on the mountainside, a group of wild range sheep are released. How far away? Over four hundred yards. How wild? Soldier Hollow has a reputation for the world's wildest sheep. One handler called them "wicked." They have been raised on Utah's open range where they must fight to survive in a world of coyotes, bears and cougars. When first approached they see the border collie as just another predator. The dog must race up the hillside and listening to the whistles of his master must carefully gather the sheep. He must convey to those wild ewes that he can be trusted and must be obeyed. After bringing them down a rugged mountainside along a 600 yard course marked by free standing gates the dog must separate some sheep from others (the shed) and then put the sheep in a small pen. It all has to be done within thirteen minutes counted down on Soldier Hollow Olympic time clock. Anything can go wrong at any minute and it often does. Miss a gate, lose control of the sheep, push the sheep too hard or not hard enough and the Judge will deduct points. All the while the goal is efficient non-abusive control. Just a nip of wool results in a immediate disqualification.

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  • Jeff

    Ewe all missed the Baaast time at this Meetup! You've all heard the saying it is like herding cats? Well, I think herding sheep is harder! And you missed the "flying dogs" competition! Well, they didn't exactly fly, but they did sore for a couple of seconds. Look for the photos that will be posted. As is our S.O.P. now, we had a great time with one another. It was really nice to meet our new member, Anna. We hope we'll get to see you again soon. As for spending a Saturday with friends, there was Mutton better! (Ok, I'll stop with the sheep jokes)

    August 30

    • Jeff

      I meant "soar"

      August 30

  • A former member
    A former member

    I couldn't make it to the outing because I had an outdoor plumbing problem/flood. It's fixed now. Turned out to be a drain valve.

    August 30

    • Jeff

      Ok Marilyn. I'm glad everything is ok now. We'll see you at the next MU then.

      August 30

  • Kristine

    I enjoyed the day with all of you fellow Meet Up Dog lovers! The Sheep Dogs were amazing and the sheep were entertaining. The Dog Splash Competition was fun to watch and we all took some great pictures of flying dogs retrieving into the water. Trisha has video of it! I also loved the bagpipers on the way out that played Amazing Grace for us. Fun Fun activity!

    August 30

  • Trisha B.

    What a fun day! Who would have thought watching dogs herd sheep around could be so interesting to watch?Each round was over 12 minutes long. That paled in comparison with how long it took us to turn left onto the highway on the way out, though! The day was cool and pleasant, just right. Diving dogs completed the entertainment for us. Great times all around.

    August 30

  • Briant

    Alway great to hang with good people. A beautiful day in Heber Valley. The competition was pretty low key but what the dogs could do was fascinating.

    August 30

  • Steve P.

    I will not be attending today or on Sat.

    August 29

  • A former member
    A former member

    Jeff, I'll be carpooling with a friend, and have your number. We'll be arriving around 9, and will be at the sheep-herding from 9 to 10:30... then we're going to attend the Dog Agility Competition, then the Bagpipe performances, K9 unit, etc and have a schedule mapped out to see them all.

    August 29

  • DAVE W.

    I WILL NOT BE GOING

    August 29

  • Jeff

    Here's my number[masked]-9425. We'll talk about that today at Swiss Days.

    August 29

  • conrad

    Where will we be meeting for this event? And can somebody volunteer a cellphone # so we can contact that individual in case we can't find the group?

    August 29

  • Kristine

    Briant, you can read Frequently Asked Questions on the website and it says there are many vendors with delicious food, however, you can bring your own, bring your own chair/blanket and hat and binoculars. They do have bleachers set up, but I'm sure they get crowded.

    August 28, 2014

  • Briant

    Any suggestions on what we should bring? Do we need our own lawn chairs, should we bring food or a cooler, or is this all provided at the event?

    August 28, 2014

  • Jeff

    Hello fellow Sheepdog Championship watchers. If you don't have your ticket yet, you need to purchase it soon. Go to the link in the Meetup description above. Once you buy the ticket, you can print it out and bring it along. See you all there! FYI, I've purchased the Program, so we can just share mine.

    August 25, 2014

  • DAVE W.

    HI IS THER ANY BUDY GOING FROM WVC TO MIDWAY DOG AND SHEEP SHOW THAT I CAN CAR POOL WITH BUT I NEED TO BE HOME BY 4.PM. I WOLD DRIVE MY TRUCK BUT IT IS A GAS HOGGER.. CALL ME[masked] AND LET ME KNOW PLEASE THANK YOU..DAVE

    August 25, 2014

  • Kristine

    If you are on Main Street in Heber City, heading south turn right (west) on 100 South. 100 South turns into Main Street Midway and it will only be about 2 miles down the road from where you turned off in Heber City.

    August 24, 2014

  • Steve P.

    About 10 miles SE of Heber

    August 24, 2014

  • DAVE W.

    WERE IS MIDWAY AT

    August 24, 2014

  • Trisha B.

    Where do I go to get my ticket?

    August 16, 2014

  • Jeff

    I got my ticket. This sounds like a lot of fun!

    July 31, 2014

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