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#1 airbear

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Posted 28 August 2017 - 10:30 AM

The Kingston Sheep Dog Trial at Grass Creek is quite the event!  In addition to the trials, there are lots of attractions and activities, which draw thousands to the park. The field itself, while small, has lots of tricky bits, including swales where the sheep can lose sight of the dogs, and the turn around the post, where many MANY sets of sheep make a break for the other side of the hill, and it's on your dog to scoop them out.

 

For Open 2, the judge asked for a pull-through on the crossdrive (rather than go through the panels, go around them high and bring the sheep through).  

 

Bar had a bit of a rough go in Open 1, with sheep he couldn't settle.  In this run, he had lovely sheep who would rather graze than run, and I was very happy with how Bar performed.  He still looks at me a bit more than I'd like but on balance, I was pleased with the effort he gave me.  He's the third dog I've had the pleasure of running at this great trial, and every time we come, we have such a great time.  Great trial, tricky sheep, fantastic competition - just a top notch trial for handlers and spectators alike.

 


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#2 ShoresDog

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Posted 05 September 2017 - 12:30 AM

That's a trial I'd love to find a way to go to sometime.  Thanks for posting!


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#3 Smalahundur

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Posted 05 September 2017 - 03:12 AM

Nice vid, that's a beautiful trial field. I especially like the postman, and the cute flowers hanging on the pen :)
You are right, nice sheep, but on the other hand, I have been noticing how it is usually the people with good dogs that always seem to draw the nice sheep...;)

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#4 Donald McCaig

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Posted 05 September 2017 - 05:55 AM

Dear Sheepdoggers,

 

Probably my favorite trial. Those cute flowers spook the sheep and make the pen harder.

 

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#5 Smalahundur

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Posted 05 September 2017 - 09:54 AM

Yeah I know the problem, my sheep are also terrified of flowers.
Especially dandelions, they look sweet, but if they gang up things can get ugly pretty quickly.

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Posted 05 September 2017 - 10:11 PM

Nice vid, that's a beautiful trial field. I especially like the postman, and the cute flowers hanging on the pen :)

 

That is Sgt. Lajeunesse, of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP)!  One of the handlers (Dave Young) carved him and presented him to Amanda Milliken, our trial hostess, in honour of Kingston's 30th Anniversary.  It took four big guys to wrestle him out to the post, but he stood proudly for all of Open 2, and the double-lift Final.

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#7 Smalahundur

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Posted 06 September 2017 - 02:39 AM

That must be great, having a sergeant of the RCMP overlooking the procedures. Good looking guy. Thanks for that picture of him.

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Posted 08 September 2017 - 10:02 PM

...You are right, nice sheep, but on the other hand, I have been noticing how it is usually the people with good dogs that always seem to draw the nice sheep... ;)

Well, in the interest of full disclosure, this was our first run at Kingston. Most of the time, sheep like Bar, because he's kind and non-threatening. These girls did NOT like him. Bar put on some miles trying to get them around the course - good thing he's fast LOL! 

 


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