It really was a terrific weekend and the weather was not too bad this year. Several of the handlers told me they were hoping the cloud cover would stay on Monday and even wished for "a little bit" of rain. (Can you say "dusty"?) Not the usual Soldier Hollow downpour, though - just enough to keep the dust down. Tough, tough and cranky sheep this year, though.
Skiba, thanks for supporting the Western Border Collie Booth! We had a terrific location this year and got to give folks information on Border Collies and answer a lot of questions, in addition to making a little money for our Border Collies. If you go again next year, be sure to ask for Deb at the WBCR booth and introduce yourself.
The number one question this year was: "Why did the competitors shave some of their Border Collies? To make them cooler?" (Which, of course, lead to a discussion about smooth coats v. rough coats.) At least half of the folks who asked about the coats believed it was because the Border Collie had to be a "mix". There were a high percentage of smoothies running the field this year and it was fun to see the variety of dogs on the hill.