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Here are some pics from one of my favourite trials of the year - The Bluegrass Classic in Lexington, KY. If you have a chance to go, DO IT! The sheep are gorgeous, the field is legendary, and the best of our sport is there, showcasing the best dogs on the continent.

 

Jenny Glen's Mike in a discussion with the sheep.

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Joni Tietjen's Ben

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Joni and Ben singling

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Linda Tesdahl's Royce

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Michelle Brothers's Imp Flo

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Mike Hanley and Flo

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Bryan White's Brae

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Judy Parker's Ava

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Mary Minor and Monty in the double-lift

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Joni's Ben in the double-lift

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Steph Goracke's Grady in the double-lift

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The wonderful sheep, all the way from the great state of Montana

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Peg Anderson's Cap

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The 2017 Bluegrass Champion - Tommy Wilson and Kate

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Wonderful photos, love the action!

 

What surprises me is how many of the dogs competing were tricolours. I know they are a traditional colour, but the general public is so surprised when they see one (I have 2 myself). I always thought it was quite an uncommon colour. Maybe it is more common in working dogs than in show lines? Anyone know the stats?

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Tris rule, tuxedos drool :D

 

Wonderful photos, love the action!

 

What surprises me is how many of the dogs competing were tricolours. I know they are a traditional colour, but the general public is so surprised when they see one (I have 2 myself). I always thought it was quite an uncommon colour. Maybe it is more common in working dogs than in show lines? Anyone know the stats?

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Thank you for the fantastic photos!

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Great photos! Where in Lexington is this held? I love the area, and would love to make it to this one day.

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Where in Lexington is this held? I love the area, and would love to make it to this one day.

It's at the Masterson Station Park. There are two fields - the novice field (beside the off-leash dog park) and the open field, across the street from the dog park. It's a great event!

 

Looks like it was quite warm (?).

It was hot and muggy! Most days it was 28C and the humidity made it seem hotter. On the Sunday for the double lift, it rained a bit, then a lot, then it got hot and up to 28 again. The sheep and dogs held up well though.

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I wish they would introduce double lift in trials here, and a more demanding shed (on the highest level here you just have to split a group of four in two arbitraty couples).

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....here you just have to split a group of four in two arbitraty couples).

Sounds like a good night in college! :D

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Great pics! One of these years I'm going to make it down there...

 

Re: Tri, they're certainly not uncommon. And the colors can pop up weirdly, too. I know of a litter on the ground where mom and dad are black and white but 3 out of 8 pups have lots of tri.

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Thank you very much for sharing us these wonderful pictures. I love these action-fotos and I love trials.

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thanks for posting those great photos.

it makes me really, really want to go to a sheepdog trial.

 

I remember the first time I ever saw a border collie work sheep. It was at a rodeo. I was maybe six years old and I thought it was the best thing I had ever seen in my life. It still gives me chills to watch a good dog work sheep, even if it is on video.

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