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I wish I had unlimited $$ and time to travel to some of these great trials/venues.

 

Thanks for posting.

I just got home from this trial. It's my third time there, and each one is better than the last. Over 170 Open dogs, very clever sheep, and all kinds of things to do (and eat) when you're not running a dog. Absolute class event! If you can get to only one or two large trials, this one should go on your list! Amanda is an incredible organizer and she and her team run a wicked trial.

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I also just got back from this trial. It is in my home town and I go every year. I seriously love it. It is amazing, so much to do, and amazing handlers.

 

The double lift was awesome. There were several ewes that were putting up some serious attitude.

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...The double lift was awesome. There were several ewes that were putting up some serious attitude.

 

We got one of those ewes in our first run! She split off, ran like mad, charged my dog when he caught her, and generally created mayhem. It was wild! When we timed out, she made a break for it again. Bar was NOT ready to let her go so he and Dorey tag-team exhausted her off the field. :D

 

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You're so lucky to have such a cool trial in your backyard. I really enjoy Kingston every year we come to this trial.

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You're so lucky to have such a cool trial in your backyard. I really enjoy Kingston every year we come to this trial.

 

Thank you, Kingston isn't "home" anymore sadly, but I make my husband drive home 7 hours every year to see it! And every year I swear I'm going to go talk to a handler about getting a puppy from them in the future and every year (...like 5) I chicken out and don't. Maybe next year I'll be brave haha.

 

This year was interesting because last year Heidi was crazy, crying and lunging at the sheep/dogs running, so we had to sit way back. This past May, she was introduced to sheep for the first time, so I was super worried about how she'd be. Instead she was silent. She just sat there, so focused, and only cried a little when the sheep went over the hill into the exhaust pen. :D As per usual, my Aussie was just looking for pets from fellow spectators.

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