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Wisconsin Working Stock Dog Association Trials

Hudson
  • Separating sheep under the watchful eye of a Border Collie and handler Claudia Mahon

    Separating sheep under the watchful eye of a Border Collie and handler Claudia Mahon

Over 80 dogs and handlers from 7 states will be in Hudson to compete at the Badlands Sheep Dog trial. Spectators will see dogs working off verbal and whistle commands at distances of up to 500 yards from their handlers to safely move sheep through a course designed to simulate ranch work.  While the sport of stock dog handling is open to all herding breeds, the Border Collie dominates. Having been bred for centuries to herd livestock, it still takes years of refining and molding that instinct to develop dogs to the level that will be on display. The goal of the sport is to refine and preserve the working instinct of the breed.   Admission $7, children under 10 free.  There will be indoor shelter and food for sale. The event is outdoors in a beautiful rural setting just 30 minutes from St. Paul. Like real ranch work, the trial will go on rain or shine. Don’t miss a chance to see one of the highest forms of partnership between a working dog and its handler. Bring a chair and stay all day.