Soldier Hollow Classic Sheepdog Trial Championship

Over Labor day, I attended the Soldier Hollow Classic Sheepdog Trial Championship in Heber Valley, Utah.  Wow, I had so much fun watching the Border Collies herd wild range sheep.  One by one, a dog teamed up with their handler to bring two groups of sheep down the mountain.  After steering the sheep through a series of gates, the team separated out five sheep wearing red collars from the main group and herded them into a pen.  These sheep were tough as nails and challenged the dogs by stomping their hooves.  It took a skilled team with a little luck to accomplish the test.  Despite their great skill, sometimes the sheep won over the dog and human.


Besides the sheep herding, the event had a variety of dog demonstrations.  The Salt Lake Unified Police Department showed off their canine officers with a demonstration that included both obedience and protection skills.  I have seen a lot of police dogs in action and these were among the best I’ve had the privilege to watch.  The event also feature a pool and splash dog contest.  This is a great event and below is a link where you can learn more.

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Dr. Kristen Nelson grew up on a farm in Watertown, Minn., where she developed a deep love for animals of all kinds. She received a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine. Kris then completed a small-animal internship at the prestigious Animal Medical Center in New York City. In addition to writing and speaking, she cares for small and exotic animals in Scottsdale, Az. Dr. Nelson is widely quoted in the media. Her credits include Ladies’ Home Journal, USA TODAY, the Los Angeles Times and numerous radio and television interviews. Dr. Nelson has written two books, Coated With Fur: A Vet’s Life and Coated With Fur: A Blind Cat’s Love. Kris and her husband Steve share their home with rescued cats, birds and a dog.