|Driving up to the trial field at the Dry Lake Sheepdog Trial.|
We went up Saturday morning, got there early afternoon. Watched some of the Open and watched the Open on Sunday. Then Monday morning was the Nursery and ProNovice. The Open had a ca-razy 625 yard outrun. Friday, they did it in snow and hail-ish. How the handlers saw the dogs and sheep at that distance is anyone's guess. How the dogs found their sheep is why we do this.
|Taking the sheep out to night pasture after Saturday's Open.|
The field, surroundings and sky were stunning all weekend. Not having a dog entered, and just there to watch and lend moral support made for such an amazing weekend. I would have loved to run Jane on this field. . .honestly, I think this is the best field for her that I have seen. We just aren't quite ready for the distance. I sure do hope they have this trial on this field next year.
|Sunday morning's field was magical.|
|The sheep wait in the exhaust.|
Not a bad seat in the house. I was so proud of my friends who ran their dogs. Two stepped up to P/N for the first time. Two are very new Open handlers, and their dogs found their sheep both days. Some young dogs did well. Some Open dogs did well. One friend won the whole darn thing one day. Others found victory is improvements. One person I don't know had a run that made everyone look at me and ask if it made me feel better about where I'm at and the train wrecks I had last weekend. Honestly, it did. I don't take pleasure in other people's frustrations, but it does help me feel a little better to know that even very experienced people have train wrecks, too!
I will steal a line from a friend's blog. This is the field where we worship good working dogs that do the things no other dogs can do. This is that field. And, it takes one's breath away to bear witness to this phenomenon the Border Collie.