I went to the Finals in Sturgis, SD, last week and it was amazing. I met some terrific people and saw some amazing dogs! I took some pictures, but because I was volunteering (scribing and helping with the exhausting), I only got a chance to photograph a few of the runs. But here's a sampling of them:
Dan Keeton and Bingo
Don Helsley and Cap
Larry Adams and Mirk
Marilyn Terpstra's Gin
Libby Nieder and Lyn
Scott Glen and Maid
Dennis Gellings and Jan
Jennifer Clark-Ewers and Sweep
Laura Hicks and Jag
Handlers watching under the tent
Laura and Hub discuss business, while Denice looks on
Sheep were rambioullets
Exhausted sheep moving along
to join their buddies
The 18 finalists were introduced to the crowd. Here, Don Helsley, Patrick Shannahan, Ron Burkey, Scott Glen, and Amanda Milliken are making their way onto the field.
Set out crew coming down from the hill for the opening ceremony
I spent a lot of time being "Bucket Girl," or, more affectionately, "Bo Peep." We used two sets of three bottle lambs as a draw for the trial rambioullets coming off the field into the exhaust pen, where we removed collars and sent them on their way. One of my jobs was to lure the bottle lambs around with the grain :-)
You can see a few more here. I had a lot of fun, and I look forward to going again, maybe one day as a competitor!
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