Sheepdog trials in Hotchkiss begin 10th year Friday

The Hotchkiss Sheep Camp Dog Trials completes its first decade this year on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The 2012 event drew about 2,000 people over the three days, organizers said.

The trials are conducted in the meadows south of Hotchkiss Avenue and west of the Delta County Fairgrounds,  about a block from downtown Hotchkiss.

Trials begin at 8 a.m. Friday for the 77 dogs and 40 handlers dogs from 13 states that are entered in the trial.

Admission to the trials is $4 on Friday, beginning at 8 a.m. with novice and nursery classes, and $5 for the Saturday and Sunday runs for the open and pro-novice classes, all starting at 7 a.m.

In addition to the trials, sheep-shearing demonstrations sponsored by the Colorado Wool Authority will be conducted every half-hour from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Other activities include a pancake breakfast, wool-spinning demonstration, a car show and team penning at the fairgrounds on Saturday.

Sunday is devoted to the trials themselves with awards presented at the end of the trials.

For more information, see hotchkissdogtrials.com.


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