Here are some of our favorite snaps from the 35th Annual Meeker Classic.
A sheepdog works five sheep during the preliminaries on Wednesday.
The Union Jack flew at half-mast after the Queen’s death on September 8.
Classic memorabilia were available at the Chaos Ink booth. Each year’s logo is created from the previous year’s winning artwork.
A sheepdog quickly brings a group to the handler.
A VFW member accompanies students on an excursion to the Classic. More than 400 children are introduced to the Classic through the school program.
Former Meekerite Andy Goettel has been a salesman at the Classic for about 25 years.
Jean Gellings and Quinn finished in ninth place out of 135 dog/handler teams.
Meeker’s Zeek Gianinetti played bagpipes during the event.
The Garfield K-9 Unit gave demonstrations every day during the lunch break.
Brook Briddle of Powder River Hat Co. sells his wares at the Classic since his kids were in kindergarten; his youngest is graduating from high school this year.
A handler gives different commands to his dog while running, both whistled and spoken.
A stuffed Border Collie watches the field from a vendor tent.
This puppy waits patiently in the handler’s quiet environment for the flight.
There were various wool products for sale
Claude Wood of Mountain Honey explains the basics of beekeeping.
Toelle’s Kettle Corn was a popular snack.
Spectators come from far and wide to watch the event.
Enjoying the view through ‘doggles’.
This little one absolutely loved the exciting events.
According to trial director Maym Cunningham, the turnout this year was good.
2022 champion Faansie Basson works with his second dog, Finn, at the international stable. Finn took third place.
A spectator records a video of Jean Gellings running during the final on Sunday 11 September.
Marianna Schreeder takes a moment with her dog Star after their last run. The team finished fifth overall.
Meeker sheep run for it during the final.
Photographer Dale Hallebach, a long-time event photographer, lists the winners for an official photo.
Trial Director Maym Cunningham thanked the participants, spectators and volunteers.
This year’s best dog, Jack.
The evicted crew is an essential part of the process.
The best dog handler teams of 2022. Not pictured: runner up Barbara Ray. Ray and champion Faansie Basson both placed with two dogs each. Basson was first and third and Ray was second and twelfth. “It takes a village” for the Classic to take place every year. Photos by Caitlin Walker | Rio Blanco Announces Times art exhibition
Honorary Presidents Gus and Christine Halandras.
The Classic can be a puppy lover’s paradise.
This heterochromatic guy was very friendly.
So did his friend, who loved belly rubs.
Entertainment at the art exhibition.
It was a beautiful Colorado evening.
The winning artwork was “Away”, a watercolor by Carolyn Coon. Courtesy photo The winning photo was of Kathy Mazzola. Courtesy photo. Photos by Katie Lockwood Flyball, Agility and more…
Wilson, the agility dog, showed his weaving skills to a group of schoolchildren from Moffat County.
The agility dogs received a lot of applause for their performance.
A group of school children ask questions during the skill demonstration.
Nose work and sniffer dog demonstrations were popular with young people.
An apprentice leads this wolfhound over a jump on the agility course.
And we’re back to Wilson and his poles.
But just in case you couldn’t get enough, here’s even more Wilson…
Okay, this is the last one, we swear.
Flyball demonstrations were held alongside Bill Lukes Agility Field throughout the weekend.
Flyball, also known as “drag racing for dogs,” consists of a series of hurdles that dogs race through.
They then press a panel to get the ball and run back as fast as possible.
It’s actually quite mentally challenging for the dogs. One-year-old Ella, above, only completed a few runs as part of her training.
Turbo the Jack Russell prepares for his turn on the track.
The puppies enjoy the mental challenge, exercise and quality time with their owners.
The flyball demonstration was given by the Westside Woofers team from Grand Junction.
The crowd clapped and cheered for the dogs as they raced down the track.
Turbo was a crowd favorite… … especially when he behaved unpleasantly and decided to do his own thing. Photos by Caitlin Walker | Rio Blanco Announces Times
The classic also included the annual Jammin’ Lamb party, the handler challenge, and more demos and events not pictured here. Make plans now to attend next year’s trials and see it all for yourself!
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