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Thursday, September 01, 2011

Solider Hollow Classic Sheep Dog Championship & Festival

The Solider Hollow Classic Sheep Dog Championship & Festival is held annually over Labor Day weekend (Friday-Monday). In 2010, some 25,100 people participated in the festival. This year's event will be bigger and better than ever.

Soldier Hollow is located near Heber City. It was an important venue during the 2002 Winter Olympics, and is now part of Wasatch Mountain State Park. It offers activities year-round.

See the festival website for details and a complete schedule.

The Deseret News has this article about the Classic. Below are excerpts.

Sheepdog competitions are international events, designed initially so handlers can later buy pups from champion dogs. Most of the invited dog-handler teams at the Soldier Hollow event are national champions or have significant standing in their own country.

Beverly Lambert, from Handover, Conn., has been a contestant since the event's second year and has won twice. Her motive for coming: "To win."

But it's more than that. Lambert no longer makes her livelihood with sheep. "It's more of an expensive hobby," she said. "People react funny when I say it's expensive, but you need more than just a dog. You need a farm and flock of sheep."

Events in addition to daily sheepdog competitions include best-dressed dog and ugly mutt championships, law enforcement K-9 demonstrations and a dock diving dogs competition.

All-day events are scheduled Friday through Sunday with a medals ceremony Monday.

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