Concerts at the top of the new attractions during the Classic

MEEKER I New events will complement the world-class sheepdog competition in Meeker for the 30th annual Meeker Classic Sheepdog Championship Trials, Sept. 7- 11.

Meeker Sheepdog Classic has vast, colorful 30-year history

Above, several border collies are seen resting in the sun awaiting each of their turns in the Meeker Classic Championship Sheepdog Trials, which will be held Sept. 7-11 this year at Ute Park.

MEEKER I Boasting 30 years of legacy and traditions, Meeker’s Ute Park will once again be brimming with dogs, sheep and people for the annual Meeker Classic Champion Sheepdog Trials Sept. 7-11. Known as the “go-to trial” around the world, the Meeker Classic features 140 dog/handler teams matched up against the tough, wily Meeker sheep. […]

Meeker Classic, art show results

Place, Handler (Dog), From, Dog Sponsor, Final Score 1, Amanda Milliken (Howell), Kingston, Ont., Canada, Aspen Pet Services, 115 2, Derek Fisher (Nell), Napa, Idaho, Albert & Mary Kay Krueger, 113 3, Ron Enzeroth (Mick), Dublin, Texas, Redstone Veterinary Hospital, 105 4, Ron Burkey (Shadow), Boerne, Texas, Ed & Cheri Jaros, 103 5, Alan Mills […]

Meeker Classic: 2015

Amanda Milliken of Kingston, Ontario, Canada, with her dog, Howell, won her third Meeker Classic championship.

RBC I Around 30 years ago, a group of locals sat around over coffee and talked about ways to give an economic boost to the community. They came up with the idea of hosting a sheepdog trial. The rest, of course, is history.

Meeker Classic into its 29th year

The 29th annual Meeker Classic Sheepdog Championship Trials began Wednesday morning at Ute Park, west of downtown Meeker. Above, Dave Imus and his dog, Tip, who hale from Olympia, Wash., were one of the first teams to hit the course, coming up just a couple feet short of the pen when time ran out. The trials run with the qualifying rounds Wednesday, Thursday and Friday while the semi-final round is Saturday with the top 20 dogs and finals Sunday with the top 12 dogs.

MEEKER I As Kay Stephens and her dog, Gala, from Normangee, Texas, walked to the post at 7 a.m. Wednesday, she marked a 29-year tradition of sheepdog trials in Meeker.

Sheepdog trials…

Border collie handlers come in ages, sizes, both sexes and varied attire for their challenges against sheep with their dogs, but all are very serious as they travel from as far away as South Africa for this 29th annual event in Meeker.

29th annual Meeker Sheepdog Classic begins on Wednesday

The sheepdog competitions have their roots in the highlands of Scotland and Ireland and, as such, are associated with the “pipes” of the Irish and Scottish bagpipers. There will be pipers on hand during the Meeker Classic, and their instruments can be heard periodically as they practice between performances.

MEEKER I Seven hundred and fifty sheep have been separated from their summer home and flock in the high country above Vail and are headed to Meeker. These Merino cross yearlings are known in the dog trialing world as tough and independent sheep that challenge even the best dog and handler teams.

Cowboy entertainer, duck herding are new features at Meeker Classic

Long-time Meeker sheepdog handler and competitor Dawn Boyce will orchestrate her “Ducks in Space” production in Meeker this year.  Showing off her border collie talent and instinct, Boyce will entertain the crowd with her dogs all the way from Georgia and their duck-herding skills.

MEEKER I Once a year in September, border collies, handlers and sheepdog enthusiasts converge in Meeker for the annual Meeker Classic Sheepdog Trials, offering five days of fun for everyone. The dogs are the main attraction, but weekend highlights showcase two attractions you don’t want to miss. Award-winning Western entertainer, singer/songwriter and storyteller Gary McMahan […]

Thursday night of Sheepdog Classic shines spotlight on art and lamb

The winning 2014 Meeker Classic painting.

MEEKER I Kicking off the Wednesday following Labor Day, the town of Meeker will again open its doors to the world for the 29th annual Meeker Classic Sheepdog Championship Trials.

Letter to the Editor: Meeker Classic board thanks community

Dear Editor: As we button up the hatches from another year of sheepdog trials, the Meeker Classic Board of Directors would like to take this opportunity to extend our gratitude to so many in the community who make this event possible.

Letter to the Editor: Thanks from Meeker Classic

Dear Editor: Dear second grade teachers, students and parents of Meeker and Parkview Elementary Schools: Thank you so much for participating in our educational field trip to the Meeker Classic Sheepdog Championship Trials.

Meeker Classic 2014