Money winners for Meeker Classic

MEEKER I Dennis Gellings and Scott Glen, who placed first and second respectively in a neck-to-neck battle at the Meeker Classic Sheepdog Championship Trials finals also ran first and second in money earned. Gellings took home $5,000 in purse for his win with Tess and $500 for the Streigel Best

Voting begins for Sheepdog art

MEEKER | “All of them are like ‘wow;’ they are the highest quality overall we’ve ever had, ” said Mary Frances Coryell, art committee chair for the Meeker Classic Sheepdog Trials, of the 50 art contest entries by 38 artists from across North American now hanging at Wendll’s and waiting for public vote.

Discount tickets available now for Sheepdog Classic

MEEKER | The public can join the excitement of the Meeker Classic Sheepdog Trials, one of Northwest Colorado’s premier fall events, from Sept. 4-8 and save some money and a lot of hassle.

MCSCT builds next generation of volunteers

Jake Nieslanik

MEEKER I Volunteers are the lifeblood of any vibrant community and an essential part of what has made the Meeker Classic Sheepdog Trials a success. Over 26 years, countless volunteers have given their time, efforts and skills to create an event that allows Meeker to open its doors to the world.

Washington artist is two-time winner of art contest

Mary Francis Coryell and MCSCT director Maym Cunningham are pictured with the winning piece titled “Taking Control” by Debbie Hughbanks of Loon Lake, Wash., who was unable to attend. Visit for more information.

MEEKER I Debbie Hughbanks of Loon Lake, Wash., won the Meeker Classic Sheepdog Championship Trials art contest for a second time. Hughbanks was unable to attend the art reception but MCSCT art contest director Mary Francis and MCSCT director Maym Cunningham displayed her piece “Taking Control” in her absence.


MEEKER I Dennis Gellings from British Columbia won the 2008 Meeker Classic Sheepdog Championship Trials, not Dennis Edwards, who was incorrectly given credit in the Sept. 13, 2012, issue of the Rio Blanco Herald Times.

2012 Meeker Classic

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26th Meeker Sheepdog Trials is in the books for 2012

Photo by Dale Hallebach

After the field of 131 handler/dog teams was judged down to the top 15 for Sunday’s championship finals, Faansie Basson of Swellendam, South Africa, and his dog Don were judged the best team in the 2012 Meeker Classic Sheepdog Championship Trials. The finalists included Lyle Lad (kneeling), Amanda Milliken, Virgil

Dog days of summer…

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The sun was rising on the course during the handlers’ meeting before the start of the 26th annual Meeker Classic Sheepdog Championship Trials yesterday at Ute Park.

Fun, free rides to Meeker Classic sheepdog trials

Ann Marie Scritchfield, owner of Sable Mountain Outfitters, will provide free carriage rides from the courthouse square in Meeker to Ute Park during the sheepdog trials Friday and Saturday. Pioneers Medical Center will provide a van to pick up passengers at White River Inn, The Blue Spruce in and Meeker Hotel downtown. A complete schedule is posted at the Post Office in Meeker.

MEEKER I No need to spend $4 per gallon for gas or hassle with traffic or parking. Once again, thanks to the generosity of Ann Marie Scritchfield and Sable Mountain Outfitters and the Pioneers Medical Center, you can take a free van or carriage ride to and from the trials site in Ute Park.

Crazy things ahead at Meeker Classic

Crazy things happen when sheep fresh off summer range are challenged by top border collie/handler teams at the Meeker Classic Sheepdog Trials, which start Sept. 5 and continue through Sept. 9 at Ute Park. Many activities are planned throughout the five day event for everyone.

MEEKER I Expect crazy things to happen out at Ute Park when wary range ewes challenge top border collie/handler teams at the Meeker Classic Sheepdog Trials, Sept. 5-9.

Seeds of ideas “sewn” in P.E.O.

MEEKER I The seed was first “sewn” a few years ago. It was but a spark of an idea that our small town of Meeker could host a show featuring the unique handiwork of quilters from across the northwest corner of our state.