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 www.meekersheepdog.com/artwork.htm 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.

26th Meeker Sheepdog Trials is in the books for 2012

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Testing the competition

With the mountain that borders the north side of the Meeker Classic Sheepdog Championship Trial in the background, Bridget Strang, who hosted the National Sheepdog Trials last year in Carbondale, and her dog Treat, work to pen the sheep at a trial to benefit the Meeker Classic at Greg and Maym Cunningham’s ranch on Little Beaver last weekend. All of the entry fees, judging, food, time were donated to raise money to keep the purse for the fall classic at $25,000.

MEEKER I Volunteerism at its best was on display last week end as 27 handlers from Wyoming, Utah, and Colorado and dozens of their border collies converged on Greg and Maym Cunningham’s beautiful ranch for a trial to benefit the Meeker Classic.

A familiar face for more than 20 years

Amanda Miliken and her dog Clive, pictured on their winning run of the 2011 Meeker Classic Championship Sheepdog Trials. The Meeker Classic Championship Sheepdog Trials celebrated its 25th anniversary this year.

MEEKER I The dawn was breaking, the sheep were grazing, the coffee was brewing and the aroma of dew on the grass and breakfast food filled the air as spectators took their seats. The committee prepared for the day and announcer Art Unsworth gave a call to the handler who would make the first run […]

Top 15 handlers…

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The top 15 handlers of the 2011 Meeker Classic Sheepdog Championship Trials posed for a group picture with champion Amanda Milliken.

Milliken wins Classic, again

Amanda Milliken of Kingston, Ontario, Canada, and her dog Clive won the silver anniversary 2011 Meeker Classic Sheepdog Championship trials last weekend. She didn’t have much time to celebrate, however. Milliken and Clive qualified to compete in the 2011 U.S. National Finals, which started Tuesday in Carbondale.

MEEKER I The vision from the beginning was to become the best sheepdog trials event in the world.

25th Meeker Classic a reunion of sorts

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MEEKER I All that brouhaha in Ute Park is a Meeker Classic 25th reunion of sorts. Among the 135 top North American border collie/handler teams competing for $25,000 in prize money are five handlers who were introduced to wily range ewes at the first Meeker Classic in 1987: Bill Berhow, Bud Boudreau, Bruce Fogt, Jack […]

Meeker Classic going strong

The unique ability of border collies to locate and fetch sheep is demonstrated here by 2009 Meeker champ, Ethel. Veteran handler Chris Jobe and Western Border Collie rescue director Chris Goetz will explain this and more at one of the Meeker Classic’s special educational seminars, “Border Collies - Training, Trialing and Working.” Also not to be missed are Christine Halandras’s cooking seminar “Taste of Colorado Lamb”, and “Leatherwork, Repairs and Saddlemaking” presented by Bob Klenda and Mike Brennan on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (Sept. 9-11) at the 25th anniversary of the Meeker Classic Sheepdog Trials in Ute Park.

MEEKER | The Meeker Classic celebrates its 25th anniversary Sept. 7-11, 2011. It all began in 1986, with a discussion in Gus and Christine Halandras’s kitchen about ways to boost the flagging local economy.


MEEKER | In the August 25 edition of the Rio Blanco Herald Times, the article entitled “Questions and answers about the Meeker Classic” inadvertently listed the number of points the runner-up will receive as 25.

California woman, dog win Classic

Suzy Applegate of Plymouth, Calif., and her dog Buzz won the top prize at the 24th annual Meeker Classic Sheepdog Championship Trials last weekend at Ute Park. Additional Classic photos on Pages 7A and 8A.

MEEKER I Suzy Applegate and her dog created a lot of, well, buzz on the final day of the sheepdog trials Sunday. Applegate, competing in the trials for just the second time, and her 4-year-old dog Buzz, won the top prize at the 24th annual Meeker Classic Sheepdog Championship Trials, surprising even herself.

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Stock dog handling demonstrations, using ducks, will be presented by Chris Jobe at 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the sheepdog trials, part of the schedule of events at the Meeker Classic, which began Wednesday and will run through Sunday at Ute Park.