Washington artist is two-time winner of art contest

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. Share on Facebook


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. Share on Facebook

26th Meeker Sheepdog Trials is in the books for 2012

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Testing the competition

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. Share on Facebook

A familiar face for more than 20 years

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…

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

Milliken wins Classic, again

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

25th Meeker Classic a reunion of sorts

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

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. Share on Facebook


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. Share on Facebook

California woman, dog win Classic

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. Share on […]

24th annual Meeker Classic Sheepdog Championship Trials

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. Share on Facebook