Besseghini 7th at NWS

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MEEKER I Sandra Besseghini and her dog Mik of Meeker took seventh place out of 41 contestants in the Intermediate Sheepdog Trial at the National Western Stock Show in Denver on Jan. 26.

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.

Discount tickets

MEEKER I The Meeker Classic is Rio Blanco County’s headliner for September, and the organizing committee wants to see every RBC resident out there. For RBC residents, tickets are half price if purchased at Wendll’s or the Chamber of Commerce. That’s $15 for an adult 5-day pass, $5 for one

Meeker Classic Trials announces 2011 recipient

Morgan Neilson receives a scholarship check for $1,000 from Meeker Classic Sheepdog Championship Trials board member Bernie Gantt.

MEEKER I Each year the Meeker Classic Memorial Scholarship is dedicated in honor and memory of exemplary individuals who have been involved with the Meeker Classic but have since passed away. This scholarship is awarded to a Meeker High School graduate who continues their education in a two year trade school, two year associate degree […]

Getting ready for the sheepdogs …

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Former Meeker Classic Sheepdog Championship Trials director Ellen Nieslanik’s dog checks out the bales of hay laying on Ute Park, where preparations are being made for the celebration and competition of the annual event’s silver anniversary.

Questions and answers about the Meeker Classic

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MEEKER I Have you attended the Meeker Classic for years yet still wonder about some of the things going on out there? Here are some frequently asked questions, and their answers.

Sheepdog demonstration …

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What’s better than a live demonstration to whet your appetite for the real thing? Meeker Classic trial director Maym Cunningham and her sister, retired trial director Ellen Nieslanik were invited to perform a sheep herding demonstration at the Snowmass Night Rodeos.  

Meeker Classic offers set out clinic in June

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MEEKER — The Meeker Classic will hold a free set out clinic on Sunday, June 14.