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 Holland, Jack Knox, Dennis Edwards, Ron Burkey, Dennis Gellings, Basson, Bill Berhow, Barbara Ray, Jean Gellings, Shauna Gourley and Tom Wilson. Don (pictured bottom right) and Basson have competed in the Meeker Classic before. They were on “stand by” last year and did not run, yet made the best of their opportunity this year. DALE HALLEBACH