Stock dogs will be putting sheep through their paces this Friday through Sunday at the Hotchkiss pasture just south of Bridge Street. The action begins at 8 a.m. on Friday, May 10, and at 7 a.m. for Saturday, May 11, and Sunday, May 12.
The top-scoring novice dog from Delta County will become the Hotchkiss Fire Department's mascot for the next year. The fire department also contributes an extra prize of $100 for this top dog.
Nursery dogs which are just three years of age or younger will do runs first on Friday, followed by novice dogs and/or novice handlers.
In the afternoon, the more experienced handlers will participate in a Jackpot Run with the details announced at the start of the event. Come watch as these professionals match their skills to surprise obstacles.
Also on Friday and through the weekend will be "The All Roads Lead to Hotchkiss Yard Sales." Shop for bargains!
Saturday's dog trials begin with the Open which features the most experienced dogs, followed by the pro-novice dogs. Sunday the order is reversed. Also on Saturday, you can get a close look at the sheep camps and watch Doug Hamilton shear sheep. The San Juan Weavers Guild will have spinning demonstrations.
The judge for the dog trials this year is Emil Luebucke of Texas. He has been working with border collies since 1971. It wasn't until 1990, though, that he became interested in trials. Luebucke is now known for his wealth of knowledge about the history of dog trials in North America. He attends most of the major trials throughout the country.
You can start Saturday morning off with a fresh-off-the-farm breakfast. The Hotchkiss Fire Protection District is serving up its seventh annual Pancake Breakfast. The menu includes pancakes, eggs, sausage, juice and coffee. Egg Beaters and sugar-free syrup will be available. Breakfast will be served from 6-11 a.m. Cost is $7 for adults and $3 for children. Hotchkiss Meats, Closer to Heaven Farm, Hardin's Natural Foods, Leroux Creek Foods, Big B's Juices and The Living Farm Cafe are providing the ingredients.
The Ute Trails Car Show starts at 9 a.m. behind Zack's BBQ on Saturday. For car owners, registration is from 8 until 11 a.m., with the awards presented at 2 p.m.
At noon, at the Hotchkiss Station until 3 p.m., the North Fork Ambulance Association will host an open house. Pick up some free ice cream on your way to the Hotchkiss Dog Trials. Kids can ride the Kiddie Train. Come and see the newly designed ambulances.
Volunteers will be on hand to answer questions and check blood pressures. It will also be a good time to renew your membership for ambulance service.
There will be a lot going on this three-day Mother's Day weekend. So make plans to come to Hotchkiss and enjoy the dog trials, classic cars and pancake breakfast.
Admission to the dog trials is $4 Friday, $5 Saturday and $5 Sunday.blog comments powered by Disqus