The last two days of the Sheep Camp Stock Dog Trials and All Roads Lead to Hotchkiss were blessed with the finest Colorado spring weather imaginable. The well-tended Hotchkiss family field was green and crisp, the sky clear blue and the observers focused on the athleticism of the canine workers.
This weekend Hotchkiss will be rolling out the red carpet. Dogs and their handlers are getting ready to compete at the popular Sheep Camp Stock Dog Trials. The trials draw handlers and their working dogs from California, Minnesota, Wyoming, Arizona, Utah, Missouri, North Carolina and Colorado.
Handlers traveled from California, Utah, Montana, Arizona, Texas, Wyoming, North Dakota and other parts of the state to take part in the 15th annual Hotchkiss Sheep Camp Stock Dog Trials.
Over three days of competition, the handlers worked with the dogs to herd small groups of sheep through a course laid out in a pasture owned by the Hotchkiss family.
All roads lead to Hotchkiss May 11-13.
The Mother's Day weekend brings the 15th annual Sheep Camp Stock Dog Trials to Hotchkiss.
The 15th annual Hotchkiss Sheep Camp Stock Dog Trials are being dedicated to the memory of Mike Furcolow, a beloved friend and experienced dog handler who recently lost his long battle with cancer.
Furcolow took great pleasure in working with his dogs and watching them progress through their training with his guidance.
Gordon Hebenstreit loves watching good stock dogs work. He also enjoys working with his own border collies, but he's happy leaving them at home and just being a spectator at the annual Hotchkiss Sheep Camp Stock Dog Trials.
Actually he's grown into much more than a spectator -- he and his wife Cheryl now assist founder Richard Bailey with the competition.
A longtime Delta County Fair Board member and 4-H leader was chosen as the grand marshal of the 112th annual Delta County Fair parade.
For 20 years, Richard Bailey and wife Marilyn were active with the fair. They were on the Delta County Fair Board, were 4-H leaders, and served as sheep superintendents.
Results from 14th annual Hotchkiss Sheep Camp Stock Dog Trials, May 12-14:
With the exception of a little wind, the weather couldn't have been more cooperative for the 14th annual Hotchkiss Sheep Camp Stock Dog Trials. The three-day event drew some 75 dog/handler teams, and some of the biggest crowds in recent history.
What started 14 years ago as the Hotchkiss Sheep Camp Stock Dog Trials has grown into a community-wide event. Over the years numerous activities have grown up around the trials, held annually over the Mother's Day weekend.
The 14th annual Hotchkiss Sheep Camp Stock Dog Trial is less than six weeks away. And while the event attracts teams from across the western U.S., several locals are busy preparing for this year's trials.
Despite a tight budget the Hotchkiss council voted to support the annual Hotchkiss Sheep Camp Stock Dog Trial event with a $500 donation. The 14th annual trials will be held May 12-14, which is also Mother's Day weekend.
Steve Allen doesn't have a lot of spare time on his hands. He's busy running his 1,600-acre ranch located along the majestic Gunnison Gorge at the west end of Fruitland Mesa. In addition to growing hay and doing all the things required to run the ranch, he and wife Rachel keep sheep and goats, and also occasionally tend other people's cattle.
The seventh annual Sheep Dog Trials 5k was held in Hotchkiss on Saturday, May 7. Proceeds from the run support the Women Advancing Math and Science Scholarship.
The 13th annual Hotchkiss Sheep Camp Stock Dog Trials begin Friday. The trials offer a rare glimpse into the lives of herding dogs and their skilled handlers.
Unlike many sheepdog trials, "the whole community gets involved," said event founder Richard Bailey. "It's not just a dog trial."
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