The National Point Qualifying Sheepdog Trials during the Trailing of the Sheep Festival is a must-see for all animal enthusiasts who have wondered who is in charge of the sheep and how the dogs are trained to respond to their handlers. These amazingly talented animals will bring words of astonishment from all viewers along with great photo opportunities.
The United States Border Collie Handlers’ Association is the governing body of the trialing world and sanctions the Trailing of the Sheep Festival Dog Trials. The Trials will feature the West Coast’s most talented border collies paired with their top handlers. Look for teams traveling from Utah, Idaho, Montana, California, Oregon, Washington and Canada. The sheep are being loaned courtesy of Flat Top Sheep Company. The Flat Top Sheep Co., was started in the 1920s by John Peavey’s grandfather, John Thomas, who was a U.S. senator. John’s father, Art Peavey, was an attorney and also operated the ranch near Carey, Idaho. Today, John, his son Tom and grandsons Cory and Jake (now the fifth generation) work together at Flat Top and run their sheep in the Pioneer Mountains above Sun Valley in the summer months.
In addition out at the Trials, enjoy wonderful food from the Gooding Basque Association, beverages, shop for great Festival merchandise and peruse the wares of over 30 vendors. Come out for a great day!