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30th annual Kingston Sheepdog Trials festival brings hundreds to Grass Creek Park

30th annual Kingston Sheepdog Trials festival brings hundreds to Grass Creek Park
From Global News - August 12, 2017

The annual Kingston Sheepdog Trials festival celebrated its 30th anniversary at Grass Creek Park this weekend.

The canine competition attracts over 7,000 spectators each year as visitors from around the globe come to Kingston for the unique event, considered the largest of its kind in North America.

I think its just a really different experience, said Stephanie Grimes, special event coordinator with the City of Kingston. The Sheepdog Trials are something many people have never seen before.

Around 165 border collies are competing in this years event, in which the dogs and their handlers have nine minutes to perform all the tasks required by a sheepdog, such as gathering, driving, penning, and shedding.

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People love to see the drama. The drama of the work between the sheep because theyre the unknownthey could be doing anything. The trust between the handler and the dog, and the whole convergence of that into a good job, said Trials chair Amanda Milliken.

Aside from the competition aspect, the event also includes Ultimutts, a stunt-dog show that features several rescue pets from all over North America.

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