LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — People from all over the world are in Lexington this week for the 2019 Bluegrass Classic Stockdog Trials.
The competition has been called one of the top 5 sheepdog competitions in the United States, and even in the world.
“If it were golf, this would be like one of the majors, the Masters or something like that,” said handler Mike Neary.
“We have some from British Columbia, Washington State, Alberta, Ontario, California. It’s really neat, and they all fly or drive here,” said trial coordinator Marianna Shreeder.
Hundreds of handlers and their dogs come to show off for the judges. The course includes herding sheep into specific gates, separating one sheep from the group and leading them into a pen.
“A lot of repetition, a lot of real-world experience, a lot of farm work, a lot of patience by the person and then a lot of, you know, just good instincts,” said Neary.
Neary told LEX 18 that it is a blast getting to meet people from all over, catch up with familiar faces, and of course, explore Lexington.
“Lexington is a great town. We appreciate them hosting this. It’s a wonderful opportunity for us. Hopefully, we bring a little money to the community and spend it,” he said.
The Bluegrass Classic continues at Masterson Station Park through the weekend, with the finals set for Sunday at 8 a.m. The event is free to the public.