A Border collie named Nan – owned by Beverly Lambert of Andover, Connecticut – was announced as the top dog at the 2016 Kingston Sheep Dog Trials.
With a total score of 297, Nan was the winner of the Double Lift competition among the 14 dogs with the highest scores in the qualifying sheep-herding trials. Lambert’s dog Joe came in third place with 260 points.
Coming in at second, with 271 points, was Stella – owned by Barbara Ray of Millboro, Virginia.
The festival reports this year’s event was the largest of its kind in North America and featured 165 dogs and 100 handlers who competed.
Over 4,000 people came to the three-day event and, along with the trials, were also entertained by the Kingston Police K9 Unit demonstrations, the Nutram Doggie Play Zone and Soper Creek Wildlife.
In a release, Sue Hitchcock, assistance supervisor, recreation programs with the City of Kingston, said “For me, it’s meeting the people who come to the trails, especially the folks who have been coming for years. Repeat visitors remind me that we are offering a top quality event.”
Organizers extended their appreciation to all attendees, trial participants, volunteers and sponsors for making the event a success.
The Kingston Sheep Dog Trials Festival has been a Top 100 Festival and Events Ontario winner for nine years in a row.
The 2017 Trials Festival is scheduled for August 11 to 13, and will mark the 30th anniversary of the event.
For full results and more information, visit KingstonSheepDogTrials.com.
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