Dorey the Border Collie wins Top Dog at 2017 Kingston Sheep Dog Trials

Published on: 2017/08/15 - in News

Kingston Sheep Dog Trials

A border collie named Dorey won top honours at the 2017 Kingston Sheep Dog Trials with a score of 277.

Owned by Kingston’s Amanda Milliken, Dorey competed among 20 dogs with the highest scores in the qualifying sheep-herding trials and won the Double Lift competition.

Coming in second place with 270 points was Jim, owned by Pam Boring of Pink Mountain, BC., with Feist, owned by Mary Minor of Dayton, NV, came in third place with 261 points.

Amanda Milliken & Dorey are also listed as past champions of the 2015 trials, and Nan – a border collie owned by Beverly Lambert of Andover, Connecticut – was top dog in 2016.

165 dogs and 100 handlers competed in this year’s festival, which is the largest of its kind North America and celebrated its 30th anniversary.

Over 5,000 people attended the three-day event, which also featured entertainment that included Kingston Police K9 Unit demonstrations, horsemanship demonstrations by the Horseman’s Way, and the Ultimutts Stunt Dog Show.

For nine years straight, the Kingston Sheep Dog Trials Festival has been a Top 100 Festival and Events Ontario winner. In a release, organizers thanked all attendees, trial participants, volunteers and sponsors for making the festival such a success.

In the release, Stephanie Grimes, assistant supervisor, recreation programs with the City of Kingston, said “for me, it’s meeting the people who come to the trials, especially competitors and visitors who have been coming for years. This tells us that we are offering a top quality event.”

For full competition results, and to get updates for next year’s festival, visit