Amanda Milliken and her dog ‘Roz’ have won the Canadian National Championship for the Double Lift Finals at the Sheep Dog Trials that took place in Kingston from August 7th to the 12th.
Milliken has long been involved in organizing the annual event, which celebrated its 25th anniversary this year, and Roz took the 2012 prize by earning a score of 298 points.
The Reserve champion was Bev Lambert – from Andover, Connecticut – whose dog ‘Joe’ earned 252 points.
“The harder I work, the luckier I get,” said Amanda Milliken, in a City of Kingston release. “I want to thank Kingston for making me proud of my home town in the welcome provided to my fellow hands. I hope to make Kingston proud of me, when I compete elsewhere.”
She added that the Kingston event, an Ontario Top-100 attraction and considered Canada’s most important sheep-herding trials, offers “great sheep, world-class judges and a fabulous setting”.
First place in the Nursery Championships – a competition for young dogs – went to Chuck Dimit of Roanoke, Indiana. Leslie Gamble, also from the Kingston area, earned second place in the event which took place earlier in the week.
The City of Kingston is seeking the public’s input on the Sheep Dog Trials and the side attractions that are a part of that weekend’s festival. An online survey is available at www.cityofkingston.ca/sheepdog and submitting by September 7th could result in winning one of two prizes of a night’s accommodation at the Ambassador Hotel and Convention Centre with a $100 gift certificate to JM’s Restaurant.
For full results of all categories of Kingston’s Sheep Dog Trials, visit their website at www.kingstonsheepdogtrials.com .
Photo: Kingston Sheep Dog Trials website