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Black Hills Stock Show: North American Sheep Dog Trial

Some of the best trained stock dogs in the country will compete at the Black Hills Stock Show (BHSS) during the North American Sheep Dog Trial. The event will be held on Monday, Jan. 31, in the Civic Center Arena. The preliminaries begin at 1 p.m., with the finals at 7:30 p.m. The purchase of one ticket is good for both the preliminaries and the finals.

The sheep dog trial is a timed event where the handler and their dog direct a group of sheep through a patterned course. The handler can only use whistle or voice commands to control the dog. The idea of the trial is to move the sheep through the course, concluding when the sheep pass through a gate and are herded into a pen. The team that completes the event in the shortest amount of time is the winner. “It is truly a fascinating event to watch,” says Ron Jeffries, BHSS general manager. “It is amazing how well these dogs understand what their handlers are telling them to do through whistle and voice commands.”

Dick Bray, who is a committee member of the stock dog trial, said up to 55 teams may compete in the event, which has been a favorite at the BHSS for nearly 24 years. “It has been a good event to have at the BHSS,” Bray says. “They originally brought it here for the vendors to bring in the public. It has worked out well over the years, and become very popular.”

Many of the 55 competitors also compete at the National Western, so traveling to Rapid City is a natural progression. “We have competitors from Canada, North Dakota, South Dakota, and sometimes Minnesota,” he says.

Contestants compete for a $5,000 purse, which is split amongst winners. The first- and second-place winners in the first round and in the semi-finals receive prize money. The six dogs competing in finals are all paid.

Some of the best trained stock dogs in the country will compete at the Black Hills Stock Show (BHSS) during the North American Sheep Dog Trial. The event will be held on Monday, Jan. 31, in the Civic Center Arena. The preliminaries begin at 1 p.m., with the finals at 7:30 p.m. The purchase of one ticket is good for both the preliminaries and the finals.

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The sheep dog trial is a timed event where the handler and their dog direct a group of sheep through a patterned course. The handler can only use whistle or voice commands to control the dog. The idea of the trial is to move the sheep through the course, concluding when the sheep pass through a gate and are herded into a pen. The team that completes the event in the shortest amount of time is the winner. “It is truly a fascinating event to watch,” says Ron Jeffries, BHSS general manager. “It is amazing how well these dogs understand what their handlers are telling them to do through whistle and voice commands.”

Dick Bray, who is a committee member of the stock dog trial, said up to 55 teams may compete in the event, which has been a favorite at the BHSS for nearly 24 years. “It has been a good event to have at the BHSS,” Bray says. “They originally brought it here for the vendors to bring in the public. It has worked out well over the years, and become very popular.”

Many of the 55 competitors also compete at the National Western, so traveling to Rapid City is a natural progression. “We have competitors from Canada, North Dakota, South Dakota, and sometimes Minnesota,” he says.

Contestants compete for a $5,000 purse, which is split amongst winners. The first- and second-place winners in the first round and in the semi-finals receive prize money. The six dogs competing in finals are all paid.

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