South Dakota Stock Dog Association to auction dog for Make-A-Wish
Sheep trials will be held on Aug. 28 at 9 a.m. in the Hippodrome with the finals following at 6 p.m. Cattle trials will begin on Aug. 29 at 9 a.m. in the North Arena, followed by the finals at 6:30 p.m. in the Hippodrome.
One of the event organizers and a competitor himself, Tim Nasz, invites fair attendees to come watch the competition and take part in a good cause while they are there.
“We have a lot planned at the event with a steak supper for our competitors, free horseback rides for the kids in attendance and a benefit auction, as well,” said Nasz, who hosts the Yellow Rose Cattle & Sheep Dog Trial in his hometown of Platte, S.D., each year. Nasz is a seasoned competitor and has won many events such as the 2012 Black Hills Stock Show Cattle Dog Trials in Rapid City, S.D., and the 2011-12 National Western Stock Show Cattle Trials in Denver, Colo., to name a few.
“We will be auctioning off an 18-month-old male border collie named Loui to benefit the Make-A-Wish South Dakota program,” said Nasz. “The auction will start at 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 29. Loui is a great dog, sired out of Juan Reyes’ dog, Red, from Wheatland, Wyo. He has been trained by Campbell Forsyth from Manitoba, Canada and donated anonymously for this auction. Loui is just getting started in his training, but he is ready for livestock work. He will make a great ranch dog.”
Nasz is hoping for a big turn-out to help bring awareness to the cattle and sheep dog trials, as well as raise money for a good cause.
“Make-A-Wish benefits kids with life-threatening medical conditions, and usually it costs anywhere from $7,000-$15,000 to make a wish for the kid and his family,” explained Nasz. “It’s a good organization to be a part of, and we are excited to raise money with the auction of Loui.”
Make-A-Wish granted a record 74 wishes last year and 1,030 wishes since 1984.
The growing list of sponsors supporting this event and the Make-A-Wish benefit auction include: Zoetis, DakotaLand Feeds, Common Sense, Gene Dubas-Fullerton, Neb., Silencer Chutes, Wilbur Ellis, Davidson County Implement, Pfeifer’s Implement, Runnings Farm & Fleet, Mitchell Livestock Auction, CHS (Central Harvest State), Double D Western Wear, South Dakota Beef Industry Council, Moly Manufacturing, Nutri Source and Schuchard’s Westside GMC INC.
“We hope that everyone can make it out and watch the cattle and sheep dog trials and help to raise money for Make-A-Wish,” said Nasz. “We are really hoping to build this event at the fair.” F
To learn more about Make-A-Wish South Dakota, check out southdakota.wish.org. For more information on the South Dakota Stock Dog Association and Loui, check out southdakotastockdog.com.
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