Approximately 80 herding dogs will meet in Leiter to compete for the coveted title of top dog this weekend.
The Clear Creek Sheep Dog Trial is bringing in human/dog teams from across the nation and three provinces in Canada for the competition. Katie Fennema is sponsoring the trial, and she says this level of herding takes hours of training and dedication on behalf of both man and canine.
Both old pros and young pups will have their run at herding a small group of sheep through an obstacle course. Each person/dog team starts out with a perfect score, and points are deducted if the sheep stray too far from the intended course or if the dog does not execute a command correctly. This is a high-stakes event for dogs on the competitive herding circuit.
Spectators are welcome Friday through Sunday mornings from 7 to 1 p.m. The Spurs and Lace 4H club will be serving breakfast and lunch at their concession stand. To get there, pack up a lawn chair and follow Highway 14/16 East southeast of Leiter. Watch for signs to get to the event.