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Good dogs coming to Hudson Badlands

Sheep dogs in action (Photo submitted).

The Wisconsin Working Stock Dog Association is bringing its 28th annual Labor Day stock dog trial to Hudson on Aug 30 – Sept 2, 2013.  The sheep herding competition will feature some of the country’s best stock dogs and dog handlers. The judge will be 11-time USBCHA National Champion, Alasdair MacRae of Vichy, MO, The event is open to the public at the Badlands Sno-Park site at 772 Kinney Road, Hudson. Hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday and 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Monday for the double-lift final. 

 The art of controlling and moving sheep using a dog is an old-world skill that technology has not improved upon. Modern advances make it tempting to think that new is always better but when it comes to moving livestock, our high-tech world offers nothing more efficient or effective than a well-trained dog. Our 21st century still bows to some old-world techniques, this is your chance to see one of them in action.

 Over 80 dogs and handlers from seven states will be in Hudson to compete at the Badlands Sheep Dog trial. Spectators will see dogs working off verbal and whistle commands at distances of up to 500 yards from their handlers to safely move sheep through a course designed to simulate ranch work. 

 While the sport of stock dog handling is open to all herding breeds, the Border Collie dominates. Having been bred for centuries to herd livestock, it still takes years of refining and molding that instinct to develop dogs to the level that will be on display. The goal of the sport is to refine and preserve the working instinct of the breed.

 Admission to the event is $7, children under 10 free.  There will be indoor shelter and food for sale. The event is outdoors in a beautiful rural setting just 30 minutes from St. Paul. Like real ranch work, the trial will go on rain or shine. Don’t miss a chance to see one of the highest forms of partnership between a working dog and its handler. Bring a chair and stay all day.  

Jason Schulte

Jason Schulte is a reporter for the New Richmond News since February 2015. Prior to that he spent eight years at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth. His duties with the News will include covering news out of Hammond and Roberts along with action from St. Croix County court system. He lives in Roberts. 

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