September 18-26, 2010
THE WISEST DOGS IN THE WORLD!!!
WILL COMPETE IN
THE MOST INTELLIGENT
TEST OF HUMAN/DOG COMMUNICATION EVER DEVISED!!!
The National Finals Sheepdog Trials
BELLE GROVE PLANTATION. MIDDLETOWN VIRGINIA
From the intersection of I-66 and I-81, take I-81 2 miles north to exit 302. Left toward Middletown. Left on US 11 through Middletown. 1 mile south to Belle Grove.
Season: Adults: $60, Kids $30
Kids 6-12: $6
Under 6 : FREE
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I'll be there Saturday and Sunday. Look for the broad with the camera, Amish boy's straw hat, and one or two dogs who look just like border collies but aren't. (Still negotiating with PC over who is coming on this trip.)
If you live in the Mid-Atlantic and enjoy feeling awed and humbled by dog and (wo)man working together to perform the impossible, do not miss these finals. They won't be back on the East coast for the foreseeable future.
My favorite thing about sheepdog trials: Your mannerly dog is welcome to spectate. Your boorish untrained or overly-excitable pet is not. You are assumed to know the difference until you prove otherwise. Don't embarrass yourself.
If you cannot come in person, try the webcast. It will run Saturday and Sunday; register early so you don't miss anything while working out technical kinks.