Here's how the action unfolds:
|A Sheepdog Handler Shouts Instructions to her Dog|
Also at the Meeker Classic is the Mason’s Pancake Breakfast. I devoured the pancake, sausage and egg breakfast and it was very good, rivaling the Lions Club Breakfast in Price, Utah. I stopped in the art barn and viewed colorful paintings of sheep herding - all for sale via silent auction. A craft tent filled with artisan offerings provided a break from the herding action. I bought a wool blanket and pillow, made with Colorado wool. A border collie rescue group hosts a stand at the event and several border collie organizations are there as well, selling all-things border collie.
During the lunch break a behavioral geneticist talked about his study to determine why border collies are driven to engage in herding behavior and the implications this may have for understanding human mental illnesses. Also on the lunch break we heard a Scottish bagpipe player and the theme song for the 2010 Meeker Classic. The rescue group brought out a few of their border collies and a local border collie owner, Elaine, and her dog “Ben” provided a sheep herding demonstration.