Calgary – It’s doggone challenging — and fun! The competition is fierce and the $10,000 prize makes the Calgary Stampede World Stock Dog Championship, July 8 – 9, 2017, the world’s richest indoor stock dog trial.

The annual World Stock Dog Championship is one of the most compelling events of the Calgary Stampede with the agile and intelligent dogs moving three sheep through a challenging course and into a pen in less than four minutes. This event is sanctioned by the United States Border Collie Handlers Association and the Alberta Stock Dog Association.

The competition will start with 60 entries, but only the top 12 will advance to the championship final round on Sunday, July 9th at 5 p.m. in the Agrium Western Events Centre.

Competitors to watch in 2017:

  • Michelle Bryan’s Meg still has a bit of a hitch in her giddy-up after being paralyzed in 2014. With physio and care, she made a quick comeback, finishing in the top 10 in 2015. She is also the face of the sheepdog on Heartland Season 7.
  • 2016 Champion, Finn (Border collie) from Airdrie, and his handler, Milt Scott. This longtime competitor most recently won the 2017 Aggie Days’ Clock, Stock, and Barrel with Josie (Border collie).
  • Milt’s son Kier will compete for the first time at the World Stock Dog Championships with his dog Sweep.
  • 2015 Champion Mirk (Border collie), and his handler, Corey Perry from Drayton Valley, AB. Corey is also a three-time champion at the Calgary Stampede Clock, Stock, and Barrel Stock Dog Trial, held during Aggie Days, with Jill (‘08, ‘11) and Ben (‘09).
  • 7-time Champion handler Dale Montgomery, from Maple Creek, SK. Dale won with Gyp three times (‘99, ‘00, ‘03), twice with Tex (‘06, ‘08), once each with Ben (‘11), and Zip (‘12). He’s back with Sue and Peg, who are competing here for the first time.
  • Bob Stephens, from Kamloops, BC, will be competing with Black Lux, the grandson of Delmar Turk, the 2002 Champion. His sister Bond is here for the first time and Bob, former RCMP K-9 officer, says she can be hard to handle.

For more information, please visit: Calgary Stampede World Stock Dog Championship.

 

About the Calgary Stampede

The Calgary Stampede celebrates the people, the animals, the land, the traditions and the values that make up the unique spirit of the west. The Calgary Stampede contributes to the quality of life in Calgary and southern Alberta through our world-renowned 10-day Stampede, year-round facilities, western events and several youth and agriculture programs. Exemplifying the theme We’re Greatest Together, we are a volunteer-supported, not-for-profit community organization that preserves and celebrates our western heritage, cultures and community spirit. All revenue is reinvested into Calgary Stampede programs and facilities.

 

For more information, please contact:

Ag Media Committee
Sarah Heibein
E: agmedia@calgarystampede.com 
C: 403-261-0237