MARBLETON – The dust stirred at a Sublette County Fairgrounds arena in the early morning hours last Saturday, as the fair brought out a large field of four-legged competitors and their handlers for the annual Stock Dog Trials.
The day began with a demonstration from Wheatland-based rancher and working border collie expert Juan Reyes of MR Angus Ranch. Reyes showed the crowd how useful dogs can be to help move livestock, while also talking about what he looks for in a dog when utilizing it on the ranch.
Later on, the arena was cleared out and various obstacles were hauled in and set up for the Stock Dog Trials. The event featured 53 teams of dogs and handlers that competed in novice, advanced and working ranch classes throughout the morning. To successfully complete the course and receive a time, teams had to navigate four obstacles strategically placed throughout the arena.
Following each run, dogs were treated with a trip to a water tub to cool off and watch the remainder of the show with great interest.