The 57th annual Bluegrass Classic Stockdog Trial will once again return to Lexington’s Masterson Station Park, showcasing the country’s best dog handlers and herding dogs. The elite competition will take place May 16 – 20, from dawn to dusk each day.
The five-day event will feature more than 600 dog-handler teams, culminating with a ‘best-of-the-best’ final competition on Sunday, May 20. More than 500 sheep are transported from Montana to Kentucky for this prestigious event, considered to be the best stockdog event east of the Rocky Mountains.
“The general public first became familiar with stockdog trials after the release of the popular movie ‘Babe,’ but you can’t really appreciate the precise skill and training that goes into a competition like this without seeing it live and in-person,” said Marianna Schreeder, president of the Bluegrass Classic Stockdog Trial. “The bond between handlers and their dogs is truly unmatched, and it is a real treat to watch these world-class animals compete at the highest level.”
The Bluegrass Classic is free and open to the public for all five days. There will be raffles each day, and food and drinks available for purchase. Spectators are encouraged to bring blankets or lawn chairs for sitting. Attendees may also bring their own dogs, as long as they are leashed.
Some of the top handlers that will be appearing at this year’s Bluegrass Classic include Scotsman Tom Wilson, the defending Bluegrass Champion and two-time David Letterman guest; Scotsman Alasdair MacRae, who has been featured in articles by the Wall Street Journal and Smithsonian magazines; and Canadian Scott Glen, the defending National Champion.
For more information on the Bluegrass Classic Stockdog Trial, visit bluegrassclassic.wordpress.com.
Kentucky Sheep and Fiber Festival
The Bluegrass Classic Stockdog Trial coincides with the Kentucky Sheep and Fiber Festival which runs May 19-20, at the Lions Club fairgrounds located in Masterson Station Park. This festival is sponsored by the KY Sheep and Wool Producers Association in conjunction with Lexington Parks and Recreation. This year the Kentucky Sheep and Fiber Festival will host new workshops, such as goat yoga, and vendors and will offer craftsmanship for observation and for sale.