Working Sheepdog Demonstrations
The Working Sheepdog Demonstrations at the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival are always a crowd favorite. Festival audiences are amazed by the talent, skill, and ability of the handlers and their dogs. Come watch as they demonstrate their skills working in partnership to maneuver the sheep around the arena and through the obstacles.
Joining us this year as a featured performer is Carla King from Davidsonville, Maryland. Carla began her career with Border Collies about thirty years ago, when she got her first Border Collie, a lovely dog named Pride. Carla and Pride quickly became a wonderful team, and they soon became quite successful at sheepdog trials throughout the Mid-Atlantic. Over the years, Carla has had continued success with Pride’s numerous successors, and she has competed in most of the major sheepdog trials in the USA. When they are not trialing, Carla and her dogs keep busy at home managing a large flock of sheep. We are very pleased to have Carla and her dogs performing in the demonstrations at the festival.
Also assisting in the demonstrations this year is A J Hesketh-Tutton. A J was born in Winchester, England, but she now lives here in the states and is training and competing with her own sheepdog.
For many years, Nancy Cox Starkey of Mt. Airy, Maryland, provided the commentary for the Working Sheepdog Demonstrations at the Festival. But again this year, she will be a featured performer working with her dogs in the demonstrations. Nancy has had Border Collies most of her adult life, and she began training them for sheep work almost thirty years ago. With the help of her dogs, Nancy manages a large flock of Bluefaced Leicester sheep. Additionally, Nancy competes regularly with her dogs in sheepdog trials and provides working sheepdog demonstrations at other festivals and events.