Sheepherding dogs’ skills put to the test

A border collie completes “the fetch,” a maneuver in which the dog brings the sheep downfield toward the handler, at Finality Farm’s sheepdog trials last weekend in Dover Plains. Photo by Tara Kelly

DOVER PLAINS, N.Y. — Finality Farm in Dover Plains hosted its second annual sheepdog trials last weekend, May 20 to 22.

Sheepdog trials are generally competitions for border collies (although in the 1995 film “Babe,” a pig had aspirations of winning the competition).

Organizer Michele Ferraro, an equine vet and partner at Millbrook Equine, and herself an owner of border collies, said 99 percent of the entries were border collies, but there was a kelpie or two thrown into the mix as well.

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