It had rained in Hotchkiss all week long. Not a good sign for the big outdoor events scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
But then Friday dawned a little chilly and windy, but no rain. Saturday and Sunday had lots of sunshine and blue skies. It couldn't have been better for the 10th annual Hotchkiss Sheep Camp Stock Dog Trials and the accompanying customer appreciation lunches, the fourth annual Sheep Dog Trials 5k, the Ute Trails Car Show, a myriad of yard sales, a rabbit show, team penning, special store sales and an art show. Hotchkiss residents, businesses and non-profits threw their doors wide open to greet all who came. And a lot of people came. Hotchkiss once again proved that it's the place to be for Mother's Day weekend.
The nursery stock dogs ran their trials on Friday. Diane Spainhower's two-year-old Tess won first place with 129 points, Julie Hansmire with two-year-old Frieda was second with 127 points and Bill Orr and one-and-a-half-year-old Tweed came in third with 64 points.
Meg ran in the novice trials and took firstplace with 72 points. Meg was also the top Delta County novice dog and will serve for one year as the mascot for the Hotchkiss Fire Protection District. Her handler is Jolie Clark. Meg was also the mascot in 2011. Adi Vongontard's Flo was second with 68 points. Paula Morgan and Nell were third with 53 points.
The founder of the Hotchkiss dog trials, Richard Bailey, and Abbey won the pro-novice overall award with a combined score of 120. Bailey received wine glasses. Number two was Dan Keeton and Nap at 118 points. Laura Esterman and Meg were third with 100 points.
Winning the open overall award was Keith Fassbender and Shep with 142 points. His prize included a foot stool made by Richard Bailey and Lorene Ulshafer. Jim Swift and Jett won second with a combined total of 133. Tina LaPlatt and Tess won third with 131 points.
Judge Emil Luedecke had to cancel due to cancer. Ron Burkey, Kevin Bailey and Joni Tietjen judged in his place.blog comments powered by Disqus