Bluegrass Classic brings top stockdogs to Lexington
LEXINGTON, Ky. (WDKY) - More than 600 dog-handler teams are competing in a herding competition in Lexington.
The 57th annual Bluegrass Classic Stockdog Trial is underway at Masterson Station Park, and it is considered by many to be the best stockdog event east of the Rocky Mountains. 500 sheep were transported from Montana to Kentucky for the event.
"To watch a dog and a handler work in perfect harmony, you won't find that anywhere else," competitor Cindy Good says.
Good is competing in Lexington for her second year in a row.
"I teach college prep algebra to high school seniors in Land O' Lakes Florida," Good says, "I had to finish my grades and submit them by 2 p.m. yesterday and then drive here."
For many competitors like Good, this event is a hobby, not a profession.
"We have pharmacists, physicians, stay at home moms, ranchers," Leigh Anne Tucker with the Kentucky Border Collie Association says, "Just because you don't live on property doesn't mean you can't do this."
Tucker, a dental hygienist, is also a competitor. Handlers come from all over North America and Europe. One of the top Handlers is Tom Watson of Scotland, who won the event in 2017.
The Bluegrass Classic runs through Sunday, and competitors are earning points so they can participate in the National Sheepdog Finals in California.