Fall Fiber Festival Brings out Hundreds to See Sheepdog Competition

October 6, 2013

Hundreds of people gathered in Orange County on Sunday for the Fall Fiber Festival and Montpelier Sheepdog Trials.

More than 60 dogs participated in the competition showing off their herding skills for judges.

Dogs and their handlers were judged on how quietly and quickly they were able to herd sheep around and through barriers.

New York Times best-selling author Donald McCaig wrote about sheep dogs and was present to explain the competition to people watching on the sidelines.

“It’s a test of the sheep dog's ability to quietly handle livestock,” says McCaig. “It was designed by livestock people and not dog people, so while it is a sport, the principle component here is if they were your sheep would you like what's going on.”

There were plenty of other things for people to enjoy, including a petting zoo with sheep and goats.

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