Sheep dog trials I've seen on television are apparently championship events. This was just a local trial and the quality of the dogs and trainers was all over the place. This female border collie, Patty, and her trainer did a pretty good job. Above you see them in front of the judges' stand waiting for the sheep to be released.
Just for the heck of it we brought Sadie along to see what her reaction would be to the whole spectacle. She isn't always the best behaved in strange situations but was a good girl yesterday. She got along well with the working dogs and then we took her around to get a look at the sheep. Sadie was entranced and I took this picture just after she tried to slide her way under the fence to get closer. I don't know if this conveys the quivering intensity of her attention to the sheep. She doesn't come from working stock, but it was great to see the strength of the breed in her.