Leatherstocking Sheepdog Trials on Beaver Meadow Road near Cooperstown, NY celebrated it's 15th year on August 13,14,& 15,2010. Special exhibits marked this anniversary. From it's humble beginnings in 1995, it has grown to be both a competitive trial for handlers as well as one that attracts many spectators. The workmanship between dog and handler and the ever unpredictable sheep make for an interesting sport to watch. Handlers routinely travel from Canada, New England, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Virginia. The Robert F. Clark field is challenging with the open course set up a long slope. It is only for the most athletic and physically fit dogs. Although any herding breed is welcome to compete, the Border collie is considered the "cadillac" of the herding group.
This event was sponsored by Dog Wild! of Cooperstown. NY. Vendors were featured selling such items as walking sticks,custom cards,dog treats and supplies, and spinners had demonstrations. Food was available on the grounds, and the competition took place rain or shine.
Our Grand Champion Open winner was Chris Bowen from New Hampshire and Jake and Reserve Lorna Savage of Canada and Kaylee. MAKE SURE TO MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR THE NEXT TRIAL AUGUST 19, 20,21, 2011.
For information on accomodations in Cooperstown, contact the Chamber of Commerce at 607-547-9983 or email@example.com
Trial Committee Members:
Barb and Bernie Armata
Lessons, demos, training dogs, sheep available and occasionally Border collie pups
Long wool sheep, sheepdog demos, wool fiber prepared to order, working Border collies, training services
Ed and Tina Pabst
1512 Burrell Rd.
St. Johnsville, NY 13452
Directions to trial location:
From East, West, or South, use I-88. Get off at Exit 17 (Colliersville-Cooperstown) and proceed north on NYS 28. Go 14.5 miles to the hamlet of Hyde Park (marked) where you turn right at the trial sign (County Rte. 11 C). The bridge on this road has clearance of 10' 3". At YIELD sign, go left 2.3 miles (County Rte. 33). At STOP sign, turn right (County Rte. 52). Go 2/10 mile; turn right onto Beaver Meadow Road (trial field is just ahead on the right).
From North (US Rte. 20), go south on Rte. 28 (Richfield Springs) or Rte. 80 (Springfield Center) to Cooperstown. In Cooperstown, turn right onto Chestnut Street. Go several village blocks and turn left onto Beaver Street (at Cooperstown Motel sign and sign to hospital). Proceed to second 4-way stop; turn right onto Susquehanna Street. Pass the Clark Sports Center, cross a small bridge and bear left (County Rte. 52). Go up hill 2/10 mile and take first right onto Beaver Meadow Road (trial field is just ahead on the right).