Sheepdog trials set for Brush Run Farm

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CHARLEROI, Pa. – The fifth annual Brush Run Farm Sheepdog Trial will be held Oct. 6-7 at Brush Run Farm in Clarleroi, Pa.

A traditional, British-style competition, this family event also features police dog demonstrations, craft booths, Brush Run Farm’s new Red Horse Market and a bagpiper.

The Brush Run Farm Sheepdog Trial will be run on a 20-acre field with 60 of the best border collies in the nation competing. The dog must fetch the sheep quietly at 300 yards from the start position and work them in straight lines through a series of obstacles set at least 100 yards out.

The handler directs the dog by whistle or voice commands and cannot leave the start position except to pen the sheep at the end of the run.

Other events. Mike Garrow of the California Police Department and canine officer Mutz, a German Shepherd, will demonstrate their abilities at lunchtime both days.

Bagpiper Jonathan Dudik will perform at the lunch break both days. In addition, the Brush Run Farm Sheepdog Trial offers a food concession by the Charleroi Sportsman’s Association, craft booths, and the Red Horse Market (all-natural meat and chicken, bulk foods, Amish country specialties).

Admission is $4 for adults and $3 for children. Children under 5 are admitted free.

Directions. To reach the Brush Run Farm Sheepdog Trial, take Interstate 70 to exit 35 or 36. For more information log on to www.brushrunfarm.com or call 724-483-7432.

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