The San Diego Highland Games start tomorrow (Sat. June 23). Myself and 5-6 others just finished setting up holding pens, obstacles and fencing to help control the paths of out-of-control sheep.
It’s hot, sweaty work and oh, so worth it. This is the one event I really look forward to every year. I am the primary set out person this year and I am really looking forward to it. It tends to be a little stressful, but the outrun is really narrow and the sheep often have to be ‘held’ in place rather then just setting on the hay.
I tried just competing one year as was bored silly, so ever since I have made a point to work as well as compete in this event. This year I even took a fews days off work to help out with build out and tear down on Friday and Sunday evening. I have yet to have a good run here, but the atmosphere, the event location is so much fun I continue to come every year.
Any time people ask me about herding events this is the one I suggest they come see. It is taylor-made for spectators and even has an announcer who also happens to now be an AKC herding judge as well as running Australian Cattle dogs himself. Although this event is border collie only.
Come out and see us!