Labor Day weekend is just days away, and with such a variety of events there really is something for everyone to do this weekend in Steamboat Springs. I am very excited to go out to the Stanko Ranch this weekend for the Annual Steamboat Stock Dog Challenge.

I have never been to a stock dog challenge before, but I have heard that to experience the thrill of watching the smartest dogs in the world show off their skills is something not to miss.

Showcasing some of the top border collies in the country right here in the Yampa Valley, this is a sheepdog field trial where handlers, using only their voices and whistles, direct their dogs to guide sheep through obstacles in a field. Everyone is sure to be amazed when you see the incredible teamwork between handlers and their dogs, even when they are hundreds of yards apart. What a way to experience the fascinating ranching side of Steamboat.

This event is sure to impress all and leave you saying, “Why can’t my dog do that?”