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Dorey is top dog at Kingston Sheep Dog Trials

August 17, 2015 -

Sheep dog Dorey was the top dog at the Kingston Sheep Dog Trials this past weekend.  Owned by Amanda Milliken, Dorey won the Double Lift competition among the 15 dogs with the highest scores in the qualifying sheep-herding trials.

Tab, owned by Barbara Ray of Virginia, U.S., came in second and another one of Milliken's dogs, Monty, came in third place.  For full results, go to www.KingstonSheepDogTrials.com

This is the eighth time since 1990 that one of Milliken's dogs has won the Double Lift. She has been instrumental in helping to organize this unique annual festival that regularly draws thousands to Kingston.

"The Kingston Trial not only enjoys huge support from the Kingston community, but it has set the bar for trial management across North America, and is comparable to the wonderful annual trial in Meeker, Colorado," said Milliken.

This year 146 teams participated in the trials – most from the United States. Just 31 teams from Quebec and Ontario were entered in what was the largest sheep dog trials held in Canada this year.

"I have never made so many new friends, eaten so much phenomenal food, seen so many fantastic sights, and watched more incredible handlers, dogs, and sheep in one place! The entire experience is in a class all by itself!" said first-time trials competitor Brian Cash, who brought his dog, Neal, from Georgia.

The Kingston Sheep Dog Trials Festival has been a top 100 Ontario Festival for eight years running, and organizers wish to thank all attendees, trial participants, volunteers and sponsors for making this event such a success.  This year's festival was the largest yet, due in part to the addition of a new ticketing system, a new and improved shuttle bus service provided by McCoy Tours and almost perfect weather.

Next year's trials are set for Aug. 5 to 7. Watch the Sheep Dog Trials website, www.kingstonsheepdogtrials.com or download the free mobile app to get updates on plans for next year's trial.

About the City of Kingston

The City of Kingston provides municipal services to 125,000 residents living in this visually stunning, historic city, often ranked one of the best places to live in Canada. In 2014, it was named a Top 7 Smart Community by the Intelligent Community Forum. Kingston is focusing on being smart and livable as it pursues its vision to become Canada's most sustainable city. We focus on environmental responsibility, social equity, economic health and cultural vitality - - ensuring that today's decisions don't compromise our future.  Please visit www.CityofKingston.ca and join the conversation on social media.

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Media contact: For more information contact the communications department at 613-546-4291, ext. 2300.