County Fairgrounds to host cattle dog trial April 28-29

The second annual Cotton?wood Crossing Cattle Dog Trial will be April 28 and 29 at the Marion County Fairgrounds at Hillsboro.

Competitors from Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa exhibited last year to a large receptive audience.

The competition includes an open class, a novice class for dogs under 30 months of age, and a ranch class for dogs over 30 months of age, but not ready for the open class.

A beginners class will be offered for new or inexperienced handlers.

For the competition, the handler and his or her dog will gather three head of cattle and put them through as many obstacles as possible in a timed event. Points are given for completion of each obstacle.

The dog that gets all its cattle through the obstacles in the shortest amount of time is the winner.

Each day will be a separate trial with the overall winner being chosen from its combined scores for both days.

Entries may be made until April 22 by calling 620-732-3320 or e-mailing

The trial will start at 11 a.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. Sunday with the handlers meeting one hour earlier.

Spectators will have an excellent view of both the outrun and obstacles from the bleachers provided.

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