S.D. stock dog group having Make-a-Wish fundraiser
A traditional outdoor competition to test a stock dog skills and abilities will at the same time benefit an organization that grants wishes to children in need.
The South Dakota State Fair Dog Trials are Aug. 28 to 29 and the combined forces of the South Dakota Stock Dog Association and Make-A-Wish Foundation South Dakota will raise monies for a worthy cause.
The trials, which will feature herding skills for sheep and cattle, will be in the hippodrome area on the grounds of the state fair in Huron, S.D.
“Louie! Louie” a 2-year-old Border Collie trained in Canada will be auctioned off, and members of the South Dakota Stock Dog Association are aiding and contributing items and resources, according to Kelly Jackson, a representative of the association. The Make-A-Wish dog was purchased from a prominent Manitoba, Canada, family by the South Dakota Stock Dog Association, Jackson said. The trainer and dog will be in attendance.
Any money raised during the event will be used to help the wish of boy or girl facing a life threatening medical condition come true as proceeds will be donated to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Jackson said.
The event includes a sheep trial at 10 a.m., Aug. 28 with finals at 5 p.m. and cattle trial at 8 a.m., Aug. 29 with finals at 6 p.m.
A steak supper is planned Aug. 29 for the dog handlers, sponsors and Make-A-Wish children. The steak dinner is being provided by the South Dakota Beef Council.
Entry deadline is Aug. 1 and there is no fee if done so by then. Applications will be accepted from Aug. 1 to Aug. 15 but there will be a late fee of $15.
Make-A-Wish grants the wish of a child diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition in the United States and its territories, on average, every 38 minutes. The organization believes that a wish experience can be a game-changer.
For more information, or to obtain an application go to www.southdakotastockdog.com.