Sheepdogs

The workaholic of the dog world, the Border Collie is the world's premier sheep herder, prized for its intelligence, extraordinary instinct and working ability. Medium-sized and athletic, the breed controls stock with stalking movement and an intense gaze known as "eye."


There will be two herding demonstrations on the Main Field Saturday, and again on Sunday.

Sheep Dogs presented by Jeff Anderson and Shona O'Kane
Shona with sheep dogs

From Shona O'Kane: All over the world where there are flocks of sheep there are Border Collies to work them. The Border Collies worth, loyalty and brilliance has stood the test of time allowing them to remain much as they were 300 years ago. I have been so fortunate to be able to travel all over North America with my wonderful Border Collies, competing and working in film and television productions.  But our favorite opportunity remains entertaining people and making new friends at herding demonstrations where we offer spectators a glimpse into the working life of these amazing dogs. Over the years we have worked sheep and ducks for the crowds at Highland Games, agricultural fairs, rodeo intermissions, pioneer days and parades . Myself along with my girls, Bobbi, Rose and Emma, are so pleased to join the Smoky Mountain Scottish Festival & Games.

 





Dr. Ben Roy Ousley joins ShonaOusely

Dr. Ben Roy 0usley was raised in Blount County in the Rockford community. He did postgraduate work at Emory University and received a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Tennessee. After graduating, he moved to North Carolina where he has practiced large and small animal medicine since 1980. Dr. Ousley obtained his first Border Collie in 1980. This dog traveled many miles in Dr. Ousley's veterinary practice truck at all times of day and night. Dr. Ousley has raised and trained Border Collies since 1980. He has demonstrated his dogs herding at schools, rodeos, on television, Scottish festivals and games and at a college halftime. He has competed in sheepherding trials throughout the country. Always with him and supporting him is his wife of 52 years Emily P. Ousley, BSN, CNM.