Kaelene Forsyth Takes the World

World Champion Kaelene Forsyth and her dog, Gypsy. Photo courtesy Calgary Stampede.
World Champion
Kaelene Forsyth and
her dog, Gypsy. Photo courtesy Calgary Stampede.

Out of 53 entries, the new top stock dog handler in the world is 24-year old Kaelene Forsyth of Eriksdale, Man. An excellent performance by Forsyth and her dog Gypsy in the arena trial had their assigned three sheep in the pen in 1:17 and earned Forsyth the World Stock Dog Championship and $10,000. “I’ve been competing for twelve years,” Forsyth says. “I started when I was twelve years old. I’ve been working dogs since I was eight.” Each dog was required to collect three sheep, guide them around a demanding obstacle course and down a chute into a pen. It was a timed event; the dog could take no more than four minutes. Tyler Harker of Coaldale, Alta., and his dog Huck got the sheep to the pen in 1:19. Harker was recognized as having the best aggregate score. “It’s an honour to run here with this calibre of handlers,” says Forsyth.

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