In celebration of the relationship between dog handlers and their sheepdogs, Mariane Sasak has organized the Steamboat Stock Dog Challenge. Handlers, through voice and whistle commands, have their dogs herd sheep through a complicated obstacle course.

The stock dog challenge is free for visitors and reminds us how intelligent dogs are and how useful they are in ranching operations. The stock dog challenge is often a warm-up for the Meeker Classic Sheepdog Championship Trials where sheepherders come from around the world for a chance at a $20,000 purse.