World Stock Dog Championship

Corey Perry of Drayton Valley, Alta., and his Grand Champion stock dog, Mirk. Photo by Scott Holt.

Congratulations to Corey Perry of Drayton Valley, Alta., on handling the 2015 Grand Champion stock dog Mirk, at the Calgary Stampede’s World Stock Dog Championship. Perry has competed in Calgary for seven years and his previous best was winning third a couple of times.

Mirk is five years old,” Perry says. “I spotted him in Brazil and brought him over as a seven-month-old. I just liked his style, his keenness and his desire to work.”

“Calgary was one of my targets,” Perry says. “Both dogs had been in the final before, but it’s so competitive. There’s a lot of good handlers here. If you don’t have a good set of sheep, it can put you out of the running fairly quickly. I was lucky this year. Now it’s off my bucket list, but the pressure will be on me next year.”

Reserve Champion was won by Thad Buckler of Evansburg, Alta., and his dog, Nic.