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SOLDIER HOLLOW CLASSIC

Posted - Aug. 26, 2011 at 2:10 p.m.



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This is Chris Redgrave for Zions Bank Speaking on Business.

Some of us are still thinking about what to do over Labor Day weekend, especially if we don't want to pack up and head out of town. Here's an idea: how about attending the Soldier Hollow Classic in the beautiful Heber Valley.

The inspiration for this event hit founder Mark Petersen when he was in Scotland nine years ago. He witnessed a sheep herding/Border Collie contest and thought the folks in Utah would appreciate it.

If you think about our Utah ancestry, especially in the Heber region of Utah, running sheep is a long-standing tradition. The connection between the shepherd and his dogs is crucial as they maneuver for long distances over rugged territory. It's quite a sight to sit in the beautiful setting of Soldier Hollow which has its own history, most recently of hosting events for the Olympics, and watch some of the toughest sheep, accomplished sheep herders and best border collies in the world run the course.

In nine years the Soldier Hollow Classic has moved into the distinction of being an invitational. So, the shepherd with their border collie has to have qualified somewhere else to be invited to the Soldier Hollow Classic in Heber Valley, Utah. This means you'll see international folks participate from Great Britain, Canada and South Africa.

Of course Mark has added some other fun events besides watching the Border Collies and sheep. They have the water dog contest for those incredible retrievers. And new this year is an ugly dog competition, best dressed dog and a chance to meet some of Utah's canine heroes. The event also has plenty of great vendors cooking up tasty food so you won't go hungry while you watch!

Once again Utah has something else to brag about thanks to the Soldier Hollow Classic. In fact, it's grabbed the attention of film producers who are creating a documentary that goes behind the scenes to show us what it takes to be a shepherd and the special relationship they have with their dogs. Filmmaking is one of our state's top exports.

For Zions Bank, I'm Chris Redgrave, speaking on business.

Soldier Hollow Classic 648 Parleys Road Park City, UT 84098 435-654-2002 www.soldierhollowclassic.com

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