Robin Kletke and Mynx, the 2014 champion, will also run in this stacked field. Current European Open team members Tawni Millet and Jolt, and Kaitlyn Dreese and Karli Renay will also be in the mix.
There’s been an interesting development with Nancy Gyes and her border collie Scoop, as they were the runner up in last year’s 24″ final, but will jump in the 20″ class this year. Nancy recently challenged Scoop’s measurement, allowing him to move down to 20″.
Border collies in this height class are undefeated, having won the finals every single year since the creation of the national event 20 years ago. Terry Simons and Ripper, a Nova Scotia duck tolling retriever and Mark Bills and Snap, a golden retriever, were the only non-border collie finalists last year. Still, there are a few non-border collie dogs that you should keep a close eye on this weekend. Both Kathy Ecker and malinois Ty and this year’s Westminster 20″ finalist Esteban Fernandezlopez and golden retriever Gitchi are legitimate contenders. Gitchi, ranked #5 by PowerScore for 26″, has moved down to 20″ and will try to use her running contacts to end the border collie dominance of this class.