Four-legged athletes will be in fine form this weekend as part of this year's Northern Championship Sheep Dog Trials.
Exeter Sheep Dog Club president Matthew Larner said it was set to be a great weekend showcasing the best sheep dogs in the North.
Guided by their trainers, the dogs will attempt to manoeuvre a small herd of sheep around a course, showcasing their abilities and speed.
"Theses sheep dog trails have been running for over 20 years and is a great locally supported event, with people coming out to see them in action," he said.
"It will be run on a different course this year, with a figure-8 circuit making it a bit more difficult than previous years.
"People that come and watch are amazed at what the dogs can do and how aware and clever they are."
The event will feature dogs of different ages, with categories ranging from expert to beginner level.
"We have around 23 dogs in the encourage and novice levels, and roughly 54 in the improver and open sections, which is more than last year," Mr Larner said.
"We have one kelpie competing and all the rest are border collies, so it's a specific breed that are the ideal dog for this.
Vicki Jones will be the judge for the encourage and novice sections and Carol Walduck for the improver and open sections.
Each dog begins with 100 points, which are then deducted for going off course.
"Although it is rare, we do get some competitors that get that perfect 100 score," Mr Larner said.
The Northern Championship Dog Trials will be held on December 4 and 5 at the Exeter Showgrounds, starting at 7am and running all day across the weekend.
The canteen will be open for both spectators and competitors.
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