The crowd quiets as George Walker steps out onto the dirt of the Nutrien Western Event Centre with his trusty sidekick, Drill.
They get settled in a circle and — once the clock starts — Drill races toward the other end of the arena, where three sheep are waiting.
Then the dance begins.
The stock dog listens to his owner’s calls and whistles to steer the sheep in a pattern before they’re ultimately penned up.
Drill was up first but he was followed by 11 other stock dogs. Many of them have been doing the work for years. The final event comes after days of competitions that whittled down the field of 50 to the top dozen competitors.
On the line is $10,000, with a $4,000 prize for the runner-up.
For some, it was their first time under the Calgary Stampede arena lights. For others, it was familiar territory — with many former champions once again looking to come out on top.
In the end, it was 2016 champion Finn and his handler Milton Scott clocking in at 2:11, but it was a very entertaining hour of stock dogs doing what they do best.