We are thrilled to be running the PIE Smart Dog Sponsorships again this year, and have sold out as of 5/22. THANK YOU to all of our amazing 2018 sponsors! We can’t wait to see you at the trials.
Don’t want to miss out next year? We can put you on a notification list to let you know when the sponsorships open in 2019 — contact Jenna Riggs.
PIE Smart Dog Sponsorships are $100 per dog and handler (partially tax-deductible), includes:
- Two four-day passes to the 2018 Vashon Sheepdog Classic
- Meet your dog and handler, have your photo taken with them
- Your name in running list (by print deadline) and day-of posters, next to sponsored dog
- Your name announced each time sponsored dog runs
- Your name entered into the Smart Dog Sponsor-only Raffle for great randomly drawn prizes, including a 3 night stay in a condo at Whistler!
- 5 tickets for the ever popular PIE Homemade Pie Raffle
- Feel like an insider and cheer louder than everyone else when your dog runs!
2017 Smart Dog Sponsorship program breaks records!
Thank you to all of our amazing supporters—we officially sold out of sponsorships at the 2017 Vashon Sheepdog Classic! We are pleased to report that we raised more than $11,500 toward our fall fundraising for teacher grants in the 2017-2018 school year. Thank you—you all make this our favorite event of the year.
Congrats to the winner of the 3-night stay in Whistler — Bart and Peggy Queary, who sponsors of Bryan White and Brae. We hope you have a great time at the condo!
And congrats to Sue Carette — sponsors of Dave Imas and Tip — the high-score winners for this year’s trial!
2016 Sponsorships a big success!
We had a record breaking 87 sponsors this year, raising $8,700—a fantastic start to our fundraising for fall teacher grants for the 2016-2017 school year in Vashon Public Schools.
Congrats to the winner of the 3-night stay in Whistler — Myra Willingham, who sponsored a dog in honor of her sister Diane Davis Pendergraft. We hope you have a great time at the condo!
And congrats to Nancy Bristow and Gordon Jackson — sponsors of Suzy Applegate & Dot — the high-score winners for this year’s trial!
2014 Smart Dog Sponsors Highlights
The high scoring winner of this year’s trials was Bill Berhow and Coal, sponsored by Karl Snepp. If you didn’t make it to this year’s event, but are curious what all the hoopla is about, check out this video featuring Bill Berhow and Coal from this year’s trial (thanks to handler Dave Imas for the video):
This year’s trials included a new Saturday night field party. It may not have been a beer laden bar, but the punk-celtic band the Bog Hoppers rocked it anyway. (Thanks to Pete Welch for the photo)
At the 2013 trials, PIE sold out of sponsorships and raised $6,100! Congrats to our winner of the 3 night stay in Whistler—Ellisport Engineering! We are thankful to the fabulous handlers—so gracious, friendly and informative to our sponsors—you made the trials real! And our Smart Dog Sponsors are the BEST—here are just a few great moments from the 2013 trials.
The Snepp Family watched the entire weekend in the front row—up at the crack of dawn, through fog, rain, thunder and lightning, their enthusiasm made our weekend great. Top: Sponsor Karl Snepp with his handler and dog Maggi McClure and Rob, Sponsor Karen Snepp with her handler Patrick Shannahan (Vangie) and Riggs. Bottom: Sponsor Sue Snepp and her handler Laura Vishoot (Tucker), Sponsor Karen Snepp and her other handler and dog Diane Pagel and Nan.
Sponsors Colleen and Sue Carette brought their extended family to cheer on their handler and dog Dave Imas and Tip. We think they could get the “Most Giggles Per Dog” award as well.
Sponsor Ray Beard was quite the hit at the trials with his traditional wear and great cheering button. Here he is with his wife Catherine and their handler and dog Bob Hickman and CBK Ryder. Ryder was also featured on this year’s keepsake mug.
And congrats to Sponsor Jim Schmidt with RO Remodeling and Construction for having the top scoring handler and dog for the entire trials—Ray Coapman and Jill! Ray and Jill made their Sunday run in the rain, lightning and thunder and according to Maggi McClure “Jill was steadfast and true.” Jim won a bottle of wine and a $50 gift certificate to the Burton Coffee Stand (thanks prize donors ACCES and Burton Coffee Stand!)
If you didn’t make it to this year’s event, but are curious what all the hoopla is about, check out this video featuring Patrick Shannahan and his dog Riggs from this year’s trial: