Away To Me is a beautiful documentary that tells the heartwarming bond between man and dog in the pursuit of winning a quirky and delightful competition called the Soldier Hollow Classic Sheepdog Championship.


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Striving to raise a champion Border Collie is truly a difficult, but undeniably rewarding thing to do.  Away To Me is an amazing documentary, which highlights the undeniable bond that develops between dogs and dog handlers who go through this journey together.  This 5/5 star movie is true family friendly entertainment offers viewers a glimpse into the fascinating world of competitive sheepdog trials.

Away To Me – Synopsis

A feature length documentary following three national sheepdog champions (US, Canada & South Africa) and their amazing canine partners as they compete for the Gold Medal in the world’s foremost sheepdog trial, the Soldier Hollow Classic Sheepdog Championship, held annually outside Park City, Utah. Seemingly simple — but in reality stunningly complex — to see a sheepdog trial is to love it. Filmed in breathtaking high definition (HD) across the United States, Canada and South Africa, the movie captures the beauty, action, drama and spirit of a quirky and delightful sport beloved by millions around the world but largely unknown in North America. Away To Me is the story of three ordinary people leading extraordinary lives in pursuit of their passions, and showcases the personal values they share which have helped make them champions. At its heart, the movie honors the timeless and universal bond between Man and Dog. The film is not rated, but appropriate for families.


Review – A Great Family Film

With breathtaking scenery, unique personalities and talented sheepdogs, this is one of the best movies I’ve ever seen.  Away to Me follows three top sheepdog handlers, Faansie Basson of South Africa, Haley Howard of California and Amanda Milliken of Canada on their journey to the Soldier Hollow Sheepdog Trials.

Throughout the movie, you get to see three very differently and interesting personalities and a true-to-life portrayal of the tremendous effort required to train Border Collies to participate in sheep herding trials.  It really is an fascinating and even educational film to watch.  Pay attention and you may even learn some of the commands and whistles the handlers use to communicate with their dogs.

In the end, if you’ve never seen a sheep dog trial, this is a great place to start.   You’ll be amazed to see how in sync the handlers and developers become and how they learn to ‘dance’ together to compete in one of the world’s most delightful and unique sporting events.  Check out the trailer below for a preview. 

Note: for those interested in learning more about sheepdog trials, check out Hubert O’Hearn’s article on the History of the Border Collies & Field Trials.


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