Leader of the Pack

Leader of the Pack

The world-famous Quack Pack will be in action at the National Botanic Garden of Wales on Saturday August 24 and Monday August 26.

Come and see highly-skilled shepherd Meirion Owen manoeuvre his Indian runner ducks with the help of his sheepdog – and join in the fun.

The star of TV’s ‘One Man and His Dog’, Meirion was born on the Middleton estate – which is now the National Botanic Garden – so he has a special links to this lovely place. And his enthusiasm is obvious as he engages people of all ages and instructs his dog to herd the ducks over, round and through a variety of obstacles with the aid of a whistle and a shouted “come by”.

The Quack Pack performances are free to all Garden visitors. The shows start at 12noon.

The Garden is open from 10am-6pm every day. For more information about this and other Garden events, visit www.gardenofwales.org.uk email info@gardenofwales.org.uk or call 01558 667149.

Editor’s note:

* Meirion is a very accomplished and well-respected sheepdog handler, judge and event organizer. He started sheepdog trialling at the age of nine and has since gone on to win many trials including the Welsh National Sheepdog Championship. He also captained the Welsh team at the International Sheep Dog Trials.

 

* Meirion’s duck herding demonstrations are designed to showcase the amazing talents of border collies and the communication between handler and dog. His demonstrations are informative, educational and highly entertaining. They are also interactive, allowing hands-on adult and child participation. Meirion provides his own humorous commentary as he uses a combination of commands to guide his dogs and cooperative (and sometimes uncooperative) Indian Runner ducks around a course that includes tunnels, slides and pens.

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