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Stanley, Karen – ELLA


Ella is a dog with “a big attitude”  and a great companion and working dog.

Karen Stanley is from Eagle Mountain, Utah.  Karen has been instrumental in the Soldier Hollow Classic’s success from its first year through today.  She will serve again this year as one of the Course Directors.

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Ella is an 8-year-old Border Collie out of Don Helsley’s successful dog, Wizard. Karen wanted a Wizard puppy and, when she learned he had been bred to Emil Luedeke’s Hope, she got on the list.  Lucky to get Ella, she arrived from Texas at 8 weeks old with very big ears and a big attitude as well.  She has grown into her ears and has developed as a lovely companion and working dog for Karen. Karen previously competed successfully in obedience, agility and tracking competition but has found stockdog work to be the ultimate canine challenge. At her hobby farm in Eagle Mountain, Utah, she keeps a small flock of sheep primarily for training purposes.  She travels to about ten or so trials a year.  Now retired, Karen is “all about the dogs,” residing in Arizona during the winter months so she can train year-round.