Evie Kimberly

On July 15, the sheep dog world lost one of the spirits and enthusiast in herding. For those who met Evie, they will never forget her kindness, humor and passion for the sheepdog.

I met Evie in 1990 in Phoenix, AZ. I still remember seeing her walk up to me and introduce herself. Evie was dressed in camo military jeans, a rottweiler t-shirt and a bandana tied around her neck. She was as unique then as she was her entire life.

Evie loved her dogs, and appreciated all their accomplishments and faults. She could see the good in most any run, yet she wasn’t blind to the errors and mistakes both she and the dog made. Many of us at the Cowboy Roundup in Sheridan, WY remember the time she sent Flash on an outrun in the Pro-Novice class. At the time, they were also running Open much further away on the same field. Flash was used to running Open, so went for the packet of sheep much further away. Most handlers would have been mad, or embarrassed that their dog went for the wrong group of sheep. Evie came off the field saying, “I know he got the wrong group of sheep, but did you see that beautiful outrun?”

 

Growing up in Ohio, Evie had a love of horses. She quickly turned her talent into her profession, and made the circuit as a lady bronc rider in the Sunbrook Rodeo Circuit, held on the east coast. Following her rodeo career, Evie trained horses professionally for 30 years, and had many champions on AQHA and Paint events. A few years ago, Evie was selected for the Cowgirl Hall of Fame.

When Evie was present, you knew that laughter would be nearby. She loved to tell a great story, or pull a prank on fellow competitor. She laughed at herself, as much as she laughed at life.

If I had to describe Evie, I would say; She was for the underdog. She was for the ugly dog. She was for the handler who was kind to their dogs. She was for the person who never got a break. She was for the unique individual that didn’t quite fit in the group.

Evie was able to hit many of the sheepdog trials in the west. She loved going to many of the trials in the Dakota’s and the Pacific Northwest. She usually traveled alone, along with her faithful dogs, which included, Flash, Smoke, Gil, Meg and Amiga. Those who met Evie along the way, felt like they had an “instant” old friend, and admired her independence and commitment to her life.


Photos courtesy of Rita Morgan