Herding

BCSA National Specialty Herding Trials, 2005
by Margie Clutter, Co-Chairman, Herding Trials

The 8th Annual Border Collie National Specialty, held on October 10-16, 2005, at Purina Farms in Gray Summit, Missouri, opened with three days of herding trials and tests to showcase the original purpose of the ultimate herding breed. With a total of 119 Border Collies entered for 479 runs, the eight separate herding trials/tests filled quickly to over-flowing! With approval from AKC and shuffling of a few of the judging assignments, all of the entrants who came to the Specialty were able to compete.

The weather all week was perfect for herding with morning lows in the 40's and 50's, highs up to 75, and just a few unexpected showers on Tuesday morning. The sheep were Katahdins and Katahdin crosses from two different sources: Purina Farms' resident flock and another flock brought in from Sandra Holmberg's Whiskey Creek Sheep Farm in Washington, MO. The sheep were divided into groups and rotated among the different fields and trials so that each course had different sheep every day. Five head of sheep were used for each run on both A and B Course and for the herding tests. The duck herding trials used 60 Call ducks specially bred for herding by Joyce Norris of Waltonville, IL, again using five head for each A Course run.

Monday, October 10, opened with the handlers' meeting for Advanced Class Course A, sheep at 7:00 a.m. Terry Workman from Nebraska judged 29 Advanced A dogs, with 24 qualifiers:
1) "Roy" HC Roy XI owned by J. Wade Campbell won with a score of 97
2) "Pat" HC Pat III owned by Robin Penland with 96
3) "Zip" Justdandy Zip HSAs owned by Claudia Frank with 95.5
4) "Duce" DC Sheepy Corner Bet on Two OA, AXJ owned by Susane Joura-Hoffman and Inger Joura with 95.5
5) "Sadie" HC Sadie V owned by Carolyn Herbel, handled by Kent Herbel with 95

Started Class Course A, sheep followed, judged by Jan Wesen of the state of Washington. She judged 24 dogs, with 16 qualifiers:
1) "Ice" XP Ice owned by Kent and Norman Herbel with a score of 92
2) "Yoda" Dawgworks Yoda owned by Caroline and Doug Weil with 90.5
3) "Flash" Kensmuir Flash HT owned by Debra DeGidio, handled by Kent Herbel with 88.5
4) "Strike" Uherdit Celtic Strike PT NA NAJ owned by Joy Thompson with 81.5
5) "Jewel" CH Lock-Eye Bedazzled owned by Beverly Schulz and Debbie Willoughby with 81

The Intermediate Class Course A, sheep was also judged by Jan Wesen, with 12 dogs competing and 8 qualifiers:
1) "Lass" On The Lamb Lass owned by Robin Penland with a 91
2) "Bitz" Onthelamb Bitz owned by Geri Abrams and Robin Penland with 85.5
3) "Clyde" CH Power Clyde HSAs owned by Karen Clymer with 84.5
4) "Bill" Bill owned by Rebecca Beckmann and Steve Burdine, handled by Susan Rhoades with 80
5) "Jinks" CH Majestic Celtic Mischief HSAs owned by Judith Menown with 78.5

Out on Purina's large, open B Course, judge Jim Buzzard of Oklahoma began with the Started, sheep class at 7:30 a.m. The B Course proved more daunting. With 16 Started dogs competing, only 3 qualified:
1) "Ice" XP Ice owned by Kent and Norman Herbel bettered her win on the A Course with a score of 94
2) "Bill" Bill owned by Rebecca Beckmann and Steve Burdine, handled by Susan Rhoades with 89
3) "Bitz" Onthelamb Bitz owned by Geri Abrams and Robin Penland with 82

B Course Intermediate, sheep followed. Jim Buzzard judged 13 dogs, again with only 3 qualifiers:
1) "Lass" On The Lamb Lass owned by Robin Penland with 87
2) "Rhys" Way To Me Rhys HSAs HSBs owned by Terri Clingerman
3) "Luke" Dawgworks Luke TD HSAds HIAds HXAd AX OAJ NAP NJP owned by Caroline and Doug Weil

Alice Hengst of California then judged 24 Advanced Class Course B, sheep dogs, with 9 qualifying:
1) "Pat" HC Pat III owned by Robin Penland with a score of 90.5
2) "Jaydee" HC Jusdandy Jaydee owned by Claudia Frank with 87
3) "Edge" HC Rising Sun Cutting Edge owned by Susan Rhoades with 80.5
4) "DuPont" HC Hob Nob Chrombase Rocket Red CD owned by Susan Rhoades and Janice DeMello with 80
5) "Duce" DC Sheepy Corner Bet On Two OA AXJ owned by Susane Joura-Hoffman and Inger Joura with 78.5

Monday's herding trials ended with the awarding of High in Trial, Course A to Wade Campbell's Roy with 97 and Reserve High in Trial, Course A to Robin Penland's Pat with 96, both from the Advanced class. High in Trial, Course B went to Kent and Norman Herbel's Ice with a score of 94 from the Started class. Reserve High in Trial, Course B was Robin Penland's Pat with 90.5 from the Advanced class.

Tuesday dawned cloudier than predicted, with a few showers falling in the late morning. Terry Workman began the day with sheep in the Intermediate Class on Course A. With 13 dogs competing, he had 10 qualifiers:
1) "Lass" On The Lamb Lass owned by Robin Penland scored 97
2) "Bitz" Onthelamb Bitz owned by Geri Abrams and Robin Penland with 96.5
3) "Bill" Bill owned by Rebecca Beckman and Steve Burdine, handled by Susan Rhoades with 92.5
4) "Molly" Molly XV HSAds HSBs HIBs owned by Kathryn Wright with 85.5
5) "Sonic" Rising Sun Sonic Boom HSAs NAJ owned by Sharon Allswede with 82

Started Class, Course A, sheep followed, also judged by Terry Workman. Of the 23 dogs, 19 qualified:
1) "Flash" Kensmuir Flash HT owned by Debra DeGidio, handled by Kent Herbel earned 96.5 points
2) "Ice" XP Ice owned by Kent and Norman Herbel scored 95
3) "Strike" Uherdit Celtic Strike PT NA NAJ owned by Joy Thompson with 95
4) "Ransom" Lockeye Ransom PT OA OAJ also owned by Joy Thompson had 89
5) "Zen" Bit Of Good And Evil PT AX MXJ owned by Sharon Allswede had 87.5

The Advanced Class Course A, sheep was judged after noon by Judith Kelly from Florida. She had 29 dogs in the class, of which 24 qualified. Winners were:
1) "Pat", Robin Penland's very consistent bitch with 98.5
2) "Ginn" HC Sheepycorner Queen Of Hearts AX AXJ owned by Charles and Susane Hoffman, also with 98.5
3) "Sprint" HC Jusdandy Sprint owned by Claudia Frank with 97
4) "Sadie" HC Sadie V owned by Carolyn Herbel, handled by Kent Herbel with 95.5
5) "Lach" CH Lockeye Lachlan CDX HSAs HSBs HIAs HIBs HXAs owned by Debbie Willoughby with 94.5

Top scores in the Tuesday A Course trial were a tie between Robin Penland's "Pat" and Chuck Hoffman's "Ginn" who both finished Advanced with a score of 98.5. High in Trial went to "Pat", with "Ginn" receiving Reserve High in Trial.

Meanwhile out on the B Course, Jim Buzzard started the day with Advanced Class sheep. Out of 24 advanced dogs, he had 5 qualifiers. Several other dogs had nearly perfect runs, but could not manage the shed on this day.
1) Susane Hoffman's "Duce" won the class with a score of 92
2) "Moo" HC WF On The Move owned by John Holman had 89.5
3) "Mac" HC Max VII owned by Kent and Carolyn Herbel had 89
4) Claudia Frank's "Sprint" earned 86
5) "Cal" HC Wildfire's Maccallum More CD TD owned by Wade Campbell with 84

Jan Wesen then picked up the judging duties on the B Course with the Intermediate Class, sheep. 8 of her 13 dogs qualified:
1) Robin Penland's "Lass" continued her winning ways with a 97
2) Caroline and Doug Weil's "Luke" also performed well earning a 90
3) "Snap" XP Snap HSAs HIAs owned by Michelle Brothers had 89.5
4) "Raymond" CH Ettrick On Edge HSAds HIAds HXAd NA NAP NJP owned by Gerianne Darnelle had 86.5
5) "Rhys" Way To Me Rhys HSAs HSBs owned by Terri Clingerman earned 84.5

B Course competition ended with the Started Class of 17 dogs, with 11 qualifying, judged by Jan Wesen:
1) Kent and Norman Herbel's "Ice" was again top of the class with 89
2) Sharon Allswede's "Sonic" followed with 88
3) Geri Abram and Robin Penland's "Bitz" had 87.5
4) Debra DeGidio's "Flash" earned 87, handled again by Kent Herbel
5) Rebecca Beckmann and Steve Burdine's "Bill" finished with 84

From the Tuesday Course B competition, High in Trial went to Robin Penland's "Lass" with her score of 97 in the Intermediate class. Reserve High in Trial went to Susane Hoffman's "Duce" for his 92 in the Advanced class.

Our third simultaneous herding trial of the day was over in the duck-sized A Course. Each set of 5 ducks was carefully color-coded with matching leg bands and kept in tiny holding pens constructed from X-pens.

Alice Hengst judged all of the duck classes on Tuesday. She commented that herding ducks requires a different approach by the dog than herding sheep. The dogs that stayed on their feet and kept pressure on the ducks without over-flanking managed them easily, but dogs with stronger "eye" that lay down frequently had difficulty moving the ducks at all. Eight dogs competed in the Started class, with 4 qualifying:
1) "Yoda" Dawgworks Yoda owned by Caroline and Doug Weil scored 83
2) "Bill" owned by Rebecca Beckmann and Steve Burdine again placed, handled by Susan Rhoades with an 82.5
3) "Tess" Arizona Tess PT owned by Karen Clymer had 68
4) "Sami" Blue Collar Uherdit Tri-Me CD HSAs owned by Beverly Schulz with 67

Only 2 dogs competed in Intermediate Class Course A, ducks, and both qualified:
1) "Molly" Molly XV HSAds HSBsHIBs owned by Kathryn Wright won with 74
2) "Duncan" CH Wildfire's Slamb Dunk TD HSAs HIAs HXAs OA OAJ owned by Linda Dart had 61 for second place

The largest duck trial class was Advanced, with 20 entries, and 14 dogs qualified:
1) First place and High in Trial for the duck trial went to Wade Campbell's "Cal" with his score of 94.5
2) Second place and Reserve High in Trial was won by Claudia Frank's "Sprint" with a 91.5
3) Susane Hoffman's "Duce" earned a 90
4) Caroline and Doug Weil's "Luke" had an 89.5
5) "DuPont" HC Hob Nob Chrombase Rocket Red CD owned by Susan Rhoades and Janice DeMello had 89

The third and final day of official AKC herding at the BCSA National Specialty took place on Wednesday, October 12, 2005. Terry Workman judged all class levels for a third B Course Sheep Trial, while Judith Kelly judged the second A Course Duck Trial. In Purina's sheep A Course, two rounds of Herding Tested and Pre-trial Tested classes were judged by Jim New and Judith Kelly, using 5 head of sheep for each run. Early in the morning a very thick cloud of fog rolled across the fields, obscuring vision beyond about 50 feet, but the fog quickly burned off and the day was again perfect herding weather.

Terry Workman's 17 Started Course B, sheep class had 10 qualifiers:
1) Kent Herbel's "Ice" again topped the class with a 92
2) Geri Abrams and Robin Penland's "Bitz" had 90
3) Sharon Allswede's "Sonic" tied with 90
4) "Nikki" CH Borderfame Mystique owned by Gay Silva, handled by Claire Hamilton had 87
5) Debra DeGidio's "Flash" was handled by Kent Herbel to an 85.5

The Intermediate Class Course B had 12 entries and 6 qualifiers:
1) Robin Penland's "Lass" won with a 97
2) Caroline and Doug Weil's "Luke" scored 92
3) Michelle Brothers' "Snap" with 87
4) Terri Clingerman's "Rhys" also with 87
5) "Jack" CH Oelamp's Jackpot UDX2 HSAs HSBs HIAs HXAs MX MXJ owned by Laura Kincaid with 84

22 dogs tried Advanced Course B with 8 qualifiers as judged by Terry Workman:
1) Chuck Hoffman's "Ginn" won with a 97
2) His wife, Susane's "Duce" was right behind with 96
3) "Skeet" DC Skeet owned by Kent and Lori, Lacey and Carolyn Herbel scored 96
4) "Jenna" Norwood Custom Design HIBs HXAds NAJ owned by
Denise Teal with 95.5
5)"Maddie" HC Maddie II owned by Geri Abrams, handled by Robin Penland had
94

High in Trial for the B Course was awarded to Robin Penland's "Lass" with her 97 in the Intermediate class, and Reserve High in Trial went to Chuck Hoffman and "Ginn" for her 97 in Advanced. The tie was broken on time because their out-work scores were identical!

In the duck arena, Judith Kelly judged only 7 Started Course A dogs due to move ups and absences. 3 dogs qualified:
1) Rebecca Beckman and Steve Burdine's "Bill" with 90
2) "Roy" XP Roy owned by Michelle Brothers also scored 90
3) "Yoda" Dawgworks Yoda owned by Caroline and Doug Weil had 77.5

In the Intermediate Course A Class, neither of the 2 dogs qualified.

The Advanced dogs had better luck with 12 of the 20 dogs competing in the class qualifying:
1) "Jaydee" HC Jusdandy Jaydee owned by Claudia Frank won with a beautiful run, fully in command of the ducks and a score of 97.5
2) Claudia Frank's "Sprint" earned a 95
3) "Robby" HC Oelamp's Steal The Show CDX MX MXJ owned by Diana Antlitz had 92.5
4) Chuck Hoffman's "Ginn" had 91
5) "Porter" CH Nahrof Final Impression HS HSBs HIAs HXAs owned by Claire Hamilton and A. Doyle Ivie and Michelle Brothers' "Snap" tied at 85

High in Trial for Wednesday's duck trial was "Jaydee" who earned a 97.5 in Advanced Course A ducks, and Reserve High in Trial was his full sister, "Sprint" with 95 from the same class, both owned by Claudia Frank.

Division A of the Herding Test and Pre-Trial Test classes on Wednesday morning were judged by Jim New of Missouri. In the HT class, 8 dogs competed, with 6 qualifiers. The Pre-Trial Test had 11 dogs, of which 9 qualified. The HT and PT classes are judged on a Pass or Fail basis and no scores are given.

Wednesday afternoon, Judith Kelly judged Division B of HT and PT, with the same dogs trying for a second qualifying run to earn their titles, which require two qualifying runs under two different judges. In HT, 8 dogs again competed, with 5 qualifying a second time and earning their first herding titles! Only 9 of the dogs attempted a second run for the PT title, with 7 succeeding in qualifying and earning their titles.

At the conclusion of the 3 days of AKC herding trials, three special prizes—beautifully engraved silver belt buckles−− were awarded:

Winner of the High Scoring Conformation Champion in B Course Started was "Nikki", CH Borderfame Mystique owned by Gay Silva and handled by Claire Hamilton. "Nikki" earned an 87 and 4th place in the Started B class on Wednesday.

High Scoring Conformation Champion in B Course Intermediate was "Raymond", CH Ettrick On Edge HSAds HSBds HIAds HXAd NA NAP NJP owned by Gerianne Darnell, from his 86.5 and 4th place in Intermediate B class on Tuesday.

High Scoring Conformation Champion in B Course Advanced was "Duce", DC Sheepy Corner Bet On Two OA AXJ owned by Susane Joura-Hoffman and Inger Joura, from his 96 and 2nd place in Advanced B on Wednesday.

High Cumulative Score on B Course was won by Robin Penland's "Lass", On The Lamb Lass, who scored 97 in the Intermediate B classes three days in a row for a total of 291 points! They were awarded a Border Collie figurine, "Found Safe."

An embroidered bag was awarded to the Highest Scoring Dog on the Started A Course, sheep, handled by someone new to herding. It was won by "Strike", Uherdit Celtic Strike PT NA NAJ, owned and handled by Joy Thompson for his 95 and 3rd place on Tuesday.

The award ceremony completed the three days of sanctioned AKC herding trials. Judge Terry Workman, who judged all 3 days, commented, "This was one of the nicest trials I've ever judged…(and had) the best set out I've ever seen." Many thanks to all of the BCSA members, volunteers, judges and competitors who helped these trials run so smoothly!

Even with the trials finished, the herding did not stop at the Border Collie Specialty! Early Thursday morning, October 13, 2005, the BCSA Herding Challenge commenced. Judged by Judith Kelly, the Challenge provided non-traditional obstacles and patterns for all levels of herding, including a Maltese Cross set up using panels on the open B Course.

In the Advanced level, 20 dogs competed with 19 finishing the course; 1 dog was retired. Scores ranged from 107 (out of a possible 110) to 55 1/2. The top 5 dogs were:
1) Anne O'Toole and "Roy" with 107
2) Lacey Syzemore and "Strait" with 106
3) Claudia Frank and "Jaydee" with 105
4) Claudia Frank and "Sprint" with 104 ½
5) Susane Hoffman and "Duce" with 103 ½

In Intermediate, 6 dogs competed:
1) Robin Penland and "Lass" with 109 ½
2) Terri Clingerman and "Rhys" with 89
3) Claudia Frank and "Zip" with 65
4) Doyle Ivie and "Ace" with 37
5) Jim New and "Blade" with 28

The Started class had 7 dogs, with one dog retiring:
1) Robin Penland and "Bitz" with 103 ½
2) Robin Penland and "Chill" with 95 ½
3) Kathy Wood and "Jet" with 88
4) Susan Rhoades and "Bill" with 84
5) Kent Herbel and "Ice" with 68

On Friday, the herding fun continued with Herding Instinct Testing all day. Many of the people now competing in trials were first introduced to herding at the Specialty Herding Instinct Tests. Jim New was the tester, and each dog that showed sustained interest in the sheep and was able to circle the sheep in both directions was awarded a Border Collie Society of America Herding Instinct Certificate. 44 dogs were tested, with 39 of them earning the BCSA HIC. 9 of the dogs tested were rescue Border Collies. Many of the dogs had never been exposed to stock before, and it is a real thrill to see them "turn on" as that inborn instinct rises to the surface!

Friday was also the Judges Education Seminar, and at 1:00 p.m., Carolyn Herbel, the BCSA Judges Education chairman, ushered the participants to the herding fields for some practical demonstrations of Border Collies at work, emphasizing the relationship between correct conformation and the ability to meet the demands of herding. Sheep herding demonstrations were provided by some of this year's top competitors, including Claudia Frank with her dogs, Jaydee, Sprint and Zip, Susane and Chuck Hoffman with Duce and Ginn, and Robin Penland also worked one of her dogs. Duck herding demonstrations were given by Sandra Lindenmuth with Dooly and Joyce Norris with her HC Maddie (who did not compete at this year's trials as Joyce was Herding Co-Chairman, provided the ducks for the trials, and "had too much to do to show a dog.") The judges saw not only demonstrations, but were witnesses to some actual stock dog work as a wild fox emerged from the brush and advanced hungrily towards the ducks! Joyce sent Maddie out to protect her ducks, and Maddie quite effectively chased the fox away.

The showcasing of herding at the Border Collie National Specialty ended on Sunday with the awarding of the Janet E. Larson Versatile Border Collie Award before Best in Show was judged in the conformation ring. This award is given each year to the dog that accumulates the most points for qualifying scores during the National Specialty. Each dog must Q in herding and at least 2 other events. Points are given for the one highest level Q in each event.

The 2005 award was given to CH Oelamp's Jackpot UDX2 HSAs HSBs HIAs HXAs MX MXJ, owned by Laura Kincaid. They began the week with qualifying in Intermediate Course B on both Tuesday and Wednesday to finish his HIBs title and earned 5th place on Wednesday in the class. He then Q'd in Excellent B agility and Open B obedience for a total of 10 points toward the Janet Larson award.

Two other dogs were also recognized as runners up for the Janet Larson award, with 9 points each:

DC Dooly owned by Amy Andrews and Sandra Lindenmuth Q'd in Advanced A Course Sheep on Monday and Tuesday and Advanced Ducks on Tuesday. He followed up with Q's in Novice agility and Novice obedience and a placement in conformation.

WNT Myrrh CD, OA, AXJ owned by Margie Clutter Q'd twice in Herding Tested to finish that title, won Excellent A Standard agility on Friday, Q'd in Novice obedience and placed in conformation.

The BCSA thanks Purina Farms for hosting another wonderful week of herding for the BCSA National Specialty 2005!