Continental Divide Herding Association
September 22, 2006

By Carol Delsman, Field Director, At-Large Events

On September 22, 2006, the Continental Divide Herding Association hosted the first AKC cattle trials held in Colorado. There were two trials, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, held at Pruett's Farm in Fort Morgan, CO (approximately one hour north-east of Denver). The weather was very cool, cloudy and windy - perfect for the dogs and cattle, but thankfully, the forecasted rain held off until well after the trials ended. Judges for this event were Joy Sebastian-Hall (a.m.) and Bob Dias (p.m.).

There were a total of 14 dogs entered in each trial, with exhibitors from Colorado, Nebraska and Arkansas. Both A and B courses were offered, with the majority of the dogs entered on A course. The cattle provided were very workable, 6 month old Holstein calves. High in Trial for the morning trial was from Started Course A, CH BAAR's Heaven Sent, UD, RE, PT, CGC, "Gabriel," a 4 year old Rottweiler owned by Kathy Howse, Ann Callahan & Alissa Owen. Reserve High in Trial was Ben, a 6 year old Border Collie, bred and owned by Cathy Balliu, from the Advanced Course A class. For the afternoon trial, these two dogs switched placements, Ben took home the High in Trial and Gabriel was Reserve High in Trial.

CDHA members are hoping this is only the first of many successful cattle trials in the state of Colorado.

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