Cardigans At the North Central Texas Herding Dog Association

Donna Daniels and Lisa Phillips and Connie Haschke

After a three-day Texas-style spring rain that included tornados in some areas, Saturday March 6 dawned with clear, sunny skies for the NCTHDA spring trials.

Handler Linda Bell, Connie Haschke, Lisa Phillips, Lyn Buck, Donna Daniels

"Dot" and Connie Haschke working in the HT arena.

Lisa Phillips and "Foggy" working in the HT arena.

Cardigan Welsh Corgis turned out in force for the spring tests and trials at End Gate Ranch in Ferris, Texas. The trials featured Course A, Course B and Course C and all three types of stock: ducks, sheep and cattle. Eight Cardigan Welsh Corgis competed in two days of trials with over 63 runs. In a venue where the Cardigan is a comparative rarity, it was exciting to see this many dogs compete in a sport they love so much. There were three Cardigans entered in HT, two in PT, two in Started Sheep and one entered in Started cattle and ducks.

End Gate Ranch is one of the finest facilities for herding in the state of Texas with 200 acres of gently rolling hills. There are separate areas for HT, PT and A, B and C courses. And wonder of wonders, a building with an office for the trial secretary which includes indoor plumbing for four bathrooms and two showers--a definite plus over porta potties.

Judges this spring were Jim Buzzard from Vinita, Oklahoma and Terri A. Wilson from Morrison, Oklahoma.

On Saturday, Smokin' Tsunami Tsu, PT ("Q") was awarded 2nd place in a Started A Sheep class of 11 dogs and gained her first started sheep leg. In Started ducks, 4th place was awarded to "Bucky" (Ch Smokin' Cajun Buckaroo, PT) for his first duck leg.

On Sunday three Cardis qualifed in the HT test and earned their HT titles: Ch Glenmar Dangerous ("Dot") owned and handled by Connie Haschke and Smokin' Chaps Living Color ("Keenen") and Smokin' Dreamlike State ("Foggy") owned by Donna Daniels. Shamrock's Buckaroo Kiss ("Kiss") owned by Lyn Buck and Ch Heart of Gold Tell Me No Lies HT ("Teller") owned by Connie Haschke passed their first PT legs.

Smokin' Tsunami Tsu, PT (with breeder/owner/handler Donna Daniels) was awarded first place in the Started A sheep class with a score of 94. This was her second leg toward her HSAs title.

Though a few of the Cardis didn't pass or qualify for legs, they never quit and will be back at another trial. At a time when it's not uncommon to go to a herding trial and never see a Cardigan Welsh Corgi at all, these eight Texas dogs did their part to show the capabilities and heart of this special breed.