Piedmont Border Collie Association Herding
April 8-9, 2006

Piedmont Border Collie Association Despite the threat of severe storms and lots of rain, the Piedmont Border Collie Association Herding events on April 8 and 9 went off without a hitch. Saturday started with black clouds repeatedly threatening and making the sheep a bit skittish. Despite the threat the morning classes went off without rain or storm. B Course classes went first under judge, Susan Rhoades, and when the final sheep was shed, Richard Whorton, president of the PBCA, had handled Mary Whorton's Border Collie, Lytnstryke All Wired Up, CD, AX, AXJ, HSAs to first in the Started class. First in the Advanced B Course was Way To Me Kelly, CDX, RN, OAJ, OA, HXAs, HIBs owned by Eileen Basset, and she was also High Combined on Saturday.

Advanced A course on Saturday was won by Abby, a Border Collie owned by Debbie Johnson and they also went High In Trial on Saturday. Intermediate A course was won by Kuwarri Siren Song of Medbh, HSAs an Australian Cattledog owned and handled by Mary Calley. Started A course was won by the Smooth Collie, CH Row-Bar's Branestorm Challenge 'Er, CDX, PT, MX, MXJ owned by Michele Brane and handled by Deirdre Penatzer. Deirdre Penatzer also owned and handled the Reserve High In Trial on Saturday with her Rapideye Guess The Way To Me, TD, HXAs, HSBs from the Advanced A course.

On Sunday the Advanced B course winner was Jim, a Border Collie owned and handled by Henry Kuykendall and this pair was also High In Trial and High Combined on Sunday. Reserve High In Trial came from this class also with Debbie Johnson's Abby taking second in the class as well.as RHIT. First in the Intermediate B course was Rebecca Beckman's Border Collie, Bill. And first in the Started B course was Jamie Hinson's Border Collie, Way To Me Jinty.

Advanced A course came down to a tie broken by time as their centerline scores were both zero points deducted. In second place was Henry Kuykendall's Jim, and first place was Debbie Johnson's, Abby. In Intermediate A, Dierdre Penatzer handled Kathy Moll's Smooth Collie, CH Deep River's Comfort and Joy, HSAs, to a first place. Started A course was the Border Collie, Bel-Jac Lexus owned by Donna Rothenberger and handled by Kelly Martin.

On Saturday we beat the rain by breaking for lunch when it arrived. By the time we finished so had the rain except for a few light sprinkles. Sunday was windy and cooler but bright sunny skies with nary a cloud in the sky. The turquoise sky set off the budding trees and blooming white dogwoods and yellow Carolina Jasmine in the woods bordering the fields. Dierdre Penatzer's Way To Me Farm is a delightful venue for a herding event and her sheep were challenging without being out of the range of the average dog. Piedmont Border Collie Association had better weather than expected; excellent lunches for exhibitors and workers and a beautiful site for their events. Be sure to add this club to your list of events!

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