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February 8th, 2018 by Julie K.

Update for Aria!

 

AHBA ( American Herding Breed Association) trial today. Aria entered on three different courses. First was HTAD-1 (herding trial arena dog). She was tight on her gather and was a little pushy on most of the course. She got an 83.5 out of 90, awarded 3rd place and earned her HTAD-1 title. Next was HRD-1 (herding ranch dog). This course involves getting sheep out of pens, sorting, repenning, putting sheep through tight chutes and trailering. She did everything flawlessly. Thought she would get first place. She scored 86.5 out of 90. Only good enough for 5th place as four other dogs tied with scores of 88. Only 1.5 points out but a good solid performance earning her the title of HRD-1. Finally we did the HTD-1 (herding trial dog) course. This course is out in a big field so no fences and dog needs to control sheep and not lose them. Aria has been having trouble going to the left on her out run to gather so I set her up to go right as she is wide and gathers better in that direction. As soon as I gave her the command to go gather she flipped and went to the left like it was her normal thing to do. I was surprised but did not stop her as that would cost me points. She had a little bobble at the second set of panels but finished the course. She scored an 86.5 out of 90 and got first place. The judge talked to me afterwards and during the award ceremony said ” I hope you all watched this run. Not just because Rich is an instructor here but to see what a good dog with a good handler can do.” So three new titles for Aria HTD-1, HRD-1 and HTAD-1.

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In Arizona we did an

AKC trial. Aria qualified on all her runs. Completed a title on started A course sheep and moved up and earned

her first intermediate leg on A course. Also got two started A course legs on geese. Last Friday she ran an

AHBA level two ranch course and qualified. Saturday and Sunday it was back to AKC. She qualified twice on started A course ducks for two legs and once more in intermediate A course sheep. In a couple of weeks she will run in ASCA for the first time on ducks and sheep and hope to finish at least two titles and if we are lucky four. May have to send multiple emails to send all photos. Where are you posting the photos? Will keep you up to date as Aria moves on. More AKC and AHBA trials coming here and Arizona in the next couple of months.

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Newest update:

Trailing has been tough. Aria has been perfect at practice and a handful at trials. Several time I have just called our run and left the arena. She starts going after the stock and doesn’t follow or listen to any commands. She has however managed to have finished the intermediate A course title on sheep in AKC. Also in AKC she has finished one leg in excellent A sheep, started B course one leg on sheep and two legs on started A cattle (three legs required to title). In AHBA she has titled on Herding Ranch Dog II on sheep and earned one leg on Herding Trial Dog I (two legs required to title).

Now on to this weekend. Went to Arizona for an ASCA (Aussie) trial.The first run was on started cattle and Aria just took off after the cows and split them up. Got them back together but again she refused to follow commands. We just went through the course and did not qualify. The judge later commented that we should have tried to complete each obstacle more. I knew this but when my dog just blows me off they do not get to play and I take them off the field. Next was open (level II) on sheep. After a brief talk with Aria prior to the run she settled and did a nice run with a second place finish. The judge commented that he loved the way that when I turned my back to close the pen gate that Aria was making very small subtle movements to keep the sheep in the pen on her own. Next was started geese. Again she listened and earned a first place. Next day started cows again. She was calm and did great and earned first place. Next was moving up in class to Open geese and she finished third. Again on to open sheep and another second place. Sunday was second place on cattle, first place on geese, and moving to Advanced sheep she was perfect having the high score in trial but was a tie and fell to second on tie breaker. In all had one third, four second, three first, high score cattle other breed (non aussie) twice, high score other breed geese once, high score other breed sheep once, high in trial other breed once,  high combined other breed twice. Result in the end was four titles. Was a good weekend.

 

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March 30th, 2015 by Julie

Triple Crown Winner!!!

Yesterday Singer earned his ASCA (Australian Shepherd Club of America) Championship. This is his third herding championship giving him the Triple Crown in herding (AKC, AHBA and ASCA).

Rich and Singer:

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The ASCA was a little more difficult for us as Singer had a bad experience on cattle early on. He was not confident and often would not go into pressure to move cows out of corners or off fence lines. he finally got it done though. In ASCA you must compete on all stock (ducks, sheep and cattle) at all levels to earn the championship. In the process we had some failures but great success at other times. Here is the breakdown of how well he did.

1st place 5 times
2nd place 3 times
3rd place 2 times
4th place 2 times
High Scoring Other Breed is given to non Aussie,
High Scoring Other Breed on Ducks 1 time
High Scoring Other Breed on Sheep 2 times
High Scoring Other Breed on Cattle 4 times
High Combined (total of all scores for trial) 2 times
High in Trial ( highest scoring dog overall) 3 times

Also a few weeks ago Singer earned his AKC TD (tracking dog) title.

Alta-Tollhaus Just a Singer is from Funny’s (Faye von Kirschental) last litter, the J-litter.

Herding Ducks:
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Rich and Singer:
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Singer herding cattle:
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June 2nd, 2014 by Julie

Happy 5th Birthday to the G-Force

Happy 5th birthday to the beautiful G-Force puppies:  Gavin, Gracie, Garbo, Gunner, Grunwald

From Margot a picture of her beautiful Gracie:

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G-litter  X-box x Funny.

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December 25th, 2013 by Julie

More Christmas Dogs!

Alta-Tollhaus Icon aka Victor from the I-litter Schumann x Bailey owned by Jody in PA:
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Ed and Mary with Aslan A-litter Ypsilon x Maika
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From Margot and the Good-Shepherd Farm, Chevy:
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Gracie (G-litter Xbox x Funny) Gavin’s red-head sister:
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Vida:
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November 21st, 2013 by divasolo

Chart Climber – Singer Herding Brags

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Singer and I went to Arizona last weekend to judge an AHBA herding trial. Even though I was one of the judges, Singer could still compete but not take a placement.

It was a new place, new stock, and a course Singer had not worked here before.  As usual he was stellar.

While I judged Singer stayed in the back of the car with the back hatch door open. Everyone was impressed by how well behaved he was. I was often away and out of site of the car while judging. Comments were that sheep, people, bitches in heat and intact males were walking by the car all the time and he responded to none of it. He just sat or lay in the car and took it all in. He never barked, cried out or tried to leave the car at any time. Even when people stood right in front of him and talked to him.

When he was taken into the ring, he impressed everyone once again. In the end he earned his AHBA HTAD IIIs title and two championship points.  Eight more points and he will have his second herding championship.

After the trial on Sunday, I asked the daughter of the owner if she would like to work Singer. She had seen Singer at several trials in California while trailing with her own dogs. She and her mother have always been taken with Singer and his ability to work. She took him into the pens and moved some of the stock around and put together a large group to work. They went into an arena and put the whole group through a course. As she was working the sheep she shouted out to her mother “I am in love. I want this dog.” She had a great time and was even more impressed with him after actually working him.

Singer continues to make a mark where ever he goes and hope to finish his second herding championship soon.

Rich

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