1. THE HC (HERDING CHAMPIONSHIP) TRAIL

    July 30, 2015

    Chase has been herding since the fall of 2010 – shortly before he turned 3 years old.  Susan Long started him and piloted him to his HT, PT, HSAs, HIAs and his HXAs, which he completed at the 2012 CWCCA National Specialty in Sandusky, Ohio.

    Chase came home to New Mexico and Ellen Gerwin took on his training and trialing when I decided he should try for his Herding Championship (HC).  Earning an HC would give him the Dual Champion (DC) title.  Fewer than 10 Cardigans have a DC so it would be a great honor.  Ellen helped Chase earn his HSAd title.

    This blog block chronicles their HC effort:

    Chase earned his first Championship points at the All-Corgi trials in Southern California in mid-April, 2014 with a major win from an Advanced class (required for a Championship), and a placement.  That gave him 5 points and a BIG requirement out of the way.  At the same trials a year later, Chase earned another Advanced win for his required win over competition, and he added 3 more points.  He is now at 8 points – just 7 more to go.  This is where you may check his progress!

     


  2. Gearing Up For A Herding Trial

    July 12, 2015

    Today we went to Dr. Barb’s to further polish our herding dogs.  It is so green that it hurts my eyes!  Chase is working well.  He has reached the point at which he understands silence and the bubble and pressure.  His daughter Addie will be trying her paw at Pre-Trial Tested in Colorado next month.  I was very proud of her work — she loves herding.  Ellen has both of these dogs aiming to peak at the right time.  So, photos:

    CHASE

    Chase Driving in the Big Field 7-12-15Chase Driving in the Big Field

    Ellen in the Middle 7-12-15Respect your Handler

    Turning the stock 7-12-15Turning the Stock

    ADDIE

    Addie pushing goats 7-12-15Pushing those goats

    Addie turning goats 7-12-15Turn right

    Straighten them out 7-12-15Get them going straight again


  3. Just Because I Feel Like It

    July 6, 2015

    Here is a photo of my father on one of his polo ponies — in the mid to late forties.  I wish he had lived long enough for me to know him as an adult.

    Daddy on polo pony


  4. Tuli Made It Through

    July 2, 2015

    Puppy kindergarten ended with Tuli being promoted to first grade (Beginning Novice).  Many thanks to Maggie Gee who gave our puppies lots to think about.  Pam Day and Lacey and Josh Carrillo with Rev were also in the class, but were not in this photo.

    Kindergarten Graduation


  5. Tuli’s First Show – Photo

    June 23, 2015

    Here is the show photo from Tuli’s debut on May 30th at Flatirons Kennel Club.  Thank you so much to our friend Kim Raleigh who hauled her up to Colorado and helped her earn her first points.

    Longmont WB 5-30-15Tuli – 6 months and 10 days old

    Tuli was the fourth of the Lowri/Kevin puppies to hit the show ring and like her brother and sisters before her, she earned points at her first show.  Tuli is a happy baby — I love having her with me.