1. THE HC (HERDING CHAMPIONSHIP) TRAIL – End of the Journey

    February 25, 2017

    We have reached the end!  On February 11, 2017, Chase was entered in an All-Breed herding trial in Mayer, Arizona.  He had been with Molly Wisecarver since November 11th.  The Advanced Sheep class had 20 entries (nearly all dogs with long legs).  Chase had the run of his life, scored 96/100 points and won the class.  That was a 5-point major win and completed his Herding Championship.  His score held up for High in Trial (his third HIT).  Earning this Championship also made him a “Dual Champion” under American Kennel Club Rules.  So, he is now GCH DC C-Myste Baledwr Pursuit of Happiness CD RN HXAsM OAP AJP.  The Cardigan Welsh Corgi Club of America has awarded him a Master Versatile Cardigan Excellent award and a Register of Merit-Versatile-Silver.  When one more of his children earns an AKC title, he will move to the much-coveted GOLD category.

    I am so proud of this boy and grateful to his village (it takes one to earn a Herding Championship).  Our thanks to Molly Wisecarver of Double M Stock Dogs who whipped Chase into shape to earn his last 4 points — which he did with a bang on the 11th.  The five-point major and High in Trial were the cherry on top.  Ellen Gerwin worked with Chase for four years teaching him advanced skills, earning 11 Championship points, two Highs in Trial, an Advanced Sheep Master title, his required major, and his required competition win.  I am so grateful to her.  She made it possible for Chase to stay home and still herd and to work on his Agility training.  Finally thank you to Susan Long and Cheryl Kienast.  Susan was Chase’s first herding trainer.  She took him from “never herded” through his HXAs (Advanced Course A Sheep title).  She worked with Chase’s strong personality and around his selective hearing loss.  Cheryl was Chase’s foreign exchange dog host mom while he was in Tennessee training with Susan.  She gave Chase the love he always demands, took great care of him, ran him back and forth to Susan’s for training, and sent me hundreds of photos.

    We now return to our regularly scheduled programming which includes Open Obedience and Tracking.

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    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!

    Update April 2016:

    Chase and his trainer traveled to Sylmar, California for the PWCCSC All Corgi Trials on April 16-17.  Chase was entered only in Advanced Sheep.  On Saturday he placed second in his class, earning 2 Herding Championship points and on Sunday, he placed third earning a single point.  Chase now has 11 HC points.  Next stop is the National Specialty on May 7-8.  Hopefully there will be points available.  Chase needs 4 more points to earn his Herding Championship and to be awarded his Dual Championship.

     

     


  2. Pretty Lacey Wins

    May 4, 2016

    The first time that handler Lauren McIlwraith took Lacey (Elyan White Lace and Promises) in the ring, the little baddog earned a major.  Lacey is a Chase/Daisy daughter.  Pam Day and I co-own this little girl and we are very proud of her.  Lacey is 16 months old.

    Lacey Major Cropped 4-2016


  3. The Southern California Herding Trials

    April 9, 2016

    The Chaseman has been practicing diligently with his guide Ellen Gerwin.  We hope those California sheep are ready for him.  He leaves Tuesday for the Pembroke Welsh Corgi Club of Southern California All-Corgi Trials.  The trials are next weekend (April 16-17).  Chase is entered in Advanced Sheep and we are hoping (so hard) that he trials well and picks up some more championship points.  Here is a photo of Chase at practice.  It was taken by Pam Day.

    1-31-16 Chase herding by Pam

     


  4. Go Little Tuli

    April 9, 2016

    Tuli and our friend Kim Raleigh went to Hobbs the first weekend of February.  On Sunday Tuli was a rockstar.  She was in the 12-18 month class which she won.  She went Winners Bitch, Best of Winners and . . . wait for it . . . Best of Breed over four Champions to earn her first major.  Of course, we have no more shows within shouting distance until May.  We will head off to our National Specialty at the Purina Events Center in Missouri the first week of May.  It’s a really big sheww — we look forward to seeing all of our friends and dogs we’ve not seen before.  Pam Day and Lacey will be there.  Chase is entered in the CWCCA’s first triathalon.  He will herd, run agility, and compete in conformation.

    Here is Tuli’s win photo from Hobbs

    Hobbs 2-7-16 Tuli BOB-Major Cropped


  5. More on Dem Bones

    April 9, 2016

    The hip xray experience with Addie was most unusual.  We sent the xray below to the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals.  Each xray they receive is sent to three of the orthopedic vets on their panel for review and rating.  Addie’s elbows were normal, but her hip xray elicited three different ratings — one from each of the reviewing vets.  I called foul and we re-xrayed her, set up for PennHip.  The results — her hips rate above 90% of the Cardigan hips submitted for review.  I am good with that rating and would have no issue breeding her.  So, yay Addie!