‘Chase’ Category

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

    February 25, 2017 by C-Myste

    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. The Southern California Herding Trials

    April 9, 2016 by myeye

    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

     


  3. An Unexpected Package

    December 14, 2015 by myeye

    When I went to my Post Office today, I had a pick-up notice in my box (actually two, but one was unimportant).  The other box was totally unexpected.  It was from my friend Margaret Williams.  Margaret lives in South Dakota and I know she is really jealous because we have had so much snow and rain while she enjoys unseasonal warmth.  The box contained real surprises.  One was the much-coveted Target Corgi ornament.  When the little guys hit the Target shelves, Corgi Nation gathered together and launched an unparalleled rescue operation.  That meant if you didn’t get a Target Corgi ornament in the first few days after they were stocked, you were not getting one.  We don’t have a Target in Los Lunas and I had not been in Albuquerque when I also had time to systematically hit the Targets to find one of the elusive ornaments.  I assumed I would have to do without, but then Margaret packaged up one of the little guys and sent it to me.  They are very cute!  Don’t you agree?

    Target Corgi

    Also in the surprise box was a lovely oval, beveled glass ornament with a photo on it of Chase herding sheep.  It is an early morning photo so includes many shades of blue.  It is so beautiful, so unexpected, and I am so grateful.  What a wonderful gift.  Hugs to Margaret.

    Ornament from Margaret


  4. CH Elyan Adelaide Eco PT

    November 18, 2015 by myeye

    Lots of people joined in to earn Addie’s Championship.  In early November, Kim Raleigh handled Addie in Pueblo for her final Championship point and her first Grand Champion Points.  One of Kim’s friends caught this lovely photo of our girl.  Many thanks to everyone who participated in making this happen.  Addie is litter sister to Andy (MHIT Elyan Andrews Honor Roll BN CDX RAE), owned and trained by Sheri O’Brien and Copper (Elyan The Auburn Tigress HT CD), shared by me with Tricia and Kevin Dooley.  Parents are Chase (MHIT GCH/Can CH C-Myste Baledwr Pursuit of Happiness CD RN HXAs OAP OJP VCX ROMs) and Dory (GCH Raglans Just Keep Swimming CGC ROMb).  What a happy group of youngsters they are.  Addie is with Debbie Yarbrough at Rebel Collies.

    Addie - champion 11-6-15


  5. And . . . It’s Champion Addie

    November 10, 2015 by myeye

    This past weekend, our friend Kim Raleigh took Tuli and Addie to Colorado Springs for the Friday, Saturday, and Sunday shows.  Unfortunately, Tuli’s hot spots flared up again and she was not shown.  However, her aunt Addie (Chase/Dory) carried the flag.  Addie was Winners Bitch and Best of Opposite Sex on Friday to earn her final Championship point.  On Saturday — her first time shown as a Special — she was Best of Opposite Sex to earn her first Grand Champion Point and a win over another champion.  On Sunday, Addie upped her game and was Best of Breed for a Grand Champion Major and another competition win.  She was pulled out for the final dogs in the Herding Group.  Addie is now CH ELYAN ADELAIDE ECO PT!  Addie is Copper’s and Andy’s littermate — what a group of classic over-achievers!  I love the Chase kids!