Sunday, June 3, 2012

Fetch Gate Nursery - Day One

Every year at the end of the sheep camp clinic at Fetch Gate Farm in Cortland, NY, Heather and Roger Millen hold two little nursery trials.  These are fun, casual trials that allow us to get our dogs out and try a different field in a trial situation.  This year, it was also the scene of a rematch between Ford and his sister, Lori Cunningham's, Anna.  Although Anna and Ford came away with the same score this time, (RT) Ford is still on top in the contest since he made it all the way to the pen (he made all his panels this time but crossed his course just after the drive away panel before getting back on track).  I retired at the end of the third leg of the drive and didn't open the pen.  Ford hasn't seen sheep since the last trial and I didn't want to start up on our pen problems again until I have a chance to fix them.  It took only one circle of the sheep before I got Ford called off which is a great improvement over his last trial.
We needed one more dog to be able to qualify 2 dogs so Scott threw our newest dog in as a fill in.  We got Skip from Bobby Ford just last week.  Although Skippy has fit right in with our crew, Scott hasn't had a chance to work the 16 month old ever (who only went to his first trial in pro novice with Bobby last week).  I was rooting for young Skip even though during the run before him, the sky opened up and started pouring.  For a moment, Skip was the man and went out on a better outrun than any of the 7 other dogs in the class but then his inexperience showed through and he tried to hold the sheep to the set out person and lost them to set out.  Better luck tomorrow, Skippy!
Although Wynn took first and Bliss was second, they had been sitting for a week and it wasn't their prettiest runs.  Hopefully, they improve tomorrow.

Fetch Gate Nursery 1 (8 dogs)
1. Scott Glen and Wynn 63
2. Scott Glen and Bliss 53

Tex on the fetch

Skip and Scott brave the rain for Skip's first nursery run

1 comment:

Donna Brinkworth said...

I have to say, the name Skip, Skippy, just makes you want to like him. Did you ever see the Australian kid's show Skippy the Bush Kangaroo? I can still sing the theme song! Thanks for sharing Jenny.