Wednesday, March 26, 2014


Scott's fourth nursery dog is Cy Peterson's Erin.
Cy Peterson's Erin
Erin is a bitch that Scott started and ran a little bit last year.  He got a leg on her in nursery at the Bluegrass trial and she ran a 89 out of 90 in the pro-novice.  During the Summer, Erin went home for Cy to work and was sent back this year for some polishing and to introduce her to turn backs and shedding.
Erin was bred by Cy and is out of her Emma.  Cy runs Emma in open and last year, at their first National Finals, they were in the top 50. She goes back to Debbie Bailey's Jose and Bill Berhow's  ABCA Hall Of Fame dogs, Nick and Jen.
Emma, Erin's mother - photo by Maureen Robinson
  Erin's father is Matt Cook's Gunner, out of Jennifer Ewers' Sweep and Jesse.  Sweep and his line are the dogs I saw when I was first introduced to trialing in California.  His steady parents, Wilda Bahr's Val and Mirk are who I studied on the trial field as I was learning.  Mirk was a son of Terry Parrish's Rhys and Val was a daughter of Tommy Wilson's Roy.  Jesse was a granddaughter of Ken Willard's Imp Ben (Alasdair MacRae's USBCHA National Champion).
Erin working this Winter at Alta-Pete Farm
Erin is both biddable and independent at the same time.  She understands her job and we are hoping she and Cy will make a perfect team when she goes home this Summer.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

CWS Flint

Scott's third nursery dog is Jeanne Boudrieau's Flint.
Jeanne Boudrieau's CWS Flint
Flint's breeding is one I am very familiar with because it is one of my favorites.  I wish we could take credit for it but actually it goes to Wendy Schmaltz, who's bitch, Gin is the mother. Gin's pedigree reads like a who's who of the old Alberta lines.  She is a daughter of Denis Nagel's Finn and Ian Zoerb's Gyp and  is granddaughter of Scott's Dan.  She also goes back to Scott's Old Sweep, Milton Scott's Sue and Jack Regier's Tweed.  Gin was 4th in the 2010 USBCHA National finals and was the 2010 All Around Stockdog - that was the only year the All Around was won by a dog who made the double lift in both the sheepdog finals and the cattledog finals.
Wendy Schmaltz's Gin - mother to Flint
Flint's father is Scott's Don who is a son of three time USBCHA National Champion, Star.  Don was the Canadian and US Nursery Champion, the Canadian Champion, and in 2013, the Bluegrass Champion and the USBCHA National Finals Champion.
2013 USBCHA National Finals Champion Don - the father of Flint
This cross of Gin and Don has been done three times.  The first litter produced Wendy's Ky and my Mike (who I will blog on later), the second cross produced Louanne Twa's Gus, Scott's Alice (2013 USBCHA Nursery Champion) and Jeanne's Flint.  The final cross gave us only one puppy, Anne, who is only 4 months old right now.
Don with some of his Gin pups, L-R - Don, Mike, Flint and Alice
Flint got his start a little later than his littermates but is making up for it now.  He's a little more pushy than the others and although he wants to be a teammate,(and is a big squishy-softy off sheep) he keeps you on your toes when he's working.
Flint working this Winter
Flint's first trial will be at Lee Lumb's Stirling Acres trial in BC at the end of April.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Heppner Results - 2014

Open 1 - 52 dogs
1. Patrick Shannahan and Andi 68
2. Shauna Gourley and Keli 67
3. Donna Eliason and Ben 66
4. Scott Glen and Bliss 63
5. Shauna Gourley and Spy 62
6. Don Helsley and Tag 59
7. Jeanie Helsley and Taite 59
8. Sue Wessels and Gyp 56
9. Vickie Close and Gale 55
10. Jeanne Boudrieau and Moses 55

Open 2 - 52 dogs
1. Francis Chi and Chime 76
2. Scott Glen and Bliss 76
3. Laura Vishoot and Doc 75
4. Patrick Shannahan and Andi 72
5. Scott Glen and Don 71
6. Lora Withnell and Bella 71
7. Patrick Shannahan and Vangie 69
8. Karen Stanley and Clare 69
9. Shauna Gourley and Keli 69
10. Lynn Jonhston and Jesse 67

Overall : Patrick Shannahan and Andi

Imp. Ben

One of Scott's main nursery dogs this year is Diane Pagel's Imp. Ben.
Diane Pagel's Imp. Ben
Ben is an import from England (through Angie Driscoll in Wales) who's father is Bobby Dalziel's Joe.
Joe was the 2009 and 20011 Scottish National Champion and the 2006 International Supreme Champion.
Bobby Dalziel's Joe - photo by Angie Driscoll

Ben was bred by Mrs. G. Bharakhda of Stowmarket England and is out of her Pippa.
Ben working sheep this Winter

Scott had Ben in for training last Winter and trialed him a little bit in Nursery.  He got one leg towards the nursery finals but his first year of training was mostly for experience and this year will be his main year.  However, Scott liked him enough to put his June bitch to him and we kept two of the pups.  We will be eager to see how they take to training, next season.
Ben is a stylish dog with good pace and Scott is looking forward to trialing him.
Ben's first competition will be at the end of April at Lee Lumb's Stirling Acres Trial in BC.

Friday, March 14, 2014

A New Season - 2014

I guess it's time for me to stop being lazy and get started on our 2014 Trial Blog!  Our trial season has passed from "rapidly approaching" to "here" and I haven't even mentioned our plans or any of the new dogs we are running this season.
Last year was an amazing year and I don't know how we could top it.  Early on, some of the dogs started to show promise.  Young Alice qualified quickly in her first trial at Lee Lumb's Coldstream trial.  After that, Scott didn't worry too much about finishing his courses with her and spent more time using the trials as training sessions.  It all paid off when Alice ran well in both rounds of the Nursery National finals and won it before she had even turned 2 years old.  We are pretty proud of this young daughter of Scott's Don and Wendy Schmaltz's Gin, and we are glad we have a couple more of them in our kennel.  Alice will again be running in the nursery classes in 2014 but might start running some open classes towards the end of the Summer.
Scott's June was another one of Don's daughters that did well last season.  Her biggest achievements were taking 4th place at Soldier Hollow, and the reserve champion (by a half point) at Meeker.  I think Meeker was our biggest surprise!  After the Nationals, June was sold to Frank Smith of Georgia. They are starting to get each other figured out and we are expecting a great partnership there.
Scott and June in the awards ceremony at Meeker
  Young Skip was also a big boon to Scott's nursery successes last year.  Skip was a started dog that we bought off of Bobby Ford and consistently performed well in his nursery classes.  We were so pleased when he and Scott took the Nursery Reserve Championship at the National finals.  After the Nationals, we had a very special spot for Skippy to go and we are happy to say that Cheryl Necochea, of Idaho and sometimes, California, is his new owner.  I would expect we'll be seeing them in trials pretty soon.
Don, of course, topped them all.  He not only won the Bluegrass Championship, but he also won the National Finals in 2013 and we are so pleased that we have him representing our kennel.  He is a one in a million dog.

Scott at the National Finals with Skip-the reserve champion nursery, Don- the National Champion and Alice the Nursery Champion
 So with June sold, you might wonder who her replacement is?  Scott decided on another Don daughter (I know, we're not very original here), Bliss.  Bliss has shown to have a steady head when working and trialing.  She won the overall Open Ranch class at the Bluegrass last year and in her first open trial at the Wild Rose Classic in Alberta, she won the overall open in a runoff.   Bliss is a granddaughter of Scott's 2004 National Champion, Pleat, and after losing him this year at age 15, we are hoping Bliss will keep his success alive.
We were sorry to lose Pleat this past Fall at 15 years old
 To a lesser extent, I also had a good year.  Well, the start was good.  Ok, really just one month but it was a big month for me.  Lad and Hemp had been injured most of last Winter and went to the post in May, terribly out of shape.  Although sound, Lad did not really get any better trialing until late June and seemed to be missing a step. Fortunately, towards the end of the Summer he started to improve.  This month he has turned 9 and I find myself wondering if this will be his last year trialing.  Right now, other than some stiffness in his wrists that we are working on, he seems to be back to his old self.  He is sharp and keen to work so I will continue to run him in open this year, and I'll let him make his own decision next year as to whether he wants to keep trialing as a 10 year old.
Hemp was the dog I really didn't expect last year.  I had neutered him the previous Fall after his disastrous and humiliating (for me- he had no problem with it!) attempt to breed the set out dog at the previous Bluegrass.  Shortly after his neuter he broke his second foot of the year and pulled both groin muscles.  Needless to say, he didn't get that much activity until right before our Spring trials.  However, the new and improved Hemp with the calmer more focused mind, didn't need to be in as good of shape.  He got points in his first couple trials and by the time he was at the Bluegrass, on his first fetch, I had the urge to turn around at the post, find Scott in the crowd and ask him who in the world this good dog was!  He was 10th in the first round and 5th overall going into the double lift where he struggled moving the 20 sheep in the heat and ended up gripping off. He also won the "Top End Award" voted on by the set out people who pick the dog they felt was the best at the top.  I guess there was no question that a neuter was needed to improve his performance!  In his next trial at the North Carolina State Championships (otherwise known as Dr. Ben's) he continued to work well and made it in the top 3, which put him in the double lift.  He ended up the 2013 North Carolina State Reserve Champion!  After that, Hemp broke another foot (he has had one too many arguments with my picket fence) and although sound by the time the Fall trials rolled around, he wasn't at his best and didn't do much after that. He's still working on getting back in shape after his lay off last year (they don't come back at 8 like they did at 3), but his feet don't seem to be bothering him, his groin isn't affecting him too badly, and he's currently my right arm in lambing, which should keep him tuned up in his real job and thinking practically.
Hemp and I preparing for the Bluegrass double lift - photo by Alice Urquart
 My young Ford did not have a very good nursery year.  In fact, it was a horrible nursery year, but by the time Fall came around, he was improving daily.  He still has a long way to go but I am looking forward to using his new tools in a trial and I will keep him running in Open Ranch/Pro Novice this year.
Ford, my continuing work in progress, at Lee Lumb's - photo by Lee Lumb
 This year's young dogs?  Well,  I will start profiling them this week.  Scott has a nice bunch of youngsters that he's going to school through their first few trials before returning them to their owners.  Scott Johnson's Tap and Scott Kelso's Joe, will be around for the first few trials, as well as Cy Peterson's Erin, who Scott trialed a little bit in Nursery last year.  His main nursery dogs, other than Alice will be Diane Pagel's Ben, who he also trialed a little bit last year, and a littermate to Alice, Jeanne Boudrieau's Flint.  Towards the end of the season, he might also throw his own Queen in for a few runs.
My two newbies are Mike and Try. Mikey, another Don/Gin, missed out on his nursery year by 4 months because of a knee injury last year, but I am excited to run him in Open Ranch/Pro Novice this year. Mikey is totally above my pay grade and I hope to just keep up with him so he can show off his talent. Try (aka Try-Baby or The Sweet-Baby), who's father is a Don/Gin (I said we weren't original!) is the dog I find the most fun to train.  His main nursery year will be next year so we will take it easy this season and do only a few of the easier Nursery classes and mostly stick to the Eastern Pro-Novice classes. I will let him dictate how much I can expect from him this year based on how confident he is.  If I bring him along right, and don't rush him, he should make me a very nice dog that really suits my style and takes care of me.
The trials we are hoping to make it to this year are mostly the same as last year. Scott has Don and Bliss down at Heppner, Oregon as we speak, but since it is an open only trial, I don't really think of it as our first trial.  Our first one, starting on April 25th, will be the WRONG WAY as Scott repeatedly calls it.  When we are planning most of our trip to be in the East, it seems silly to go 10 hours the opposite direction to start, but we enjoyed ourselves so much at Lee Lumb's Stirling Acres trial in BC, last year that we decided to repeat our back track.   This trial has farm flock Katahdins and is the perfect place for our babies to be introduced to trialing.  After Lee's we will head out to Leeton, Missouri where we will get a week of training on the dogs and watch a little bit of the Cattle Dog Nationals.  Hopefully there will be no surprise snow storms like last year!
Try and I visiting the cold, snowy and muddy 2013 Cattle Dog Nationals - photo by Cathy Scott
 We will then head off to Dave Fetterman's trial in Pennsylvania and then down to Kentucky for the Bluegrass.  We don't like to miss Dr. Ben's so we'll go down to North Carolina, before heading to NY State for a the start of our month of clinics and a small nursery trial at Fetch Gate Farm.  We'll get home in late June and we'll have some fun local trials at Louanne Twa's, Chris Jobe's and Wendy Schmaltz's before we head down to Soldier Hollow over Labor Day.  We have entered Meeker and we'll see how we fare in that draw and then we'll jump over to Carbondale, Colorado for the Nationals.
And that, Folks, is it!