We needed Noah to bring his ark to the Antelope Valley and dock at
the Lucky Ewe to have a chance to get the test classes in on Saturday as the heavens
opened with a deluge of rain at about 4:30 p.m. Saturday just as the Started B Course
was finishing on Saturday. Unfortunately Noah was not in the neighborhood and the
test classes will double up on Sunday.
Before the gully washer we did manage to complete
both A and B courses and there were some wonderful runs turned in which were rewarded
with scores in the high 90s. High in Trial in A Course went to Border Collie Meg,
owned by Suzanne LeRoy and handled by Molly Wisecarver in the Started Class with
Reserve High in Trial going to Dashiell owned by Nancy Levondosky and handled by
Robin Penland Elliot with a tie of 97.5 points (actually a 3 way tie broken on time).
the B Course High in Trial went to the Intermediate Class and Yoko, bred, owned and
handled by Suzanne Anaya with a near perfect run of 98. Reserve High in Trial went
to Border Collie Rain owned by Suzanne LeRoy and handled by Molly Wisecarver from
the Advanced Class.
Derek Fisher Clinic A Success.
The Lucky Ewe was transformed to a large outdoor classroom
over Easter Weekend as we were privileged to have a clinic conducted by Derek Fisher.
Derek and the Clinic participants both enjoyed the hospitality of Sally Douglas at
the Lucky Ewe and the universal reaction form attendees was that the weekend was
a very valuable learning experience.
The Derek Fisher Clinic was held Easter Weekend at the Lucky Ewe Ranch. Despite the
unfortunate scheduling to coincide with a major religious and family holiday - that
will teach us to only consider dog trial schedules when setting future events - we
had a nice crowd. Attendees came from as near as Phelan and as far as the Olympia
Peninsula n Washington State.
Derek was great and spent a large amount of time with each working dog, Universal
reaction from attendees was highly positive and several expressed interest in trying
to take continuing lessons from Derek (more below).
Antelope Valley Stockdog Club Members Pose with Derek at the Clinic
Special thanks go to Sally Douglas for the generous use of the Lucky Ewe, Kathy Roberts
for her (as per usual) wonderful cooking, Ted Ondrak for his help with set out and
use of his public address system, and Michael Burks for general work around the ranch
painting and fixing pens and drive panels, and of course, Derek Fisher for his patience
with everyone and wonderful clinic.
Because of the interest expressed in continuing lessons, we spoke to Derek about
coming out to the Lucky Ewe on a regular basis for lessons. Derek has agreed to do
this and we are working out the final details but lessons could start as soon as
the weekend of March 29 - 30. At the moment we are talking to Derek about a possible
series of group lessons at a special rate as well as private lessons.
Merle Earns 2007 Novice Top Dog Award from SJVBCA
Although only a small contingent of Antelope Valley Members trekked North for the
February SJVBCA Fun Trials in Porterville it was a productive trip.
Sally Douglas took first place on Saturday and Sunday in Pro-Novice with Babe. She
followed that up with a Saturday First and Sunday Second with Merle in Novice. Pat
Grannan and Maggie took third in Novice on Saturday and Fourth on Sunday in a small
field. Maggie is still planning that advertisement in Working Border Collie looking
for a qualified handler.
The big news came at lunch on Saturday with the SJVBCA annual awards. Sally Douglas
and Merle took Novice Top Dog for 2007 following in the footsteps of Erin Swanson
and Keeler from 2006. In a new and special award Pat Grannan and Maggie were awarded
No Mystery Here ??
No need for a mystery writer to explain the results from this weekend's
Antelope Valley Stockdog Club Trial, although we had one running in Started A Class.
Dashiell (Hammet) - the Border Collie named for the famous mystery writer owned by
Nancy Levendosky and handled by Robin Penland Elliott took Firs
t Place in Started A Course along with Reserve High in Trial on A Course on Sunday.
High in Trial went to Robin Penland Elliott and Lass in in Advanced Class A Course
with a near perfect score of 99. Full Sunday Trial Results can be viewed by clicking
The Test Classes were combined to two runs on Sunday for each test class as
a result of the late afternoon Saturday rainstorm which forced the Saturday scheduled
tests to be run on Sunday morning. After the long wait there were a lot of happy
faces with a high percentage of Qualifying Scores. Full Test results can be viewed
by clicking here.
Full results from Saturday's trial classes can be found by clicking
More details and photos will follow over the next few days.
Spring Trial A Success
The 2008 Antelope Valley Spring Classic Herding Trial was held at the Lucky Ewe Ranch
May 31 and June 1. The Second Trial under the AVSC name was actually four official
trials over the two days - one "A" course and one "B" course each day.
The trial was an AKC sanctioned all breed herding trial offering both Course "A"
and Course "B" along with HT and PT Test classes.
Eleven different breeds were represented. Dogs came from as far as Alabama and Minnesota
and as nearby as the Lucky Ewe itself.
Robin Penland Elliott and her Border Collie
Lass were the big winners over the weekend taking High in Trial Awards in three of
the four trial. Belgian Sheepdog Phoebe - owned by Gordon Armstrong and handled by
Ted Ondrak - took the other High in Trial on "A" Course on Saturday. Reserve High
in Trial Awards went to Border Collie Buster and his person Dorothy Dunlap for Saturday
"A" course, Border Collie Merle with Sally Douglas for Saturday "B" course, Border
Collie Cameo (from Minnesota) owned by Debra De Gidio and handled by Terry Kinney
for Saturday "A" course, and Border Collie Winee owned by Suzanne Leroy and handled
by Molly Wisecarver for Sunday "B" course.
While an event like the Spring Classic
takes hard work from a large number of people special thanks go to club members Michael
Burks for an amazing amount of general work and supervison, Ted Ondrak for course
direction and stock handling, Erin Swanson and Jean Singer for stock set out, Kathy
Roberts for our wonderful art work and lunch, and of course Sally Douglas for putting
up with all of us and hosting the event. Special thanks also to Robert Schooley for
on site veterinary services. We were also fortunate to enjoy the judicial opinions
of Ed Faulk on Saturday, Joel Levinson on Sunday, and Peggy Richter and Suzanne Anaya
for the test classes (as well as Suzanne Anaya's apprenticeship on "B" course on
Halloween Herding Trial- A Success
The Antelope Valley Stockdog Club First Annual
Fall Classic Herding Trial brought the Antelope Valley Stockdog Club back to life
with a "howling" success.
It was championship weekend for a mother and daughter pair
as Sally Douglas' Babe and Marsha Dales-Bain's Peg each completed their championship
over the weekend.
Peg finished up her championship in especially dramatic fashion.
Needing a victory - and not just points - Peg went to the Handler's Post Sunday with
her daughter Babe already posting a nearly unbeatable score of 96. "Nearly" was the
operative word as Peg laid down a score of 96.5 to knock her daughter down to second
place and complete her own championship. Babe had finished her own championship on
Saturday and Peg's run completed the mother-daughter championship weekend.
and Sport made their debut in Advanced Class on Saturday and promptly disappointed
everybody needing a win for their championship by taking home first prize.
also made his handling debut (of any level) in the Advanced competition on Saturday
running "Jet" because "Jet's" normal handler Suzanne was otherwise engaged (see below).
Although working from a handwritten cheatsheet listing the commands Wayne did a fabulous
job -- or is it that Jet just knew what to do on his own. Only the Shadow knows for
Resident "Yard Boss" Dollie invited all to enjoy her retirement runs on Saturday
and Sunday taking home ribbons on both days in intermediate before trotting off to
her retirement on the Lucky Ewe working sheep. "Good Bye, Dolly !! You're looking
swell Dolly, you're still going strong." We will miss you in future competitions
but know you will keep the Lucky Ewe running smoothly.
High in trial went to the started
class both days to Belgian Sheepdog Phoebe owned by Gordon Armstrong and handled
by Ted Ondrak. Good Job, Phoebe.
Many dogs earned new titles in both Pre Trial and
Trial classes and enjoyed the special lavendar "New Title" ribbons.
Each dog who
ran on Saturday received a complementary 4x6 photo print to commemorate the run.
Additional photos are available at www.magrammedia.com
Special gratitude goes out
to Kathy Roberts for the beautiful logo and cooking (esp the famous Brownies), Marsha
Dales-Bain for the beautiful ribbons, Erin Swanson and Jean Singer for all around
help (especially for the shirts), Ted Ondrak for stock handling, Judy Vanderford
and Peggy Richter for judging, Suzanne Anaya for apprentice judgingJan McAninch for
her usual flawless job as trial secretary.
Finally -- although they won't want the
acclamation -- we all know it would not be possible without the generosity of Bill
and Sally Douglas -- our hosts at the fabulous "Lucky Ewe".
We'll do it all again
soon. Join us for a good time and some happy herding.
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