The next HGH herding trial will be held on October 15, 2016. Our SV judge will be Manfred Voigt.


The judge and the competitors. (Picture by Kristin Siarkowicz)


HGH Herding Competition in Rushville, NY

Our 19th Annual HGH Herding Competition took place on October 10, 2015. The First HGH Herding Club hosted this trial at White Clover Sheep Farm in Rushville, NY. SV Herding Judge, Herr Gerd Jahnke, evaluated this event according to the SV herding regulations. Five dogs were entered, all of them were German Shepherd Dogs.


Seasonably warm and sunny weather greeted the more than 100 spectators who came to observe this interesting event. The owner of the flock of exactly 203 sheep, Ulf Kintzel, ran first. This run was done for title only and not as a part of the ranking of the competition. Ulf showed Bonnie vom Shepherdgate owned by Daphne Carey and finished with 86 points and a “SG” (Very Good) rating. This score earned Bonnie the “Best new dog” trophy.


Second run of the day was by Mary Lou Haines with her Zevah Van Den Heuvel. This team improved last year’s score by nine points and one grade. Mary Lou received a respectable 84 points and an “SG” (Very Good) rating and finished with the second place and the Beth Johnson Memorial Medal for "Runner up".


The third run of the day was done by Kathy DiStaso with her Brock vom Shepherdgate. Brock was the second of three littermates of Daphne Carey’s B-litter that participated at this trial. Kathy received in the end a “G” (Good) rating with 78 points, two points higher than last year.

Then it was time for lunch. The many spectators enjoyed White Clover Sheep Farm’s sheep hotdogs and the plentiful side dishes club members and long-time spectators had brought with them.


After lunch ran the fourth competitor of the day, Gylla MacGregor with her Hera vom Quasliner Moor. Hera was participating for the second time. In the end her run amounted to 90 points, a “V” (Excellent) rating. She won first place and the challenge trophy sponsored by late Charlie and late Roberta Kaman (Fidelco, Guide Dogs for the Blind), which will reside with her for the next year.


Last but not least, newcomer Deb Braun showed Beatrice Ulli vom Shepherdgate (the third littermate of the B-litter bred by Daphne Carey). Ulli received in the end an “SG” (Very Good) rating with 80 points. This performance won Deb the trophy for “Best new handler”. Congratulations to all competitors.

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Ulf Kintzel with Bonnie vom Shepherdgate, owned by Daphne Carey, at the re-pen. (Picture by Joseph Haines)

Mary Lou Haines with her Zevah van den Heuvel are making room for the car to pass. (Picture by Joseph Haines)

Kathy Distaso with her Brock vom Shepherdgate are on the way to the wide graze. (Picture by Kristin Siarkowicz)

Gylla MacGregor with her Hera vom Quasliner Moor during the ID check and temperament test. On the left our Regional Director Don Yelle, on the right our judge Gerd Jahnke with his daughter Verena who got to practice judging. (Picture by Joseph Haines)

Hera vom Quasliner Moor is jumping into the pen to get the sheep out during the exit from the pen. (Picture by Joseph Haines)
Deb Braun and her Beatrice Ulli vom Shepherdgate are exiting the narrow graze with the flock.
(Picture by Joseph Haines)

White Clover Sheep Farm
Ulf Kintzel
683 Bagley Road  -  Rushville, NY  -  14544  -  Phone/Fax: (585) 554-3313

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