The next HGH herding trial will be held on October 10, 2015. Our SV judge will be Gerd Jahnke.


The bridge, part of the course.

HGH Herding Competition in Rushville, NY

Our 18th Annual HGH Herding Competition took place on October 11, 2014. The First HGH Herding Club hosted this trial at White Clover Sheep Farm in Rushville, NY. SV Herding Judge, Herr Manfred Voigt, evaluated this event according to the SV herding regulations. Five dogs were entered, all of them were German Shepherd Dogs.

Cool and dry weather conditions greeted the more than 150 spectators who came to observe this interesting event. The owner of the flock of exactly 205 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 Aries vom Shepherdgate owned by Daphne Carey and finished with 92 points and a “V” (Excellent) rating. This score earned Aries the “Best new dog” trophy.

The second competitor of the day was Kristin Siarkowicz with her Lara vom Dolderbrunnen. Lara showed again a solid performance. The total score was 91 points and a “V” rating. This score won this team first place. Kristin won also 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.

Next was Mary Lou Haines with her Zevah Van Den Heuvel. Both handler and dog are newcomers and competed for the very first time. In the end Mary Lou received a respectable 75 points and a “G” (Good) rating. This performance won her the trophy for “Best new handler”.

Then it was time for lunch. The many spectators enjoyed the sheep hotdogs donated by White Clover Sheep Farm 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 first time. In the end her run amounted to 85 points, an “SG” (Very Good) rating. She won second place and the Beth Johnson Memorial Medal for "Runner up".

Fifth and last run of the day was done by Kathy DiStaso with her Brock vom Shepherdgate. Brock was the youngster of this competition and had only been in training since the winter. Kathy received in the end a “G” rating with 76 points.

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Ulf with Aries’ owner Daphne and judge, receiving the “Best New Dog” trophy.

Kristin’s Lara during traffic. This was Kristin’s 6th time to receive a V rating with Lara.

Mary Lou with Zevah on the narrow road – earning the trophy for “Best New Handler”.

Gylla’s with newcomer Hera earning second place, here guarding at the bridge.

Kathy with the youngster of the competition Brock entering the narrow graze.

The judge and the competitors.

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

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