HGH Herding Competition in
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
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.