Herding Competition in Rushville, NY
16th Annual HGH Herding Competition took place on October 13, 2012.
The First HGH Herding Club hosted this trial at White Clover Sheep
Farm in Rushville, NY. SV Herding Judge, Herr Wilfried Scheld, evaluated
this event according to the SV herding regulations. Four dogs were
entered, all of them were GSDs.
Cool and brisk but fortunately dry conditions greeted the many
spectators who came to observe this interesting event. The owner
of the flock of exactly 230 sheep, Ulf Kintzel,
ran first. This run is considered to be the more difficult one since
the sheep aren’t used to the course yet. It is common courtesy
that the flock owner offers to run first since it is also an advantage
to compete with one’s own flock. The first run was done for
title only and not as a part of the ranking of the competition.
Ulf showed once more his five-year-old Lenz vom Dolderbrunnen
and finished with his personal best of 97 points
and an V (Excellent) rating.
The second competitor of the day was Kristin Siarkowicz
with Lenz' littermate Lara vom Dolderbrunnen, who
won last year's competition. Lara showed again a solid performance.
The total score was 90 points and a V rating.
She won second place and the Beth Johnson Memorial Medal for "Runner
Next was Gylla MacGregor with Dunja vom
Quasliner Moor. Dunja is by now eight years old and this
was her retirement run. In the end her run amounted to 88
points, an SG rating and a special remark
by the judge of her independent and precise work in the wide graze.
Then it was time for lunch. The many spectators enjoyed the sheep
hotdogs donated by White Clover Sheep Farm and the plentiful side
dishes other club members and long-time spectators had brought with
After lunch ran the fourth and last competitor of the day, Kathy
DiStaso with Elexa vom Quasliner Moor.
She was able to improve last year's score yet again and received
a V rating and 95 points, the
highest score that has been achieved up to date by a competitor
in our 16 competitions. Kathy won 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.
on the picture to enlarge.
Ulf with Lenz on the narrow road