Herding Competition in Rushville, NY
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
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.