HGH Herding Competition in
20th Annual HGH Herding Competition took place on October 15, 2016.
The First HGH Herding Club hosted this trial at White Clover Sheep
Farm in Rushville, NY. SV Herding Judge, Herr Manfred Voigt, who
also judged our very first trial, evaluated this mile-stone event
according to the SV herding regulations. Five dogs were entered,
all of them were German Shepherd Dogs.
Warm and sunny weather greeted the record-setting 100 plus spectators
who came to observe this interesting event. The owner of the flock
of exactly 229 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 Heidi vom Quasliner Moor
owned by Susan Sopranzi and finished with 91
points and a “V” (Excellent)
rating. This score earned Heidi 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 several points. Zevah received a respectable
87 points and an “SG” (Very Good)
rating. This performance awarded Mary Lou the third place.
The third run of the day was done by Gylla MacGregor
with her Hera vom Quasliner Moor. Hera’s
run amounted to 91 points, a “V”
(Excellent) rating. Like last year, Gylla 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.
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, Kristin
Siarkowicz with her Lara vom Dolderbrunnen.
Kristin & Lara are long-time participants and won this trial
on several occasions. In the end, Lara’s run amounted to
90 points, a “V” (Excellent)
rating. Kristin finished with the second place and the Beth Johnson
Memorial Medal for "Runner up".
Finally, newcomer Julie Degen showed Da-Jo’s
Crestview Ladyhawke, aka “Kestrel”. Julie and
Kestrel are new to HGH herding trials and received in the end a
qualifying “B” (Satisfactory) rating
with 64 points. This performance won Julie the
trophy for “Best new handler”. Congratulations to all
Following the last run the protection tests for all dogs was conducted
by Don Yelle. After that, the ceremony concluded this event.