Herding Competition in Rushville, NY
17th Annual HGH Herding Competition took place on October 12, 2013.
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. Four dogs were
entered, all of them were GSDs.
Perfect warm and dry weather conditions greeted the more than 150!
spectators who came to observe this interesting event. The owner
of the flock of exactly 315 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 94 points and an
V (Excellent) rating.
The second competitor of the day was Kathy
DiStaso with Elexa vom Quasliner Moor.
She was able to repeat her win from last year and received a V
rating and 92 points. 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
Next was Gylla MacGregor with Dunja vom
Quasliner Moor. Dunja is by now nine years old and this
was her retirement run. In the end her run amounted to 81
points, an SG rating.
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, Kristin Siarkowicz with Lenz' littermate
Lara vom Dolderbrunnen, who won two years ago.
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 up".