Well, our first trial on the new property is done. What a terrific time. Even the cows seemed to enjoy it.
Big thanks to Pacific NW Insurance Solutions for their sponsorship.
Congratulations to our winners. The link to the results is posted on the handler’ s page.
I can’t say enough about how everyone was willing to help. What a great bunch of handlers we had this weekend. You guys made this weekend a lot of fun.
The sheep were healthy and very workable both in the pens and on the field. If the dog was correct the sheep were obedient. If the dog was wrong you knew it. They put up with three days of work and didn’t start getting cranky until Open at the end of the last day. Thanks Jack and Vila Thomason.
Thanks also to Charlie Torre, Rob Miller and Dianne Deal for judging.
I truely appreciated everyone’s help, but need to mention a few who were THERE for me. Rob and Mary Miller, Gene and Terri Zurcher, Norm (sheep whisperer) and Kathleen Rivers, Lavon Calzacorta and Charlie Torre, Karyl Hansen and as always Linda deJong. You guys made this trial for me. THANK YOU!!
Please keep in mind that it is still very dry here and we needed to prohibit any outdoor grills or cooking of any kind. Hate to do it, but we’ve had too many fires here to take a chance. Thanks for your understanding.
Just a bit of house keeping for the trial. I will also go over stuff at the handler’s meeting, but want this to you now. It will make more sense when you get here. There is no fence at this time between the camping/day parking fields and the neighbor’s field. The neighbors field is still quite full of nice juicy cow pies. Pat has been harrowing our fields, so the pies are spread out and dried, so I am going to allow everyone to run their dogs on the trial field for exercise, both early morning and after the trial. Please have your dogs off of the trial field by 7 in the morning, so we can let the sheep out of the exhaust. If the sheep are loose on the field at any time please to NOT run your dog on the trial field. If your dog does manage to get himself and his collar totally smeared in cow slime feel free to throw them in the river for a bath. 😊😊 For those of you new to trialing: dogs are not usually allowed on the trial field except while working. Please keep in mind that this is an exception to the rule.
Hi All, Just a quick note to let you know that the trial is coming along. We have a terrific bunch of handlers coming and it looks like the weather will be cooler. The days may be warm, but the nights are cooling off. Fall is on it’s way.
Please keep in mind because we do not have a hired set out crew the running orders and work schedule IE scribe, pen crew and field crew may have slight changes and adjustments due to health issues and scheduling logistics. Please keep an eye on them as we get closer to the trial. Linda deJong will also have the most updated lists posted when you get here to the trial, so please double check when you arrive. There won’t be any changes in class order or how we are running the classes. Just the order and who is doing what. Thanks for you patience.
By the way the field is now getting it’s face lift and getting new fence as I type.
Thanks everyone for your willingness to help. It is very hard to get a set crew this time of year. If it weren’t for handler participation to help run the trial it would not be happening. Looking forward to seeing you all next month.