Herding
Briard Club of California Herding Event
by Carol Delsman


The morning of October 17th threatened rain but that didn't dampen the spirits of the Briard Club of California as they started their herding event at Stonewall Farm in Perris, CA. Herding Trial Chair Jerome Stone and Secretary Jan McAninch saw that exhibitors had coffee and donuts to start the day. Jerome, the owner of Stonewall Farm, had erected numerous tents that provided shelter should the rain materialize. He also provided the Katahdin sheep that were used for both the trial and test classes.

The day began with Judge Cathy Modica evaluating the Advanced Course A dogs. The variety of breeds entered were a treat to watch work. The rain came, sometimes light, sometimes heavily but the trial went on.

The winner of the Advanced class waas none other than Chant, a Belgian Tervuren owned by EveLynn McGuiness and Becky Steiner. If he looked familiar to the spectators it was because he was the Belgian Tervuren they watched the night before on the Animal Planet coverage of the AKC/Eukanuba show. On TV he was seen herding ducks and he proved he was also adept at herding sheep. Chant ended the day Reserve High In Trial!

The Intermediate class was won by the Briard, Oscar, owned by Jerome Stoner and Nancy Mandeville. The Started class was won my the Cardigan Welsh Corgi, Bonus, owned by Diane and Connie Forbes. Bonus and his handler made the trip from Mesa, AZ to attend the trial. Bonus made the worth his while by also earning High In Trial!

There was one PT dog and RJ the German Shepherd owned by Ron Hetherington did a nice job with the sheep to earn his PT title.

In Herding Tested there were five entries. Four passed despite a little Chihuahua in the neighbor's yard offering a running commentary on the work.

Despite the rain, the sun did shine on the Briard Club of California's herding event. The committee had provided exhibitors, dogs and spectators with a lovely exhibition of herding in southern California.

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