PWCCA Herding Trials
"Our First Dual Champion!"
  By Cindy Traylor
Photos courtesy of Vincent Savioli, and of Kathleen Schaffer/pupart.biz

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The Pembroke Welsh Corgi Club of America held our National Herding Trials September 11 & 12 at Purina Farms in Gray Summit, Mo. We've seen steady growth of our Herding interest over the last several years, and this was again a year of many firsts:

Our first year to offer two days of Pembroke only Herding Tests and Trials;
Our first time to offer 3 majors for the Advanced dogs pursuing a HC;
Our first time to draw 147 entries of Pembrokes, including 59 in the Test classes;
Our very first Dual Champion in our breed!

"Gimme" — Ch Cibola Rhapsodi Wants it All HSAc HXAsd owned by Ellen Gerwin finished her HC in style, taking HIT for the duck/cattle trial on Sunday with the High Duck score of 95 from Advanced Ducks. Gimme is our very first Pembroke to achieve the Dual Champion status, but surely won't be our last! Of the 35 entries in advanced classes, 66% were breed Champions!

"Colt" — Pokies Country Style HIAc HXAsd bred and owned by Judy Garbarino added an HX on cattle, and we later found out finished his HC! "Colt" won the High Combined award for both days/all stock, scoring 452.5 total points from the Advanced classes.

"Oscar" — Ch. Sua Mah Hail To The Chief CD TD HSAd HXAsc bred and owned by Judy and Tony Hart and handled by Pam Wolfe took the major on Monday from the Advanced Cattle class, and with 11 points is within sight of achieving the Dual Champion title.

"Gimme's" brother "Beau" — Ch. Cibola Got It All HSAd HIAc HXAs bred and owned by Cindy Traylor won the Advanced Sheep class both days, picking up his first 4 points and both his major and minor wins toward his HC.

Another interesting statistic is that 69% of our Advanced entry were Bred-By's — bred by their owners! 51% of our total entry and 82% of our cattle entry were bred by their owners, which speaks very well for the desire of Pembroke breeders to retain the original working abilities of our dogs.

HIT for Sunday's sheep trial was Ci Cymru Ffinix Yn Codi, bred and owned by Kathy and Carl Graves and handled by Pam Wolfe, with a 93.5 from the Started Sheep class.

HIT for Monday's trial was JWJ's Rooster, bred by Eric, Jessie and Ellen Ernst and owned by Eric Ernst, with an 89.5 from the Started Cattle class.

With the strong showing from the Started dogs and a 75% pass rate for the Test dogs, the future for Pembroke Welsh Corgis in Herding looks very bright!

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