California in July 2010
I was very lucky to be asked to judge the Border Collie Club of Greater Los Angeles Specialty show
on July 8, 2010. The weather was great, the grounds were lovely, and the show committee did a fantastic job.
Most importantly, the depth of quality in the entry was impressive.
Not Every Judge Gets a Cowboy Ring Steward
In the Ring
Over the years I've had opportunities to learn about Border Collies from many sources. In addition to reading
everything I could get my hands on, I've attended formal Judges Education presentations, and I've been mentored by
Breeder Specialist judges in the UK and Australia. From the working viewpoint, in addition to attending clinics to
learn how to train my dogs, I've grabbed every chance I could to discuss Border Collies with
working shepherds from England and Australia.
I'm always thrilled to pass along what I have learned, and the day after the Specialty I taught a Judges'
After the Judges Education seminar, I headed out to the high desert to spend the weekend at TASK farm. I met
Terry Kenney at the 1998 BCSA National Specialty. His dog Bandit sired Darcy's first litter, and he took Paige as
his stud fee puppy. Duncan spent a year with Terry while being campaigned to his Herding Championship, and Darcy went
out and stayed with Terry when she was bred to Joey. Most recently, Terry and I co-bred his current contender, Robber.
Robber is out of Paige and sired by my Cap. Even with all these connections, this was the first time I've
gotten to see his place.
Terry and Colleen were great hosts. In addition to working some dogs (which always makes me happy) and just hanging out (another
favorite pastime), I was treated to a Rodeo, a trip to the mountains, and some great cookouts.
Terry has built a great herding facility - I just wish that I lived close enough to go trial there!
Terry and Robber
The Incredible View
Kelly and Q-Tip
Paige on Outlander ATV
Kelly and Robber
Kelly and Tip
Paige Kicking Back in the Trailer
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