On September 25th & 26th PWCCSC held its 12th herding trial since herding trials returned to the Club’s annual calendar in 2009. While this year’s trial didn’t have as large an entry as past year’s trials, due in part to having to reschedule from April as a result of Covid 19 restrictions, the trial was enjoyed by all who attended. This year, thanks to the generous number of raffle donations, we held a separate raffle each day, both of which were quite successful. Many thanks to both donators and ticket buyers! Also, many, many thanks to the trial committee, Andrea Caissie, Denise Hansford, Stacy Holtz, Beth Mendoza and Samantha Williams for all your efforts in making the trial a success.
The trial is open to Pembrokes, Cardigans and Swedish Vallhunds. This year we had 15 Pems, 3 Cardis and no Vallhunds.
There were one goose and one sheep A course trial each day.
Saturday’s Goose Trial resulted in only one qualifier, High in Trial being awarded to Pembroke CH Highgrove Crystal Clear, owned by Amy Balchum & Barbara Hughes.
Saturday’s Sheep Trial High in Trial was awarded to Cardigan GCH Glasshouse The Entertainer owned by Patricia Tomano & Jim Miccolis. Reserve High in Trial went to Pembroke Prue is Jonez’n owned by Kathleen Holland
Sunday’s Goose Trial High in Trial was awarded to Cardigan GCH Glasshouse The Entertainer owned by Patricia Tomano & Jim Miccolis, with Reserve High in Trial going to Pembroke CH Highgrove Crystal Clear, owned by Amy Balchum & Barbara Hughes.
Sunday’s Sheep Trial High in Trial was awarded to Pembroke CH Highgrove Crystal Clear, owned by Amy Balchum & Barbara Hughes, with Reserve High in Trial going to Cardigan GCH Glasshouse The Entertainer owned by Patricia Tomano & Jim Miccolis.
All of the Pembrokes entered in test classes, three in Herding Tested and one in Pre-Trial Tested, passed their tests and were each awarded a green slip lead for achieving test titles.
The Sue Rucker Memorial Trophy, which was created in honor of a club member who was instrumental in bringing herding to PWCCSC, was won outright this year. This award is given each year to the Pembroke achieving the highest qualifying score over the course of both days on either geese or sheep. A small plaque is given to the winner each year and their name is engraved on the large plaque that remains in the club’s possession. To win the large plaque outright, the same owner must win it three times, not necessarily with the same dog. This year, Amy Balchum won the award for the third time. She has graciously donated the large plaque back to the club so that this trophy may continue to be awarded.
On Saturday October 9th, PWCCSC once again hosted 40 Welsh corgis, 39 Pembrokes and one Cardigan this year, for a herding instinct test. Each dog is handled by an experienced herder and given an opportunity to work sheep while their interest (instinct) in doing the job they were original bred to do many centuries ago is assessed. Those corgis demonstrating interest and willingness to do the job are given a certificate from PWCCSC attesting to this. This year 31 Pembrokes demonstrated sufficient interest to receive certificates.