Cardigans At the North Central Texas Herding Dog Association
Donna Daniels and Lisa Phillips and Connie Haschke
After a three-day Texas-style spring rain that included tornados in some
areas, Saturday March 6 dawned with clear, sunny skies for the NCTHDA
Handler Linda Bell, Connie Haschke,
Lisa Phillips, Lyn Buck, Donna Daniels
"Dot" and Connie Haschke working
in the HT arena.
Lisa Phillips and "Foggy" working in
the HT arena.
Cardigan Welsh Corgis turned out in force for the spring tests and trials
at End Gate Ranch in Ferris, Texas. The trials featured Course A, Course
B and Course C and all three types of stock: ducks, sheep and cattle.
Eight Cardigan Welsh Corgis competed in two days of trials with over 63
runs. In a venue where the Cardigan is a comparative rarity, it was exciting
to see this many dogs compete in a sport they love so much. There were
three Cardigans entered in HT, two in PT, two in Started Sheep and one
entered in Started cattle and ducks.
End Gate Ranch is one of the finest facilities for herding in the state
of Texas with 200 acres of gently rolling hills. There are separate areas
for HT, PT and A, B and C courses. And wonder of wonders, a building with
an office for the trial secretary which includes indoor plumbing for four
bathrooms and two showers--a definite plus over porta potties.
Judges this spring were Jim Buzzard from Vinita, Oklahoma and Terri A.
Wilson from Morrison, Oklahoma.
On Saturday, Smokin' Tsunami Tsu, PT ("Q") was awarded 2nd
place in a Started A Sheep class of 11 dogs and gained her first started
sheep leg. In Started ducks, 4th place was awarded to "Bucky"
(Ch Smokin' Cajun Buckaroo, PT) for his first duck leg.
On Sunday three Cardis qualifed in the HT test and earned their HT titles:
Ch Glenmar Dangerous ("Dot") owned and handled by Connie Haschke
and Smokin' Chaps Living Color ("Keenen") and Smokin' Dreamlike
State ("Foggy") owned by Donna Daniels. Shamrock's Buckaroo
Kiss ("Kiss") owned by Lyn Buck and Ch Heart of Gold Tell Me
No Lies HT ("Teller") owned by Connie Haschke passed their first
Smokin' Tsunami Tsu, PT (with breeder/owner/handler Donna Daniels) was
awarded first place in the Started A sheep class with a score of 94. This
was her second leg toward her HSAs title.
Though a few of the Cardis didn't pass or qualify for legs, they never
quit and will be back at another trial. At a time when it's not uncommon
to go to a herding trial and never see a Cardigan Welsh Corgi at all,
these eight Texas dogs did their part to show the capabilities and heart
of this special breed.