by Karla Deithorn, Executive Field Representative
On Saturday afternoon, May 1, 2004 the owners of RottiEwe Farm opened their property to the Cardigan Welsh Corgi Club of America for their 2004 National Herding Trial. They provided the Barb/St. Croix/ Tunis cross sheep and the grey call ducks for all the trial and test classes. The sheep and ducks tested the dogs abilities and the excellent performances put in by those who placed in the classes attested to the suitability of the stock.
Trial Secretary, Eugenia Bishop, kept the scores posted in a timely manner. And committee members Debby Burnett, Eleanor Macnair, Frank Haschke and Helen Turin aided Chairperson, Jan Gillespie in a variety of tasks, from handing out awards to scribing to timing to laying out the lovely trophies.
The day was cold and rainy but it suited the dogs just fine. Judge Bonnie Daley (Pic 1) did an excellent job with the Sheep classes in the Trial (Pic 12/13/14) as well as the Test. (Pic 15/16)
The Specialty started with the Advanced Sheep class. HC Cornerstones My Dear Beli, HXAsd, owned by Amy Hill of Orlando, Florida showed his stuff to earn the highest score in the Sheep classes with an 87 ½. (Pic 2/3) Amy also owns Cornerstones lady Liberty, HSAs, who moved up from Intermediate to take second place to her kennel mate. (Video 1 - Y to Z chute)
After the sheep classes ended, the Corgis tested their skill at herding the grey call ducks under the watchful eye of judge Dana MacKenzie. Again, the highest score on ducks came from the Advanced class as Amy Hill's Beli once again gave a superb performance with a score of 91 ½. (Pics 8/9/10/11) Highest Scoring Conformation Champion came from the Started Duck class. Ch Smokin' Cajun Buckaroo, PT owned by Ray and Lynn Buck with a score of 80 ½ took those honors, proving that good looks and herding ability can come in one package.
As the day wound down it was discovered the Amy Hill's Beli had not only scored the highest in Ducks to earn High In Trial at the CWCCA 2004 National but also earned the highest Sheep score. Not to be denied the Reserve High In Trial award, Amy came up with the second highest score on Sheep with her Lady Liberty and clinched both awards. RJ Hellegers bred both of these dogs.
The fine performances in both Test classes and the Started trial classes showed that the breed's herding ability is firmly in hand. (Pics 5/6/7) And the number of multi-titled dogs attest to the versatility of this wonderful little breed.
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