by Carol Delsman, Executive Field Representative
May Day was in all of its grandeur on Whidbey Island in Washington's Puget Sound. Bright skies highlighted the profusion of flowers in full bloom. For one handler, Sara-Jo Gahm, it couldn't have been more glorious. Her entry, Ch Kuawarri G'Bye Old Paint, not only finished his herding championship, but he accomplished his goal of the coveted title of Dual Champion. With a High in Trial to finish the weekend, he proved his finesse as a herding champion.
There were nine separate advanced dogs vying for first places and championship points. There were 4 majors over the weekend and a total of 24 points available. Susan Crockers "Jeep" took home the highest awards on sheep with two first places from the advanced sheep class. He got both of his majors, one HIT, one RHIT, and 6 points. This was quite an accomplishment for one weekend. He is following in his mothers footsteps who is a Dual Champion and also was entered in the event.
By most standards, this was a small event with only 8 different handlers entering numerous dogs each. There were as many workers as there were competitors. The atmosphere was so stress-free. There was no early wake up calls as the handlers meeting wasn't until 9 am. Lunch was a peaceful affair with plenty of time to relax and visit and enjoy the good food provided.
Duck runs were in the afternoon and didn't take long with efficient stock handling by Patty Carey and Kent Bradley. With the trial ending early and most exhibitors staying on the island, the late afternoon found dogs, young and old, running around playing and working off any trial day jitters they may have had.
Definitely and event Australian Cattle Dog owners want to put on their calendar for next year!
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