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Central Indiana Shetland Sheepdog Trial
by Carol Delsman

Imagine 40 Shelties in a 12 acre field, running, chasing, socializing and all playing. This was the scene following the inaugural Central Indiana Shetland Sheepdog Club's 2 day 4 Herding Test/Trial event. The trial was held in Williamsport, IN at Mary Lou Hayden's Dogwood Farm on Sept. 11th and 12th.

There were 97 total entries for the weekend and the passing rate was about 90%. Handlers came from as far away as Tennessee and New Mexico. On Saturday all Herding Tested entries passed at both trials for titles and all moved up to PT the next day. All but 1 of the move ups also finished their Pre Trial titles also!!!

Saturday evening ended with a judges/exhibitor’s cook out held at the farm. Volunteers spent the entire day smoking and barbecuing turkey, ribs and beef. All enjoyed great food and comradely.

The Farm was perfect for a trial. The sun shone brightly on green fields with plenty of shade provided for exhibitors and livestock. The sheep were honest for the trial dogs and forgiving for the test classes. The stock handlers did a magnificent job of making sure that the stock was settled quietly for each entrant.

Trial results:

Sat AM HIT Score 94.5 Judge: Dana MacKenzie
Faerie Dream Catcher PTs, HSAs, NAJ, HTDIs, HRDIs STDs
Owner Tammy Van Deusen
RHIT score 78.5
Trinity's Get a Grip HSAs, OA, OAJ
Owner Christina Kleman

Sat PM
HIT score 96.5 Judge: Jim DeKieffer
Faerie Dream Catcher PTs, HSAs, NAJ, HTDIs, HRDIs STDs
Owner Tammy Van Deusen
RHIT score 86.5
Damask Trinity Yule Tide OA OAJ
Owner Elizabeth Baker

Sun AM
HIT score 95.5 Judge Judy Vanderford
Faerie Dream Catcher PTs, HSAs, NAJ, HTDIs, HRDIs STDs
Owner Tammy Van Deusen
RHIT score 87
Damask Trinity Yule Tide OA OAJ
Owner Elizabeth Baker

Sun PM
HIT score 98 Judge Anne Witte
Damask Trinity Yule Tide OA OAJ
Owner Elizabeth Baker
RHIT score 96
Faerie Dream Catcher PTs, HSAs, NAJ, HTDIs, HRDIs STDs
Owner Tammy Van Deusen

The winner of the High Weekend Combined was
Faerie Dream Catcher PTs, HSAs, NAJ, HTDIs, HRDIs STDs
Owner Tammy Van Deusen
Cloud showed superb control and great stock sense on all of his runs, His smooth working style and biddability earned him the consistent scores for all 4 trials. But do not let that nice calm work fool you. This 27 month boy works in the set out pens every weekend and will strike a nose or hock when he needs to!! Cloud is an owner, bred by, trained and handled dog that has a solid working temperament. Cloud has trialed 8 times and has 5 HIT's and 1 RHIT. Mary Lou Hayden is Tammy and Cloud's herding instructor.

Sun PM
HIT Damask Trinity Yule Tide OA OAJ
Owner Elizabeth Baker

Hagrid as a pup showed little interest in stock. Because I had several dogs I was finishing performance titles on he became the couch pup. When he was two I started his agility training. I took him back to stock and he loved it!!! But he didn't like trialing. A year and a half later he is finally getting his act together and he finished his HSAs with 2 RHIT's he has been teaching me to be a quieter handler. Elizabeth


Nearly 40 shelties romp in field after Saturday's trials.


Elizabeth Baker and Hagrid travel from NM for 1 HIT and 2 RHIT Carol


Excellent stock handling




Trial Qualifiers for Saturday


New Test Title holders


High Combined for the weekend were Tammy & Cloud with trainer Mary Lou Hayden.