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  1. He uses mostly finger whistling but discusses both finger and mechanical whistles. It doesn't teach you how to whistle but gives you examples of several sets of whistles and their variations.
  2. We have a new DVD and/or CD on whistling available. It is Welcome to Whistling with Derek Fisher. Hear and see in action Derek's clear and concise whistles, how to choose which whistles to use, the importance of variations in your whistles and better communicating through whistles. You can purchase these on our website at www.bcollies.com/videos.htm, through Derek directly, through Border Collies in Action or they will be available at Meeker and the Sheepdog Finals.
  3. Congrats to all who made it on the team! I was especially excited to see Derek Scrimgeour's Fleece up there again as I am her breeder. Always fun to get your dogs in such expert hands to see what they can do!
  4. Just thought I would bump up this topic in case anyone was still interested in DVDs from the 2012 National Sheepdog Finals in Klamath Falls, Oregon. You can order them at http://www.bcollies.com/videos.htm . You can order all or part of the event or even individual runs from the Open. Great Christmas Gifts!
  5. The last of the pre ordered 2012 National Finals DVDs have just been mailed. If you did not pre order, you can still purchase them by going to http://www.bcollies.com/videos.htm . They make a great Christmas gift, whether for yourself or for a friend!
  6. You can mail a check to: Geri Byrne 3701 County Road 114 Tulelake, CA 96134 Thanks
  7. The DVDs from the preliminaries we filmed ourselves and I have just finished editing those. Ellen Skillings did the filming and did a good job of putting everything in perspective. The semi finals and the finals is the footage from the webcast company (minus the interviews) and are pretty easy to follow. The DVDs should be shipping in the next week to 10 days. The income from the DVDs will make a big difference in the discussion over whether the USBCHA will be able to afford future years of webcast.
  8. Although not part of the USBCHA discussion on cattledog sanctioning, I agree with Mark that the ABCA issue should also be discussed as the NCA states that they hope to get ABCA money. I do not think that an organization that does not use the word Border Collie anywhere in their bylaws or on their web page should be singled out by the ABCA with major contributions, especially to the tune of how the ABCA has been supporting the cattledog program within the USBCHA. If down the road, this organization flourishes, is promoting the Border Collie (not the generic term cattledog) adds Border Collie to their bylaws, then that is a different issue. There are quite a few cattledog organizations across the country who do not receive this benefit and as a lifetime member of the ABCA, I would ask that my directors think long and hard before committing finances to a new organization which may or may not be successful and may or may not promote and foster in North America the breeding, training and distribution of reliable working Border ColliesCollie as in their mission statement.
  9. VIP Dog Sponsorship for the 2012 National Sheepdog Finals is now available for purchase on our website at http://sheepdogfinals.org/wordpress1/sponsors/ . Only one sponsorship will be sold per dog so be sure and purchase early to get your dream team! Geri Byrne 2012 National Sheepdog Finals Klamath Falls, Oregon Sept 25-30, 2012 541-891-7518 geri@bcollies.com www.sheepdogfinals.org
  10. That's correct, Kathy and I have found it makes a big difference. Geri
  11. I agree with Lana. Energy Edge is an amazing product! I do what Lana says and I know Lana and I both feed a high quality food with NO grain and add fat to their food. This helps build up their endurance and heat tolerance. That said, if the temp is too high and my dog is too hot, I will retire during a run. It's only a dog trial!!! I think the USBCHA guidelines for having a tub of water on the course during hot weather is a must.
  12. We have had a couple of last minute cancellations for the Derek Scrimgeour clinics we are having next week here in northern California. The first clinic is May 1-3 and the second clinic is May 7-9. For more info please see my web page at www.bcollies.com and click on clinics.
  13. An opportunity to work one on one with International Supreme Champion & 10 time US National Finals Champion, Alasdair MacRae. This clinic is designed expressly for the experienced handler looking to improve a specific trialing or training skill. In addition to the clinic work this clinic is often able to provide a measurable, goal driven exercise that you can replicate at home. August 14-15, 2010 Clinic August 16th Private lessons Tulelake, CA More info please email Geri Byrne at geri@bcollies.com or see web page at www.bcollies.com
  14. Try a different browser. Sometimes that helps.
  15. We are having two great dog training clinicians here in 2010. Derek Scrimgeour will be here in early May and Jack Knox will be here in early June. For more info and entry forms, please see my web page at http://www.bcollies.com/clinics.htm
  16. Don't worry about not having coffee. There will be an espresso booth at the finals. I wouldn't put on an event this big without one as I would go crazy without lattes to keep me going.
  17. There will be several food booths at the finals for daytime food. There will also be finger food at both the ABCA meeting and the USBCHA meeting. Saturday evening there will be a tri tip barbecue for $25 to benefit the Cancer Treatment Center. The small town of Merrill which is close to the field has a grocery store and a couple of restaurants. Klamath Falls is 15 to 20 miles away.
  18. Lana has been reporting in. Sounds like the cattle are nice. The wind has been a bit of an issue for some runs. Hopefully it won't be windy for the finals tomorrow! As to the small numbers, it is mostly people from that part of the country with a handful who have traveled. Although a great site and a hospitable bunch, I think moving it around the country will bring the numbers back up. Lana and Marty have put in a bid for northern California. It would be great to see it back out here as it hasn't been in the west in almost a decade. There are those who think that the finals (both cattle and sheep) should stay in one place but I am a firm believer that rotating it around the country is better for the dogs and better for the sport.
  19. The white headed dog at 1:30 is Charlie Torre's Wink from the 2005 Western States Regionals.
  20. We will be hosting a Jack Knox Clinic June 6-8 at our ranch near Tulelake, CA. An entry form can be found on our web page at www.bcollies.com under Clinics.
  21. Thanks to everyone for all their help with this and especially to Sue for all the work she did. Looking forward to seeing everyone at the Finals in September. Geri www.nationalsheepdogfinals.com http://2009nationalsheepdogfinals.blogspot.com/
  22. Lana is on the road to Denver right now but she as well as her husband Marty are planning on going to the cattledog finals. She should have email tonight so she can fill us in on her plans. Geri
  23. As one of the hosts for the 2009 Sheepdog Finals we thank you for all your help. It is an expensive event to put on and given the current business economy, we will be relying more this time on dog sponsorships, benefit trials and trial and club donations. As we receive dog sponsorships, we are posting them on the website and who they are sponsoring so if you want to see who is still available, just go to www.nationalsheepdogfinals.com and click on Sponsors. Thanks again Geri Byrne Amy Coapman Lana Rowley Lora Withnell Ellen Skillings Michele and Haley Howard 2009 National Sheepdog Finals Host Committee
  24. I think Bill is talking about my dog and he isn't really young, he just turned 6. He had trouble a time or two when he was young lifting sheep but he hasn't had that problem again until the other day. The following day I used him to move around 550 pound heifers and although he had seldom moved cattle before, he was plenty tough and eager and did a good job with them. He isn't weak but he is careful. He has tremendous feel for his sheep which can slow down his lift. He only has a bite when attacked. I watched some other dogs at the same trial when I was setting have trouble lifting and they accomplished it by using their teeth and that never occurred to him. I will try Amelia's exercise. Any other suggestions would be most appreciated as the slow lift meant there was no time to finish the course. Thanks Geri
  25. You can now purchase Handler Sponsorships for the 2009 National Sheepdog Finals on our web page at http://www.nationalsheepdogfinals.com/ . Just click on sponsorship. Between now and March 1, 2009, you will be able to pick the handler and dog you want (as long as they are not already spoken for). Just add your 1st and 2nd choice in the comments field if ordering by PayPal. Or you contact me by email at geri@bcollies.com. If your selected dog does not end up going to the finals, you will be able to change dogs at a later date. Thanks and be sure and order today so that you can get the dog of your choice. Geri
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