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  1. The clinic is now full, but there are still a few lessons slots available. Those wishing to attend the clinic, I can put you on a wait list. Thanks!
  2. A wonderful opportunity to work one on one with International Supreme Champion & 12 time US Finals Champion, Alasdair MacRae and his wife, Patricia, 2012 National Finals Champion. In addition to the clinic work, the MacRae’s are often able to provide measurable, goal driven exercises that you can replicate at home. The 2 day clinic will cost $290 per dog and $60/day for auditors. Lunch will be provided and all levels are welcome. Private lessons will also be available on December 3 & 4th at $75 per half hour. Please email me at pastorshill@netzero.net for entry form
  3. I just spoke to Corena and she has two good leads for Rue (both working homes) and Joe has been adopted by a working home! They also have a Pyr they are trying to find a home for...6 - 7 year old neutered male, great guardian, but aloof with people.
  4. Thank you for alerting me to this post Robin! The owner bought Rue from David Henry as a puppy. She is a McCloud daughter. Let me see what I can do as well. Christine
  5. Some of my all time favorite photographs are from the Bluegrass Classic Sheepdog Trial… dogs working the fresh Suffolk lambs on the beautiful green fields in Lexington, KY at one of our country’s most prestigious competitions. I thought many of you agree and would like photographs of your dog(s) as a special memory from this year’s Bluegrass. I will be available Wednesday, May 16th through Friday, May 18th to take photos of your dogs, and am waiving my normal sitting fee. There is no obligation to you unless you decide to order prints. To view some of my work, please visit this site http://www.pbase.com/pastorshill/trials I will be available Saturday for a private viewing of your photos between 10am -1pm, at your convenience. At that time, you can place an order if you choose. 4x6's are $10, 5x7's are $15.00 and 8x10's are $20.00. Photos will be mailed to you by May 31, 2012. I can also do web images for $10.00. Gayle Richardson at Coppar Creek Designs creates beautiful tiles with my web images. These can be used for decoration, hot plates, coasters, etc. If anyone is interested, please email me privately to inform me of your class, dog name(s) and day(s) you will be competing. As there are two fields running simultaneously, I may not be able to get everyone in, but will do my best. Thank you, Christine Koval pastorshill@netzero.net
  6. We are pleased to announce a handling clinic with Alasdair & Patricia MacRae on June 25 & 26, 2011 at David Clark and Cheryl Branibar's Creekside Farm in Lexington, VA. This is a wonderful opportunity to work one on one w/ International Supreme Champion & 10 time USBCHA National Champion, Alasdair MacRae. In addition to the clinic work, the MacRae's are able to provide measurable, goal driven exercises that you can practice at home. Facilities include a round pen, 1 acre field, 7 acre field, and a 53 acre field w/ a 535 yd. outrun. All levels are welcome & encouraged to attend. The 2 day clinic will cost $275 per dog/handler team & $120 for auditors, lunch included. Private lessons for all levels will be available on June 27 & 28 @ $75 per half hour. Please contact: cbranibar@centurylink.net for an entry form.
  7. nothing yet.... Eileen, did you ever get in touch with him?
  8. Eileen, I e-mailed him yesterday, but have not heard back from him yet either.
  9. He does not have permission to use my photos and I thank you Jodi for brining this to my attention. The faded photo of the dog on both sides of his house is Britton and the collage on the main page is Britton. Also when you go to "Full Gallery" there is a collage of photos I took of McCloud and a photo I took of a bitch we used to own named Abby. In looking deeper into this website, I see that this is a guy that purchased a Britton x Abby pup from us years ago (JJ), but that still does not give him permission to use my photos. And he is no "x"pert.
  10. I am still getting the same threat messages as Sue posted. How do I stop getting Norton to stop working off a cache?
  11. I got the same message and it also said 298 threats.... and I have not logged in for months.
  12. Congrats you guys! How is the happy family doing today?
  13. Water Cress Farm SDT Limestone, TN October 23 – 25, 2009 The beautiful Appalachians and the Great Smoky Mountains glimmered with fall color at Jan Thompson’s Water Cress Farm in southeastern Tennessee from October 23 – 25. Nestled in among all the splendor is Jan’s gorgeous farm where mountain views surrounded us in every direction. Due to an excessive amount of rain this summer there was still hay on the trial field Thursday afternoon. Things went like clockwork getting it off. Vergil Holland followed the mower picking up the round bales. Behind him were Dan King, Dal Kratzer, and Mike Hanley setting the course. Moral of story is to hire a judge who is also a farmer. Thanks, Vergil. Friday there was a steady drizzle and it was a bit muggy, but the temperatures dropped to a chilly drizzle on Saturday. The bonus was as the trial ended each day, the sun peeked through the clouds and lit up bright stripes of gold, yellow and red on the horizon. Sunday’s weather was perfect sunny skies and temps in the upper 60’s. Dan King, as course director for his second year, should be commended for handling everything with precision and keeping the whole trial running smoothly. The very healthy and fit Katahdin ewes and spring lambs were challenging for the young dogs on Friday, but were very consistent for both Open days. Thanks to Friday’s set out crew of Jan Thompson, Dan King, Laura Carson and Bob Washer. Julie Poudrier with Twist and her young Pip did an outstanding job setting out all day on Saturday and Sunday, so many thanks to her as well. And thank you to Alice Urquhart who helped when ever and where ever needed. Cy Peterson and Jan worked tirelessly before, during and after the trial. Cy prepared delicious warm lunches for the handlers with homemade soup and chili. Thanks to both of them there was fresh coffee, hot chocolate, teas, muffins and pastries available at the crack of dawn each morning as well as plenty Halloween candy for snacking throughout the day. Steve McCall also brought some hamburgers and coleslaw for Sunday’s lunch. Saturday night’s famous handler’s dinner was again a true treat with Chris Wilson’s fabulous spinach and feta stuffed roast lamb, chicken and dumplings, curried rice, green beans and homemade pies. Chris’ daughter, Sarah, and their friend Kathy also assisted with the meal preparation and serving. Betty Gayle McCall once again made her “travel right to your hips” chocolate caramel pudding dessert that was cleaned up in an instant. They are all very much appreciated by each of us! Vergil did a great job sorting the runs for all three days. A special thanks to Sue Rayburn, Sylvia King and Bobbie Washer for scribing as well. We had a raffle over the weekend to raise money for the 2010 National Finals and thanks to all the people who donated raffle items and purchased tickets. Denise Wall’s generous donation of her stunning “Reflections of Fall Sheep” photo, printed on 11 x 14 canvas and framed was the first item to go. Next was the gorgeous beaded dog collar, handmade in Kenya, which was donated by Peggy Wilkinson. And Donald McCaig donated a signed copy of his book “A Useful Dog”. Thanks also to Cy Peterson, Jan Thompson, Dee Penatzer, Dan King, Barb Klein, Gayle Richardson, Sue Rayburn and others for donating all the other great Border Collie and sheep items! We raised $180. Between this trial and the team jackpot competitions at Lexington, Edgeworth and Montpelier, we have raised a total of $780 for the Finals! Thanks everyone! First place prizes for open each day and for the overall nursery champion was a beautiful gold engraved shepherd’s whistle in a wooden box with a plaque. Prizes were donated by Dave Murrey. This trial is a must for next year’s trial calendar. If not for the great fellowship and the sheepdog trialing, definitely make a trip just for the view. I’d never leave the front porch if I lived there! Photos can be found at http://www.pbase.com/pastorshill/watercress Results: PRO-NOVICE (15 Dogs) 1. Kate Ash Midge 71 2. Marilyn Terpstra Eve 65 2. Connie Brannen Rem 63 4. Dal Kratzer Whisk 59 5. Cy Peterson Grace 52 6. Nancy Schreeder Cap 49 7. Christine Henry Kaige 49 8. Dal Kratzer Shane 47 9. Mike Hanley Zane 46 10. Sylvia King Spring 44 OPEN RANCH (18 Dogs) 1. Penny Tose Maid 73 2. Jennifer Maginnis Maddie 70 3. Dal Kratzer Trek 66 4. Bob Washer Spain 64 5. Vickey Russell Devi 63 6. Dwight Parke Mike 61 7. Dwight Parker Will 58 8. Penny Tose Roxie 57 9. Christine Henry Meg 54 10. Kathy Kawalec Sue 52 NURSERY I (13 Dogs) 1. Connie Brannen Rem 68 2. Richard Brandon Reba 57 3. Robin French Bill 51 NURSERY II (13 Dogs) 1. Dwight Parker Mike 76 2. Connie Brannen Rem 75 3. Dal Kratzer Shane 70 Overall Nursery Champion: Connie Brannon and Rem OPEN I (60 Dogs) 1 Kathy Kawalec Maya 90 2. Nancy Schreeder The Donald 88 3. Jennifer Maginnis Arwen 85 4. Bobby Ford Mona 85 5. Bobby Ford Dassie 85 6. Marilyn Terpstra Gin 85 7. Marianna Schreeder Penny 84 8. Dee Penatzer Craig 84 9. Vickey Russell Zen 84 10. Paul Tucker Brock 84 11. Kathy Kawalec Russell 84 12.Connie Brannen Peach 84 OPEN II (60 Dogs) 1. Christine Henry Bess 94 2. Bob Washer Clare 93 3. Robin French Zac 92 4. Debbie Bailey Huck 84 5. Paul Tucker Brock 84 6. Dwight Parker Craig 83 7. Bobby Ford Mona 83 8. Dan King Vic 83 9. Christine Henry Tweed 81 10. Dan King Fann 80 11. Dal Kratzer Shep 80 12. Marianna Schreeder Nan 80
  14. We will be having a raffle to raise funds for the 2010 Finals at Jan Thompson's Water Cress Farm SDT in Limestone, TN on Oct. 23 - 25. If you have any Border Collie or sheep items you wish to donate, please see me at the trial. And to those of you attending the trial, please buy raffle tickets. We already have some great items to choose from. Thanks!
  15. Attention Open handlers running at Edgeworth, Lexington and WaterCress trials: We will be having a team competition at all three of these trials to raise money for the 2010 VA Finals. How this works is that each handler who wants to participate pays a $15 entry fee (in addition to your trial entry fee) and your name is put into a hat. A team of two handlers is drawn randomly out of the hat (you can not pick your team mate) and each handler's score from their Open run is added together. The team with the highest combined score wins 25% of the pot and the rest of the pot goes to the Finals. Handlers with two dogs running must designate what dog's score will be used, or better yet, you can enter two dogs and be on two teams! If you are interested in being on a team, please see Dan King or myself at any of these three trials. Cash is best! Thanks!
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