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  1. Kerales Farm is very pleased to be hosting Michael Gallagher from July 12-14. Lessons will be offered on Friday and Sunday. $60 per half hour There is one spot available on Friday and a couple on Sunday. On Saturday there will be a clinic is limited to 8 people. Clinic format is that you will get to work your dog for half an hour in the morning and another half hour in the afternoon. with Michael during the clinic. Cost will be $145 for the day, pot luck lunch. The clinic is full, but we are starting a wait list since the date is far away. This is a tremendous opportunity to work with one of the most talented sheepdog handlers and trainers in the world! Here is a brief description of Michael's many accomplishments: 2005 International Young Handler of the Year with Gyp 2008 Irish Nationals Reserve Champion with Cap 2008 International Supreme Finalist, 8th place with Cap 2009 Reserve International Qualification trial with Cap 2009 International Supreme Finalist 6th place with Cap 2010 International Supreme Champion with Cap 2010 Irish National Driving Champion with Cap 2010 International Qualifying Trial 1st place with Cap 2010 International Driving Champion with Cap 2011 International Supreme Finalist 4th place with Cap 2011 World trial Finalist 3rd place with Cap 2011 World Trial, Team Gold with Cap 2012 Irish Team member with Flo 2012 North of Ireland Double lift Champions 3 times in 4 years (2008 with Cap, 2010 with Roy, 2011 with Cap) Irish Team Member 6 times (1 with Gyp, 4 with Cap, and 1 with Flo) Irish Team member with Cap 2008-2011, Gyp 2008, Flo 2012 Leslie Whitney Kerales Farm Quakertown, PA keralesfarm@verizon.net
  2. Mark, are you saying that it is a simple recessive, rather than a polygenic?
  3. We are very happy to have Kathy Knox returning to our farm in Quakertown, PA this year. We will be offering a 3 day clinic Aug 3-5,open to all levels. There will be a half day intensive shedding clinic on Monday, Aug 6, limited to 5 handlers. FMI, contact me at keralesfarm@verizon.net
  4. "When the sheep are spotted, the bullshit stops" This is priceless Donald. I hope you don't mind if I use it Lesklie
  5. Great discussion. Here is another explanation of polygenic inheritance that is really helpful for us non-science folks to understand: http://www.ashgi.org/articles/breeding_bingo.htm leslie
  6. Update: worked with Scott quite a bit. He thought she had become a good farm dog, but the question we shared was, will she make a trial dog. His main suggestion was to walk about 1000 miles with her on a line, never letting her lie down. Doing this on a Gator enabled us to keep the pace quick enough to keep her freely moving, Other suggestions was to never keep her in one spot long, keep her moving. So for example, on the drive, we used lots of little flanks. She's got a quick mind and a willing attitude, so we'll see how far we can get. Thanks again for the feedback.
  7. Thanks for your reply. Some great ideas, such as correcting for upsetting the sheep. While I always send her to held sheep, unless she is gathering a mob, i am going to experiment and see what i can do to reproduce the problem at home. If I am able to replicate the problem of stop and start--which is exactly what she essentially does on the fetch--then my problem remains the same, which is that I can get her up, but I can't stop her from laying down. I've been approaching the problem as one of pace--visualizing her staying on her feet and moving quietly behind her sheep. Maybe I am thinking about it wrong--perhaps I should allow her to do the lay down-get up-lay down etc. thing as long as the sheep move the way I want. Then I'd have to really focus on how she gets up, and get her to soften/relax. I am looking forwards to my lesson with Scott. Last time I worked with him, all she wanted to do was bring down sheep and was a team of one. She wouldn't walk onto sheep at all. So we've come quite a ways, but not nearly far enough.....
  8. I have a 2 yr old with quite a bit of eye, and keen/intense as the day is long. I am struggling with how to teach her to flow behind her sheep, particularly on the fetch. She is very clappy, and I can't keep her on her feet. When she gets up from the down, she is so full of tension that you might as well set a bomb off behind the sheep. I am trying to get her to understand to get up quietly, but I'm not getting through. I end up having to tell her to walk up every time she claps, which is frequently. On driving, we had the same issue, but I put a line on her and corrected her every time she clapped, and that has helped loads. She flows pretty nicely on the drive, and will take flank commands. Not so on the fetch--doesn't want to give up the pressure. In new places, she will clap on the outrun, usually several times. My first question is, can this be fixed and can I make her into a decent trial dog, or am I just foolishly hopeful? Second question is, how can I teach her proper pace--she is willing to do what I ask, and she is generally quite quick to catch on...except with this issue. Is this mission impossible, or is there hope for her?
  9. SCOTT GLEN CLINIC AND LESSONS Kerales Farm Quakertown, PA June 3-7, 2011 **PRIVATE LESSONS FRIDAY JUNE 3rd **2 DAY CLINIC JUNE 4th-5th, all levels welcome, limit to 12. **2 DAY INTENSIVE ADVANCED CLINIC June 6-7, for dogs running Open or getting ready to run Open. Limited to 5. (clinic full, but starting a wait list..) FMI or to get a registration form, please contact me at <mailto:keralesfarm@verizon.net>
  10. KATHY KNOX 3 day clinic at Kerales Farm in Quakertown, PA July 15-17, 2011. Open to all levels of handlers, Border Collies only. Limited to 12 handlers. You may register for only one working spot until April 1. If the clinic has not filled, then we will accept multiple spots per handler. If you want to hold a spot in case one opens up, send a separate check To reserve a spot, send in registration and check. First come, first served, no verbal reservations. Checks will not be cashed until April 1, at which time there are no refunds unless we can fill your spot. To get a registration form, contact me at keralesfarm@verizon.net
  11. WINTER BONFIRE FUN TRIAL SUNDAY JAN 9, 2011 KERALES FARM 1138 WEST SAWMILL RD,QUAKERTOWN, PA 18951 CLASSES: NOVICE-NOVICE, PRO-NOVICE, RANCH START TIME: 8:00 AM ENTRIES: pre entries only. 2 runs per handler. Entries will close when trial is full. FOOD: AM coffee, hot lunch available for sale Come train your dog in a trial setting. You may use the time in your run to work on anything you'd like--training is encouraged! Pre entries only. FMI or to get an entry form, contact Leslie keralesfarm@verizon.net
  12. 2 year old registered Scottie ram available for sale. Well bred, from Dannette Laucks flock originally. Put out nice lambs this past year. Located in Quakertown, PA area. FMI contact me at keralesfarm@verizon.net
  13. UPDATE: Clinic will start at 7am. Working spots all filled, but auditors are welcome!
  14. hi Bob I have a young dog who has some issues on the way side in driving. When he is on that side when driving, everything will be going along nicely, with him adjusting to the sheep well to hold the line, but then sometimes he will slide up a couple of steps, which turns the sheep. I have a similar problem when flanking him to that side on a drive--I'll give him a "there" whistle, indicating he should stop and turn into the sheep, and he will take a couple extra steps before turning in. which of course creates a different line than I had in mind! He doesn't do this on the comebye side, and I can't figure out what the deal is. It's almost as if he doesn't have as much "feel" on that side. I have tried pairing a "there" with a "lie down" to sharpen up his response, but that isn't working. I've worked him driving along a fence and told him he was wrong when he started to slide off, but I'm not seeing nay lighbulbs come on for him. I feel like I'm missing something, and not seeing the picture somehow. Any suggestions?? thanks much! Leslie
  15. No. I didn't say that at all. I'm just pointing out that, sometimes the desire to get those pups sold will put you at odds with your ideals for the breed. And for accuracy's sake, the bitch Candy sold is one of the brood bitches at a kennel you all are referring to. I'm not making a judgement, just pointing out the fact that just about anyone can buy a well bred dog and then use it to produce non working pups for the pet and perfomance markets. So what is your point--that you can sell dogs to anyone, but the only dogs that should be bred are the ones that meet certain standards. Sounds like the best of both worlds for people breeding and selling to the non-working markets!
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