Gloria Atwater Posted January 20, 2012 Report Share Posted January 20, 2012 Dear sheepdoggers ~ I found a collection of old videos depicting border collies at work, circa the 1920's - 1950's. I find it intriguing to look back at the dogs of those early days, particularly in light of discussion about the border collies' future. Anyhow, I thought I'd share! I think I can only paste in clickable links, but the videos are all very short, only a minute or two each, so I hope you will enjoy. First: "Sheep Dog Trial" 1920 The earliest footage I could find. First half of this 33 second clip is a long-distance of horses doing something, then we get a bit of a rather animated handler and his dog urging sheep into a 3-sided pen. Interesting at least for the fact it's a glimpse of sheepdogging 92 years ago! Second: "Sheep Dog Trials" 1926 These sheep want to go anywhere but in a straight line! Third: "Clever Animals" 1926 Not as much action, but of interest is that several dogs in the line-up appear to be of a bearded border collie type. And some nice work at the shed, towards the end. Fourth: "Canine Skill" 1934 This is filmed in Australia, a champion sheepdog named "Blue Maid." It's hard to say exactly what she is: she works more upright, looks border collie-ish, but ...?? The narrator say she's the product of generations of breeding in the Outback, so ... I guess this is another branch on the border collie tree. Fifth: "Here's Segacity!" 1936 Another interesting look at early BCs, as well as pen work - with no gate and no handler standing at the pen! (And a brief interview with Mr. Sandy Miller of Ayrshire, who won 8 times out of 9.) Sixth: "International Sheepdog Trials" 1936 How many of us would like to try penning, whilst on one knee and nowhere near the gate? Also, there was a lady amongst the line-up, this time. Wonder if she was a handler or just holding the dog during the line-up. Seventh: "Sheepdogs Show Their Mettle" 1941 A silly bit of narrating, but a nice look at some nice dogs, including one that's nearly all white. Eighth: "Sheep Dogs" 1942 A bit of brace work, mother-son team Nell and Ben near Peebles on the Scottish Borders. Ninth: "Sheepdog Trials" 1954 Just a bit more looks at dogs. Now the pen-work is as we know it, with the gate and a handler holding the rope. And that's that! I hope you enjoyed this little trip in the Way-Back Machine. Cheers ~ Gloria Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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