All of my dogs have shown tremendous herding instinct here on the farm with cattle, sheep and ducks. All of my dogs (current and past) have been used on ducks, sheep, and cattle. Its amazing to see them do what they were bred to do!
Ell was the first to have professional herding instruction. She earned one leg towards her ASCA title STDc (started trial dog - cattle) and earned her title (2 qualifying legs) for her STDs (started trial dog - sheep) with trainer Glenn Sheiffer.
Ava was the first to acquire her HT title with trainer Marty Stewart. she had some difficult sheep but she showed everyone cardigans can do it!
Brewer was the first to acquire his PT title with trainer Marty Stewart. He is also a natural and I wish I knew how to herd so he could enjoy it more. Instead he lives with my parents in Minnesota where he is spoiled rotten!
Gia has also earned her HT and PT titles with Marty! In addition she has earned her FDC (Farm dog certificate) while out with Marty. We are so very grateful to Marty for all her work with our dogs!!
Sadie had a terrible accident in March of 2006. After a 100% signature of approval from both the surgeon and rehab vet, Sadie started basic Agility in September 2006.
In September 2007, Sadie and I, Dawn and Magic (Sadie's littermate) went to our very first NADAC trial where Sadie attempted Jumpers and Tunnelers. Since it was nearly 85 degrees, and our first day ever outside for any type of agility, Sadie did not qualify for her jumpers. However by the afternoon I think she figured it out and we ended up not only qualifying for Tunnelers and our first leg, but also received 2nd place behind her brother! What a great experience! We hope to get our Tunnelers and Jumpers titles soon.
Sadie now has her NAJ (Novice Agility Jumpers) title with three qulalifying runs and all three legs with a perfect 100 points in each run!
Sadie has one leg for her NA (which was also 100 points and 1st place) (after the 2nd one was revoked due to an entry marked with the wrong jump height). Sadie will be doing Preferred in 2010 until a second jump height measurement can be done and recorded.
Sadie earned two legs towards her NJP (Novice Jumpers Preferred) at the CWCCA National Specialty in Gettysburg, PA
Sadie passed away in January of 2017 after having congestive heart failure. she also was prone to tiny epsidoes of going down in the back. so she was retired from agility and performance events after 2012.
Ell and Zoe both started in agility classes, but both moved on to retirement homes where they are queens of their couches. Cardigans really are 'can do' anything dogs. I hope to get back in Agility someday.
Most of my dogs that are here at Ebonwald, have had some form of conformation training and showing, at some point of their life. I have been fortunate enough to have several Champions, grand champions, performance titled dogs, herding titled dogs, best in sweepstakes.
I've also had several dogs that placed or won the herding group, and best of breed or opposite at supported entries. Wonderful feeling of accomplishment when you can improve the breed as well as win from time to time.