Bruce Vincent Memorial 2015

Thank you to everyone that came to support our 4th of July Celebration Bruce Vincent Memorial Trial. It was a very fun trial with lots of great dogs and handlers.

Each trial we award our Trial Stars. Huge congrats to all these teams:

Intro – Bailey Koeppen
Intro Vet – Shelby Roessner
Novice – Oreo LeCours
Novice JH- Ice Oestmann
Novice Vet – Truk’n Rosen
Open – Pagan Roessner
Open Vet – Zephyr Strom
Elite – Durango Young
Elite Vet – Brina Biggers

Brags for the trial:
Flurry Randal – V-NATCh #5!!!
Oreo – Novice Regular
Sally – Novice TNG
PJ – Open Weavers
Pagan – S-Novice TNG, S-Novice Tunnelers
Truk’n – Novice Jumpers and Chances
Annie – 1st trial, 1st run, 1st Q. Intro Regular
Jester – OMG He made it….. 1000 Lifetime points! O-Open Tunnelers
Wyatt – Open Weavers
Zeeta – S-Elite Regular
Dozer – First Regular Q! First TNG Q!
Bailey – O-Intro Regular, O-Intro TNG
Ice – Novice Chances
Durango – Elite Vers, Elite TNG
Nero – Novice TNG and Chances
Crumpet – Intro TNG
Zephyr – Open Chances
Ripley – S-Open Chances

On Saturday afternoon we played some Team Games with all proceeds going to SCAF. We raised $220 with the games and $1000 in total with the raffle and silent auction!!!

The games were a blast and our 2nd place team was Red, White, and Blue (Saige Biggers and Flurry Randal) and our Champion Team was Fit To Be Tyed (Saige Biggers and Brina Biggers handled by Karin Bell!)

Thanks again to everyone for coming, all your help before, during, and after the trial, and your generosity to help raise money for SCAF.

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Lark Memorial Trial

Thanks again to EVERYONE that came to the Circle L Arena to celebrate the life of Lark.  I don’t think I had ever been so nervous to put on a trial…. Wondering if I remembered everything, was I going to do things the way Lark would have wanted them done, was I going to meet the expectations of the awesome GotDog? exhibitors…..

My nerves were over ridden by so much joy as well as sadness throughout the weekend.  Both of Larks dogs that were trialing were there and ran their little hearts out for her.  Pamela and Niners did great as well as Derby running with me…. It was such an honor to let her play once again….

We had a GREAT BBQ Saturday evening with lots of laughs.  Lark loved BBQs.

Our raffle and donatoins that came in raised over $1260 for Larks Memorial Fund!

Jean McCreight sponsored the “Lark Pollari Memorial Highest Scoring Rescue Dog” and our recipient was Rachelle Jensen and Tikvah.  The list of rescues running was a complete page….. Lark loved rescue dogs and I am sure she would have loved reading that long list that were participating in her trial.

At GotDog? we do what we call “GotDog? Trial Stars”  (HIT) here is our winners:

Intro – Annie and Brandy Morris
Intro Vet – Truk’n and Billie Rosen
Novice – Chili and Jeannie Biggers
Novice Vet – Zephyr and Judy Strom
Open – George and Lisa Pertzborn
Open Vet – Kiko and Mike Eggum
Elite – Tikvah and Rachelle Jensen
Elite Vet – Klev’r and Billie Rosen
Judge Janine McGee

What a great group of teams.

We also had LOTS of NATChes earned:

Brady Blue and Carol Scranton V-NATCh 8 and NATCh 9
Cooper and Callie Cromwell NATCh 1
Kestrel and Craig Coonrad V-NATCh 1 and NATCh 3
Miseau and Rachelle Jensen V-NATCh 8

Awesome job to you all!!!

And here is the list of BRAGS:

Timbre Kaiser Elite Reg Title
Truk’n Rosen Intro Reg Title
Julie Van Siclen Nov Chances and Open Weavers
Zephr Strom Nov TNG, Novice Weavers
Sissy Caldwell O Open Chances
Jade Morgan Open Chances, Elite Weavers, Elite Jumpers
Izzie Lang O Elite Weavers
Flurry Randall 5,000 lifetime points
Giggs Ballard Elite Weavers
Annie Morris TNG Novice, Intro weavers, Intro Jumpers
Deizel Anderson Open Chances
Dozer Purcell Intro 1st Q ever!
George Pertzborn O Open Reg
Kiko Eggum Novice All Around
Athena Graves S Nov Chances, Nov Triple Superior
Leisl Francis Nov Jumpers
Alice Pertzborn O Nov Jumpers, Nov Regular
Luz Wichers O Nov Jumpers
Cabo Feisthamel Q in Nov tunnelers after several years off
Granite Nelmark 1st Q EVER
Cinna Leach Open Jumpers
Lady Van Siclen first elite Chances Q
Brady Dillard Open Jumpers
Ripley Kerans O Open Weavers
Chili Biggers  Nov Reg and Nov Tunnelers
Gidget Lukenbill Intro S Reg
Dusty Phelan 1st bonus in jumpers

Amazing all you guys!!!  Job well done I would say 

Hug your friends, hug your dogs and I hope to see you all again next year for the 2nd Annual Lark Pollari Memorial Trial.

To Lark…………

Jeannie Biggers
GotDog?

July 2014 Trial thoughts….

I think this truly was one of the best trials Saige and I had together… she was so good. Startlines like she has had them her entire life….she was SUCH a teammate. Bonus work that was amazing… she did everything I asked of her which was not always correct but she did it LOL We had a handful of courses that had bonus opportunities and we got two that are submitted for review… the others were all simply near misses. I even got to practice some Champ techniques on getting back on course with a wait and redirect. It truly felt GREAT!!! I truly am one of the luckiest people to have such a dog…….

Paisley got to play with me a bit but her funnest runs were with a JH Savanna Graves (Gabby Graves little sister). They did great and I know Paisley had fun and am pretty sure Savanna did too!

I got to run Brina for mom this weekend as well and she was a very good girl. I always forget just how fun she is!!!

Chili was in heat so she was in jail in a corner

I got to run a couple friends dogs in a few runs…. Zeeta for Anne Murray and I swear I am gonna steal that dog!!!! Except that I think she kinda likes her mom…. And Mattie for Lori Idland…. she is such a cutie pie and actually did really well for me!!!

It is a great compliment to me when someone asks me to run their dog…. and of course I just LOVE it!!

All in all it was a terrific weekend…. blessed to have such opportunities, friends, and dogs…………. — feeling blessed.

Bruce Vincent Memorial Trial 2014

The Bruce R. Vincent Memorial Trial is in the books…. we raised more money with fewer exhibitors this year!! Simply amazing the GotDog? Exhibitors are… they truly truly are….. from the time the trial starts to donating, to working, to cheering each other on, to cleaning up Sunday afternoon….. THEY ALL ROCK!!

We raised $577 with the raffle.
$211 came in thru direct donations
And GotDog gave $1 coupons to workers and the workers could either keep them or donate them back and for every ticket GotDog is giving to SCAF… $175
This total is $963
Keri Daun is donating $47 to bring it to an even $1000.

Marj Vincent is going to match the raffle money $1 for $1 so we have $1577 right now to send to SCAF!!!!

After I get all my expenses figured out I will see if GotDog can send more…..

Thanks again to EVERYONE for joining us in such a special memorial near and dear to my heart……

Chilis First NADAC Agility Trial

Well my little girl is growing up…. bitter sweet for sure.  I entered her in her first NADAC agility trial this past weekend at the RAD trial.  Lark was supposed to be her first judge she ran under 🙁

I had originally entered her in just Regular and Chances but I ended up adding a few other classes.  She got a Hoopers, Regular, Touch N Go, and two weavers Q’s.  I was not going to run her in weavers at all because she just is learning at home…. typical thing you hear “my dog can weave at home”!!  Well she surprised me and got it in the first round first try.  I thought it was a fluke but still put her in the next day and sure as shit she weaved again on the first try.

It was a very fun weekend with some GREAT training opportunities with her.

I love this little girl so much… she is a blast to live with and she is an amazing herding dog.  Her liking agility is just icing on the cake for me 🙂

Chilis First Herding Trial

Last weekend I took Chili to her very first official herding trial.  It was an ASCA sanctioned trial.  I entered Cattle, sheep, and ducks…. three full days…. 2 runs each for a total of 6 runs per day…. yeah yeah yeah… what was I thinking??  LOL

She did great.  On the first day she got her started cattle and sheep titles.  She got her duck title on Sunday.  I kept her in started to finish the weekend and she came away with 3 cattle, 5 sheep, and 4 duck qualifying runs.  She also won the “Most Promising Started”.  She also won the highest scoring started dog on Monday.

Very proud of her 🙂

Tear Drop

Thanks for coming and playing tonight everyone!  I really enjoyed the exercises I set so I put them on CRCD and will load them here 🙂

First the easy looking “tear drop”

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And then we expanded upon it!

teardrop expandedI did not number this one because as you saw… there is sooo many things you can do with it!

Herding with Chili

This little red border collie that has come in to my life has brought so much joy, learning, and new experiences for me.  My herding instructor Barb and I have become such close friends thru this, it just really is all so very special to me.

This past weekend Barb and I took Chili and her young dog and our foster dog to Idaho to “see cattle” for the first time.  Well Chilis first time, Denims second and Jazz got to see goats for the first time!  Steve brought us 3 yearling bulls to work and they were just perfect, plus 3 goats to warm up on and let Jazz play.

Jazz – she did great and we were all surprised at her ability.  She still had a few little issues with the “new person” Steve but she really wanted to work.  It was such an awesome new experience for her!

Denim – she really turned on with confidence and did GREAT!  She got right in there with the bulls both heads and heels.  It was so wonderful to see the BIG smile on Barbs face 🙂   She is one of the coolest little Aussies I know!

Chili – I could not believe how calm and in control she was.  Very much turned her brain on and kept herself safe!  My stomach was in my throat and I dont think I breathed the entire first session she had with Steve!  She was strong and would down at their heads… she got to where she could move them without the assistance of a wonderful dog named Levi (he was there with Steve to keep Chili safe and I soooo appreciated that!!!)  She had great distance, knowing when she needed to stay out and when to come in.  She even did some wall work finding her hole to push thru.  It was really fun watching her work beside Levi… her eyes lit up when Steve would send them both the same directions.  I think she has a crush on Levi now 😉

Looking forward to another first with Barb in a couple weeks… we are taking Chili and Denim to their first ASCA herding trial in Frenchtown.  I am sure Barb, Denim, and Chili will do great… I hope I can hold my nerves together enough to help Chili out!!!