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Around 1990, a little blue heeler who became Foster Meyer Weiner Butt was acquired through dubious circumstances. There was some girl that I met at college who had an Australian Shepherd. We thought that it would be interesting to take herding lessons and drove two hours each week to a well-respected trainer. We trialed in arena venues (AKC, ASCA, and AHBA) with many different breeds of dogs.
Then my daughter happened along and was expert at helping me bottle my own beer. Later, my son appeared and at 15 wanted to do open field trials with a border collie. We searched and found a nice dog named Mike who was a very good partner. I didn’t want to sit around and watch him, so I asked around and found a nice dog named Lexi, and we had some fun and some success.
After a few years training and trialing in the Northwest, I was asked to serve on the Board of Directors for WASH. My goal is to provide a positive and productive organization for you through communication and education and opportunity.
Having loved and trained dogs much of my life, I'm newcomer to the world of sheepherding. I competed in dog agility for many years with my golden retriever, Sugar, and border collie, Tai. Then one day, I was sitting on a grassy knoll at the Vashon Sheepdog Classic, when Patrick Shannahan and a dog named Riggs stepped to the post. It was like watching a cleverly balanced dance. I decided right there and then that I wanted to find a dog, learn the skills, and develop a partnership to compete in this remarkable sport. Sam came into my life a year later, and we began our exciting journey. And now I have a younger dog, Amos who is just starting to compete. There are so many talented dogs and trainers in the PNW; I'm honored to be part of this community. I look forward to helping it grow, and inspiring others to reach their goals.
I started in obedience working up thru utility with my Schnauzer and Sheltie. Then I went to watch some duck work, and decided to try it. It was fun, and soon I got my first Border Collie named Spottie. She was trained only on ducks. I kept up with obedience and herding for a while, but there's just not enough time in the day for both, so I stayed with herding. With Spottie, I worked through Pro-Novice, and since she was a white dog, had to work extra hard to make those sheep believe her.
Then came Mist and Zip; I took both to Open. Mist lost her hearing at the age of six, so was retired, and Zip went on to the Finals. Then along came Win, who I took to Regionals. I have been trialing in the USBCHA since 1991. I own five dogs now: Britt, Abby, Jamie, Bend and Andy.
My first exposure to a sheepdog trial was on a trip with a girlfriend to the 2006 National Sheepdog Finals in Klamath Falls. I was mesmerized by the dogs, their handlers, and the teamwork at those great distances!! Like many sheepdoggers, I spent much of my life competing with my horses. I grew up around dairy cattle (Grandfather), Thoroughbred horses (my sister was the 1st licensed female Jockey in New Jersey), and dogs (Mom's BC "Ginger" and my childhood BC cross "Butch"), but other than dabbling in some agility with a rescue Lab (Jake), I hadn't competed in some years - and not much with dogs. Early in 2008 I made the leap, and got my first Border Collie, Moses. When Moses was about 6 months old, I discovered Fido's Farm in Olympia. Scott Glen was there. I did an instinct lesson with him, and was hooked. Jeff Marroni encouraged me to join WASH. Clubs like WASH are vital to supporting the sport. Contributing through membership, serving on the Board, mentoring, and volunteerism, I am giving back to the community who welcomed me so warmly years ago. It's my honor to serve on the Board and encourage our members and their dogs to have fun and move toward their goals!
I live in Seattle and was introduced to the world of herding sheep in 2014 when a friend introduced me to Diane Pagel, who shared her love of the sport and encouraged me to pursue it. Thanks to her I got my first working Border Collies, Nell and Reba. I feel like I've just seen the tip of this 'Ice Berg' and hope to have many years ahead of me to learn and develop as a handler.
I grew up on a little farm where we had a bit of everything but mainly a show herd of dairy goats. Except for some unauthorized "herding" of our Suffolk flock by my dog and me on my horse, it wasn't until college when my young Aussie and I along with this guy that had a young ACD started driving two hours twice a week to go herding. We competed in arena trials and had a great time.
We moved to WA, raised two awesome kids and used the dogs for farm work until I reconnected with a friend Chris Soderstrom from my goat showing days that offered herding at her place. This lead to more dogs and our entire family including my mom getting involved. We run our Border Collies and Aussies in USBCHA as well as ASCA and AHBA. Bling (pictured above) and I are moving into Open this year which is exciting and a little intimidating.
I love the camaraderie and support that our herding community has, I appreciate hearing comments, accolades, suggestions, etc.