Hello from Thunder Bay, Ontario!
I have been reading so many notes re people working and trialing quite a
distance from home and thought I should place a note in here letting people know
about our all-breed herding group here in Thunder Bay.
We have been training and trialing here, hosting clinics and seminars, for
over 10 years now. I raise Australian Shepherds as many folks know but we have
a first class facility for hosting AHBA, CKC, ASCA and even AKC trials including
several different sizes training areas - round pens, holding pens, flow through
hold pens (great for take pen training) open pastures and regulation arenas.
Because of the large variety of breeds training here, from GSD's Collies,
Aussies, Border Collies, Shelties, Beardies, etc., I usually keep a group of
sticky dog broke woolies, some hair sheep and some crosses that we typically use
for trialing. We have some of the best clinicians in North American come here
and have had for several years. It is a great place to have trials and train.
In the summer and fall/ spring, we have mini seminars focusing on specific
skills such as video taped sessions for body language, driving, flank seminars,
etc. We are also planning to have fun trials (CKC, AHBA, AKC, ASCA) every
weekend next year (2005).
If anyone wants to be included on an electronic newsletter we send out
(rarely) periodically, please end me an e-mail at
firstname.lastname@example.org I let folks know of local trials clinics and
those south of the border nearest here. It's not a chat line, just an info
notice. We are also working on compiling a host of all breed herding pix for
I have a small hobby farm (Tucker Creek) with sheep and ducks and offer
herding classes to people in the region. We have been holding classes since
1995, 2-3 times per week and are pleased to offer everything from beginner to 'trial ready' classes. Over 15 regulars attend classes each week in the summer
and in the past
we have held a cattle clinic at a local Red Angus Cattle ranch as well as our
normal classes. For
the past 7 years, we have held a sanctioned herding test combined with a clinic
at the farm. Clinicians include some of the top ten judges and herding dog
breeders in America:
Clinics have always been filled to capacity (max 15
dogs/day, 2-3 day clinics once per year) with waiting lists.