Wednesday, March 3, 2010

I want to thank you
all so very much for entering my sister's trial. I cannot tell you what your kindness means to me and to my family. Most of you entered a trial that would never really happen, to help a girl you don't even know. And a few of you thought a dog trial was something you go to to get your dog out of the pound, but you entered anyway. Together we have raised $4,080 to help Leah. My parents are stunned at the outpouring of love and kindness you all have shown. Trust me, I will never have to explain to them again why I drive all over the country to do this dog thing, and they now know what kind of people I am with, you are wonderful!
I want you to know you helped the right girl. Leah is a giver, you are lucky if you know her, she is a beauty!
I am sorry if I didn't mention your dog in the blog, please know I appreciate you all. Time in the real world, unfortunately, goes fast and I type slow.

I know you're all wondering who actually won the trial. Lynn Stringer of Arizona actually won the trial with her border collie Sam. Don't ask me how she pulled if off, her specialty is agility, but she and Sam laid a smoker down. I guess she has been practicing...............

The winner of the last print, "Welcome Home" is Stephanie Messey of California.

Tomorrow we head to Seattle. Leah's surgery is the next day. Good Night!

" Misty Morning Drive"
We have drawn for the Limited Edition print "Misty Morning Drive" and the winner is ..
Nancy Forshaw, and Seeker. Congratulations Nancy!
More news from the field
We're back with the wrap-up of today's action and, trust me, with all the different breeds of dogs we have had our share.
John Bevins and his friend Flicka were a late entry and I bet he is glad he entered as he was wonderful out there. I heard rumors he is giving up fishing and going dog trialing full time.
Dana Davie was brilliant with Drift, they had one of the nicest drives of the day.
It looks like the time off has done Nancy Obernier's Jesse a world of good. She is an amazing little dog.
Marty Schorzman ran Striker, his best hound, named that way for his keen nose and the ability to strike on a scent while traveling. Being the crafty gent that Marty is, when he walked the course, he did so with a coon skin dragging behind. With his nose to the ground and the sheep not knowing the difference, Striker maneuvered the sheep perfectly through the course. The plan was a brilliant one, up to the shedding ring. That's when Striker busted through the middle of the sheep, went to the pen, and kept on going.
Betsy Drummond was laying one down with Sammy, which is not a surprise. The big surprise was how good the judge's hearing still is, since Mr. Wilson is in his 100's. Unfortunately Betsy was D.Q. for a few choice words in the shedding ring.
Terri Hanson ran his little bitch Gyp. What can you say about her that hasn't been said. She has talent to spare, and it showed out there today.
Jeanie Helsley broke out her old Tip dog today, and what a sight to see. Jeanie purchased a Honda 250 for Tip and he rode that to the top of his out run, left his bike there, and completed the rest of the run to perfection. Apparently the judge ruled that legal, as he was wearing a helmet. Our youngest competitor, Max Close, ran his Grandpa's Joe. He is a chip off the old block, Max has been going to dog trials his whole life-- he is almost 1.
Les Schorzman ran his hound, Chucker. He sent him left, Chucker was going out nice and wide on his out run when he lost sight of him. Eventually Les caught up to him, Chucker had treed the game keeper's cat. The promising young handler award went to Ryan La Fortune, a very handsome lad with a cool head, and his Airdale Finn.
Scott Glen once again dealt a heavy blow to his competitors with his secret weapon, Teddy, a doxie cross. Teddy was lethal in the shedding ring, being more toward the long and skinny side, and able to fit through the narrowest of gaps!
Drawing for Rebecca
We are getting ready to do the first draw for the Limited Edition print "Rebecca." It is number
11 /250. The value of the print is $290. Every dog entry went into the hat for the drawing.
And the winner is..........................Penny KUKUK , from Montana with Alice the Kelpie.
Is Penny here to accept her prize?...........Did we mention you must be present to win??
Just joking, Congratulations Penny. Now back to the trial!
We have seen some great runs so far today.
Bill Orr and Boone were first up this morning. Boone had no trouble spotting his sheep. They laid down a beautiful run and set the bar early on. Sarah La Fortune ran better than I have ever seen her run, pulling off a beautiful shed and pen with Angus . It was great to see Maria Mick and Ben together again. I think everyone will agree they are a beautiful team to watch.
It was Sherri Rewoldt's first trip to England and her first open run with Bren. Look for them in the future as they had a strong showing. Cheryl Munson is always impressive on the field. She has a quiet way with her dogs, and they maneuvered through the course easily.
It looks as if there was a slight rule change at this trial. One competitor, Susie Schorzman, was allowed to run a brace due to the size of her dogs, and her family influence --she is Leah's mother. The trial committee (Norman Close) thought it best that he give her every advantage he could, since she is also his mother-in-law. The old saying "it's not what you know, it's who you know" is still very true. Susie sent her Pomeranian, Cricket, to the left and Tinker Bell to the right. The lift was a bit dicey, but she maneuvered the little rascals well through the course, that is, up until the shedding ring where Tinker Bell heeled one, while the judge, Mr. Wilson, tried his best to look away! Unfortunately Tinker kept at it all the way through the beer tent where Susie eventually retired!
Look for more results later.

Good Morning
We have a beautiful morning at Lowther Castle. The fog is burning off and the sun is starting to shine!
The committee is setting the course. It is a 500 yard out run, with a left hand drive.
The sheep are being moved to the set out pens.

They are a beautiful flock of young Scottish
Black Face Ewes.
We have a couple of cows that need to be separated
from the flock and we will get underway.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Running Order

Wow! Folks, we have 204 dogs running tomorrow at Lowther Castle.

Everyone has made it safe and sound to England, with only one minor problem at the border. Apparently Rob Drummond raised some suspicion. However, after an extensive background check, and the exchange of a few dollars, they let him in.

We have some tough competitors. They have arrived from all over the United States and Canada. We have one English competitor, Linda Close, who will definitely have the home field advantage. The Canadians have a strong presence here, although there is some question as to the 35 year old dog that Scott Glen has chosen to run. Team USA has dominated the trial in numbers, and will prove to be a force to be reckoned with.

The weather is supposed to be great. We will get started at 10 a.m., after everyone has had a nice breakfast. After all, this is a fantasy trial and time is not of the essence.

1. Orr Bill Boone

2. Doerschel Mark ????????

3. La Fortune Sarah Angus

4. Noll Sue Bear

5. Mick Maria Ben

6. Block Barbara Bill

7. Wilson Eugene Bobby

8. Rewoldt Sherrie Bren

9. Wilson Eugene Bunny

10. Munson Cheryl Casey

11. Bevins John Chollie

12. Schorzman Susie Cricket

13. Pelkey Terrilyn Dash

14. Davie Dana Drift

15. Davie Dana Duke

16. Northrup Sharon Eve

17. Capps Kyle Fluff

18. Orr Susan Glenn

19. Meesey Stephanie Grace

20. Block Barbara Gull

21. Johnson Ken Hap

22. Wessels Sue Hickory

23. Vedder Shawna Jazzie

24. Roeter Robert Jet

25. Close Norman Joe

26. Peterson Mark Kate

27. Gurley Kathy Koda

28. Imas Dave Russel

29. Meesey Stephanie Louie

30. Thompson Kim Mabel

31. O'Brien Erin Mick

32. Nieslanik Ellen Molly

33. Lumb Lee Nan

34. Drummond Betsy Ollie

35. Maloney Becky Pudge

36. Schorzman Larry Reba

37. Close Linda Robbie

38. Henry Christine Rook

39. Meesey Stephanie Lala

40. Levy Martin Sally

41. Glen Scott Scamp

42. Nelson Rhonda Shadow

43. Smith Dayna Skippy

44. Duezabou Peggy Snicket

45. Wilson Joanne Sugar

46. Byrne Geri Ted

47. Becker Sascha The Dog

48. Herr Laurel TJ

49. Price Marie Tuffy

50. Moody Ruth Youkon

51. Rivers Kathleen ??????????

52. Johnson Carol Abby

53. Johnston Lynn Anna

54. Sumner Patti Beka

55. Price Marie Ben

56. Duezabou Peggy Birdie

57. Dewey-White Suki Bock

58. Asten Sue Brook

59. Schorzman Marty Striker

60. Price Lisa Cashew

61. Schorzman Les Chucker

62. Noll Sue Crymo

63. Green Jaime DeltaBluez

64. Heibertshausen Joyce Drift

65. Kilpatrick Karen Dutch Muff

66. La Fortune Dave Finn

67. Thau Elissa Fuschia

68. Nieslanik Ellen Gnat

69. Davie Stephen Grace

70. Herr Kirby Gunner

71. Dewey-White Suki Harp

72. Close Vickie Ice Cream

73. Coapman Amy Jean

74. Byrne Geri Jim

75. Schorzman Les Josie

76. Labell Natlee Kate

77. Taylor Susan Kyu

78. McLeod Rose Lexy

79.Vankoughnett Kim Luci

80. Close Linda Magic

81. Herr Helen Mikah

82. Levy Martin Molly

83. Withnell Lora Nell

84. Gurley Kathy Pecas

85. Rhodes Nicole Queen

86. Munson Cheryl Reg

87. Nadeau Bob Rocko

88. Horton Terri Roscoe

89. Baker Elizabeth Rye

90. Moody Ruth Sam

91. Drummond Rob Scout

92. Nadeau Linda Shep

93. Linbo Nora Skye

94. Baker Elizabeth Soot

95. Capps Jamie Tara

96. Glen Scott Teddy

97. Schorzman Susie Tinker

98. Price Marie Tony

99. McHardy Martha Vic

100. O'Brien Erin Z

101. Coughlin Jr William R ????????

102. KUKUK Penny Alice

103. Price Lisa Bailey

104. Cecil Karen Bella

105. Atkins Paul Hemp

106. Martinez Priscilla Ben

107. Price Marie Bo

108. Rivers Kathleen ??????

109. Reuter Janis Bryn

110. Marroni Dee Cap

111. Lumb Lee Chica

112. Cecil Valerie Cosmo

113. Lindsay Mary Ann Danny blue Hemp

114. KUKUK Penny DJ

115. Linbo Nora Drift

116. Hewitt Molly Ellie BC

117. Festerling Gisela Flash

118. Schorzman Tonya George

119. Thau Elissa Grace

120. Moody Ruth Griz

121. Yamamoto T Gunny

122. Davie Stephen Hawk

123. Roeter Robert Jade

124. Johnston Alison Jesse

125. Helsley Don Jock

126. Cooney Thomas Josie

127. Asten Sue Katy

128. Orr Bill Lad

129. Florence Jamie Linc

130. Williams Julie Lucy

131. Meesey Stephanie Matt

132. Price Lisa Minnie

133. Boudrieau Jeanne Moses

134. Glen Jennifer Nessie

135. Drummond Betsy Pete

136. Dewey-White Suki Queen

137. Clark David Rex

138. Boudrieau Jeanne Rocky

139. Brunner Holly Rosie

140. Dewey-White Suki Sadie

141. Drummond Betsy Sammy

142. Moody Ruth Scrappy

143. Pagel Diane Shiro

144. Festerling Gisela Sly

145. Close Vickie Sprinkles

146. Ferguson Jo Teak

147. L'Arrivee Jennifer Tess

148. Helsley Jeanie Tip

149. Thompson Karen Trey

150. Oikawa Kristi Wicked

151. Hansen Terri Zac

152. Haire Jodi ??????????

153. Price Marie Andy

154. Oikawa Kristi Bear

155. Withnell Lora Bella

156. Ferguson Jo Bet

157. Pelkey Terrilyn Bob

158. Munson Steve Boss

159. Moody Ruth Bug

160. Marroni Jeff Carmen

161. Glen Jennifer Chip

162. Kilpatrick Karen Coyote Coco

163. Russo Carol Dante

164. Florence Jamie Dot

165. Russo Carol Dude

166. Munson Steve Erik

167. Bevins John Flicka

168. Price Lisa Ginger

169. Peterson Mark Grace

170. Dewey-White Suki Guinness

171. Hansen Terri Gyp

172. Meesey Stephanie Herb

173. McLeod Rose Jana

174. Obernier Nancy Jesse

175. Close Max Joe

176. Masi Margaret Kane

177. Brunner Holly Kip

178. Capps Kyle Lady

179. Roberge Larry Little

180. Stringer Lynn Sam

181. Orr Susan Max

182. Brunner Holly Mirk

183. Schubert Lorri Mot

184. Roberge Larry Olie

185. Meesey Stephanie Pete

186. Maricle Judy Rags

187. La Fortune Ryan Rex

188. Stringer Lynn N Rohan

189. Baker Elizabeth Ross

190. Thompson Karen Sage

191.Vankoughnett Kim Sara

192. Forshaw Nancy Seeker

193. Kriss Kerri Shylee

194. Bright Dezi Snapper

195. Drummond Rob Spy

196. Hansen Terri Teak

197. Calzacorta Lavon Tess

198. Orr Bill Tipp

199. Linhart Deni Trump

200. Russo Carol Wink

201. Bevins John Zoe

202. Atkins Paul Jade

203. Sandy Morgan Red-Gi

204. Imas Dave Cap