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#1 juliepoudrier

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Posted 07 May 2008 - 12:28 PM

Here are some photos from the Dixie Meadows trial in Elizabeth City, NC, the last weekend in April. These were all taken by Jake Holman, as I was either running dogs or setting sheep. They aren't super quality, but at least they're working shots! The trial was fairly small and quite relaxed--a good trial for getting youngsters out.

The trial field was smallish, and as things are near the coast, extremely flat. Well, except for the drainage ditches that cross the fields, and you know that when sheep go through ditches, they never stay on line! The sheep were pretty even from run to run, and as long as the dog was kind to them, they responded likewise. The biggest problem with a flat field is that depth perception is tricky and so hitting the cross drive panel in nursery, ranch, and open was as much the result of luck and quick action as it was planning.... There were a number of draws on the field as well, and the dogs who took the initiative to cover and didn't have to wait for direction from the handler seemed to fare better when the sheep started breaking toward the draws. The drive away panel was back toward the set out, so the teams had to be quick on the turn to avoid losing sheep back to the pens, which happened several times in the ranch class. The turn from the cross drive was toward the exhaust and right in front of a big ditch, which made getting a tight turn tricky, but you needed that turn to set up a nice line to the chute.

The novice course consisted of a wear through a set of panels in a direction away from the draws and then back around a cone to set the sheep up for an easier line to the pen. P/N used the same course, but without the cone, so the line from the outside edge of the drive panel to the pen gate was essentially directly along the line the pen gate made when fully open. For the ranch class, there was a chute between the last drive panel and the pen. The open dogs also had to negotiate the chute, then pen, then take a single.

Ron McGettigan of Pennsylvania judged, with Mary Brewer as his able scribe throughout the weekend.

So here we go!

Here I'm coming off the field after setting sheep for the novice class with Twist, and Tony Luper is heading out with Maid to set for P/N:
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Here's me and Kat. Unfortunately Jake didn't get any working shots of Kat, who had an awesome weekend, placing first in open on Saturday and second on Sunday to win the overall. We even got good sheds on both days, which is never a given with Kat. We were probably heading out to set sheep for the ranch class in this photo:
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Here's Jake Holman's Logan, who worked the exhaust for a good part of Saturday (in case you're wondering about the shaved leg, Logan is undergoing treatment for lymphoma at NC State):
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The following photos are from the pro-novice class.

Pam Gardner and Merit (I think):
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I believe this is Twist's littermate Pepper, who belongs to Terri Chisman:
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Kay Sander and Scout (Lark's mama):
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Richard Brewer and Liz:
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Posted 07 May 2008 - 12:29 PM

Pip may be a white dog, but he seems to have a scary effect on sheep. Maybe they can sense that the little thought bubble over his head says “Hmmmm...dinner!” A brag on Pip. For the first time ever, he made it all the way around the course (both days) and looked pretty good doing it. This is the first trial where he hasn't ridden a sheep's butt over the hill and into the sunset, so I think we're making progress. On Sunday he actually tied for fourth with a score of 70 with Pam's Rom and Lark, but lost the tie to end up 6th (Lark was 5th and Rom 4th).
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Starting the drive:
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Pam Gardner and Rom (I may have Rom and Merit mixed up as they both ran in P/N):
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Here's Lark correcting the line on the drive (the sheep were pulling toward the set out). Lark placed 2nd in P/N on Saturday and 5th on Sunday and won the nursery class both days.
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And at the pen:
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Ann Johnstone's Gabby on the fetch:
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Posted 07 May 2008 - 12:30 PM

And then there was Phoebe. Never has a dog been such an embarrassment. These photos were taken before everything went to he** and show how even a bad dog can look good in pictures. This is the end of the fetch, turning the post:
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And here she's starting the drive. It went way downhill fast from there.
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And now some from the ranch class.
Peggy Stein and Kit :
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Pam Gardner and Rusty:
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Tony Luper and Blurr:
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And open. This is Kay Sander and Nike at the pen:
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And Kay and Nike trying to set things up to take the single:
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Posted 07 May 2008 - 12:31 PM

This last set is my Twist. Here's her outrun:
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The fetch:
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Here we're trying to line the sheep up at the mouth of the chute after Twist decided to be a smarty and come through on a shed as I tried to line them up the first time. I guess since I had them lined out nicely she decided it *must be* time to shed. Gah! That's one sure way to mess up a perfectly good approach to a chute and waste some time.
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At the pen:
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After letting the sheep out of the pen to go to the shedding ring, but we ran out of time before we had a chance to shed.
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Posted 07 May 2008 - 12:49 PM

Great picts Julie! Sounds like you all had a rather "exciting" weekend :rolleyes: Thanks for sharing!

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Posted 07 May 2008 - 01:00 PM

Julie, I really enjoyed that series of pictures! Thanks for posting them.
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Posted 07 May 2008 - 01:14 PM

Fabulous pictures of such a successful day for you and your pups! You look great, Julie :rolleyes: And so are your talented dogs! Thanks for sharing!!!

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Posted 07 May 2008 - 02:24 PM

Logan? He looks just like Fly, minus the "WHEEEEEEE!" facial expression.

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Posted 07 May 2008 - 02:34 PM

Wow, terrific! Thanks for sharing!

Ed's family is from E City and lives near there. How come this didn't happen when we were down there visiting? Life isn't fair.
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Posted 07 May 2008 - 02:54 PM

I loved the pictures! looks like a fun weekend!

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Posted 07 May 2008 - 03:41 PM

That looks like it was a great weekend Julie, very nice photo's.

 
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Posted 08 May 2008 - 09:20 AM

It was a fun weekend. I haven't been back to Elizabeth City since I moved out to central NC for the job I have now, and that was three and a half years ago. It was good to see old friends I haven't seen in a while. I haven't trialed all spring (except for the cattle trial the week before) so it was kind of nice to get back into the swing of things....

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Posted 08 May 2008 - 09:28 AM

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Posted 08 May 2008 - 09:39 AM

I know, and I think time just goes faster the older you get. I started this job in January 2005. It's hard for me to believe I've been here that long. Or that land prices seemed pretty reasonable when I first moved out here, but seem to have skyrocketed in that short time (well, along with everything else).

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Posted 08 May 2008 - 10:05 AM

Great pictures. I hated missing it - it was so close - had other stuff to do that weekend. Looks like you had gorgeous weather, too.
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Posted 08 May 2008 - 12:32 PM

Nice pictures and I love seeing (and reading about) the range of outcomes for each run. Thanks for sharing them
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