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Water Cress Farm SDT

Limestone, TN

October 23 – 25, 2009

 

The beautiful Appalachians and the Great Smoky Mountains glimmered with fall color at Jan Thompson’s Water Cress Farm in southeastern Tennessee from October 23 – 25. Nestled in among all the splendor is Jan’s gorgeous farm where mountain views surrounded us in every direction.

 

Due to an excessive amount of rain this summer there was still hay on the trial field Thursday afternoon. Things went like clockwork getting it off. Vergil Holland followed the mower picking up the round bales. Behind him were Dan King, Dal Kratzer, and Mike Hanley setting the course. Moral of story is to hire a judge who is also a farmer. Thanks, Vergil.

 

Friday there was a steady drizzle and it was a bit muggy, but the temperatures dropped to a chilly drizzle on Saturday. The bonus was as the trial ended each day, the sun peeked through the clouds and lit up bright stripes of gold, yellow and red on the horizon. Sunday’s weather was perfect sunny skies and temps in the upper 60’s.

Dan King, as course director for his second year, should be commended for handling everything with precision and keeping the whole trial running smoothly.

The very healthy and fit Katahdin ewes and spring lambs were challenging for the young dogs on Friday, but were very consistent for both Open days.

 

Thanks to Friday’s set out crew of Jan Thompson, Dan King, Laura Carson and Bob Washer. Julie Poudrier with Twist and her young Pip did an outstanding job setting out all day on Saturday and Sunday, so many thanks to her as well. And thank you to Alice Urquhart who helped when ever and where ever needed.

Cy Peterson and Jan worked tirelessly before, during and after the trial. Cy prepared delicious warm lunches for the handlers with homemade soup and chili. Thanks to both of them there was fresh coffee, hot chocolate, teas, muffins and pastries available at the crack of dawn each morning as well as plenty Halloween candy for snacking throughout the day. Steve McCall also brought some hamburgers and coleslaw for Sunday’s lunch.

 

Saturday night’s famous handler’s dinner was again a true treat with Chris Wilson’s fabulous spinach and feta stuffed roast lamb, chicken and dumplings, curried rice, green beans and homemade pies. Chris’ daughter, Sarah, and their friend Kathy also assisted with the meal preparation and serving. Betty Gayle McCall once again made her “travel right to your hips” chocolate caramel pudding dessert that was cleaned up in an instant. They are all very much appreciated by each of us!

Vergil did a great job sorting the runs for all three days. A special thanks to Sue Rayburn, Sylvia King and Bobbie Washer for scribing as well.

 

We had a raffle over the weekend to raise money for the 2010 National Finals and thanks to all the people who donated raffle items and purchased tickets. Denise Wall’s generous donation of her stunning “Reflections of Fall Sheep” photo, printed on 11 x 14 canvas and framed was the first item to go. Next was the gorgeous beaded dog collar, handmade in Kenya, which was donated by Peggy Wilkinson. And Donald McCaig donated a signed copy of his book “A Useful Dog”. Thanks also to Cy Peterson, Jan Thompson, Dee Penatzer, Dan King, Barb Klein, Gayle Richardson, Sue Rayburn and others for donating all the other great Border Collie and sheep items! We raised $180. Between this trial and the team jackpot competitions at Lexington, Edgeworth and Montpelier, we have raised a total of $780 for the Finals! Thanks everyone!

 

First place prizes for open each day and for the overall nursery champion was a beautiful gold engraved shepherd’s whistle in a wooden box with a plaque. Prizes were donated by Dave Murrey.

 

This trial is a must for next year’s trial calendar. If not for the great fellowship and the sheepdog trialing, definitely make a trip just for the view. I’d never leave the front porch if I lived there!

 

Photos can be found at http://www.pbase.com/pastorshill/watercress

 

Results:

 

PRO-NOVICE (15 Dogs)

1. Kate Ash Midge 71

2. Marilyn Terpstra Eve 65

2. Connie Brannen Rem 63

4. Dal Kratzer Whisk 59

5. Cy Peterson Grace 52

6. Nancy Schreeder Cap 49

7. Christine Henry Kaige 49

8. Dal Kratzer Shane 47

9. Mike Hanley Zane 46

10. Sylvia King Spring 44

 

OPEN RANCH (18 Dogs)

1. Penny Tose Maid 73

2. Jennifer Maginnis Maddie 70

3. Dal Kratzer Trek 66

4. Bob Washer Spain 64

5. Vickey Russell Devi 63

6. Dwight Parke Mike 61

7. Dwight Parker Will 58

8. Penny Tose Roxie 57

9. Christine Henry Meg 54

10. Kathy Kawalec Sue 52

 

NURSERY I (13 Dogs)

1. Connie Brannen Rem 68

2. Richard Brandon Reba 57

3. Robin French Bill 51

 

NURSERY II (13 Dogs)

1. Dwight Parker Mike 76

2. Connie Brannen Rem 75

3. Dal Kratzer Shane 70

Overall Nursery Champion: Connie Brannon and Rem

 

OPEN I (60 Dogs)

1 Kathy Kawalec Maya 90

2. Nancy Schreeder The Donald 88

3. Jennifer Maginnis Arwen 85

4. Bobby Ford Mona 85

5. Bobby Ford Dassie 85

6. Marilyn Terpstra Gin 85

7. Marianna Schreeder Penny 84

8. Dee Penatzer Craig 84

9. Vickey Russell Zen 84

10. Paul Tucker Brock 84

11. Kathy Kawalec Russell 84

12.Connie Brannen Peach 84

 

 

OPEN II (60 Dogs)

1. Christine Henry Bess 94

2. Bob Washer Clare 93

3. Robin French Zac 92

4. Debbie Bailey Huck 84

5. Paul Tucker Brock 84

6. Dwight Parker Craig 83

7. Bobby Ford Mona 83

8. Dan King Vic 83

9. Christine Henry Tweed 81

10. Dan King Fann 80

11. Dal Kratzer Shep 80

12. Marianna Schreeder Nan 80

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I didn't see how Jan could have topped her first trial, in 2008, but she certainly did. This was one trial with excellent management in all aspects - sheep, course, food, camping areas, dog walking areas, judging, hospitality - you name it, it was very well done.

 

A quality trial in all aspects, it was certainly also a testing trial for dogs and handlers alike. There were no giveaways!

 

Thanks, Jan, and all your crew!

 

Thanks, Christine, for the photos!

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