We have such a wonderful collection of herding photos, that it seemed a good idea to have some pages simply to display them.
Every picture tells a story.......
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Not for me thank you...
Here's a non-herding Beardie making her getaway from the sheep field, demonstrating the smooth effortless movement of a "true worker" - but unfortunately in the wrong direction!
Let me at 'em!
By way of contrast here's first-timer Ellie, who with very little encouragement went the whole length of the paddock to collect her sheep, working solo and with no commands
The "hold up" - Diva
Jackie with Diva practising the "hold up" in the corner, a useful skill for real life sheep work.
"'Odd 'em lass!" and the Beardie gets on, and "odds" like she's been doing it all her life ....
First lesson - circling
Liz having a little play with Bella aged one year. Bella came unstuck from her first home but on the day this photo was taken moved in with Jackie and Bob at The Glebe to start a new chapter in her life. Here she circles the sheep calmly at a good distance
Early lesson - "following on"
A lovely picture of Meg (Merrythorpe Blackberry Way) happily working "freestyle" in Summer 2007. Unlike her daughter Diva, Meg did not take kindly to the extra pressure of serious training, and nowadays prefers to spectate, preferably from some kind person's lap!
Diva on the move
Diva in her best "working mode" showing far more "reach" and "drive" than she is ever willing to produce in a show ring setting!
Close work in the Barn
A valuable confidence-building exercise - I love the exchanged glances in this picture!
Important lesson - the "stop"
It took much repetition and some insistence for Diva to accept the "stop" suggestion as willingly as she now does. Here's a nice demonstration - not long ago she would have kept on coming, instead of pausing to let the sheep settle into a steady trot
Carl Borgstrom (Boomtown Bearded Collies) competing (very successfully!) in a Beardie Herding Trial in Sweden.
Photo courtesy of Carl and photographer Christina Andersson, Kennel Alvskogen
Carl Borgstrom competing in Swedish Beardie Herding Trials
Carl again, at work with a different Beardie. We do hope Carl will return to the UK before too long, as his input to our herding venture has been invaluable on many levels
Our wonderful venue
A gorgeous late October morning at The Glebe, Pickering.
We are so lucky to have such a wonderful venue for our training activities.
Diva in her element floating along behind a biggish but beautifully co-operative flock
A tense moment as Diva faces up to a reluctant ewe. Happily the ewe eventually bowed down to her authority - a very proud moment for our trainee sheepdog!