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Prior Year Events at Keepstone Farm
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2015 Events

January 17, 18, 19

DONE!

Larry Painter
Herding Clinic

Info & Registration

Sheep, Duck, & Cattle Herding Clinic for all breeds, all levels; register for participant and auditor slots.

Larry Painter will return January 2016

Susan Rhoades
keepstonefarm@aol.com

Painter Clinic Painter Clinic Painter Linic Painter CLinicPainter Clinic Painter Clinic

 

January to April
Lamb Lambs Lamb

Lambing Season Break

 
April 4, 5

DONE!

Robin French Clinic/Lessons

Entry Form

Sheep Herding Sandy Payne
(304) 754-8609
Sandyandreva@aol.com
 
April 17

DONE!

AKC Herding Trial

Blue Ridge Herding Association

Premium List

2 Instinct Tests, PT/HT on sheep.
A Ducks and Cattle
B Ducks

NO SHEEP TRIAL CLASSES!

Rachael Toren
clantyre@gmail.com
 
April 18

DONE!

AKC Herding Trial

American Shetland Sheepdog Association

(Shelties Only)

A Sheep and Ducks,
B Ducks,
HT, PT Sheep
Susan Gordon
gordonsetters@earthlink.net
 
May 9

2 trials in one day!

DONE!

AKC Herding Trial

Blue Ridge Herding Association
Herding A & B Course Sheep & Ducks; A Course Cattle; Herding Instinct Test, Herding Test, Pre-Trial Test Rachel Toren
clantyre@gmail.com
 
May 10

2 trials in one day!

DONE!

AKC Herding Trial

Potomac Valley Shetland Sheepdog Club

Premium List

Sheep, Ducks, & Cattle Jack Gurney, Event Secretary
gurneyjack@gmail.com
 
May 23, 24, 25

DONE!

AHBA Herding Trial

Keepstone Farm

Entry Form

Sat & Sun: Sheep, Duck, Goose, & Cattle Herding, Instinct Tests.
Mon: Ranch Large Flock
Sandy Payne
(304) 754-8609
Sandyandreva@aol.com
 
May 29, 30, 31

DONE!

John Holman Clinic All Breed Herding Clinic.
All working spots filled!
Unlimited auditing spots.

John will be back in October.
Susan Rhoades
keepstonefarm@aol.com
 
June 13, 14

4 trials in two days!

DONE!

ASCA Stockdog Trial

Australian Shepherd Club of America

 

Sheep, Duck, & Cattle Herding

Flag Day BC

Shannon Forbes
herdingirl@roadrunner.com
 
June 20, 21

DONE!

USBCHA
Sheep Dog Trial

Judges: Christine Koval & Ron Mcgettigan

Online Entry

Sheep Herding Sandy Payne
(304) 754-8609
Sandyandreva@aol.com
 
July 3

DONE!

AHBA Herding Trial

Keepstone Farm

 

HRD Mixed Stock Sandy Payne
(304) 754-8609
Sandyandreva@aol.com
 
July 4, 5

4 trials in two days!

DONE!

AKC Herding Trial

Shetland Sheepdog Club of Greater Baltimore
Sheep, Duck, & Cattle Herding, Instinct Tests

fireworks

Rachel Toren
clantyre@gmail.com
 
July 17

DONE!

Lessons with Joyce Geier

Entry Form

Sheep herding lessons Sandy Payne
(304) 754-8609
Sandyandreva@aol.com
 
July 18, 19

DONE!

USBCHA
Sheep Dog Trial

Judges: Joyce Geier and Ron Mcgettigan

Online Entry

Sheep Herding Sandy Payne
(304) 754-8609
Sandyandreva@aol.com
 

August 8, 9

DONE!

USBCHA
Sheep Dog Trial

Judges 0n 8th:  Robin French & Sam Furman
Judges on 9th: Robin French & Tom Wilson

Online Entry

Sheep Herding Sandy Payne
(304) 754-8609
Sandyandreva@aol.com
 

September 12, 13

DONE!

Handling Clinics with Robin French (two different clincs)

Entry Form

All Breed Herding Dog Handling Clinic Sandy Payne
(304) 754-8609
Sandyandreva@aol.com
 
September 25, 26

4 trials in two days!

DONE!

AKC Herding Trial

American Belgian Malinois Club

Premium List

A Course Sheep, Ducks, Cattle;
B Course Sheep & Ducks; Instinct Test, PT, HT Sheep

Open to all breeds

Rhonda Toren
showsec@clantyre.net
 

October 23, 24, 25

DONE!

John Holman Clinic All Breed Herding Clinic

Working and auditing spots available.
Susan Rhoades
keepstonefarm@aol.com
 
October 31

Halloween Pumpkin DONE!

AKC Herding Trial

Potomac Valley Shetland Sheepdog Club (PVSSC)

Premium List, rev 2

Sheep, Duck, & Cattle herding trials and tests

Open to all breeds

Jack Gurney, Event Secretary
gurneyjack@gmail.com
 

November 1

DONE!

AKC Herding Trial

Mattaponi Kennel Club (MKC)

Premium List

Sheep, Duck & Cattle herding trials and tests

Open to all breeds

Rhonda Toren
showsec@clantyre.net
 

November 14, 15

DONE!

Keepstone Farm Novice SDT

USBCHA Sanctioned

Sheep herding Sandy Payne
(304) 754-8609
Sandyandreva@aol.com
 

November
21, 22, 23

 

CANCELLED!

AHBA Herding Trial
Keepstone Farm

turkey


Sheep, Duck, Goose, Turkey, & Cattle Herding; Instinct Tests

Large Flock on Monday

 

Sandy Payne
(304) 754-8609
Sandyandreva@aol.com

2014 Events

Barkday Party March 2014
Contact Susan about scheduling your private event.

Used with kind permission from
http://pawsgo.blogspot.com/2014/03/pawsgo-herding-weve-got-our-sheep.html

What happens when a dozen city/suburban dogs try their "paws" at herding sheep?  We found out on a cold Sunday this spring when our Australian Shepherd Meet Up group took our pampered Keepstone Farm Signpups to Keepstone Farm in Berryville, Virginia for a herding evaluation.

To further illustrate how out of their element our dogs were -- this was a "barkday party" for one of the group.  To put it bluntly, our dogs spend their time herding cats and toddlers -- sheep are something they've only seen in the movie Babe (which by the way they love). http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/video?id=8441502

As we gathered around Susan, the owner and trainer, she stated that she would evaluate the dogs for a strong herding instinct and prey drive.  My hand immediately shot up -- "if that prey drive was suddenly awakened, could it be turned on the cats?"  She explained that sheep would be seen as prey -- cats, toddlers etc. are family and therefore part of the pack.  Whew! :)Aussie and Owner

Three sheep "volunteered" to be herded.  These sheep were, as Susan said, "meat" sheep not "wool" sheep.  These meat sheep had been granted clemency in exchange for being chased by dogs -- seems like a fair trade, although one of them looked like he would have chosen death if given the choice!

By the time Susan had reviewed the rules and stepped in the pen -- instincts kicked in and our dogs knew this was not a movie.  When the barkday dog entered to show her stuff -- her pals were cheering her with a chorus of wimpers and low barks.

Aussie Herding   Aussie Herding

Susan kept each dog on a long tether and guided the dog with a variety of voice and movement commands.  She also had "plastic shaky thing on a long stick" that she said she'd use if the dog got out of control -- we didn't have that problem.

As the dogs herded the sheep in all their instinctive glory -- the owner's instincts kicked in as well, we took photos!

The dog's were great.  They clearly loved it.  And we loved seeing how incredibly happy and satisfied they were.  Susan said it was the best group of dog's she had EVER had and that they all passed the evaluation.  We beamed with pride.

Afterwards, the dogs got an additional treat, they were invited to run and romp in a HUGE field.  It was a great way to burn off all that sheep fueled adrenalin.

Running Dogs

On April 12 and 13th, Keepstone Farms will host its annual Dog Days.  A fun opportunity to unleash your dog's inner herder!

 

 

Date
Event
Type
More Info Contact
       
January 18, 19, 20

Larry Painter
Herding Clinic


Info & Registration
Sheep, Duck, Cattle Herding Clinic for all breeds, all levels; register for participant and auditor slots Sandy Payne Sandyandreva@aol.com
       
April 12, 13 Dog Days at Keepstone Farm

Dog Days Info

AKC CAT Premium

Coursing, Agility, Herding, Instinct Tests

All dog breeds and mixed breeds welcome!

Charlotte Holman cmbrader02@yahoo.com
       
May 3
2 tests in one day!
AHBA Instinct Test and HCT, Potomac Valley Samoyed Club Sheep Herding, Instinct Tests Janice Lynch
lynchjanicem@gmail.com
       
May 10
2 trials in one day!
AKC Herding Trial,
Potomac Valley Shetland Sheepdog Club  

Sheep, Ducks & Cattle www.potomacvalleyssc.org
       
May 11
2 trials in one day!
AKC Herding Trial,
Blue Ridge Herding Association

Premium List

Herding A & B Course Sheep & Ducks; A Course Cattle; Herding Instinct Test, Herding Test, Pre-Trial Test Rachel Toren
clantyre@gmail.com
       
May 17, 18
4 trials in 2 days!
ASCA Stockdog Trial,
Australian Shepherd Club of America

Premium List

Sheep, Duck, & Cattle Herding. Shannon Forbes
herdingirl@roadrunner.com
       
May 24, 25, 26 AHBA Herding Trial,
Keepstone Farm
Sat & Sun: Sheep, Duck, Goose, & Cattle Herding; Instinct Tests

Mon:  Ranch Large Flock

Sandy Payne Sandyandreva@aol.com
 BC herding geese   Sheltie herding geese
June 21, 22 VBCA/USBCHA Sheep Trial Sheep Herding Sandy Payne
Sandyandreva@aol.com
       
July 4, 5, 6
2 trials per day!
AKC Herding Trial,
Shetland Sheepdog Club of Greater Baltimore
Sheep, Duck, & Cattle Herding, Instinct Tests Rachel Toren
clantyre@gmail.com
       
July 19, 20 VBCA/USBCHA Sheep Trial Sheep Herding Sandy Payne
Sandyandreva@aol.com
       
July 26, 27 Steve McCall
Cattle Clinic

Info & Registration

Cattle Herding more info
keepstonefarm@aol.com

       

September 26

2 trials in one day!

AKC Herding Trial,
American Belgian Malinois Club

Premium List

Sheep, Duck, & Cattle Herding Rhonda Toren
410-997-3698
herding@clantyre.net

Belgian Malinois Shetland Sheepdog  Instinct Test Old English Sheepdog  Instinct Evaluation for Bouvier  Belgian Malinois holding sheepSamoyed herding

September 27, 28 AKC Herding Trial,
Collie Club of America Regional Trial

Premium List 27th
Premium List 28th

Sheep, Duck & Cattle Herding Charlotte Holzman atcmbrader02@yahoo.com

Rough Collie herding  Rough Collie Herding  Rough Collie herding

November 1, 2 AKC Herding Trial, Potomac Valley Shetland Sheepdog Club

Premium List
Sheep, Duck, Goose, & Cattle Herding Jack Gurney, Event Secretary
gurneyjack@gmail.com

       
November 22, 23 USBCHA Sheep Trial Sheep Herding Sandy Payne
Sandyandreva@aol.com
       
November
28, 29, 30
AHBA Herding Trial,
Keepstone Farm
turkey
Sheep, Duck, Goose, Turkey, & Cattle Herding; Instinct Tests Sandy Payne Sandyandreva@aol.com
       
December 6,7 ASCA Stockdog Trial,
Australian Shepherd Club of America

Info & Registration

Sheep, Duck, & Cattle
Shannon Forbes
herdinggirl@roadrunner.com
       
December 27, 28

AKC Herding Trial,
Blue Ridge Herding Asssociation 

Info & Registration

Herding A&B Course Sheep & Ducks
A Course Cattle
Herding Instinct Test
Herding Test
Pre-Trial Test
Rachel Toren
clantyre@gmail.com
       
2013 Events
April 13, 14 Dog Days at Keepstone Farm Coursing, Agility, Herding, Instinct Tests Charlotte Holman cmbrader02@yahoo.com
May 11, 12 VBCA/USBCHA Sheep Trial Sheep, Duck, & Cattle Herding, Instinct Tests Sandy Payne Sandyandreva@aol.com
May 18 Potomac Valley Samoyed Club, AHBA Instinct Test and HCT Sheep Herding, Instinct tests Janice Lynch lynchjanicem@gmail.com
May 25, 26, 27 AHBA Trial Sheep, Duck, & Cattle Herding, Instinct Tests Sandy Payne Sandyandreva@aol.com
AHBA Cattle Class
       
June 8, 9 Chesapeake Cardigan Welsh Corgi Club CCWCC AKC Trial Sheep, Duck, & Cattle Herding, Instinct Tests Rachel Toren clantyre@gmail.com 
PCorgi  Terv BDC  BCBCNB
       
June 15 Potomac Valley Standard Schnauzer Club (PVSSC) AKC Herding Test Instinct Tests (2 in one day) Ruth Crumb wrcrumb@aol.com 
June 22, 23 VBCA/USBCHA Sheep Trial Sheep Herding Sandy Payne Sandyandreva@aol.com
June 29, 30 Shetland Sheepdog Club of Greater Baltimore AKC Trial Sheep, Duck, & Cattle Herding, Instinct Tests Rachel Toren clantyre@gmail.com 
July 20, 21 VBCA/USBCHA Sheep Trial Sheep Herding Sandy Payne Sandyandreva@aol.com
August 10, 11 VBCA/USBCHA Sheep Trial Sheep Herding Sandy Payne Sandyandreva@aol.com
September 14, 15 Shetland Sheepdog Club of Greater Baltimore AKC Trial Sheep, Duck, & Cattle Herding, Instinct Tests Rachel Toren clantyre@gmail.com 
Collie Instinct  OESD Instinct  SS Instinct
       
September 16 Barn Hunt Clinic by Claire Apple, Fun Runs also!

Registration Form

Clinic and Fun Runs for vermin hunting dogs (all breeds) Claire Apple dogtraining@gmail.com
C Barn Hunt  S Barn Hunt  Mix Barn Hunt
MH Barn Hunt  ES BarnHunt  NB Barn Hunt
       
October 19 Bearded Collie Club of America (BCCA) Trial: 2 trials in one day

Premium List

Sheep, Duck, & Cattle Herding, Instinct Tests Christa McChancy mcchancy@yahoo.com
       
November 29, 30, December 1

Keepstone Farm AHBA Trial
turkey
Sheep, Duck, Turkey, & Cattle Herding; Instinct Tests Sandy Payne Sandyandreva@aol.com
       
December  28, 29

Blue Ridge Herding Asssociation
AKC Trial

Premium List
Herding A & B Course Sheep & Ducks; A Course Cattle; Herding Instinct Test, Herding Test, Pre-Trial Test Rachel Toren
clantyre@gmail.com

sheep fence

keepstonefarm@gmail.com
Berryville, VA

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