The Herding school
May 2018 Kate's puppies
Since 1992 I've worked and trained sheepdogs.
On these pages I'll tell a little about my dogs.
They're all individuals, and are with respect to each treated and handled so.
I mostly prefer to keep to my own breeding lines, and am happy to see my lines are doing quite well both with me as with other handlers.
Strong and healthy working dogs with a good and stabile temperament and a good sheep sense are my favourites, and that's what I aim for.
For many years I also have trained other people and their dog. And have done clinics in Denmark, Germany, Italy, Sweden and on the Faro Islands.
I've participated in sheepdog trials with my own dogs since 1993 in Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Germany, Holland, Belgium, France, Austria, Switzerland, Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales.
For 21 years I continuously have been member of the Danish team for the Continental Championship and this year (2015) I have brought the fourth generation of our own breeding into the team.
For the World Trials I have qualified for the team 4 times - Achieving my best result with runing in the semifinals in 2008
As judged I have served sheepdog trials in Denmark, Sweden, Germany, Holland, Italy and the Faro Islands.
Feel welcome to have a look around and read about my dogs.
BESS - ISDS 311782 (REGV 1767/2005) Born the 25/10-2005
after Gunillas Yen ISDS 293067 ROM (REGV1490/2001)
and Finns Roy ISDS A244896
She is littermate to Gunillas Phil.
BESS is a small but tight bitch and very fast - both physically and psychically. She's now 10 year old and is doing all kind of sheep jobs here. She's unbelievable eager at work and things can only go too slow. Since 2008 she has been constantly participating in the Danish qualification Trials - just getting better and better, and in 2011 She participated in The Nordic Championships in Finland.
Bess is a type who can be worked very precisely. She is very cooperative and love the teamwork. She has at more occations achieved top results - i.e. winning more open trials - and even a very difficult trial with a 700 meter fetch.
She's now a very expirienced trial dog, and she loves it.
BESS is both clinical and genetic CEA tested and found Normal. Her HD grades are not tested yet.
Beyond a little video from a day with training in sept. 2010
Bess is a short form of Elizabeth, often used under
queen Elizabeth I - who was known ad "The Good Queen Bess".
MEGAN - ISDS 278319 Born July 5th. 2005
After Roy ISDS 255024
and Kate ISDS 254362
I got MEGAN in 2009 from G. Brinkman in Holland, where we a couple of years before saw her at the Dutch Open Trials.
We thought we saw something exciting in Megan. And our intuition has proven right
She quickly fitted into the pack together with our other dogs, but we did use a lot of time getting knowing each other really well , which included having to change one of her commands, simply because I couldn't get her work excactly enough.
Megan is very cooperative, and is incredible controllable.
She is very determined and move even the tuffest sheep.
She can take incredible pressure, and I assume she will not give in until she is fainting.
I enjoy working with her, having achieved quite good results - being.
Danish Continental Team menber 2011, 2012 and 2013.
Starting at the 2011 World Trials.
2013 Oct. 7th. Megan delivered 4 puppies (Hemp, Spot, Kate and Gwen) - preventing her in qualifying for the 2014 Continental team.
From that litter I've kept Kate and Spot
In the winter 2016/17 Megan was retired from active trialing due to her age. And additionally, in the summer 2017, I decided to give Megan back to Gabrielle Brinkman who appreciated having her back, and will take good care of Megan in her retirement.
Megan is both clinical and genetic tested free of CEA
Megan is a Welsh diminutive form of Margaret, from Greek 'margaron', "pearl", and thus means "little pearl".
CRAIG - ISDS SE/335389 ROM (Regv. 1700/2011) born 24th. sept. 2011
after Fan Regv. 1161/2007
and Phil ISDS 301837
CRAIG entered the pack as a mating pup, but as you can see in the pedigree , he is completely out of our own lines.
From the first day in house Craig has shown himself as a little robust gentleman with an high degree of self estimation.
My first impression of was an striking similarity with his great grandfather - my old Lad - when he was in the same age.
Craig has become a strong build dog - just the type I prefer, as I think this minimize the risks for injuries on legs and joints.
At his first introduction to the sheep Craig showed great self-confidence and did an impressive attempt to keep the sheep together.
These properties have since developed so well with his training, that 3 days before his 2 years anniversary the change was taken to start him in a difficult open class trial with about 550 meter fetch and with sheep out of sight.
Craig did the whole course except for the single where the clock stopped him.
Subsequently I've started him in another two open class trials - where at the last one his became 4th. And last he started in the Nordic Nurseries held over two days in Sweden getting the best OLF, the best Shed and finally ending second - Indeed a promising start on his career.
Craig has now (2017) qualified for the World Trials, and the Continental Sheepdog Championship (for the 3rd. time)
Craig is both clinical and genetic been CEA tested normal
Craig at the Continental 2017 in Norway
Craig recorded May 2012 at home
Kate - ISDS DK/329440 Born 7th oct. 2013
after Megan ISDS 278319
and Phil ISDS 301837
Kate has been quit tuff training. There have never been doubt in her mind, that sheepwork is her preferable ocupation. Very determined like her mother, and hard to keep her off the sheep.
On the other hand, she has taken all the presure I've put on her and never given up.
She has partcipated in a couple of class 1 and 2 trials, but in fact has been ready for open trials for quite a while.
But because of Danish rules - lack of trials and me having 3 other open runners, it was up to now before she 2016 entered her first open team-qualification trial - ending the day with a nice 2nd. place.
Second entry on the open scene was the 2017 Danish Club Championship ending 3rd.
She had a drop in the 2nd. Qualitrial, but did well at the 3rd.
becoming 7th. and was temporary in team position.
But due to pregnancy she's not getting in the team this year
So the potential she has, and I'm glad I kept her instead of she ending up on other hands, where I could fear she would have been deemed impossible to handle.
The video below is from her very early days.
SPOT - ISDS DK/329438 Born 7th. oct. 2013
after Megan ISDS 278319
and Phil ISDS 301837
Sport is littersister to Kate, but a complet different type. He's very determit when working, but haven't quite the understanding for the importance of precisicion when commanded. Job has to be done as quick as possible in his mind. Therefore he hasn't been much on the trailing-fields and only class 2. but of which he have won some.
Though not being the great trialing-star I've kept him as a good working dog on the farm.
GAEL - ISDS FO/340416 ISDS FO/340416
out of Eydstein Jensens (FO) NAP 279426
and H. Jensens Holly 286000
GAEL is a real charmer to everyone. she is strait forward in her approch to meet new things in her life.
She is a happy and well behaving little girl, and I'm looking forward to see how she'll develope.
2016 summer time:
Training is steadily going foreward maybe a little slow - I don't think pressing her foreward too much is any good.
Anyway Gael has showed her self as a natural balancer which she does very nicely together with even longer (250 m) and wide outruns.
She is very adaptive and in fact a quick learner but have to be handled with care, sensitivity and lesser pressure as Im used to with my other dogs.
Hard pressure is not her way - and is not necessary if more intelligent and meaningful training can be done - which I then try.
Gael has this spring (2016) had her debut in a Class 1 trial and ended with a very satisfying result. As the youngest dog she was 6th. out of 15.
2017 she had the best run at the Danish Nursery, but flipped her other run. At the Nordic Nursery she was best Danish dog.
And btw. shes not this little cute pup any more. Now shes gained more self-esteem and got her own ideas for sure.
From her puppyhood
LAD - ISDS 201994 Born d. 18. May 1992
after Ben ISDS 178302 (Palle Q. Petersen)
and Jess ISDS 195063 (Palle Q. Petersen)
7/2-2008: It is sorry to announce that today I had to say the last goodbye to LAD.
After a reign of years with good work, he moved to Thea to spend his last 7 years in retierement there. At the last he suffered a little of reumatisme but his eyes still were sparkling if he was with me to the sheep.
The last 3 days he couldn't get on his feet by himself, and because I long time ago desided that he shouldn't be kept alive and suffer in an undignifying treatment, the desicion today was to put him to rest.
I owe Thea great thanks for taking care of him througout the years. He will be missed by both of us.
LAD was my first dog, and will for ever be remembered as very special. It was with him by my side that I started my sheepdog careear, and he has paitiently been stanting up to all my failours and mistakes as a novice shepherd.
He is a son after Palle Quist Petersens BEN (who was imported from England) and Palle Quist Petersens JESS, which was after Kaj Lawsens LYNN og Per Berg Jacobsens GLEN.
LAD was born the 18th. May 1992. Since 1995 has he participated i open trials, becoming Nr. 7 at the Continental Championship 1996 as his best result. He was continuously member of the Continentalteam from 1996 till 2002. He became second at the Danish Championship Sep. 1999 - Second to my late NELL, and the year after he repeated tha same position
NELL - (ISDS 224851) born the 14th. February 1996
after Craig (ISDS 188252) David L Stewardson (Int. Sup. winner 1995)
and Nan (ISDS 196461) Alister R Mundell
Nell I bought on my first trip to Scotland in 1996
I've visited David L Stewardson and seen his Int. Sup Winner Craig, and later met Alister R Muldell at a Trial near Loch Lomond, where I saw his Nan running.
After longer negosiation Mr. Muldell decided that I could buy Nell - a deal I never regreat afterwards.
As only 7 month she won the Danish Class 1 Championship, and with her very natural instinct and sheepsence, she was a dream to train and handle.
Later she more times became member of the Danish Continental team, and took part in more of the great international trials in Europe.
Nell died too early only 8 years old
2001Nell gave birth to my Roy
ROY - (ISDS 244896) born the 21st. March 1999
after LAD (ISDS 201994)
(Nr. 7 ved Continental Championship 1996)
and NELL (ISDS 224851)
Monday July 14th. 2014 was the ending of Roy's career. Well over 15 years old and after a long sheepdog life , where he and I had a lot of good expiriences both here in Denmark as in many places around Europe. If the the big results on the trialfields came up the many mistakes were merely mine than Roy's who often was able to correct the situation by himself
Now he's resting on the farm next to his father LAD and Mother NELL
Roy was through many years my "number 1 dog". But after he graduatly lost his hearing around the age of 12 he could enjoy his retirement in the trialworld but still carried out some farm work.
Roy is my own breeding after my late LAD and my late NELL, (after Stewart Davidsons 1995 International Surpreme Champion CRAIG - And Danish Champion 1996 og 1999 ).
ROY was a clever and very cooperative dog with the best temperement. He was always happy but also a very sensitive, and ready to do the work asked for. He might not have been the most flashing looking dog, but he was undoubtly strong, reliable and efficient.
Throughout the years he has been a very healthy dog - the visits to the vet mostly were vaccinations.
In addition to daily work he participated in open trials. Since year 2000 - only 2 years old - and continuously up to 2010 in both inland and abroard.
He has for 10 consecutive years - from 2001 to 2010 been member of the Danish Continentalteam - in 2003 and 2006 as teamcaptain.
At the Danish Championship Sep. 2002 he became second, and at the World Sheepdog Trials in 2008 Roy was running the semifinals.
And not to forget - he has since a pup alway been with me at sheepdog demonstrations.
Roy is farther to Gunillas Phil, and to my Bess. and granddad to Craig, Gwen, Spot og Kate. And there are offsprings related to him in more European countries.
ROY was clinical eyetested for CEA og PRA without any marks.
His HD status was A - A.
Nap is a little charmingand lively little fellow, who I expect to develope right and hopfully will be part of the pack of good sheepdogs.
He has already as 8-week pup shown interest in the sheep.
See NAP's pedigree here
NAP Not yet reg. - Born 11/5-2018
after Gael - ISDS FO/340416 ISDS FO/340416
and Craig - ISDS SE/335389 ROM
I'm sorry, but for the time being I'm not able to offer you to come here for training your sheepdog.
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I'm expecting puppies about May 5th.
Kate - ISDS DK/329440 Finn B Petersen and Cap - ISDS 00/330816 Eckhard Sievers (Germany)
Kate (born 2013 okt. 7th.) after Phil ISDS 301837 and Megan ISDS 278319
Cap (born 2013 Dec. 4th.) after Jim 00/316751 - Michael Shearer and Star 00/314364 - I.M. Brownlie
Kate is May 4th. been X-rayed.
The Vet and I found 5 Skulls, so if everythings proceed well 5 puppies will be born in a week's time.
Copyright 2017 Finn B Petersen