Scott and Don had a very good year in 2011.
|Scott and Don in the National Finals double lift|
Scott also had a nice year with Maid.
|Maid fetches sheep in the early morning at the 2011 Bluegrass|
Scott decided to sell Maid at the end of the 2011 season and he is now auditioning two young bitches for the roll of Open Dog #2.
The first dog, June, is one that readers of this blog will be familiar with.
|June on the third leg of the drive at the Bow River Classic|
Scott's second, second dog is Nan.
I'm excited about Scott's nursery dogs this year. They are still developing and are a long way from trialing at this point in the winter but they are showing alot of promise. I will write more detailed entries on them later but his two main dogs look like they will be Diane Pagel's Imp. Wynn (Bobby Dalziel's Joe x Angie Driscoll's Meg) and Scott's Alta-Pete Tick (Scott's Don x Maid).
Last year I had been hoping that my Hemp dog would be my number one.
|Hemp turns the post at the 2011 Canadian Championship double lift -photo by Kristi Oikawa|
First for me, as always, is Laddie.
|Lad's International shed at the Soldier Hollow Classic - photo by Louanne Twa|
I'm looking forward to debuting my nursery dog this spring. Ford is a son of Tom Forrester's Pete and Norma Stewart's Lena. This cross has been very successful for Lori Cunningham and her Matt dog and I had hoped to get one just like him. Ford is similar to Matt, and shares his cool head but time will tell if he has anymore of Matt's abilities. So far I am enjoying training him and this year is just a practice year for us. He will only be 17 months old at the Bluegrass so my plans (and I BETTER stick with them) are to be willing to step away from the post when and if he has trouble. It is important not to push such a young dog but to keep his trial experience positive to make a better and seasoned dog for next year's nurseries.
What trials we will start this year with is still up in the air. Other than the Bluegrass, and Dr. Ben's North Carolina trial we are still trying to figure that out. We are hoping there will be one or two more at the beginning of May that we can get to. In the mean time, we continue training and keep our eyes on the prize - The National Finals. (link)