Today was the first of 4 days of herding trials held here on our farm, both AKC and ASCA trials - 2 of each. Judge Dana MacKenzie was an enjoyable as ever, always a wonderful judge to trial under. 2 out of 3 runs that I handled today were good runs, but I terribly botched the 3rd and thanked the judge and left. I simply had the worst brain fart and couldn't recover the run, so to be fair to my hard working Sheltie that I was handling, left on a good note. The GSD I handled took 3rd in her class and I finished her title, that was good. And my Anna, an Australian Cattle Dog, is getting better and better as she gets more time on stock and as she gets older. She's allot like her grandma Aggie, but since Aggie I've learned a bit more so Anna gets to take her time to learn things her way rather than just my way. :-) The sheep worked their butts off but some were quite recalcitrant today, and several gave the dogs a very hard time complete with foot stomps and head butting. Yep, that's a Shetland for you! Here's Anna, myself, and the judge after a very long, sweaty, and dusty day! Thank you, Sheepies!!