The next HGH herding trial will be held on Saturday, October 14, 2017 from 9 AM to 3 PM. Our SV judge from Germany will be Herbert Kind.


The competitors and their respective owners, our judge Manfred Voigt, and our helper Don Yelle.


HGH Herding Competition in Rushville, NY

Our 20th Annual HGH Herding Competition took place on October 15, 2016. The First HGH Herding Club hosted this trial at White Clover Sheep Farm in Rushville, NY. SV Herding Judge, Herr Manfred Voigt, who also judged our very first trial, evaluated this mile-stone event according to the SV herding regulations. Five dogs were entered, all of them were German Shepherd Dogs.

Warm and sunny weather greeted the record-setting 100 plus spectators who came to observe this interesting event. The owner of the flock of exactly 229 sheep, Ulf Kintzel, ran first. This run was done for title only and not as a part of the ranking of the competition. Ulf showed Heidi vom Quasliner Moor owned by Susan Sopranzi and finished with 91 points and a “V” (Excellent) rating. This score earned Heidi the “Best new dog” trophy.

Second run of the day was by Mary Lou Haines with her Zevah Van Den Heuvel. This team improved last year’s score by several points. Zevah received a respectable 87 points and an “SG” (Very Good) rating. This performance awarded Mary Lou the third place.

The third run of the day was done by Gylla MacGregor with her Hera vom Quasliner Moor. Hera’s run amounted to 91 points, a “V” (Excellent) rating. Like last year, Gylla won first place and the challenge trophy sponsored by late Charlie and late Roberta Kaman (Fidelco, Guide Dogs for the Blind), which will reside with her for the next year.

Then it was time for lunch. The many spectators enjoyed White Clover Sheep Farm’s sheep hotdogs and the plentiful side dishes club members and long-time spectators had brought with them.

After lunch ran the fourth competitor of the day, Kristin Siarkowicz with her Lara vom Dolderbrunnen. Kristin & Lara are long-time participants and won this trial on several occasions. In the end, Lara’s run amounted to 90 points, a “V” (Excellent) rating. Kristin finished with the second place and the Beth Johnson Memorial Medal for "Runner up".

Finally, newcomer Julie Degen showed Da-Jo’s Crestview Ladyhawke, aka “Kestrel”. Julie and Kestrel are new to HGH herding trials and received in the end a qualifying “B” (Satisfactory) rating with 64 points. This performance won Julie the trophy for “Best new handler”. Congratulations to all competitors.

Following the last run the protection tests for all dogs was conducted by Don Yelle. After that, the ceremony concluded this event.

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Heidi vom Quasliner Moor jumps into the pen to move the flock out.

Hera vom Quasliner Moor is guarding at the bridge while her handler Gylla is signaling her to stand.

Kristin’s Lara vom Dolderbrunnen is making room for the car to pass.

Mary Lou’s Zevah van den Heuvel is guarding at the pen.

Kestrel is patrolling diligently on the border while her owner Julie is having a watchful eye on her.

White Clover Sheep Farm
Ulf Kintzel
683 Bagley Road  -  Rushville, NY  -  14544  -  Phone/Fax: (585) 554-3313