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15th Annual HGH Herding Competition in Rushville

FingerLakes1.com - Photos by Glenda Nash
Posted Sunday, October 16, 2011 @ 4:32 pm

A few photos from a unique competition here in the Finger Lakes that took place this weekend. Sheep Herding (by working dogs). The annual event was held at White Clover Sheep Farm in Rushville, NY on a cool, rainy Saturday afternoon.
  -  Photos & Report by Glenda Nash

HGH Herding Competition in Rushville, NY
The trial starts. HGH (herding utiilty dog, a German Shepherd) is quietly and calmly encouraging sheep to exit pen.

HGH Herding Competition in Rushville, NY
Sheep moving calmly & the dog literally flying.

HGH Herding Competition in Rushville, NY
Then HGH guards gate so no sheep turns back.

HGH Herding Competition in Rushville, NY
Holding sheep in a graze for a designated time.

The judge standing in the lane is from Germany and handler in blue cap with crook is also being judged.

As owners of a different types of herding dog we found this most interesting and fun to watch despite the wind and rain.

One dog travelled from North Carolina to compete. The others were from New York.

Click here to learn more about the event at White Clover Sheep Farm's website.

Learn more about the guidelines involved in German Shepherd herding competitions here.

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