A great weekend was spent in Iowa with a bunch of lovely ladies doing a clinic. The clinic was well organised and perfectly run. The weather was on our side if not a little too much but we coped well with the heat. The ladies provided ample of shade for dogs and students. Wonderful food and plenty of drinks to keep everyone going.
Over the 3 days students and dogs learned from each session. By the last afternoon everyone made so much progress, everyone went home happy, both dogs and students.
It was nice for Sophie making more new friends. Looking forward to our next visit in the spring.
Thank you Ladies
Returning home after a great 3 days trialing at Cedar Stone Farm.
Gordon taking home both Open class wins with Huthwaite Storm having almost perfect runs on both days and also achieving high combined score.
He also took home first prize in Pro-Novice 2 handling Merry Russell’s Nell.
Congratulations to Patti Sumner and Shay taking first and third prizes in Pro-Novice 1 & 2 and best combined score. Patti is one of Gordon’s first students since moving to Wisconsin. Living just around the corner from us, Patti is able to take lessons on a regular basis and it really showed in her runs on the weekend. Patti and Shay are now ready for Open. So much progress in a sort time. Good Luck to Patti and Shay in her first Open.
Also many more students made great progress over the weekend. I saw lots of happy people. Keep up the hard work everyone!
A big Thank You to Merry and Rick for their hard work and making it such a lovely trial.
Gordon Watt was born in Ireland in 1964, to a family of shepherds. His father is William Watt, a legend in sheepdogs. At an early age Gordon became interested in all aspects of sheep care and sheepdog training. When he was 15, Gordon and his first dog, Chum, won second in the Irish Nationals and it was on from there. In 1999, he was Irish National Champion, and in 2005, Gordon became World Champion, after also winning the English National Championship with his dog, York.
Gordon’s current main trial dog is Huthwaite Storm. With Storm Gordon has won Northumberland League Nursery, numerous Open trials, and was fourth at the English Nationals in 2015. His most recent trial dog, Moss, has won many Open trials, and was 3rd in the English National in 2014 and on the English team in 2014.
Gordon has maintained his York line in Flo and Reba. Flo goes back to York’s mother and Reba is Flo’s daughter. Storm and Moss are outcrosses. Their pedigrees can be seen here at this website.
When choosing a sheepdog Gordon likes to see “an ability to work sheep properly”. By that he means a dog that uses its brain. Also, the nature, the personality of the dog has to be very good. “Power” is not the dog that scares sheep, but rather the dog sheep trust and can move them.
He likes to show young dogs sheep at about 8 months. At this time he feels it is possible to evaluate an individual training program for a dog.
Look at the calendar on this website for training availability, upcoming events and lessons. Gordon is based in Southeastern Wisconsin and located near the major metropolitan areas of Chicago, Illinois (O’Hare airport) and Milwaukee, Wisconsin (Mitchell Field). Gordon is booked for clinics in the Midwest and elsewhere.