Lessons: May – Minnesota

May 2018

Lessons with Gordon Watt at Legacy Farm. May 12, 13, 14, 2018.
Contact Michelle Prescott-Guderian at 507-951-6783 or mepguderian@gmail.com for more information.

Legacy Farm is located in Mora, Minnesota which is approximately 1 hour north of the Twin Cities.

Move Forward Clinics early 2018 *Updated*

** Update** Gordon Watt Sheepdogs will be hosting a series of Move Forward clinics. These clinics will be held at Cedar Stone Farm, Cambridge, WI.
Focusing on trial skills for handlers looking to move forward in their sheep dog trialing careers.

The series includes:
Move Forward
February 10-11, 2018
March 10-11, 2018
April 7-8, 2018

Young Dog
March 31 – April 1, 2018

Please contact Gordon or Kerry to reserve a spot.
Email Gordon.
Email Kerry.

November 2017 Beginner shedding and look back clinic

For everyone attending our clinic this coming weekend
We are working on a way to keep you all nice and toasty if the weather turns too cold .
We are planning on working from the back side of the barn with open door access looking out onto the field and will be sheltered from the wind .
Hot coffee and snacks will be in there and we have our lovely fire pit just outside the doors .
We will have heat inside too .
So don’t be put off by the weather!
Looking forward to seeing you all .
Safe travels

The March 2017 Lambing And Young Dog Clinic

Lambing and young dog clinic will be held March 18-19 2017 at Nippersink Hall in Lake Geneva WI.

Try out your new young dog under Gordon’s guidance and wait for expectant ewes to deliver–if they do you can watch.  There will also  be guaranteed hands-on experiences and videos of earlier births.  We will show how lambs and their moms are sorted and cared for after birth and answer any lambing questions you have–bring them.

     In between you will have a chance to start your new young dog on sheep in an environment suitable for his or her age and experience level, with Gordon assisting.  Clinic will run from 8 am to 4 pm each day.  $70/ dog and lambing clinic, $35 lambing clinic only.  Contact Margaret here, on Facebook, or by email for more details and other info.

Winter Double Lift and Shedding Clinics

Over the winter we will be hosting two series of double lift and shedding clinics.  This is a great opportunity to get yourself and your dogs ready for the up- coming trialing season.

Gordon will be on hand to teach you and your dogs the correct way to turn back your dogs.  This will consist of 3 sessions on look backs and shedding.  The 4th session will be a double lift course to put to practice what you have learned.  It would be beneficial if you could attend all 4 sessions.

Cost is $25 per session.

First session will be Saturday December 10th, 8am-12pm or 10am-2pm (tentative).  We have indoor facilities if weather is bad.

Dates as follows:
December 10, 17, 31, and January 7th
January 21, 28, February 4 and 11

Contact Margaret Lass-Gardiner for more details
email: info@nippersinkhall.com

Nippersink Stock and Judging Clinic October 15-16

We will be having a two day clinic given by Gordon Watt at Nippersink Hall, October 15-16 2016.  Saturday will feature sheep breeding information such as when to put the ram in, sheep conformation, and health.  Sunday will be a trial judging clinic in which filmed runs will be critiqued.  Cost is $100/per day/person, lunch included.

Contact Margaret Lass-Gardiner for details and to reserve a spot!

———— Update from the event ————

The weekend went well and much was learned about breeding ewes and different rams.  We will be holding another stock management weekend at lambing time.

Sunday was the judging clinic which was a bit hit with everyone.
7 dogs ran an open course with all pupils judging.  Afterward came the analyzing.  We watched all the runs on the projector and Gordon talked through everyone’s run, pointing out mistakes and where points were deducted.stock1 stock2 stock3 judging-2 judging-1

Stock Management Weekend at Nippersink Hall – June 25 and 26

Come and join us for a fun packed weekend and learn all about your stock with experienced shepherd Gordon Watt.

Gordon is not only a talented sheepdog handler and teacher but he also has 38 years experience with flock management.

Fifteen spots are available for hands-on weekend with Gordon. The schedule is as follows:

Saturday –

  • Demonstrations by Gordon
  • Handling of sheep
  • Sheepdogs in Pens
  • How to set sheep at trials
  • Working the pens
  • Administering medicine to sheep
  • And much more!

Sunday –

Open time to practice all you have learned and hands on time with you and your dog.

Please let us know if you will be attending by filling out our Contact Form or calling Margaret.  $100 per person includes lunch both days.

Upcoming Trial at Nippersink!

There will be a herding trial this weekend – Memorial Day weekend!

Update: June 2, 2016

Great 4 days trialing at Nippersink Hall farm for our first trial in Wisconsin.  Beautiful weather, wonderful people and the Saturday night entertainment was just the best!
We sure enjoyed meeting new people and we would like to thank everyone that made it a great trial.
Hope to see you all next year.

Results from the Nippersink 2016 trial follow.

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