Peninsula Australian Shepherd Association put on its eighth annual ASCA sanctioned TD and TDX tests over Presidents' Weekend at Fort Ord Public Lands, an enormous parkland developed from a decommissioned military base, just inland from Monterey, California.
Eight TD tests and two TDX
tests were plotted
Friday and run on Saturday. Two more TD and five more TDX tracks
were plotted on Sunday
and run on
Anne Hershey of Hillsborough, CA judged both days.
Donna Highstreet was the
2nd judge on Sunday and Sue Rush was Saturday's second judge.
Anne, Donna and Sue are local and PASA members. Also Donna and Sue
finished their provisional judging and can now apply for ASCA approved
tracking judging status.
The Fort Ord site is hilly but gorgeous. PASA has obtained special permission from the BLM to use a portion of the park that is closed to motor vehicles, so the space is quiet and pristine.
Fort Ord National Monument
Hazel Olbrich & Sam on track
Saturday weather was warm and sunny with
only slight wind. Five TD dogs and one TDX
dog passed. Monday's weather cool, cloudy, and
dry with light to moderate gusty winds. Both TD dogs passed their
track, but only one TDX passed. In
general the Sunday TDX tracks were quite dry, lacking cover in
places, The TD tracks were in a wetter place with better cover.
big news was that Donna Highstreet's Australian Shepherd bitch, Rubi,
passed her third ASCA TD
on Saturday which earned Rubi an ASCA Master Tracking Dog Title (2 TDXs
TDs). The first dog in ASCA history to earn this title.
Monday Base Camp
Donna Highstreet with Rubi,
judges Sue Rush & Anne Hershey
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The Saturday Passing TD dogs were:Granite's Rubicon Star, Rubi, TD-3, a 5 year old Australian Shepherd bitch owned by Donna Highstreet
Deborah Best & TD Pix
with Chief Tracklayer Sue Rush
Michelle Pressel & TD-2,
TD-3 Cedar with Chief Tracklayer Sue Rush and
judges Anne Hershey & Donna Highstreet
Lorac's Los Suenos Texas Ranger, Ranger,
TDX-2, a 6 year old Australian Shepherd dog, owned by Laura Cox of
Milpitas, CA. Ranger needs two more TD passes for a Master
Tracking Dog Title
Laura Cox & TDX-2 Ranger with
judges Anne Hershey & Donna Highstreet and tracklayer Susan Roberts
Linda Stamper was the TD and TDX Test Secretary for Saturday's TD and TDX tests. Lora Cox was the chief tracklayer. Marcia Hodes served as Test Secretary on Monday and Sue Rush was the Chief Tracklayer. Donna Highstreet was there with her motor home parked at the staging area. Mona Nichols and Ken Highstreet did a great job with hospitality serving breakfast and lunch both Saturday and Monday. They got help from Donna Highstreet, Warene Waters and Diane Aven. Mona's Monday chili really hit the spot in the cool weather.
Many thanks are due to our hard-working judges and to the volunteer workers who made these tests possible: Saturday Tracklayers Joan Carpenter, Linda Lang, Diane Even, Warene Waters, Jennifer Hutchinson, Lori McCammon and Gina Campodonico; Monday tracklayers Doug Nichols, Chris Benz, Susan Roberts, Janet Massolo, Gina Campodonico and Janice.
We were lucky to have
beautiful weather and dry roads. The cover was not as tall and
lush as it
has been in wetter seasons, but that seems to be the trend in
Monday's TD/TDX Catalog
Smay has a really great description of her track with her dog Darrin,on
taken by Jean Danver