I first saw Border Collie dogs working sheepdog trials which were held at various stock shows around Texas when I was growing up. I was always fascinated by their style and grace. During those few glimpses into what a Border Collie could do, I had no idea that later in life, I would have an opportunity to learn how to train them. Some 25 years later, I heard that the Texas Sheepdog Association was holding their State Championship in Stephenville. At that time, I was a very serious amateur photographer and this type of animal photography was of great interest to me. I arrived at the trial site and began shooting photos of dogs working. By the end of the day, as expected, I had taken hundreds of photos. But more importantly, I was hooked on watching sheepdog trials. I began traveling across the state every weekend to various trials just to take photos. It wasn't long before I had to have a Border Collie.
In the years since, I have had the opportunity to get to know and work with many of the top trainers in Texas. Their willingness to freely share their time and knowledge made an impression on me. I am not an expert at training Border Collies by any stretch of the imagination. I don't believe one ever learns all there is to learn about the subject of training a sheepdog. That is what draws me to it. At times, I have been a slow learner, my dogs can attest to that. It has been a fun ride that has become a huge part of our lives.
Around my house, we spend most every evening working our dogs and tending a small flock of sheep. We offer a few dogs for sale each year. Some are best suited as ranch dogs, others as track or livestock exercise dogs. We also take a few ranch and/or track dogs in for training each month. If you have interest questions, I welcome your calls or emails.