THE KENNEL CLUB has cancelled the Border Collie Herding Test that was due to take place on 23rd May in Yorkshire and has changed the date of the October test so that more dogs can take part.
The rescheduled test - now set to take place on 31st October 2009 instead of 10th October in Bredhurst, Kent - will be hosted by the Southern Border Collie Club. It is the perfect opportunity for Border Collies to show that they are Fit For Function and in touch with their natural herding abilities.
The purpose of the Herding Test, a limited version of a sheepdog trial, is to safeguard the future development of the Border Collie by emphasising the importance of the breed’s natural herding abilities. Border Collies that achieve Show Champion status in the breed ring need to succeed in the Herding Test in order to be made up to full Champions.
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Communications Director, said: ‘We have decided to cancel the May test because of the limited number of entries and to reschedule the October date, so that we can ensure that even more dogs are able to take part since it gives people more time to train their dogs for the test.
‘The Border Collie Herding test is crucial to maintain the dog’s natural abilities and to demonstrate how all Border Collies, whether show dogs or not, are bred to be fit for their original function and to enjoy their lives to the full.’
The Herding Test consists of five principal elements - Outrun, Lift, Bring/Fetch, Inspection and Drive - working a group of five to ten sheep.
Owners wishing to enter their Border Collie in a Herding Test should contact Zoe Tharmasingam at the Kennel Club on 0870 606 6750 Ext. 313 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain an application form. Entries close four weeks before the date of the test, and the entry fee is £25. Dogs must be 12-months-old or over at the date of the application. There is no limit on the number of Herding Tests for which a dog may be entered.
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