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Touch Down

Although producing videos on Border Collies began for me in the early 1980s, my work with the Border Collie breed and with working sheepdogs began more than a decade before that. In the early 1970s I took a job working...

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My flight to the International Sheepdog Trials

Producing Border Collie and sheepdog trial videos has been a major part of our work since 1988 when we traveled to Perthshire to produce our first International Sheepdog trial video at Blair Athol. It was the year when, the late,...

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Getting the dates right, helps!

Sheepdog trials became a part of the Border Collie world in the late 1800s when the first sheepdog trial was held just a few miles from Bala in North Wales. Since then the popularity of the Border Collie breed has...

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Making the International Sheep Dog Society’s International Sheep Dog Trials 2004

Border Collie Videos and Rural Route Videos, the 2 go hand in hand. We produced our first Border Collie training video 1984, the first commercially available video available anywhere on Training Border Collies. Since that time we have become the...

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The United States Border Collie Handlers’ Association (USBCHA) National Sheepdog Finals

United States Border Collie Handlers Association The USBCHA is the Border Collie association that organizes and oversees the National Sheepdog Finals and the qualifying system that leads to these National Sheepdog Finals. Click below to view your selection of the...

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The International Sheep Dog Society’s (ISDS) World Sheepdog Trials

Twice now the ISDS has held a World Sheepdog championship. Click below to view our selection of the: * 2002 ISDS World Sheepdog Championships from Bala in North Wales * 2005 ISDS World Sheepdog Championships from Tullamore, Ireland In 2002,...

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The International Sheep Dog Society’s (ISDS) Supreme Sheepdog Championship

Border Collies, Border Collies and more Border Collies Click below on the sheepdog trial that you want to view: * 1990 Supreme Sheepdog Championship from Alnwich Castle, Northumberland * 1991 Supreme Sheepdog Championship from Carmichael, Lanarkshire * 1992 Supreme Sheepdog...

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Sheepdog Trial Videos

The International Sheep Dog Society’s (ISDS) Supreme Championship These trial tapes are for the Border Collie enthusiasts, with these clever Border Collies working at their very finest. The handlers and their sheepdog’s, who qualify for this most prestigious of competitions,...

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The History of the Border Collie

I have had the great opportunity to work with sheepdogs and Border Collies for the past 30 years and their incredible herding instinct and their love of their work have been a real inspiration to me over these years. As...

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The Beginning of Sheep Dog Trials

In 1873, the first recorded sheepdog trial took place near the town of Bala in North Wales. Here a challenge was made between the owner of the estate near Bala and a Scottish landowner, both of which felt their respective...

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Sheepdog Competitions and the Top Border Collies

The International Sheep Dog Society, the ISDS, is the one main Border Collie institution in Britain. As many dogs end up being exported from the UK and to many parts of the world, at some point or another, most keen...

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Sheep Dog Trails in the UK

In the UK the ISDS still organizes the National and International trials competitions. Here dogs and their handlers compete throughout the year, gaining qualifying points that may find them a place at their National trials. The top placed dogs at...

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US Sheep Dog Trials

In the USA sanctioned trials take place through a 12-month period and then a finals competition is held in the late fall. For the next 3 years, these finals will be held at Sturgis in North Dakota. Border Collie Training...

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Introduction to making Starting Your Border Collie on Cattle, Sheep or Ducks

“Starting Your Border Collie on Cattle, Sheep or Ducks” is the 3rd video that Rural Route Videos (RRV) have produced on training Border Collies. Rural Route Videos began with Starting a Border Collie in 1984, Training and Working a Border...

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Life with my first Border Collie, Dan

Dan was actually offered for sale at the Sennybridge livestock yards following the weekly sheep and cattle sale. He had been donated to the Conservative Society fund raising event, an annual event at the sales yard just before Christmas each...

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Learning from my Border Collie, Bess

About 5 dogs later, and about 7 years on, and my emigration to Canada, I bought a 2 month old pup from Jack Knox, a well-known Border Collie handler who was living in Wisconsin at that time. This little bitch...

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Using a Border Collies natural balance

Over the next three or four years I managed to continue developing this simple approach of using the Border Collie’s natural balance to train my dogs. A Border Collie’s natural balance is all about the Border Collie’s natural instinct to...

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Producing my first video – Starting a Border Collie

In 1981 I was competing in a sheepdog trial in Saskatchewan. The local school in Carnduff had recently bought a video camera and one of the students recorded the whole event. After the trial we all went to the school...

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Producing my second video – Training and Working a Border Collie

Within a few years, I realized that with the interest in this video I should buy a professional camera and start the whole project again. A professional camera and a professional format would allow me to edit the source footage...

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Producing my next video – Starting Your Border Collie on Cattle, Sheep or Ducks

In the planning of Starting Your Border Collie on Cattle, Sheep or Ducks, I realized that I would need several young dogs. I had 4 young Border Collies almost ready to start but decided that I needed a 2 month...

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