Tracking Dog TD and TDX Test 2012

Peninsula Australian Shepherd Association put on its seventh annual ASCA sanctioned TD and TDX tests over Presidents' Weekend at Fort Ord, an enormous parkland developed from a decommissioned military base, just inland from Monterey, California. Six TD tests and three TDX tests  were plotted on Friday and run on Saturday.  Four more TD and four more TDX tracks were plotted on Sunday and run on Monday.    Judy Strom of Whitehall, MT judged both days.  Donna Highstreet was the 2nd judge on Saturday and Sue Rush was Sunday's second judge.  Both Donna and Sue are local and PASA members.

The Fort Ord site is hilly but gorgeous.  This year, in spite of the very dry season had decent cover. 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.


Saturday TD Tracking Area                                                   Judy Torin & Foghorn Apollo on track

Saturday started out foggy and damp, which was perfect tracking weather for the TD dogs who all passed.  However, by afternoon it became very windy which probably effected the TDX dogs, non of which passed.  Monday was pleasant, sunny and dry.  We ended up with a 50% pass rate for both the TD and TDX tests.


                      Monday TDX area                                              Janet Massolo and Lunarlites Knock on Wood on track

The Passing TD dogs were:

Tian Ma, a 3-yr-old  Australian Shepherd female owned by Martha and Peter Ho of Woodbridge, CA

Coffeehouse Star, an 11-yr-old Australian Shepherd female owned by Maia Halvorsen of Bellingham, WA.

Jole' Cajun Chaps, ASCA TD,  an 8-year-old Australian Shepherd male owned by Jean Danver of Los Altos Hills, CA.

Rubi, ASCA  TD and TDXx2, a 6-year-old Australian Shepherd female owned by Donna Highstreet of San Jose, CA.  Rubi now is just one “TD” away from achieving her ASCA Master Tracking dog title.

 Kestrel, a 13-month-old Australian Shepherd male owned by Anne Hershey of Hillsborough, CA.   Kestrel’s TD pass is  the final credit that places  his sire, Heartfire’s Thief in the Night,  into  the  ASCA Hall of Fame Sire category.

Foghorn Apollo, a 2-year-old Portuguese Water Dog male owned by Judy and Torin Knorr of San Mateo, CA.

Safari, a 2-year-old Golden Retriever female, owned by Michelle Pressel of Santa Cruz, CA.

Cedar, an 8-year-old Golden Retriever male, owned by Michelle Pressel of Santa Cruz, CA.

Saturday's TD passing dogs. They are Judy Knorr and her Portuguese Water Dog, Foghorn Apollo; Maia Halvorse and her Australian Shepherd, Coffeehouse Star; Judge Donna Highstreet; Martha Ho and her Australian Shepherd, Tia Ma ; Judge Judy Strom; Tracklayers Jenny Hutchinson and Lori McCallum; Michelle Pressel and her Golden Retrievers, Cedar and Safari; missing from picture is Jean Danver and her Australian Shepherd, Jole'Cajun Chaps (2nd ASCA TD)

Monday's TD passing dogs. Tracklayer Debra Dove; Anne Hershey and her Australian Shepherd, Kestrel; Judge Judy Strom; Donna Highstreet and her Australian Shepherd, Rubi (2nd ASCA TD); Judge Sue Rush  

Passing TDX dogs were:

Jole’ Cajun Chaps, ASCA TDx2, an 8-year-old Australian Shepherd male, owned by Jean Danver of Los Altos Hills, CA

Cleo TD, a 4-year-old Chinook female, owned by Maia Halvorsen of Bellingham, WA


Monday's TDX passing dogs. Tracklayer Chris Benz; Maia Halvorsen and her Chinook, Cleo; Judge Sue Rush; Tracklayer Rita Crawford; Judge Judy Strom; Tracklayer Dee Hutton; Jean Danver and her Australian Shepherd, Chaps, who also earned his 2nd TD on Saturday; track layer Doug Nichols.

Anne Hershey was the TD and TDX Test Secretary for Saturday's TD and TDX tests, as well as the chief tracklayer.    Lora Cox served as Test Secretary and as Chief Tracklayer for Monday's TDX tests.   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.

Many thanks are due to  our  hard-working  judges and to the volunteer  workers who made these tests possible:  TDX tracklayers Doug Nichols, Susan Roberts, Joan Carpenter and Chris Benz , TDX cross-track layers Sue Rush, Janet Massolo, Rita Crawford and Dee Hutton;  TD tracklayers Linda Lang, Jennifer Hutchinson, Diane Aven, Lori McCallum, Warene Waters, Marlene Gordon, and Debra Dove. Thanks,  too, to hospitality hosts and chefs  Ken Highstreet and Mona Nichols, and to  “Woman Friday” Linda Stamper. 

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 the dogs didn’t seem to  mind.  A cougar, two bobcats, a large coyote and a flock of quail were spotted on the tracking fields.   It was an exciting and  fabulously successful weekend.


Saturday's TD Catalog

Saturday's TDX Catalog

Monday's TD/TDX Catalog
Pictures taken by Jean Danver and Lora Cox