Australian Shepherd Association put on its ninth annual ASCA
TD and TDX tests over Presidents' Weekend at Fort Ord Public
enormous parkland developed from a decommissioned military
just inland from Monterey, California.
Nine TD tests and
test were plotted
Friday and run on Saturday. Three more TD and Four more TDX
were plotted on Sunday
and run on
Storm from Whitehall, Montana
Donna Highstreet of San Jose, CA were the Saturday judges. Sue
Rush of Monterey and Anne
Hershey of Hillsborough, CA
were Sunday's judges.
Anne, Donna and Sue are all PASA members.
site is hilly but gorgeous. PASA has obtained
permission from the
BLM to use a
portion of the park that is closed to motor vehicles, so the space is
quiet and pristine. Though this year there were a few herds
of goats. In spite of the massive drought we are having in
California there was quite a bit of cover remaining from the previous
season with some short green stuff underneath. Fort Ord has
quite a bit of wildlife. One of our trackers
reported seeing a bobcat, coyote, deer and a flock of wild
big news of the weekend was that Lora Cox's Australian Shepherd dog,
passed his second and third ASCA TD Saturday and Sunday which
earned Ranger an ASCA Master Tracking Dog Title (2 TDXs
TDs). He is the second dog in ASCA history to earn this
title. Both Master Tracking dogs are owned by PASA members.
Judge Donna Highstreet wrote up Saturday's Results
the pleasure of judging the Saturday test with
Judy Strom from Whitehall, Montana.
Judy has judged for PASA many
times, and is quite familiar with the site. Sue Rush was
Tracklayer. On Saturday, we offered 10 TDs and 1
day was overcast with very little wind, and damp conditions.
for tracking! The cover was very nice, with taller dead grass
year, and short green grass below. 2 entrants had to withdraw
illness, so we ended up with 9 TDs. We had 7 TD passes!
summary of the tracks follows:
TD 1. An Australian Shepherd dog started out well on the
He overshot the first corner and continued down a slope
loss of scent. He searched for a long time without getting
back uphill to
the track, and finally headed off to the left. Michelle, the
said that after being directed back to the track, he was perfect.
2. Lora Cox and Australian Shepherd dog, Lorac's
"Ranger". True to form, Ranger powered right through this 5 turn
track in 5 minutes with no trouble at all. This was Rangers
TD, and he had already passed 2 ASCA TDXs.
Judy Strom and Donna Highstreet with TD-2
& Lora Cox Judges
with Rose, Linda Stamper. Tracklayer Laurie McCammon
4. Linda Stamper and Australian Shepherd bitch, Dalton
Herb "Rose". It took 16 minutes this time, but Rose finished
her 2nd ASCA TD.
Rose circling often, Linda showed lots of patience. Rose had
to search a
fair amount on the last of 4 corners until heading confidently downhill
TD 3. An American Cocker Spaniel tracked down the long first
leg of this
track. About 20 yards before the first corner, he broke off
back and forth for several minutes, also backtracking for a ways.
Finally, he headed to the right and was whistled off.
TD 5. Miles Whitney and American Pit Bull Terrier bitch,
of the Party,"Red". Red got off to a good start and penciled
her 5 turn track in 8 minutes, and Miles did a great job of handling
her at his
very first tracking test.
Judges Judge Strom &
Donna Highstreet with
Judges with TD-2 Pix and Debi Best
Red, Miles Whitney &
Tracklayer, Michelle Pressel
6. Debi Best and Golden Retriever bitch, DDs Northwood
"Pix". Pix finished her 4 corner track in 8 minutes.
searched each corner just to be sure, giving Debi and us some time to
This was Pix's 2nd ASCA TD.
TD 7. Anne Hershey and Australian Shepherd dog Legends Star'n
Kestrel"Kestrel". Kestrel had one little circle on the first
leg of his 4 turn track. He never ventured away again, moving very
along the 5 turn track, and finding the glove in 6 minutes.
Kestrels 2nd ASCA TD.
Judges Judy Strom & Donna Highstreet with Kestral,
Judges with Cody, Denise
Gormish & Tracklayer, Linda Lang
& tracklayer, Jenny Hutchinson
8. Denise Gormish and English Cocker Spaniel dog, Radiance
"Cody". Cody's only difficulty was on the first leg just before the
small animal trails crossed the track. He worked it out
the rest of his 5 turn track in 8 minutes, his tail wagging
the whole way!
TD 9. Megan Hundley and Golden Retriever bitch DD's Paws
Before You Leap
"Beckett". Beckett got off to a strong start. She searched a
bit at the first 2 corners, was perfect at the 3rd corner and tracked
along the 175 yd 4th leg. At the 4th corner she searched a
making sure the final open leg headed to the left. This track
finished in 8 minutes.
Judges Judy Strom & Donna Highstreet with Beckett.
and tracklayer, Laurie McCammon
1. An Australian Shepherd bitch started out well on this
On the 190 yard second leg, she made the turn, and eventually
got to the
cross tracks. She investigated them to the right, then came
back to the
track. She made her way to the large patch of thick sedges
the track through them, but then came back. She searched
quite a ways to
the right again, which headed slightly down into a ravine.
She worked her
way back and searched to the left, eventually going far enough left and
that she reached the cross tracks and was whistled off.
went back to the track, she made it through the obstacle sedges again
40 yards up the hill and found her first article. She
continued up the
hill to the second corner and then disappeared from our view behind the
Huge thanks to our awesome track layers!!! It's so great to
experienced, reliable friends helping us!!! Joan Carpenter,
Michelle Pressel, Linda Lang, Jenny Hutchinson, Lori
Waters provided delicious chicken tortilla casserole for lunch,
Danver brought a salad and yummy persimmon bars. Thanks
Mr hospitality, Ken Highstreet held down the fort back at the
area and had the food ready at the right time.
many thanks to Marcia Hodes for being test secretary and doing all that
wonderful, fun filled day with old friends, new friends, great site,
awesome track layers, yummy food, and lots of fun!!! I was so
have been a part of it!!
Happy Tracking to all!
Hershey did the Monday writeup.
was a pleasure to co-judge these tests with ASCA Tracking
Judge Sue Rush of Pacific Grove,
California. A huge "thank you" to Test
Secretary Linda Stamper,
for keeping everyone organized and out of trouble.
We all did double during the long weekend: Linda
Shepherd bitch "Rose" passed her second TD test track on Saturday, as
Australian Shepherd dog "Kestrel." My co-judge Sue
Rush served as Chief
Tracklayer on Saturday, and Saturday's Judge Donna Highstreet served as
Chief Tracklayer on Monday. Tracking Judge Judy Strom, who had judged
Saturday's test, laid 2 TDX tracks on Monday. Tracklayers did double
duty as well. Tracklayers Jenny Hutchinson and Lori McCammon
Saturday and all of the cross-tracks on Monday. Joan
Carpenter laid the TDX
track on Saturday and volunteered to lay one of Monday's TDX
thanks to TDX tracklayer Doug Nichols and TD tracklayers Janet Massolo,
Bay, and Claudia Holaday. These tests couldn't happen without
of course, thank you to Mona Nichols for the delicious lunch
hospitality Those baked potatoes with all the fixings really hit the
spot!-- and to
Highstreet who graciously worked behind the scenes during the entire
to keep the food and amenities flowing and his motor home available for
paper work and relaxation.
TD #1: Lora Cox's
Australian Shepherd dog "Ranger" searched his first
turn but passed in 8 minutes to earn his 3rd ASCA TD and Master Tracker
Tracklayer Doug Nichols, Judge Sue Rush, Lora Cox and MTD Ranger and
Judge Anne Hershey
TD #2: The America
Cocker dog searched his first turn and eventually
picked up the second leg, nailed his second turn, but overshot his
turn and went off track to failure.
TD#3: Megan Hundley's Golden Retriever bitch,
Beckett, penciled her
5-turn track and
earned her title in 7 minutes.
The first three TDX tracks were plotted on hilly terrain through open
Australian Shepherd dog started well and initially made the
second turn correctly, but deviated from the second leg onto a parallel
trail and missed the article placed on the second leg of the track.
The Golden Retriever bitch started well, completed two turns
and indicated her first intermediate article. She negotiated
a 65 yard
obstacle: a combination of bare earth surface on a steep up-hill slope
thick stand of coyote bush on the steep down-hill slope. But
trouble making the turn in a shaded valley at the base of the downhill
slope. She indicated the direction of the next leg
several times but did
not commit to following the leg out of the shaded
area. Eventually she
went off track in the wrong direction.
The Australian Shepherd started well and made the first two turns into
and within the woods, easily and correctly. He
third turn on an open slope in ankle length dry grass cover,
and he could
not recover the track.
TDX #4: The track was plotted in a wide open
valley with covered with various dry and fresh grasses and
thick stands of coyote bush
The Golden Retriever bitch started accurately, nailed her
first two turns and indicated her first intermediate article.
her third turn and searched long and hard to recover the fourth
nailed her fourth turn but was sucked into the first set of
hauled her handler downhill to failure.
All of these TDX dogs showed some
excellent work, both before and after
failing their tracks. We welcome their entries into PASA's
test and wish
them success in future tracking test adventures.
ASCA and AKC Tracking Judge