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Rancho Terra Norté is blessed with the number of herding professionals who give their time and expertise to our program. The faculty set to present at this year’s Summer Symposium are truly some of the most gifted instructors & judges in the county who have agreed to share their knowledge with our students.

Linda Holloway:  



Linda  Holloway  has  been  herding  since  the  early  80’s. She  began  with smooth  collies , which  she  still trains  and  breeds  for  herding. Since  it  was  before the  inception of AKC, she  ran the collies  in the  local Border Collie  trials  in the entry  level classes. Eventually in 1990  she  was  given  a  BC  to enable  her  to run w/ the  “ Big  Dogs” . By  the  mid 90s she  had  acquired  an imported trained  BC  who  took  her into the  Open class and allowed her to really learn  handling and  training  at  the higher  levels.

In 1995 she  earned  her  AKC  judges license for A  and B courses. She  competed in the Oklahoma  USBCHA Finals in 1999 w a  Nursery dog she  trained  and  handled.  In 2000/ 2001  she  competed  in the  USBCHA Cattle  Finals, again with a dog she  raised  and trained, finishing  in the  top  twenty  both  times, 14th the first  time  and  11th  the second. By  2005 she  was  competing with GSDs  on  C course. She  has  finished  2 Advanced C course  titles  as well as  put Herding  Championships on the  2 GSDs . 

In 2014 she was  awarded  the  AKC Herding  Breeder  of the  Year . She  still trains and  handles  all breeds in open  fields or arenas and  is  well versed  in all the  venues. 

Carol Lucero:

Carol Lucero resides in Fort Lupton, Colorado just north of Denver. She has put several herding championships on her dogs with the American Herding Breed Association (AHBA), Australian Shepherd Club of America (ASCA); American Kennel Club (AKC), with several of her dogs earning points in major Border Collie field trials sanctioned by the United States Border Collie Handlers Association (USBCHA). In addition to her judging assignments Carol continues to compete in trials on a variety of courses at the advanced levels working cattle, sheep and ducks. “I believe for me to judge fairly I need to be in that arena to see what my exhibitors experience when they trial.”

Carol was recruited to assist in the early organization of the AKC Herding Program and was one of the first individuals to become a certified herding judge for AKC. Over the past twenty plus years it has been her privilege to have judged multiple AKC trials on A, B & C-courses, on all approved livestock. You may have seen Carol as a Herding judge at numerous breed Nationals and Specialties which have included Beardies, Shelties, Corgis, Belgium Sheepdogs and Tervurens, German Shepherds, Bernese Mountain Dogs , Border Collies and others. “I have enjoyed witnessing the advances in the AKC Herding program, especially seeing more herding breeds compete. Through the years it has been my pleasure to see dogs progress in their ability to read and confidently control and manage movement of livestock. The handlers also continue to improve in their herding skills, in teamwork with their dogs exhibiting a better understanding of how to work cattle, sheep and ducks. Plus, the handlers continue to expand their knowledge of program requirements by attending clinics and seminars.”

Roy Sage:

  Roy Sage comes to us from Nyssa, OR and brings a lifetime of experience working with dogs, livestock, and dogs with livestock. He and his wife Annette's Osage Australian Shepherd Kennel has recieved the special recognition of being a Hall of Fame (HOF) Kennel producing a number of Working Trial Champions (WTCH). Roy has conducted clinics and judged trials across the nation and the globe with all breeds of herding/working dogs. Roy shares his daily work load with an Aussie, a Belgian Sheepdog and a Border Collie. He really enjoys working with novice dogs and handlers
Cathy Sumeraki

Cathy Sumeracki (SOOM-ER-RACK-EE) has been herding for over a decade. Teaching others how to herd with their dogs is her passion. She works with all breeds at all levels and competes in all venues of herding competition. She is also an AHBA judge, an AKC judge and co-author of the book “Teaching the Rules of the Hunt.”

Known for her creative approach to teaching, it is evident Cathy loves to help others get the most from their relationship with their dog. “I like to win and want my students to win like everyone else, “ Cathy says. “But at the end of the day, for me, it’s about how well the dog and handler work together as a team towards accomplishing a task.”

This philosophy serves her well as Cathy holds over 20 championships across ASCA, AHBA and AKC, and has made the Top Ten Rottweilers and the Top 20 Bouviers in herding. She herself has Border Collies and Kelpies and also competes with Shelties, Corgis, German Shepherds, and mixed breeds. She currently has over 20 students who successfully compete in herding, over one third which are above the started level.. “Seeing my students succeed is my greatest reward,“ says Cathy.

She and her husband John own a premier herding facility in New River, AZ where she does lessons, camps, in house training and other events using sheep, goats, cattle, geese and ducks. Her camps are well known for being action packed with loads of working time and great takeaways for future progress. You can learn more about Cathy at www.summernyranch.com

Val Manning:    

Doug & Val with dogs



Val's interest in herding started when working as a Pet Food Specialist for Farmland Industries in the late 80's and early 90's. During this time, Farmland was the official Pet Food of The Meeker Classic, The National Western Stock Show and other trials in Colorado, Nebraska and Kansas. At that time - very few people were trialing with upright dogs, and fewer with German Shepherds. In 1995, Val finished her first conformation champion - CH Hickory Hill's Excalibur "Magic" and decided that the next goal would be to compete in herding. She and Magic started working with Jerry Rowe that June, and started trialing in October. Since that time, Terra Norte' GSD's have been both conformation champions and herding dogs. In 2004 with the help of Hildy Morgan, Jerry Rowe and others - Val started Rancho Terra Norte' and the Northern Colorado Herding Cooperative was established.

Working with beginning students and their dogs is highly rewarding. While most trainers can take a dog and trial successfully, it takes a Coach to teach the owner how to herd and build on the relationship between dog & handler. Diversity is what builds a better mousetrap - Val has been successful in helping GSD's, Aussies, BCs, Rotties, Giant Schnauzers, Briards, and Cattledogs and their owners herd proficiently and achieve success in the herding arena or field.

Chelle Schmann, DVM



Paty Schneidmiller


Pat has always been firmly anchored in the dog show & performance world. In the 70’s Pat was active as a junior showman with her Labrador, Peaches while her mom Sandy started showing dogs in conformation. In 1988 Rottweilers entered the household. Pat & Sandy both caught the herding bug in 1996 and soon were taking lessons from Dave Witherspoon, trialing and learning how to set stock.

Since those early days, Pat and her dogs have competed successfully in a variety of herding venues including ASCA, AHBA, AKC, CKC and most recently USBCA (yes, with Rotts) on sheep, cattle and ducks. This success includes several High In Trial awards at both AKC and CKC events.

In addition to herding – Pat is a licensed Carting judge and competes in carting, rally, obedience and conformation events. Helping new people to work with their dogs is a special joy for Pat. We are pleased to have her teaching our Intro to the Bubble classes and Stock Handling Classes.   

Jeanine Blaner



Jeanine Blaner resides in Helena, Montana.  She has been herding for over 15 years, competing in AKC, AHBA, and ASCA with rough and smooth collies.  She has achieved both AKC and AHBA herding championships and is an AHBA judge.

Jeanine has worked with handlers with a number of other breeds, including border collies and other upright breeds.  She enjoys working with beginner dogs and helping handlers understand trial skills and scoring.

Jeanine is the chair of the Working Collie Committee for the Collie Club of America, which puts on regional herding trials for collies each year.  In addition to herding, she shows in conformation and competes in agility.  She enjoys helping dogs and handler build a strong foundation of skills that can benefit them in multiple disciplines.

Samantha Lieurance:

Aloha, my name is Samantha Lieurance. I have been teaching yoga sense 2007. My classes focus on the breath, mind and body connection. In class I hope to help students find equanimity. Yoga comes from the word yoke. A yoke is a tool that connects animal to a plow or allows that animal to carry heavy loads. Just as yoga connects the mind, body and breath. When our breathing is labored due to stress created from the body or mind yoga can help us learn how to come back into a more relaxed breathe. In turn we find our center.

Practicing yoga one morning my new pup, Tenzing a black mouth cur, laid across my mat. Just as her predecessors have done (Buddy and Lady). Being a puppy I was still working on her basic obedience commands. I needed her to move so I started to tell her to go here and sit, then to go over to another corner of my mat and lay down. She did wonderfully! Later that day during our second obedience session she was nothing but obedient and I was not centered, but a little flustered as well as tired from my busy day. So I scrapped the session, rolled out my yoga mat and started working on letting go of stress through some pranayama (a yogic method of breathing that helps reduce stress). Tenzing followed suite laying in front of me and with a big sigh we let go of our day.

One of my passions in life is my dog. I am always looking for ways to deepen my relationship with Tenzing. We started herding and found that staying centered when my communication with my dog was off caused the sheep/goats to not respond to me in a manner I wanted. Remembering the story above I have used some yoga poses and breathing techniques to help with performance anxiety and staying calm in the ring. If you would like to learn some ways to find that connection between your breath, mind and body please join me at the summer symposium!

For more information on Sam Lieurance you can check out the her website: www.yaylifeyoga.com
Melissa Archer-Muncaster:




Sarah Marshall: