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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. She also manages her Ability Farms livestock operation where she raises registered Dexter cattle and Kiko goats.

Billy Pickel:
Billy Pickel with dogs  

 Billy’s early years were spent in East Tennessee where his family always had dogs around to help with bringing the cows in for milking or loading them to market. In 1977, Billy moved to Wyoming and spent time around the Flag/Pitchfork Ranch. He spent time with various herders associated with the ranch and learned about herding sheep and using dogs to get the job done. He met Ernie Hartnagle, Walt Larmar, Jerry Rowe and Dick Sorensen and became interested in competing with herding dogs.

The next few years were spent learning about how people worked with their dogs in order to get various jobs done. Billy began to develop his own style of how to work with and teach dogs to work livestock.

Billy believes that a good solid foundation of basic dog work is necessary for the handler and the dog to be productive. He believes that getting the basics first and having them solid is the best way to develop your handling skills and your dog’s abilities. The old saying “Haste makes waste” would fit his philosophy.

Billy has competed with his dogs from Tennessee to Montana and the Rocky Mountain region. He has judged a variety of events from arena trials to field trials and cattle trials including the National Western Stock Show in Denver, Colorado.

Mary Alice Wisecarver:


Mary Wisecarver has been training and trialing herding dogs for over 15 years. She competes in a multitude of venues including AKC, AHBA, ASCA and USBCHA with various breeds. She is also a judge in both AKC and AHBA.

Mary Wisecarver started her herding career relatively young at the age of 7 years old. Through the years she proved age doesn’t matter as she competed both as a junior handler as well as regular classes with great success. In ASCA Mary truly shined and received a multitude of awards including the number one junior for 10 years in a row and competing in the ASCA Nationals Finals multiple times and finishing in the top 5. In AKC Mary has obtained two Herding Champions on her Border Collies and the Herding Excellent title with her Australian Shepherd with countless high in trial and high combined awards.

Natural progression led Mary to start training and trailing others dogs professionally. This vastly increased the breeds she trained which continued to teach her about the different temperaments of dogs and training techniques. Mary believes in continued education and still attends clinics and learns from other competitors. 

Sherry Kaltenborn

Sherry Kaltenborn comes to us from Memphis, Tennessee where she and her Briards train and compete in AKC, ASCA and AHBA. She is a licensed AHBA judge and enjoys working with novice exhibitors.

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 Schumann, DVM


Michelle (Chelle) Schumann DVM I am a 1990 graduate of the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine in St.Paul Minnesota. I then practiced in Albuquerque New Mexico for 15 years first as an associate veterinarian and the served as Medical director in several related specialty practices in the area.

My career has since taken me to the beauty of Montana where I have practiced mainly emergency medicine as well as some general practice for the last 12 years. My love of the German Shepherd Dog began before I was school age as my father was a border patrol agent with a working GSD in southern New Mexico. Since then I have been blessed with “ the best dog in the world” many times and they are all remembered with love and a smile.

My current dogs are PAM Violet, PAM Bee! and young Cat! who are multi talented and titled in agility, herding, rally, barn hunt, tracking and dock diving.


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.   

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
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