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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.

Kelly Malone:  


Kelly Malone is a 40-year veteran of the dog business. At 18 she started working as a pooper-scooper at a local boarding and grooming kennel to pay for her college tuition. Since then she has worked as a bather dryer, groomer, kennel manager, trainer and business owner. She has managed a wide range of pet businesses including a conformation handler's kennel, a trainer's kennel and a Humane Society's animal operations as well as her own instruction business. She has cared for and handled dogs that range from $60,000 show dogs to dogs that were thrown away in dumpsters.

Kelly has been herding with German shepherds since labor day of 1994. She has bred, trained and handled several GSDs to advance titles in herding. These dogs include two GSDCA Victor/Victrixes. in 2008 she bought her first border Collie who she campaigned to a championship and who in turn gave her, her first home bred Triple Champion. working with both her own and client dogs of various breeds, Kelly has earned 160 titles in AKC/AHBA/ASCA, earning numerous placements and High in Trials. She also competes in obedience, rally and agility.

in 2005 Kelly earned her judges license with the American Herding Breeds Association. In addition to judging she also trial secretary's for AHBA events. 

Kelly is the author of the upcoming book, "Dog Training is About You: Be an Effective Canine Teacher" as well as the well received, "76 Exercises to Improve Your Stockwork"

Kelly has been instructing herding students since 2005. She is very proud of the wide range of breeds that people bring to her as well as professionalism that her students bring to the field. 


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. 

Terry "Boots" Kenney

My name is Terry Kenney. I've been involved in working stock dogs for over 30 years. My 1st working dog was a Border Collie; Darkwind Stormin Kenelley. She became the first AKC dual Champion. Since then from Ellie's lines I have bred and trained six herding champions. I founded and operated TASK FARMS, located in Southern Ca. We were an all-breed training and trialing facility. My judging career began about 25 years ago.

I consider myself to be a competitor's judge. Sheep, cattle, and fowl are the animals that I have raised and bred. I am very familiar with the working characteristics all of them. When I retired from selling insurance I became a rancher. I just recently divested myself from my 12,000 acre cattle operation. For the past two years I have been assisting a friend on her cattle ranch. Our involvement included all aspects of breeding. Currently and forever I hope, I live in Cheyenne, Wy.

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.


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.