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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.

Linda Rorem:


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 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.



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