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Debbie Pollard
Owner and Head Instructor
AKC and AHBA Herding Judge

I got started in herding by taking my German Shepherd to an instinct test in 1986 and that was the beginning of a wonderful and rewarding endeavor! I had a very hard time finding a trainer who was willing to work with German Shepherds, but once I got started I was hooked! AKC's program hadn't been thought of yet so the only places to play were AHBA and ASCA

I earned my first herding title, ASCA Started Sheep in 1989.

In 1991 after 5 years of training and trialing, I "hung out my shingle" so to speak and started training other people and their dogs. I wanted to help all breeds to get involved in herding and provide special encouragement to the big "upright" breeds that most trainers were unwilling to work with. With AKC jumping into the herding world in 1990 I felt that the herding breeds needed to show that they still had what it takes to be a good, useful dog. And I was sure that people would really enjoy the sport of herding. So far it has been everything I thought it would be and more.

I have had the pleasure to train and handle many breeds to titles. Both my own dogs and those of others, who have trusted their beloved pets to my hands and guidance.

Although the titles are too numerous to list, my most memorable ones are my German Shepherd Viv earning her ASCA Working Trial Championship and my Border Collie Rue earning all three Championships- ASCA, AHBA & AKC.

To date I have accumulated many Championships and High in Trials, both at local trials and at National Specialties.

I truly love working with all breeds and the people who own them.

I am proud of all of my students and their accomplishments. I hope to continue encouraging people to get into herding and share the passion!

I am also proud of the many I've handled for their owners. To see their many accomplishments, stay tuned for a new page coming soon.


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