12/12/98 – 8/1/11
Sadly, Rook was euthanized on August 1, 2011 due to complications from hemangiosarcoma. He had a great life and was my career maker.
Rook was my first working Border Collie and I raised and trained him myself. He was very forgiving of all my mistakes and excelled in spite of me. He was very biddable, a superb natural outrunner and had great pace. He had confidence and power with the ability to quietly work ewes with lambs as well as tough rams. He also had a wonderful temperament both on and off stock. Rook qualified for the USBCHA National Sheepdog Finals ten years in a row (competing at six of them).
Rook is the sire of Tweed, who received the “Ralph Pulfer Memorial Award for the Most Promising Young Dog” at the 2006 USBCHA National Finals in Klamath Falls, OR. Tweed has also gone on to produce some nice working dogs as well.
Pups out of the first Rook x Hattie litter all have turned out to be very nice working dogs (Joanne Noble’s Kaige, Gwen Kuykendall’s Sid, Nancy Starkey’s Soot, Mark Soper’s Gyp and Kathy Petrere’s Vegas). The second cross produced my Ben, who is currently competing in PN.
Rook x little Meg litter was born June 21, 2009. Click here to see pups. I have a male from that cross, Monk. I wish the best of luck to all the other people that were fortunate enough to get a pup from his last litter!
He left a great legacy of dogs to follow in his paw prints and he is missed very much.
Rook working at home and clips from the 2007 Bluegrass Classic Top Twenty Finals. A special thank you to Denise Wall for filming and creating this wonderful memory!
Click here to see a video of Rook at the 2005 National Sheepdog Finals in Sturgis, SD – taken by Black Hills TV
2010 Kingston Sheep Dog Championship – 7th in 2nd round of 120.
2009 Lexington Open SDT overall Reserve Champion
2009 Highland SDT Open winner
2009 Kingston Sheep Dog Trial – 15th in first round of 140.
2009 Shaker Village SDT Open winner, overall combined score winner and Top 5 Double Lift finalist
2009 Twin Oak SDT Open winner
2009 Climax SDT – 2nd place
2008 Broken Back Farm SDT – 3rd place
2008 Rural Hill Farm SDT Overall Open Champion
2008 Water Cress Farm SDT Open winner
2008 – Invited, for the third year in a row, to compete at the prestigious Soldier Hollow Classic Sheepdog Championship in Utah.
2008 Bluegrass Classic – 7th place in first round of 130
2008 Twin Oak Ranch SDT Open winner
2007 Rural Hill Farm SDT – 2nd place (75 dogs) and 6th in Top Twenty Double Lift Finals
2006 – 2007 trial season: Finished 3rd in the nation on the USBCHA points standings.
2007 – Invited to compete at the prestigious Soldier Hollow Classic Sheepdog Championship in Utah.
2007 Bluegrass Classic – 4th in Top Twenty Double Lift Finals. 19th in 1st round of 128 and 6th in 2nd round of 129. 6th overall combined.
2006 Front Runner SDT Open winner and overall Open Champion
2005 Virginia Border Collie Association’s Open Champion
2005 USBCHA National Finals in Sturgis, SD – 13th in first round, 36th in semi-finals
2005 Meeker Classic Championship SDT – 9th in first round of 111, 13th in semi-finals
2005 Seclusvial SDT Open winner and overall Open Champion
2005 Bloomfield SDT Double Lift finalist
2004 ABC Magazine SDT Open winner
2004 Front Runner SDT Open Reserve Champion
2004 VA State Fair SDT Open Reserve Champion
2004 Bloomfield SDT Double Lift finalist
2004 Virginia Border Collie Association Open – 3rd overall for season
2003 NC State Championship SDT Double Lift finalist
2003 Montpelier SDT Open winner
2003 Edgeworth Winter SDT Open winner
2003 USBCHA National Finals in Sturgis, SD: placed 50th in first round
2003 Virginia Border Collie Association Open Reserve Champion
2002 Southern National Open SDT Double Lift finalist
2002 USBCHA National Finals in TN – 25th in the first round of 150 dogs; 30th in the semi finals
2002 Red Top Challenge SDT Open winner and overall Reserve Champion
2002 Wagon Wheel Ranch SDT Open Reserve Champion
2001 – 2002 South Carolina Border Collie Association Open Ranch Champion
2001 – 2002 Georgia Stock Dog Association Open Ranch Champion
2000 – 2001 Georgia Stock Dog Association Pro Novice Champion