October 12, 2010
Contact: Betsy Hodge, Livestock Educator, 315-379-9192; Barbara Armata,
Professional Sheep Dog Trainer to Hold Northern NY Workshop Oct
Canton, NY – Spots are filling up fast to work with professional sheep
dog trainer and competitor Barbara Armata who will hold a workshop for
dog owners and their canines October 30-31 in Canton. The two-day
workshop will provide dog owners with two lessons each day at Brackett’s
Horse Farm arena.
Barbara Armata has been trialing sheep herding dogs since 1991 and now
competes in trials throughout the Northeastern US and in Canada. Her
Border Collie “Kelly” earned Reserve Champion at the North East Border
Collie Championship in 1994. Armata raises Border Collies at her
Esperance, NY, Taravale Farm kennel, and has been giving lessons and
holding workshops for 15 years.
bought my first Border Collie in 1974 to work cattle on my cutting horse
and cattle ranch. ‘Tara’ was invaluable in assisting with the livestock.
I later began trialing the dogs and now use them to herd my flock of
Scottish Blackface and Montadale sheep,” Armata says.
Workshop organizer Betsy Hodge, a sheepdog owner and Livestock Educator
with Cornell Cooperative Extension of St. Lawrence County says, “Working
with a professional trainer can help you learn more about your dog and
improve your dog’s herding skills. I have attended Barb’s clinics and
always feel it is time well spent.”
The workshop cost is $85 per person per dog. Class size is limited. All
herding breeds are welcome to participate. Observers may attend for a
fee to cover lunch. Hodge says, “Those attending without dogs can learn
a lot by watching and the lunchhour discussion will be about different
breeds, their style of working sheep and how to work with the different
Contact Cornell Cooperative Extension of St. Lawrence County Livestock
Educator Betsy Hodge at 315-379-9192 or
firstname.lastname@example.org for more details
and to register.