Jeannine Jones and her five-year old Border Collie, Rebel, recently won the Mountain Regional Intermediate Championship of the National Cattle Dog Association in Ogden, Utah on March 11.
Jones qualified for Mountain Regionals by attending National Cattle Dog sanctioned trails throughout Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Montana and Idaho.
To win the regionals, Jones and Rebel completed an obstacle pattern in 2 minutes 55 seconds and had a perfect score of 255 points. The course included fetching three cattle and then going back for two more.
Jones trains every day with her dogs and says creating a foundation with basic commands is paramount in any training program. “You have to be able to stop them and have them mind you,” she says. Then Jones trains them on livestock and even has a small flock of sheep for her dogs.
This is the second time Rebel has qualified for Nationals. In June, the two will compete at Nationals in Afton, Wyoming.