American Herding Breeds Association
At the trial
level, numerical scoring and class placements are given,
with a qualifying score required, similar to obedience competitions.
Two legs under two different judges are required for each
of the three levels. Titles are earned sperately for the
different types of stock, with an initial after the title
indicatiing the type of stock on which the title was earned.
The three levels of HTD have standardized courses with free-standing
obstalces. The three levels of HRD involve ranch and farm
courses which vary individually in layout while meeting
Trial Dog I. The started level, standard course.
Trial Dog II. The intermediate level, standard
Trial Dog III. The advanced level, standard course.
HRD I, HRD
II, HRD III-Herding Ranch Dog. Levels as above,
earned seperately on varying ranch/farm courses.
Trial Champion. After an advanced title has been
completed, a dog may earn a championship by obtaining 10
scores of 80 or above at the advanced level.
At the test level, judging is on a pass/not pass basis,
with no numerical scoring or class placemets. Legs for the
same title may be earned on different types of stock, with
small initials after the title indicating the type of stock
on which the title was earned. Two legs are required for
the titles, under two different testers.
Capability Tested. The first leg of the HCT may
be a basic instinct test, with the tester handling the dog.
The second leg requires a little additional training and
consists of simples passes across the small arena with a
stop and recall. For the second leg, as with all tests and
trials other than the first leg of the HCT, the dog must
be handled by the owner or a handler designated by the owner.
Herding Dog. The JHD also requires two legs, but
the legs are identical. The stock are taken around the arena
through a simple course.