When I first started, I had dreams of getting a title. But I gave up on that a long time ago. I ain't no great fighter, I can't even say that I had one great fight. Not even one great round. But there have been moments. You see, not a day goes by when I don't think about this one fight in Jersey. In the second round I throw this three-punch combination left, right, left hook. It was perfect. I heard the crowd gasp. For that one second Tony Banta was as great as Mohammed, Sugar Ray, or any of them. I always thought that maybe I could put a few of those moments together someday and have that great fight.

--- Tony in
Taxi, "Out of Commission," 1981

I confess it: I'm a sheepdogging Tony Banta. I got interested in this sport without any livestock background to draw on (I grew up in apartments and condominiums) and, even though I've messed around in dog sports my whole life, I never was wildly successful at any of them. So I have a lot of strikes against me. But for me, as for Tony, there have been moments, moments when everything flowed, when I seemed to have all the time in the world to make the most minute adjustments to the dog to straighten the line of the sheep, moments when I was blessed with a glimmer of what it must feel like all the time for the "real" Open handlers. It's the thought of those glimmers--so few that I can count them on one hand--that keeps me slogging away through practice sessions, lessons, clinics, and trials.
If you're in the same boat, this site is for you. Sheepdogging is intoxicating, addictive, and more intense than anything I've ever done with an animal before. Let's help each other muddle through to see if we can put a few of the isolated moments when things go well together into a single run when everything goes right.
I hope that this site will become a true knowledge repository of articles and other documents that will help those interested in getting started in sheepdog trials. I plan to add articles to it whenever I see something published elsewhere that I think should be preserved, as well as badgering people to write original material for this site. If any of you think of anything that you'd like to see here, give me a buzz and I'll see if I can make it happen.

If you're interested in finding out more about border collies in general, you should check out
All About Border Collies.
Amanda Milliken answers questions in the Ask An Expert section of the All About Border Collies forums!
Visit our store page for great sheepdog books, supplies, and more! Profits from the store help to support this site.
We have lots of articles that will help get you started. Check out the "Quick Guide to this Site" sidebar for details.
And when all else fails, invoke the power of the hypnotoad!
The set of all people who are (a) geeks, (b) Futurama fans, and (c) sheepdog wannabes is undoubtedly very, very tiny (it probably consists of, well, me!). Still, you might want to take a look at this mpeg clip from the episode "The Day the Earth Stood Stupid," to see how sheep herding really should be done!
When Ordinary Humiliation
Just Isn't Enough