A three year old Border Collie called Eric has passed his Show
Border Collie Herding Test.
Sheltysham So Esoteric, otherwise known as Eric, owned by Diane
Whiting from Shepperton, Middlesex passed the test in October
following the Thanet Sheep Dog Society Open Trial in Kent. Eric is
no stranger to success, having qualified for the show ring at
Crufts every year since he was puppy. In addition to this,
Eric's half-sister is the pet of the Crown Prince and Princess of
The purpose of the Show Border Collie Herding Test, which is a
limited version of a sheepdog trial, is to safeguard the future
development of Border Collies which compete at dog shows by
emphasising the importance of the breed's natural herding
Diane commented: "Eric's father, Ghostland Copper Charm was a
super show and working trials dog. However, he was afraid of sheep
and his mother, Sheltysham So Real, was successful in the show ring
but was never worked so I always wanted to find out if the herding
instinct was still there with Eric."
Eric was introduced to sheep at an early age to gauge his
interest before starting formal lessons about 18 months ago. After
months of training, Diane applied for Eric to take the Show Border
Collie Herding Test. Chairman of the Midlands Border Collie Club,
Robert Tunnicliff arranged for the test to be held after the
conclusion of Thanet Sheep Dog Society Open Trial in Kent on
October 13, when sheep, venue and judges would be available.
Diane continued: "The Kennel Club Show Border Collie Herding
Test was something we wanted to aim for and the lessons were a
highlight of the week for Eric as his natural instincts came alive.
On the day of the test it was difficult for novices like Eric and
me to adjust to working with more challenging sheep in a strange
venue, but everyone was so encouraging and the real shepherds
remarked how handsome Eric was, which was lovely."
Kennel Club Secretary, Caroline Kisko said: "The Show Border
Collie Herding Test ties in with the Kennel Club's 'Fit for
Function: Fit for Life' campaign, which aims to ensure that dogs
are bred to be fit for their original function and to enjoy their
lives to the full.
"Congratulations to Eric and Diane on their wonderful
achievement in passing the test and proving Eric's
Eric has now earned the right to use the SBCHT after his Kennel
Club show name, alongside his working trials titles, CDex and