Profiles of 2015 Top-Producing Sires in the Herding Group

Some breeders and owners tell us more about their top producers.

The sires listed below are top producers according to official AKC records Jan. 1, 2015, through Dec. 31, 2015.


1. Provide a brief biography of yourselves and your experience in the sport.

2. Provide a brief biography of your sire’s breeder(s) and background in the sport, if you are not the breeder.

3. Briefly describe the highlights of your sire’s show career.

4. What is significant about the breeding that produced him, his sire and dam or the dogs behind him?

5. Are there two or three traits that you feel he is particularly prepotent for?


Am. GCh./Can. GCh. Rick’s Smokin’ Thunder, CGN, HIC
Australian Cattle Dog
Owner: Chuck P. Lamers

1. I have been enthralled by ACDs since getting my first companion dog, ‘Ringo,’ in 1998. I was hooked! He got me into obedience and altered conformation classes. My first co-bred litter was in 2002. I am very proud to have bred, owned and handled numerous ACDs to championships and other titles including BIS, SBIS and Grand Champion Excellent status in Canada, and I have owned/co-owned and handled the No. 1 ACD in Canada for the last 10 years (2006-2015).

2. ‘Goose’ was bred by Rick Cross of Northport, Mich. His first breed was Labrador Retrievers, on which he placed many conformation and field titles. He got his first ACD in 2006. His breeding program is small (only two litters), but the quality and beauty of his breeding program is undeniable.

3. Goose had obtained his American Champion and Grand Champion titles before coming to Canada in 2013 where he garnered lots of attention, winning BIS and finishing the year No. 1 ACD and No. 10 Herding dog. Goose’s incredible temperament easily earned him his Canine Good Neighbour certification, and he also passed his Herding Instinct Test. After letting his son, Catalyst’s Red Tail Hawk d’ARK (‘Hawkeye’) take show ring and No. 1 ACD honors for a few years, Goose came out of semi-retirement to win the Canadian National Specialty in 2015.

4. Goose is the result of careful attention to phenotype, breed character and temperament.

5. Goose has produced handsome, substantial males and extremely feminine females that demonstrate desired movement, breed type and incredible temperaments.


GCh. Harmony Hill’s Money Talks

Australian Shepherd
Owners: Leon Goetz and Heather Braddock

1. Leon Goetz has owned, bred and shown Australian Shepherds for almost 30 years, resulting in numerous BIS, SBIS and National Specialty winners. As a breeder of multiple titled Aussies in all areas of competition, his Reverie Kennel is United States Australian Shepherd Association Hall of Fame Kennel No. 15. As an owner-handler, he has piloted several dogs to national rankings and was the recipient of the 2013 Winkie Award for Best Owner-Handler.

2. Heather Braddock has been involved in breeding and showing Australian Shepherds for 20-plus years having produced dozens of champions as well as Aussies titled in all venues and Hall of Fame sires.

3. ‘Cash’ was the No. 1 Aussie and a Top 10 Herding Dog All Systems in 2012 and 2013. He is the breed’s first Platinum Grand Champion. He was the USASA National Specialty BOS for three consecutive years (2012-2014) to three different bitches, the USASA National Specialty Best Stud Dog 2012 and 2013, and won 14 all-breed BIS and 62 Herding Group 1sts.

4. The litter Cash came from was the first for his dam Ch. Harmony Hill’s True Lies, ‘Jamie-Lee.’ Keeping another male was way down on the list for me, however, the quality of the boys within that litter was obvious with three serious contenders. Cash seemed to have the “it” factor right from the beginning.

5. Of particular note is his ability to sire quality males. Cash sired the USASA National Specialty Winners Dog three consecutive years (2009-2011) out of three different bitches from outside kennels. Many of his male offspring have gone on to be successful sires as well. He passes on type, soundness and balance.


Gold GCh. Tolkien Raintree Mister Baggins

Bearded Collie
Owners: Susan Ross, Ellen M. Charles, Lesley Woodcock and Robert Lamm

1. I am Susan Ross and have the privilege of being owned by ‘Roy,’ the Top Beardie sire for 2015. Roy is my first Beardie, my first show Beardie and has spoiled me for life.

2. I co-own Roy with his breeders, Lesley Woodcock and Robert Lamm (Raintree), and with the incomparable Ellen Charles. Lesley and Bob have been breeding Beardies for 25 years, including Roy’s father who was a former No. 1 and MBIS Beardie, breeder/owner-handled. His other breeders are Larry and Angela Stein (Tolkien) who are long-time OES breeders, along with the occasional Beardie litter.

3. Under the guidance of Ellen Charles and expert handling of Cliff Steele, Roy smashed the BIS record for the breed, taking 75 BIS. He also won the Herding Group at Westminster and the Beardie National in 2011.

4. N/A

5. We’re proud that Roy has continued his father’s winning tradition, some of it also breeder/owner-handled. Roy produces terrific-moving puppies with very sound temperaments. He has earned his ROMX as a producer, sired multiple specialty winners and sired the top two Beardies for 2015 (all breed). Several of his children are well on their way to producing their own champions, continuing the Raintree tradition.


Bronze GCh. DC Isell’s Itoby HSAs,d HIAs,d HXAs,d CGC HOF
Belgian Malinois

Owners: Carolyn Kaiser and Heather C. Doucette

1. Carolyn Kaiser of Turick Malinois began her show career raising Siberian Huskies and Rottweilers. While raising Siberians, she developed a keen eye for quality biddable working dogs, producing many top competition and conformation champions in the breed. She continued with these high standards when choosing Malinois for her breeding program and has been successful in conformation, agility and herding with her Malinois since the late 1980s, producing several Triple and Dual Champion Belgian Malinois.

2. Birgitte Jensen has been breeding Belgian Malinois in Denmark since 1986. In her words, the Belgian Malinois “must first and foremost be a dog that can work, but it must also [adhere to] the breed standard.” 

3. ‘Dare’ won multiple Group placements and is a regional Specialty BIS winner. He has earned many distinctions in his illustrious career, including youngest Malinois Dual Champion to date (Herding Championship achieved in May 2015).

4. N/A 

5. At just 4 years of age, Dare has more than 40 offspring on the ground competing and titling in a variety of venues: search and rescue, obedience, agility, herding and conformation. He is known for consistently passing on his biddable, exceptional temperament, correct type and conformation.


Bronze GCh. Sidekicks Memory Of Villa Roma CD, BN, RE, HSAd, HSAs, NAJ, NF
Belgian Tervuren

Owners: Susan Geers-Meiners and Robert J. Meiners

1. & 2. The AKC titles ‘Trip’ has won tell only part of the story. Since we enjoy competing in many venues, his full list of titles is BIMBS, BISS, AKC Bronze GCh., UKC GRCH, Int Ch., CATCH, CTACH2, ChCL, ChWC, ChSN, ChJP, ChFH, ChJU, UAG2, UR03 Sidekicks Memory of Villa Roma CD, NAJ, NF, HSAd, HSAs, HRDI, RE, BN, RL1.

My husband and I started by competing with rescue dogs in performance events. We then moved to showing dogs in the breed ring. Since our passion is herding dogs, we bought a farm and got some sheep. In doing this, we are able to raise dogs that are competitive in the breed ring, herding trials and other performance events. We believe our dogs should have titles on both ends of their names.

3. Trip has been a once-in-a-lifetime dog for us. We went from hoping we could finish him to having a multiple Group-placing dog. It has been an amazing journey with nice wins under American and European judges. Now he is enjoying semi-retirement and is occasionally shown in the breed ring as a Veteran. At this year’s Belgian Tervuren National Specialty, he earned Reserve High in Trial on Sheep. 

4. Trip follows in the footsteps of his sire, s.r., p.E. , AKC GCh., UKC GRCH Corsini Jean Marc C-BAR, who was also named a top sire by Dogs in Review. This year it is family affair. His half-sister, AKC GCh., UKC GRCH Enchantress de l’Aurore, is the top dam. She was also sired by s.r., p.E. , AKC GRCH, UKC Corsini Jean Marc C-BAR.

5. N/A


Ch. Barksdale Lochlaren Liaison, ROM, ROM-P
Collie (Rough)

Owner: Barbara Cleek

1. & 2. Barbara: I acquired my first show Collie in 1966, joined the Collie Club of America in 1967, and finished my first champion in 1969. I have owned or bred more than 65 AKC Collie champions, and have been active in our parent club, serving for many years on our Breed Education Committee.

Nancy: My first Collie was a 16th birthday present and I’ve had them for more than 45 years. Barksdale Collies have won multiple BIS, National Specialties, ROMs and Pedigree awards, all breeder/owner-handled. Volunteer activities include President, VP, and Treasurer – Collie Health Foundation, CCA Breed Education and Standard Review Committees. Currently the owner of Collie Expressions Magazine, since 1992.

3. ‘Liaison’ finished his championship in 2004, and went on to win several Specialty BIS. At our Collie Club of America specialty he won Select Dog from the Veterans class in 2012; Awards of Merit in 2006, 2010 and 2013; and the Stud Dog class in 2008, 2012 and 2013.

4. & 5. The Collie Club of America National Specialty is one of the largest put on by any breed. The ability to sire winners on the national level and to be a winner has a significant impact on the breed. Liaison’s sire was a CCA BOB winner and a ROM, his mother’s father and brothers national WDs and ROMs. Liaison’s offspring are following in his family’s footsteps. He consistently produces breed type and temperament.


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