National Cowdog Association holds Midwest Regional Finals
The National Cowdog Association held their first annual Midwest Regional Finals in conjunction with the Nebraska State Fair in Grand Island and Akron resident Dan Korf showed everyone how it should be done. The state fair folks put on a good trial for the state fair and the NCA including adding $5,000 to the pot. The whole event was streamed live on the Internet. There were handlers there from Wyoming, Colorado, Nebraska, Iowa, Oklahoma, Texas, South Dakota and Kansas.
The top 20 point-earning open cow dogs in the Midwest region qualified to run the first day and when it was all said and done, Korf and his dog Tater Salad walked away champions. The second day, the top 10 dogs from the first day ran starting with the 10th place dog and working up to the first place dog. By the time Dan and Tater's turn came, there had been some good runs and the only thing that was going to win was a near perfect run. Tater got control of the cattle quickly and the pair worked the cattle through the panels and around the various obstacles with ease until they got to the point where they had to load the cattle into a stock trailer. One of the cows decided it just was not where she wanted to be. It took a little convincing from Tater, but she finally jumped in. The time he needed to beat was 4:28. They checked and double checked the time and announced--3:53. Tater had swept both go-rounds.
Korf has been involved with training and trialing stock dogs for over 20 years and has raised some of the best in the country. He believes in breeding power into his dogs, so that their mere presence will move stock without constant biting and harassment. Tater's father, Hoss, was Reserve National Champion Cowdog, as well as a persistent winner in sheep dog trials. Korf's pups are living and working with owners from coast to coast. He has trialed all over the country and had both champion sheepdogs and cowdogs. His dogs are all Border Collies and McNabs, which he uses every day on his cattle and sheep ranch northeast of Akron.
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