USBCHA Open Trial Winner
Female, Black & White, 19" tall, 33 lbs.
Health Clearances: Hips OFA Good (BCO-10060G58F-VPI), CEA/CH DNA Normal by parentage, CL & TNS DNA Normal (Optigen #14-815), Eyes clear (Feb. 2014), BAER Normal (2017)
Registration: Creekside Gem CBCA 7058; Microchip: 900026000103644 Tattoo: RF202U
Bred by: Fiona Robertson
Sire: 2008 International Supreme Champion Mirk ISDS 272009
Dam: Creekside Tap CBCA 3182 (##Davy; Berhow's *Nick; Blwch lines)
Several placements throughout the 2010 season in ProNovice (NEBCA Region)
ProNovice & Nursery winner at Fetch Gate Sheepdog Trial 2010
Wins ProNovice at MA Sheep & Wool SDT 2011
Wins Ranch at Mad River Sheepdog Trial 2011
Qualified for 2011 USBCHA Nursery Finals
Wins the 2011 Open trial at Quechee, VT
2015 DL Qualifier at Cascade Farm (3rd dog)
2016 Money Steeplechase Winner, K9Sportfest, Maxville, ON
Earned her US UKI Masters Series Byes for 2018
Competing at the Senior Level in UKI agility
Gem was the second born of the 2008 Tap x ##Mirk litter. Gem began training on sheep at about 7 months old and was competing and placing in ProNovice at 17 months. She has a beautiful, classy style - graceful and light on her feet. Gem has lots of eye and a good feel for balance; however, her eye can get her stuck once in a while, so that needs constant maintenance. She aims to please and can get a bit frantic when she doesn't understand, but has a good head on her shoulders and figures things out very quickly. She never seems to tire - she has incredible working stamina!
Gem also trains in agility. We began just for recreation - playing around in 2013 (yes, you can teach an "old" dog new tricks!), but when Fen was injured, Gem's training picked up some (although it always seems to take a back seat to working sheep). We are aiming to hit the agility ring sometime in 2016 - for fun and to keep up with the ever-changing sport.