Jerry Rowe’s Sheep Herding Camp

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Jerry Rowe’s Sheep Herding Camp

 

 

Come Join Us in the Beautiful Land of OZ for a Sheep Herding Adventure!

Twin Creek herding camps provide individual attention in a friendly relaxing atmosphere for all herding breeds.

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Twin Creek herding camp provides individual attention in a friendly, relaxing atmosphere for all herding breeds. Instruction is geared to each student’s level and will help the beginner learn to read his or her dog and stock while instructing the advanced student in the finer points of training and trialing. Jerry specializes in teaching the handler to read livestock and work with his or her dog as a team.

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HERDING CAMPS ~ Campers arrive on Sundays to get settled and acquainted with training beginning early Monday morning. Camp ends on Friday and campers leave Saturday morning.

Weekend, 3, and 4-DAY CAMPS ~ Also available are weekend, three- and four-day camps. These shorter camps are ideal for groups that are preparing for an upcoming event. Group rates are available! Contact us for more information.

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A non-refundable retainer is required to hold reservations. Confirmation packets will be mailed upon receipt of retainer.

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Sheep Herding Camp Registration Includes:

  • Five full days of training (Saturday and Sunday are reserved for arrival and departure)
  • Multiple daily herding lessons
  • Classroom and hands-on training geared to you and your dog’s ability
  • Continental breakfast
  • Catered lunch
  • Soft drinks and snacks daily
  • Lodging
  • One dog per student (additional slots may be purchased to bring more than one dog)
  • No more than seven students per week.

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2017 Camp Schedule

April 3 – 7  FULL

April 10 – 14  FULL

May 1-5  FULL

May 23 – 27  FULL

September 25 – 29 FULL

October 9 – 13  FULL

October 23 – 27  FULL

November 6 – 10

November 13-17

ABOUT JERRY AND SHARON ROWE

Jerry Sharon BarnJerry and Sharon Rowe began their dog herding career in the early 1960s. After purchasing their first registered Australian Shepherd, they discovered the intelligence of these dogs and became interested in preserving the herding instinct and promoting the versatility of the Australian Shepherd as a breed.

In 1970 they traveled to Kentucky for the International Border Collie Competition, where they met Lewis Pence who helped launch what had become their dream to promote stock dog herding with loose-eyed breeds.

Together with the Colorado Collie Club, they formed the first all-breed herding club: Stock Dog Fanciers of Colorado. They then organized the first-ever herding competition for loose-eyed dogs at their farm in Broomfield, Colorado.

Since then they have been instrumental in promoting loose-eyed stock dog training by holding weekly classes and individual lessons. In addition, they have held competitive events at their farms for more than 40 years and have competed in trials and competitions including ASCA, AKC, CKC, AHBA, and USBCHA.

Their farm in Kansas was designed specifically to provide people of all skill levels a place to learn about herding with their dogs.

Jerry Rowe is a senior stock dog judge and has been involved with the ASCA stockdog program since the beginning. Jerry and Sharon have stayed committed to the idea of a versatile working dog who can do it all. To learn more about Jerry or Sharon, click on their name to go to their page.

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FACILITIES AT TWIN CREEK FARM

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Twin Creek Farm offers the perfect vacation for the herding enthusiast!

Nestled in the beautiful Post Rock country, with wide-open hay fields just 10 miles south of Osborne, Kansas, Twin Creek passes through the farm, lined with beautiful oak trees that are over 100 years old.

The early 20th century barn has been converted into a club house that is rich with Midwestern heritage and alive with history. The original slate chalkboard from the old Twin Creek schoolhouse and the floor made out of the town’s Main Street cobblestone adds to the wonderful atmosphere you will experience at Twin Creek Farm. Relax while reading books from our herding library while enjoying the glow from our wood fired pot-bellied stove. The indoor and outdoor arenas provide the perfect training facilities, no matter what the weather may have in store.

CLUBHOUSE

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 CLUBHOUSE

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OUTSIDE CLUB HOUSE

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CLUBHOUSE KITCHEN

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KENNELS

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INDOOR ARENA

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CHUCKWAGON

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TWIN CREEK SIGN

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DUCK ARENA

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Explore the many wooded acres and wide-open spaces available for you to enjoy with your dog.

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ACCOMMODATIONS AT TWIN CREEK FARM

Registration includes reserved lodging on a first come first serve basis. RVs welcome or bring your tent and camp under the trees. Sheep wagon is available for lodging. Contact us to make a reservation or have questions.

POST ROCK COUNTRY

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FRONT OF ROOMS

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KENNELS

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SHEEP WAGON

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SHEEP WAGON

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FLOYD AND JILL SHEEP WAGON

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Ever stay in an authentic sheep wagon? 

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MOTEL

Camelot Inn Motel, Osborne, KS 13 miles from Twin Creek Farm corner of highways 24 and 281 in Osborne, KS. phone (785) 346-5413. Rates are begin at $55 per day. Dogs allowed in rooms. Prices subject to change without notice.

RV HOOKUPS & CAMPING

You are also welcome to park your RV (hook ups are available) at Twin Creek Farm. Or bring a tent and camp under the trees.

MAPQUEST

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MAP TO TWIN CREEK FARM

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WHAT ARE FOLKS SAYING?

If you want to learn to work stock with your dog or better hone your skills, put this place on your bucket list. Jerry can work with you and your dog regardless of your level of training. I was fortunate to attend a small camp with just three people, we were all at different places with our abilities, dogs, and training. Jerry had a knack for being able to work with each of us at our level, and move us all forward. I was amazed to see progress each team made. The week went by too fast and the Rowe’s took great care of us. Thanks again for a great week! –Michael Black

Jerry’s training methods are fantastic!! My dogs’ performances are greatly improved using Jerry’s approach. As a bonus, Jerry is a natural instructor. His techniques are easy to understand and apply. I highly recommend Jerry’s methods to anyone with loose-eyed dogs. — A.B.  Georgia

This is our yearly vacation we can’t miss! Love the facilities, but mostly cherish the time with two dog masters. Caesar should be envious of what Jerry and Sharon are doing! –M.P.

Jerry and Sharon are awesome people as well as great teachers. Sheep camp is the most exciting experience in herding that you can do. The best teacher you could ever have you get for a whole week awesome can’t wait to go back for my 3rd experience. Thanks for everything! –K.H.

I had an amazing week at camp! I met some new friends and learned a lot. There’s no place like it! –LCM

I attended a Jerry Rowe clinic in January 2010 and was amazed at how easy he made handling your dog and herding sound. As soon as he started talking a light bulb went on and I had a whole new feeling of confidence. … no matter what level of learning … I would recommend anyone interested in herding check out Jerry’s method. — W.M.  Georgia

Jerry’s approach to training a herding dog has clarified so much for me. Instead of being frustrated with what I now know are normal, logical behaviors for my dogs, I am now learning to understand and use those behaviors to help him understand what I want of him. Best of all, Jerry’s methods avoid intimidation and harsh correction, rather helping the dog to figure out how to control the sheep in a very natural way, leaving his “sacred” instinct intact. –C.K.  Wyoming

Jerry’s videos are professional and full of wisdom about stock, dogs, and most importantly people. One can easily figure out that Jerry enjoys teaching with humor and for that reason and many more, I am anxious to train further with him. What I am most grateful for, was Jerry’s ability to help me prioritize my goals and to appreciate my beautiful dogs, for the herding breed they are. –M.G. Florida

I learned long ago there are no such things as miracles but with Jerry’s methods and your perseverance even the most impossible dog can benefit from Jerry’s program. He offers a fresh realistic approach to herding that allows the dog to think while building a solid foundation for you and your dog. –Patty Walsh, Colorado

As a herding newbie, 3 years with 3 different dogs, clinics have been my social network. At Jerry’s clinic I recognized that the basics I knew were not all the basics that I needed to know. Jerry encouraged me to develop more stock knowledge. He taught me to encourage my dogs to work with me, not me keeping my dogs off the stock. What I found was that “we” were having more fun, and I was having less guilt.

I took my first Jerry Rowe clinic recently, and was very pleased with the results. The clinic was sponsored by an ASCA club, and I was the only participant who did not have an aussie; I have a pem corgi and a bc. Jerry could have cared less, and he showed me how to solve some of my problems; self created, I’m sure. I was impressed with watching Jerry help the other participants with some of their problems. –Linda Stoddard,  Aiken, SC

Jerry’s training method is great for all breeds of dogs and all types of handlers.

Jerry’s approach to training a herding dog has clarified so much for me. Instead of being frustrated with what I now know are normal, logical behaviors for my dogs, I am now learning to understand and use those behaviors to help him understand what I want of him. Best of all, Jerry’s methods avoid intimidation and harsh correction, rather helping the dog to figure out how to control the sheep in a very natural way, leaving his “sacred” instinct intact.

I was amazed at how easy he [Jerry] made handling your dog and herding sound. As soon as he started talking a light bulb went on and I had a whole new feeling of confidence. Jerry and Sharon were just like old friends and made all, no matter what level of learning you were, feel comfortable and capable. I would recommend anyone interested in herding check out Jerry’s method. –Wanda, Georgia

Sheep at Twin Creek Farm

child-lambThe sheep at Twin Creek Farm have been specially bred for herding. Jerry began developing these sheep many years ago in Colorado. They are a composite between Columbia and Rambouillet that were then crossed with Barbados, Cheviots, Dohl, and Katahdin. They have been bred smaller and are very biddable with dogs. A flock of wethers will be used for training so ewes with lambs will not be bothered.

MORE ABOUT TWIN CREEK SHEEP

At various times during the year, sheep will be available for sale. Please Contact us for more information.

Photo by Roxane Asay, Auburn, Washington

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Grandma went to rest in April 2009. We had her since about 1991. Never knew sheep lived so long. She was a special sheep.

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Sheep Shearing Day at Twin Creek with Nyle Sealine and his Border Collies from Princeton, Missouri.

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If there are a few words of wisdom we can leave with you, it would be:

“Enjoy your dogs while they are here, for they will be gone too soon.
And enjoy the people you meet, for they will be friends for years to come.”

We have known many remarkable people over the years and have found value in each and every friendship we have developed. Remember the Golden Rule:

“Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.”

May you have many pleasures and wonderful memories to follow you throughout the years of your life.

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