Jumpin W’ Clay is a 5-year old dog, bred and raised by Noelle. Clay has a soft feel for sheep and a very calm, patient approach to the sheep. He is extremely biddable and an excellent listener. Although missing out on his “Nursery year” due to Covid, as a 3-year old he placed 14th in the 2021 National Finals Open, at the age of 3. He has been in the top five in a number of double lift finals, including the Meeker Classic Catbird, Trailing of the Sheep and Strang Ranch.
Noelle has been training and trialing her home-bred dogs since 1989, living in Alaska from 1989 to 2005. She raised and trained her first Border Collie in the 1980’s,”which was before everything,” so the only way for her to learn how to train a herding dog was to fly to the lower-48 for clinics. For a decade, Noelle also had to fly to the lower-48 to earn enough trial points to compete in USBCHA Finals. In 2005, Noelle and her husband moved the farm to Washington state. Noelle has raised, trained and competed with dogs from her own breeding for over 30 years.