Alba Cap won the 2012 US National on the large and challenging course in Klamath Falls, Oregon. The sheep were different than years past with Suffolk prominent in the cross wool yearlings. Much the same as years past in Oregon, it was a good test of the dogs.
It marked the 3rd generation of our bloodline to win the title in Klamath and the 4th generation of National Champions. Cap’s grandmother Nan, won it in 1997 on the same field . Alasdair also won the National with Cap’s uncle Bill, grandfather, Ben and with gr., gr. grandfather, Auld Mirk for Scotland 1984.
We bred Cap in 2005. He is by Nick, a son of Alasdair’s Nan and Ben (litter mate to Alasdair’s Bill). Cap is out of Nell, an Irish bred female Alasdair bought from Andy Carnegie. Nell is also the mother of Andy’s 2007 Scottish National Champion, Lark and the mother of Jill, 2006 International Supreme Brace Champion.
Cap won many open trials and won or finished in the top 3 of several double lift final competitions including the Bluegrass Classic, WWSDA Labor Day Trial and Free to Be Classic.
Cap was a pleasure to train and my only two year nursery dog winning open trials and qualifying for Double lift Finals in his nursery year. Cap became pushier after turning 5 years old; however, he was also exceptionally effective even in the most difficult of situations. He is an excellent farm dog and still works regularly at home at nearly 12 years. old.
Cap has very little eye, stands up well to aggressive sheep, has excellent stamina and is a strong shedder. He is extremely clever, affectionate and has a wonderful temperament. He lives in the house and is my constant companion. He’s been a very successful breeder and has sired several open dogs currently trailing, including my own Nell, Tracy Hinton’s Lad, Jennifer Bosnos’ Donner, Allen Higgenbottom’s Craig, Judy Parker’s Ava and Peg Anderson’s Rob.
Alba Cap: DNA CEA tested: Normal/Clear