The AKC Performance Events Department welcomes two new field representatives to the AKC Herding Program. Starting this month, Robin Penland-Elliott and Ken Ferrill will begin their new roles representing AKC at herding events.   

Robin Penland-Elliott brings over 40 years of herding experience to the AKC program.  Her judging career began with 4H in the 1970’s and expanded in 1994 to USBCHA and AHBA. She has been an AKC herding judge since 2003. Her decades of judging and training more than 60 different herding breeds lends herself a deep appreciation and broad understanding of the different herding styles, from Border Collies and Australian Shepherds to Icelandic Sheepdogs and Hungarian Pumik. Robin is a passionate teacher who stresses the importance of the dog/handler relationship to achieve the best possible results. Robin is delighted to share her many years of expertise and commitment to good stockmanship and good sportsmanship in her new role.

Ken and his family have owned Australian Shepherds as pets since 1972. In 1996 when he started supplying cattle to clubs he began learning the basics from experienced trainers. In 1997 he joined his first club and soon after in 1998 he acquired his first Australian Kelpie earning a WTCH, HTCh, and PATD. Ken continued having successful results with his Kelpies earning titles and breeding litters. Throughout the years he has been involved with ASCA, AHBA, AHA, NDMA and BCSA. Ken titled the first Australian Kelpie with an HX after the breed was welcomed into the AKC FSS and AKC Herding Programs in 2015. He is an AKC judge who has held many club positions from chairman to stock handler plus 6 years as a trial secretary. Ken looks forward to serving as an ambassador to the program.

The AKC Performance Events Department is excited to have Robin and Ken share their knowledge of herding to better assist our clubs, judges and participants around the country.


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