Twenty top handlers from the world of competitve shepherding tell how they go about it. International Supreme Champions, National Champions and other leading lights in the sport explain their techniques, dislikes and preferences in a pastime that has its foundation in their practical work on farms and hillsides. With biographical information, Border Collie pedigrees, general interest topics and a generous array of photographs throughout.
Sculptor, Austin Bennett, has been fascinated by the working Border Collie since he was a boy but didn't start to work and train his own dogs untile he moved from London to a small hamlet in the South Shropshire Hills in 1982. Since then, he has involved himself in a diverse range of sheepdog related activities. An enthusiastic and successful trials competitor, he has competed at national level and on televeisions 'One Man and His Dog'. He judges competitions, has acted as training instructor, and gave sheepdog demonstrations at country shows for many years. His articles on sheepdog handlers, border collies and general sheepdog matters have appeared in national and specialist magazines and he has contributed to, and collaborated on books on the subject. He worte his first article under the title 'One Man's Way with Dogs' in 1990, for the magazine 'Working Sheepdog News'. Instantly popular amongst sheepdog enthusiasts, it has continued to the present day, appearing as a major feature in what has now become' International Sheepdog News', the bi-monthly magazine of the International Sheep Dog Society.