- stud service
- trial judge (almost every weekend; ASCA, AHBA, CKC, AKC)
- Kathdin x Barbado sheep (lambs available in fall)
- WTCH HTCH HEARTHSTONE’S DAKOTA’S QUEST RTDcs, HTD IIIs, HRD IIIs, DNA-VP
- WTCH HTCH KATE HTD IIIs, HRD IIIs, HXs DNA-VP
- WTCH HTCH HEARTHSTONE’S DUST DEVIL-2 HTD IIIsd, HRD IIIs, DNA-VP
- HTCH HEARTHSTONE’S CYCLONE RASCAL-2 ATDsd OTDc, HTD IIIsd HRD IIIcs DNA-VP
- CROWN POINT CHIEF OF TRUE GRIT ATDsd OTDc, HTD IIIsd, RTD IIIs, DNA-VP
- HTCH WINDWALKER’S KID ATDsd, STDc, HTD IIId, HRD IIIcs
- WTCH HEARTHSTONE’S CLANCY JONES CD RDg
- WTCH HEARTHSTONE’S SAINT ELMO RD, RTDcs, PATDcs, HTD IIIs, HRD IIIs, HXs DNA-CP
- WTCH HEARTHSTONE’S HEIDI DO RD RTDc DNA-CP (owner Chris Timmons)
- WTCH HEARTHSTONE’S PINK TERA BERET RTDcs DNA-CP (owner Judy DeShazo)
- WTCH HEARTHSTONE’S BERRY FINE DOG RTDs (owner Jackie Boaz)
- WTCH HEARTHSTONE’S CRYSTAL FALLS RTDsc PATDc (owner Jackie Boaz)
- WTCH HEARTHSTONE’S ELBEE RTDs (owner Jackie Boaz)
- WTCH HEARTHSTONE’S MOONSHINE-2 CDX, RTDcs, NAs NAj (owner Diana Decker)
- HEARTHSTONE’S BANDIT ATDcs, OTDd, RTDcs (owner Allison Tompkins)
- HEARTHSTONE’S ONIE CAIN—3rd place Yellow Rose Futurity (owner Polly Hamilton)
DESCRIPTION: In the mid ‘80’s I was working on a 11,000 acre cattle ranch in central Texas. Sometimes I had cow-calf pairs and sometimes steers, depending on who held the lease. Most of the pastures were rough, brushy, and full of cactus. Folks came by for branding and weaning, but little else. I needed help and a stockdog seemed to be a logical choice, even though I had no idea what a stockdog was! At an Aussie stockdog trial in Abilene, I saw in the arena exactly what I needed and wanted. Windsong Raisin Cain was a strong dog and could really handle cattle, though he worked on his own agenda rather than Rick’s. After fainting at the idea of paying $200 for a dog, I bought a pup on the spot. I didn’t care what color or sex it was going to be, it just had to work cattle and not bite kids. Texas Sand Chase soon sold me on the breed. We went to our first trial a year later.
Hearthstone is about 19 years old now. Although presently I only keep calves to train dogs, I still run from 150 to 200 head of sheep and keep both chickens and ducks. All my dogs are ranch dogs first. They are expected to do both pasture and lot work. They gather pastures, will fetch or drive, help me worm, sort, separate, load, bring in ewes with new lambs, etc. They do 90% of my work now—sometimes more, as I get older and more spoiled!
I enjoy training, especially starting young dogs. I still like to WTCH my dogs but do not trial them for Finals competition. Trialing is a fun place to meet old friends and see where your pups need work.
I rarely raise a litter and then only if I want a dog for myself. When breeding I look for a talented, instinctive, strong, confident, biddable athletic dog. I feel a person is very lucky if he finds a breed that suits him and even luckier if he finds a strain within a breed that suits him exactly. I have found what I was seeking in my dogs, which doesn’t mean they would suit anyone else.
Some of the best dogs I have ever worked or owned were a combination of Crown Point (back to Chancy/Kahn), and Windsong (back to Cain). Most of my current dogs go back to those lines.