1988 Supreme Stockdog

There is a Stockdog Finals winner from each class of stock at nationals. If one dog wins all three classes, that dog will carry the title of: (year won) ASCA Supreme Stockdog.  HOF WTCH Slash V Slide Me Sweet CD was owned and trialed by Wayne Oliver. Story below told by Tony Rhome.

The first time I remember seeing Red Oliver was at a stockdog trial in Brownfield, Texas about 1983.  It rained a flood and blew his tent down.  Red wore tennis shoes which probably did not match and he did not care.  Back then had a nice dog, WTCH Oliver’s Moqui CDTX ATDh.  I was a beginner in dog trailing and had gotten into Aussies looking for a steering wheel for other dogs working my cattle.  I liked Red and wanted to learn from him.  He had grown up on a farm in Minnesota and had been a bomber pilot in the Pacific in World War II.  He was a what you see is what you get sort of a guy who went out of his way to help people.  He spent hours trying to figure out dog instincts and how to use them to train a dog.  He got good at it.  We bought littermates from Terry Martin’s Tikki x Slide litter.  Tikki was a tough little heeling female.  Red got a female, Slash V Slide Me Sweet, which we knew as Slip.  He said he drew the course out in the dirt and Slip understood it.  I trialed against these two, a lot.  He never seemed to care who won so long as Slip did a decent job, except for one year at Abilene.  I called time on her for rolling a sheep.  He was trying to win a jackpot against some Border Collies.  We had become stockdog judges about 1986 and went on to judge a lot of trials, together.  At that time, clubs could have the judges do a handler’s clinic in conjunction to a trial.  Red spent hours with handlers trying to get their feet wet and figure out what they were getting into.  He was a good teacher and Slip was a good demo dog.  He was a good judge too but you never had to pry an opinion out of Red.  In the comment section of a score sheet Red wrote, “If I was that dog, I would shoot myself.”  You never had to read his mind.  Red started coming to my house and spent hours helping me work my stock with Slip.  Slip was pretty well balanced as a stock dog as she would work the head and heel.  She appeared well trained.  I guess she followed Red’s directions.  I don’t know how.  His whistling sounded like a canary farm.  Red went on to win ASCA Supreme Stock Dog in 1988 and ASCA Champion Cattle Dog in 1990 with Slip.  After he won the finals in 1988, he took everyone out to eat with his winnings.  They were a matched pair, except for his shoes and socks.  You could find not better.  Tony Rhone