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CELTIC DEMONSTRATIONS & EXHIBITS

Highland Ponies:

Baroque Farms will be joining us at the 2019 Louisiana Highland Games. The Highland pony was originally bred in parts of Scotland and on the Western Isles but there are now studs located throughout Scotland, England, Wales, Europe and across the rest of the word.

 

The Highland Pony is one of the two native breeds of the Scottish Highlands and Islands (as well as the Shetland). Over many centuries, the breed has become adaptable to the severe conditions and climates experienced in the areas. The Rare Breeds Survival Trust (RBST) recognises the breed as in a vulnerable state at present.

Sheepherding:  

The Louisiana Ranch Dog Association, located in Jackson, La., began in 2006, initially as a group of friends who shared a love of herding. Today, the club has grown, has the availability of experienced trainers and the opportunity to train on ducks, sheep and cattle. They train our dogs on various obstacles that allow them to participate in various working dog trials.  They have members that are just beginning the sport and those that have received multiple Championships with their dog. 

The Herding Breeds, 30 different breeds in this group, have an instinctual ability to control the movement of other animals.  Throughout the years, these breeds were developed to gather, herd and protect livestock.  Here are just a few of the dogs in this group: Australian Cattle Dog, Australian Shepherd, Bearded Collie, Belgian Malinois, Belgian Sheepdog, Belgian Tervuren, Border Collie, Bouvier, Briard, Cardigan Welsh Corgi, Collie, German Shepherd, Old English Sheepdog, Shetland Sheepdog. The festival will feature sheep and geese herding! For more info visit the Louisiana Ranch Dog Association on Facebook or www.slherdclub.com. 

Highland Cows (Heilan coos):

Nessie and Aberdeen, who will be making an appearance at the 2019 Games,  are registered Scottish Highland cows bred in Louisiana. The Highland is a bred of cattle that originated in the Scottish Highlands and Western Isles of Scotland. Archaeological evidence of the Highland breed goes back to the 6th century and written records exist from the 12th century. The breed is best known for its hair which allows them to handle harsh environments because of its two layers – a long coarse outer layer and a soft wooly inner layer. Highlands have a long history of living with humans. Early Scots would keep the family cows instead their home during the winter to share warmth.

 

Broadswords Competition (See our page)

Tatting: Christy Benoit Castille is inspired by looking at her great grandmother's tatted pieces and vintage patterns. She uses her great grandmother's shuttle, along with newer shuttles that are made of metal, wood and plastic. DMC and Lizbeth thread (100 % Egyptian Cotton) are used in most of her pieces. Once her piece is complete, it is then blocked on a board and starched for shape. After 24 hours it is ready to be enjoyed. Christy will be demonstrating from 1:00 - 4:00 pm on Saturday.