The Trainer and his Assistants
Ted Ondrak has been herding since 1989 and has over 20 years of competition experience. He is a licensed herding judge for the AKC (American Kennel Club), AHBA (American Herding Breed Association), and the USBCHA (United States Border Collie Handlers Association) and is also a founding member of the (AVSC) Antelope Valley Stockdog Club.
Ted has been teaching and conducting herding clinics full time for over 20 years. He and his dogs, along with his students, have been the main attraction at these local annual events:
Seaside Highland Games, Ventura Ca.
Queen Mary Scottish Festival, Long Beach Ca.
The Great American Irish Fair, Irvine Ca.
Dana Point Annual Wag-A-Thon Shelter Fundraiser
Living Free Animal Santuary Annual Fundraiser
Costa Mesa Scottish Festival at O.C. Fairgrounds
Irish Fair, Mission Viejo Ca.
He is Hollywood's number one herding trainer to the stars and has appeared on numerous television shows such as Animal Planet, NBC, Fox, National Geographic, PBS, A&E channel, and the Family Channel. He has been featured in Time magazine, Associated Press, Los Angeles Times, Daily News, Antelope Valley Press, Ventura Star, and the books Working Dogs, and Big Dogs/ Little Dogs (companion book to the A&E special "Big Dogs/ Little Dogs").
Ted trains all herding dogs and has earned working titles on over 10 different breeds. His training techniques have proven successful in changing the behavior of problematic dogs.
Chandra has been working with herding breeds since 2002. She has owned and trained a Belgian Malinois, several Border Collies and has worked with several other herding breeds.
Chandra works full time with exotic animals. She has raised wolves, giraffes, primates and several species of hoof stock. She has spent the last 20 years working to recover the California Condor.
Mike has been involved in herding training since 2006, starting with a rescue mixed herding breed. Taking what he learned, he then put it to use on his Border Collie, Lulu, who he has been training for 6 years. In addition, Mike has worked with numerous other breeds at Rancho Ventoso.
When he's not in the field with Lulu, Mike works as a creative director for the major studios. He has been designing and creating visual experiences in LA for the past 12 years.