The Trainer and his Assistants

 

Ted Ondrak

Ted with his crew, Drew, Tweed, and Panda, tending sheep in the open hills 

Ted with his crew, Drew, Tweed, and Panda, tending sheep in the open hills 

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:

 

The Long Beach Queen Mary Scottish Festival

The Great American Irish Fair, Long Beach 

LA County Irish Fair, Rainbow Lagoon, Long Beach

Dana Point Annual Wag-A-Thon Shelter Fundraiser

Living Free Animal Santuary Annual Fundraiser

Costa Mesa Scottish Festival at O.C. Fairgrounds

Celtic Festival Pomona Fairgrounds

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 David

Chandra and our chocolate rescue Border Collie, Brody, entertaining at half-time at the famous Coto de Caza polo match.

Chandra and our chocolate rescue Border Collie, Brody, entertaining at half-time at the famous Coto de Caza polo match.

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 Gottschalk

Mike with his Blue Merle Border Collie, Lulu, bringing the sheep through the Y chute, practicing for an upcoming competition.

Mike with his Blue Merle Border Collie, Lulu, bringing the sheep through the Y chute, practicing for an upcoming competition.

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.