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Vergil S. Holland, 71, of Cynthiana, KY died on April 15, 2015, of complications of kidney cancer.

Author of "Herding Dogs: Progressive Training" and Founder of The Training Center For the Advancement of the Working Stockdog, Vergil was highly regarded for his training and teaching skills with border collies and handlers. Posthumously inducted into the American Border Collie Hall of Fame, he was a nationally recognized competitor and an expert in his field. Vergil's gift was his ability to discern the unique temperament of each dog he worked with and to shape his approach to that dog accordingly.

Vergil is survived by his wife Annemarie Holland, daughter Regina Holland Dengler, son Lewis Holland, two sisters and five grandchildren.

Anyone who wishes to honor Vergil's life please consider a donation to the "Vergil Holland Memorial Mentor Award". This monetary award will be presented annually, at a national trial, to an individual who has been nominated and chosen for their mentoring and guidance.

Vergil's Knowledge Lives On

Vergil is no longer visible among us, but we are fortunate that he chose to share his lifetime of knowledge in his books, through which he teaches us still.

Herding Dogs: Progressive Training

by Vergil Holland

"Herding Dogs: Progressive Training is the only book of its kind to guide the owner toward training the complete herding dog. Whether you are involved in farming or ranching, or simply want to explore your herding dog's heritage, you will find a wealth of information here. ... Vergil S Holland teaches the handler to understand the dog's reactions before beginning this progressive training. Whether it is your dog's first exposure to stock or your older dog with a new problem, you, as a handler, will find solutions to each problem and sound advice on each phase of training."

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From the Handler's Post

by Vergil Holland

"From the Handler's Post is Vergil Holland's much-anticipated followup to his classic HERDING DOGS: PROGRESSIVE TRAINING. A useful guide to succeeding at sheepdog trials for both novice and advanced handlers, this book contains a lifetime of knowledge from one of the most successful sheepdog handlers in North America."

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Or from the publisher, Outrun Press