Kent and Lori Herbel have been training dogs since 1979, though Kent started using dogs to manage cattle on the ranch back in the mid-70's. Since then, he has continued to use dogs on ranches he has owned or managed in Kansas, Texas, and Oklahoma. Kent started trialling dogs in 1989, and taught his first clinic in 1990. He and Lori now travel all over the United States teaching, competing and judging. They currently teach approximately 20 clinics per year.
Kent and Lori have successfully competed in both cattle and sheep trials in several venues. Kent and his Border Collie Sweep are the 2018 National Cattledog Association National Open Champions, having earned the title by being the only dog/handler team to complete all three go rounds in the field with perfect scores. Kent has qualified and competed in the NCA National Finals every year since 2014, and has also qualified for and competed in the United States Border Collie Handlers of America National Finals. Kent has also qualified for and competed in the Mountain States Stockdog Association Finals, winning Reserve Champion Nursery Dog in Afton, Wyoming in 2018.
Kent has also won Open Grand Championships and Open Ranch Grand Championships at the Houston and San Antonio Stock Shows, and has won Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion several times at the National Western Stock Show in Denver.
Kent's training methods have been proven to work on all breeds and all ages of dogs. He has a unique way of teaching that helps handlers learn to build a strong working relationship with their dog, with an emphasis on communicating clearly, quietly and fairly. His methods teach the dogs to be responsible partners capable of being successful in practical ranch work, at home or on the trial field.
Lori has competed successfully on both sheep and cattle, though photography is now her main focus. She has been the Official Photographer for the National Cattledog Association Finals, the United States Border Collie Handlers Association Finals, the Mountain States Stockdog Association National Finals, and the Australian Shepherd Club of American Nationals in addition to numerous local and regional trials.
the meaning of the XP brand
The name for our ranch comes from our brand, which is a second generation tradition in the Herbel family. It originated back in the 70's when Kent's dad Norman, along with his brother Clayton, wanted to come up with a brand that would honor and glorify our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Our brand is the Chi-Rho (pronounced ki-row) symbol, which is generally depicted as the Greek letter chi (which looks like the Roman alphabet X) superimposed over the elongated stem of the Greek letter rho (which looks like the Roman alphabet P).
The Chi and Rho are the first two letters in the Greek word for Christ.
"For every beast in the forest is mine, and the cattle upon a thousand hills." (Psalms 50:10)
We are grateful for God's grace, for without Him we could not do what we do.