Our History
Hi, I'm Laurie Batson and my husband’s name is Jim.  We live in Parkfield, California, where we manage about 100 head of mother cows and grow grain hay on our ranch, the Rafter Lazy J.

We have been in the cattle business for 35 years and I have been working with stockdogs for 25 of those years.  We use them in everyday work with our cattle as well as taking them with me to day work at other ranches.

Along with giving herding clinics and private lessons for the past 25 years, I also train and trial my own dogs.  Through all the years of selective breeding and dedicated training, I have been fortunate enough to win several prestigious titles.  I have taken my dogs to the Kelpie Nationals and other dog trials in most of the Western States.

We breed and raise Registered Australian Kelpies that have bite as well as a sensible mind for training bidability.  Although we specialize in raising Registered Australian Kelpies, I also train Border Collies and other herding dog breeds. 

Please take your time in looking through the web pages and enjoying some of the phenomenal work being done by our dogs.
If you are looking to have your dog trained; give me a call at
805-463-2487, 805-440-5806 or
email me at kelpiequeen@gmail.com

Deerwood Kelpies ~ Rafter Lazy J ~ Laurie Batson copyright@2009 ~ 805-463-2487
Laurie & Mick winning the
2006 Mid-State Stock Dog Trials, Paso Robles
Deerwood Kelpies