I don't even own a Cardigan, but I still thought it was pretty cool that a Cardigan won the herding group (apparently for the first time)... What a pretty girl!
I smiled when I read your last two sentences. I am very happy for you and Max.
I agree with you on Border Collies or any other breed should be able to do both. Being a good herder, yet meeting the standards as set for a BC. Hopefully the BC people who were opposed to AKC recognition of the BC breed have come to recognize that the attention AKC affords them opens up the possibilities for more people becoming interested in working with their breed and that has to have a lot of positives.