Sonesta! She is so pretty! What's her name?
Sonesta! She is so pretty! What's her name?
Thank you! Her name is Sonesta Sophie's Choice - better known just as "Sophie."
I am still processing this, it has not yet sunk in, but our Valley was Best of Breed at the IWCA Specialty in Asheville, NC! Link to pictures:
Her daughter Vale won her class too, icing on the cake!
It is a huge honor, and totally unexpected. I just entered Valley to be half of a brace with her daughter, which totally didn't happen as they had inter generational issues....
We had taken her out the afternoon before BOB, and she was just awful, pacing, tail in the air...we were all discouraged, thought it was probably best not to take her in the ring the next day.
That night, I told my co-owner that we might as well take Valley in, as I had gone to the bother of hauling her all that way..
So I got up early and walked her for about an hour, tiring her out and relaxing her...the co-owner showed her as I was showing my male special, and she showed beautifully, never paced, tail down, looked lovely!
So who showed this past weekend?
Tori (yearling IW bitch) and I went to an Obedience Trial put on by the local Border Collie Association. She got two legs on her Beginner Novice title, with scores of 190 and 190 1/2, so with the other leg earned at the Specialty, she has a new title! On to the Companion Dog title! The off lead heeling will be a challenge.
I find we are really enjoying the obedience, last obedience title I put on a wolfhound was twenty years ago! It is nice Tori has something she can excell at since her mother and sister are such conformation over achievers, not that she is aware of that!
The obedience folk seem very supportive and considerate of one another, such a nice vibe!
We showed a couple weekends ago in rally and obedience. This was the first working trial for my 2 yr old male Dobe (he's shown several times in conformation). He earned two legs in rally novice (scores of 94 & 98) and two legs in beginner novice obedience (187 & 193).
He also showed at a UDC (United Doberman Club) regional show this past weekend and won his open dogs class and then went reserve winners dog :) And passed his adult temperament test!
He's a really fun dog to show!
Thanks for telling me about the Pre-Novice, that sounds very interesting and might suit us if they offer it at the nearby trials in July. I sure prefer the judge to call the heeling pattern rather than the signs. Group stays should not be a huge deal for Tori. Will you do the Pre-Novice title with your Dobe?
We are going to three obedience seminar weekends in the next few weeks, so perhaps will get some help with the off lead heeling. We haven't actually tried it much, but I know very well what could happen! (mostly with IWs on the off lead heeling it is lagging, slowness, loss of attention, loss of sits).
Bumping this up for an update...last weekend we won our 2nd BOB ever and beat the #1 ranked dog in the country to get it! Soooo exciting!!
And, it was an Owner/Handler series so I also won the OHBOB as well, and then got a OH Group 2! We did nothing in the *real* group except show ourselves off as newbies, since my dog bounced (not trotted) the entire down and back....but I guess he had fun so that was ok!
We were Select the next day at a specialty so we picked up 9 GCh points for the weekend and have 20 now. Almost done! :)
Question: another exhibitor told me the Owner/Handler BOB was a "combination of the dog and handler" (sort of hybrid BOB and junior showmanship). I think this it totally wrong - that it's just regular breed judging minus the pros in the ring. What do you think?
In regards to the OH question I think there are two answers. According to the rules Owner/Handler is breed judging without the professional handlers. However, most judges are still fuzzy about the details. Many don't understand how it is supposed to be judged or that the hierarchy of ribbon awards depends on how the dog did in the normal breed class. So I do think that some judges are judging it as class with a dual emphasis. I don't inherently have a problem with that but it is a whole different entity than owner/handler.
Hopefully things will become more clear over the next year or two.
Are you aiming for OH at Eukanuba in December?
Yay, S1969! You've got a Brittany, right? That is great, I think they call it in hockey (so a Canadian friend tells me) a Hat Trick?! BOB over the Big Deal Special,
then a Group 2 OH, then Select at a Specialty, whoa!!
Have you considered taking out an ad, just to celebrate these accomplishments?
And yes, the OH Group is just like the " regular" group, minus the professional handlers, solely on the merits of the dogs. Of course, handling can certainly highlight or disguise quality!
Thanks - it's nice to be able to brag to people who actually understand what it means. My friend and family are very supportive but my dad has been telling people that my dog is a "Grand Champion" since he started showing... ;)
Here's a picture of us getting our BOB picture taken - don't worry, I WILL be buying this one! :)
Grace, I need to go back and read the rules of the OH class but I think you're right that judges and stewards are fuzzy on the rules. When I went to get my armband during another breed they were calling back the OH eligible dogs. The steward told one exhibitor that she was no longer eligible because she didn't win her class (a class bitch); when I relayed that to my friends they said it's not true and she should have been eligible. But based on your post I am thinking the steward might have been correct?
I will say that our OH Group experience was great - the judge was so patient and my dog was fried by then (back to back groups) and for some reason thought the dog in front of him was a bitch in season. She really gave us extra time/patience to present our dogs to their best.
Houndhill, I didn't even think about an ad. Next year was supposed to be our "special" year...and we are just chasing GCh points for now, but we have won two breeds in the last month....never really thought about ads at all! Hmmm.
I also appreciate the extra time given to the handler and dog in the OH group. Mine was a distracted mess his first time and the judge gave us time to settle down before the down and back.
My two yr old male Dobe just finished his rally novice and beginner novice obedience titles last weekend. Yay!!
We are on to advanced rally and novice obedience this week in Tunbridge, VT.
Anyone else showing there?
S1969 - congratulations on your BOB/Select wins. Awesome!!!
I'm in my second season trying to finish my Deerhound bitch. We had 7 points from last year, but that included both her (3 pt.) majors. So this year, after 4 shows of eating feathers, Lyric got WB in a small entry and (1) more point.
A week later, she was 1st place in Open Bitch class over 6 others - her biggest win ever - only to lose WB to the single Bred-by entry. It was a 4 pt major. That one hurt!
And then, two weeks ago, she had a fabulous win - BOB/BOW over a male special for 2 points. The judge was a Deerhound breeder as well as owner/handler of #1 Deerhound in the country - so that was HUGE for us. Unfortunately we couldn't stay for Group because of family obligations.
But I'm really encouraged we seem to be getting more competitive. I've been practising a lot at home with stacking/gaiting and its helped a lot. I still feel somewhat like a failure with her. Her sister is a Grand Champion and currently Number#1 Deerhound bitch in the country. Lyric was the pick over this sister. However sister is professionally handled, and Lyric is my first show dog.
For anyone (Houndhill?) who gets Sighthound Review, Lyric's sister is the cover dog. See what I mean about sibling rivalry - lol! But I took the opportunity to ride on her coattails and placed this ad for Lyric in the issue:
As a first time owner/handler....sounds like you're doing pretty awesome to me!!!
It really is a different world to be an owner/handler v. pro. And I don't mean about the politics...but handling is not as easy as it looks and professionals have so much more experience -- they go into the ring thinking about the dog's strengths and weaknesses, and we (at least at first) go into the ring hoping we remember which way to turn at the end of the down and back. ;) When I look back on videos of me handling my dog to his Championship, I'm amazed we won some of our classes. :)
Congrats on your recent wins and keep up the good work!