There never seems to be time to actually post the news from the many things going on. So I will try and catch up in a few posts so as not to be overwhelming by putting them all in one. So first in the list – Western Reserve weekend 2016
This specialty had some interesting twist and turns.
The Western Reserve specialty #1 was judged by Sandra Wolfskill. We passed on morning sweepstakes so as not to put a friend the judge in any type of compromised position.
In the first show Gryphon was first in the 9-12 month old puppy class, Jolene was first in Open bitch and Dragoon won the Veteran Dog class.
The second specialty a great family affair in the results. While sweepstakes were not good for the kids, the regular specialty results were under judge Mary Anne Brocious
First Patrick was Winners Dog. This is his third time going WD at the Western Reserve weekend (he was WD/RWD/BOW/RWD 2 years ago) and this finished his American championship. Now American, Canadian & UKC Champion Yasashiikuma I Am Not a Number, and he was moved up to specials for the rest of the weekend.
Then his son Gryphon (Yasashiikuma Heart of A Lion) was Reserve Winners Dog! This would have been enough for the day but it continued.
At both of the Lorain KC shows we ended up with judge replacements. The first was announced change to judge Ole Nielsen from Ontario. Unfortunately most of the dogs did not do as well as the rest of the weekend
Gryphon was Best Puppy in Sweepstakes under judge Sharon Ipser, a Bearded Collie breeder from Ohio.
Jolene, however, had a good day going Winners Bitch for her first U.S. Major.
And then on Sunday we had another unexpected judge change 15 minutes before ring time. All of the exhibitors were brought together outside of the ring and given options to replace the judge who had been unexpectedly detained. The majority of the participants voted to have the Show Chairperson. Joe Holava judge, however that caused a scramble for handlers due to a conflict. Again it was Gryphon’s day, this time going Winners Dog for his first U.S. major, handled by Betsy Nesselhauf.
So all in all, a very successful weekend. A new champion, two winners dog placements, a Reserve Winners Dog, A Reserve winners Bitch, and two U.S. majors….not a bad haul for a specialty weekend!