Die-hards, Nick, Becky, Michelle, and myself made the long-but-quick trip to Kentucky for July11th Cedar Hill Working Dog Club conformation show. The show was held at Jeff and Pat’s (Schneiden Fel German Shepherds), judged by Johannes Grewe. As expected, the show was very well-run and everyone was friendly. The quality of the dogs was excellent, the competition was stiff, yet the sportsmanship could not have been better. Here are the results:
Evey showed very well, I think she surprised Nick. Very good movement placing over older puppies in her class. Brady did very well placing over an older dog and showed much improvement in his ring performance. Cadence gave Hotti vom Schneiden Fels a work-out for her first place win. Cadence was actually leading for part of the class, but her lack of ring training lost the class. Hotti was the winner of the 4 – 6 month class at the UScA Seiger show in Chicago. Watch out Dan and Hotti next time we are going to get you! Caisson didn’t show as well as he did in Peoria. I think he was feeling a little under-the-weather. Despite being a bit “flat” in the ring he still placed a respectable 3 out of 6. Bailey was in a class of two, but the other female is a very nice female that has many, many VP wins to her credit. As I said the competition was tough and wining a class of two does not sound like much but it was huge. Joannes worked and worked these two girls. Kelly and Brittany were out of sight while Nick and I double handled Bailey. As the competition heated up we called Brittany and Kelly out to take over. Nick and I watched in horror as we noticed that Kelly and Brittany were not keeping up with Bailey and falling behind….but to our surprise it didn’t effect Bailey. That dog was showing herself! I can honestly say Bailey won this class despite all of us bumbling humans and because she wanted to win! Annie is like a well-oiled machine, never taking a wrong step, very well trained by Jeff and Pat, and expertly handled by Dan. Maika is not yet back into coat after her last litter and little bit heavy, and the on-going theme for the Alta-Tollhaus dogs, not as well ring-trained as they should be, was true for Maika also. Nick and Maika looked great during the off-lead gaiting. Thank you Nick! I was very pleased with how Nick and I worked together as a double handling team. Nick was intuited what needed to be done and he did it. All of our dogs were handled by our official handler, Becky long-legs Perry. Becky keeps getting better. This show gave her a couple of “firsts” that were a challenge but added to her skill and experience—battling for the first place spot against an experienced handler in Cadence’s class; a hard-fought win for Bailey; and handling a working-class dog for the first time. Becky is a champion!
Show pictures can be seen at Pat’s website: diamondphotos
VP Alta-Tollhaus Evey (Digger vom Elzmündungsraum x Maikali vom Kirschental)
2x VP Alta-Tollhaus Epic “Brady” (Digger vom Elzmündungsraum x Maikali vom Kirschental)
4x VP Alta-Tollhaus Caisson (Jimmy vom Arminius 2000 x Faye vom Kirschental) this picture kind of gives you an idea how he was feeling on this day.
4x VP Alta-Tollhaus Cadence (Jimmy vom Arminius 2000 x Faye vom Kirschental)
VP1 Alta-Tollhaus Bailey (V Markus vom Status Quo Schh3 x V Quellie vom Kirschental Schh1 “Kira”)
SG1 Alta-Tollhaus Annie Schneiden Fel (Jimmy vom Arminius 2000 x Faye vom Kirschental) getting a good look from judge Johannes Grewe:
Dan and Annie