Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Oh! And THIS!

Sammy, or more formally Inkwell's Imagine That RE, is now Inkwell's Imagine That RE CDX , having completed his AKC Open Obedience title with a first place win in Open A this past weekend. I believe owner Donna Johnson plans to take him into the Utility ring starting later in the fall. He will turn 3 years old at the end of October. What a GOOD boy!


The end-of-September ASCA standings have come out and Thumper is firmly at #1 in Intact Conformation, with 343 Breed points and 60+ points ahead of #2. We are hopeful that even with a limited schedule in ASCA for the next few months that we can comfortably remain in top 30 for NEXT year's Finals. This year we landed right on 30, not a point to spare!   Meanwhile we are busy finalizing plans to travel to Bakersfield for Nationals this year; we leave from Maryland late October with half a load of passenger dogs, then pick up Maria and the rest of the passengers (including Thumper of course!) and then on to Bakersfield.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Recent Group Ribbon photos and so on.

A few weeks'worth of Group placement photos. 
Thumper has another Group 4 today, in Indiana.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Weekend in Indiana

Ringside shot on Saturday on his way to  a Group 0; did a bit better under Sunday's Group judge.
Thumper Best of Breed on Saturday under judge Christine Hubbell, and Best of Breed on Sunday under Arlene Czech; then on to a Group 2 on Sunday under Saturday's breed judge.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Photos from the recent ASCA weekends; Between the 2 show weekends (totalling 14 shows) we had a BOS and 9 BOB wins.

ASCA Breeder Judge Terri Altergott at ASC-MI. One of his 4 BOB wins; he was also BOS once; up to 10 specials in the ring at these shows along with 5-point majors 2 of the days.
SBJ Shelly Hollen-Wood at ASC-MI

SBJ Flo McDaniel at ASC-MI

Betty-Ann Hale, AKC judge, at the Hoosier Working ASC show, one of his 5 BOB's to sweep the weekend.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Australian Shepherd Club of Michigan weekend

ASC-MI had a marathon show weekend this past weekend, 9 conformation shows (plus Obedience and Rally!!) ad Maria took Thumper. I don't have full counts but at least one show had 9 Specials in the ring and there were 5-point majors for the majority of shows. Our results were as follow:
Hot weekend and it showed by Sunday. 

I am most gratified that we are being awarded by so many judges that I respect highly in our breed.

 Once I get entry counts for these shows and last weekend's 5 BOB wins I should be able to confirm that we are over 330 breed points. This should insure our place on the 2012-2013 Conformation Merit list in ASCA, only 3 months into the ASCA year. We plan to attend the Greeley ASCA Nationals so this is all good news to us!
Cut in Specials one afternoon: Thumper with Maria Neff; Pike (Ch. Paradox Pickwick) with Ayella Grossman; and Ayella's Jackpot (Ch. Treestar Billion Dollar Baby).

Thumper running through his repertoire. This would be 'Brown Paw' I think. He has about a 50% success rate on this. 

 Amber Aanensen took these photos ringside, thank you Aanensen Photography.