Thursday, October 29, 2009

Romp in the field

Fall is my favorite season, cool, crisp mornings and gorgeous colors from the changing leaves. The girls love it too!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Sky's Futurity Placement

The official picture from the WCA Central Futurity of Sky, Grayhart Litefoot Early Morning Rain, JH,NSD, and owner/handler Debbie Moody.
Congratulations to Debbie and Sky!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Jersey's Junior Hunter Double Q's!!!

To add to our terrific weekend of hunt test news, Jersey, Grayhart's Goin Someplace Special, at only 7 months of age, qualified twice yesterday, earning two Junior Hunter legs. Jersey, along with her owner Rachel and Rachel's mom, Liz, drove 4 1/2 hours to attend the double hunt test weekend in Kentucky. The first day was a warm up for Jersey and she really showed her natural ability on the second day.
Grandma Liz, Jersey's field trainer/handler, giving the yes signal after one of Jersey's qualifying runs.
Smiles all around for this wonderful accomplishment.
Congratulations to Rachel and Liz!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Jam does it again and earns JH leg #3!

Lilly, Indy, Jam and me
Another great day at the hunt test on a gorgeous fall day at Sarnoff Preserve on Long Island. Jam earned her third Junior Hunter leg, that's three in a row, and friend Lilly with Indy, earned his second JH leg. We are looking forward to the next hunt test in November to finish their titles.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Jam's 2nd JH leg

We are very proud of Jam, Grayhart's Purple Haze, for earning her 2nd Junior Hunter leg today at the Long Island Pointing Dog Field Trial Club!
Her scores were respectable and she even earned a 9 out of 10 in the pointing category for her beautiful, steady point.

Also qualifying today, pictured on the right, our good friend Lilly Bourke with Indy, GraytSky's Independence Day, CD,NSD, who at the age of 8 years young, with no prior field training, earned his first JH leg! A good day in the field for our gray dogs.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Daddy Parker is very special

A beautiful Best of Breed win picture of Parker, CH Hibourne's It's All About Me, with handler Adam Bernardin. Parker is the sire of our first litter with Trixie (Jam's daddy) and currently has a career as a show dog being specialed in the Northeast. Parker recently placed 2nd in the Eastern Maturity and later that day, received an Award of Merit at the Del Val Weimaraner Club's Specialty Show. Congratulations to owners/breeders Bonnie and Steve Lane!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Who's that girl?

It's Jersey Girl!
She has definitely inherited the modeling gene from Trixie and owner Rachel just loves to capture these lovely moments of her posing.
When not looking so glamorous, Jersey is busy training in the field for an upcoming hunt test and also going to match shows where she can really strut her stuff.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Sneak peak

A preview of two of the fabulous shots of Sky (above) and Marshall with Laura (below), taken by Sara Renee during their photoshoot at the WCA Central Futurity in Indiana.
Sara Renee is an extremely gifted photographer, Weim lover and dedicated dog rescue hero. We were so excited when Sara agreed to accept our request for this assignment, even though she was showing her own girl, Vera, at the Futurity, who showed beautifully and earned a 2nd place in her class. Bonnie Lane and I wanted to do something very special for Laura to celebrate her finishing Marshall's show championship and being the first Trixie and Parker champion. We think that this was the perfect gift!
Check out Sara Renee Photography to see examples of her beautiful work.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Busy Weekend...

While Mason was at shows in Maryland, two of the other Trixie-Zeke pups were busy making their debuts in the show ring and field test.Jersey, Grayhart's Goin Someplace Special, with handler (Weim grandma) Liz Paxson at the NAVHDA test in Ohio.
Unfortunately, Jersey did not prize, NAVHDA speak for passing, because she just wouldn't go in the water...still a work in progress for this promising young pup.
On a positive note, Jersey had three finds in the bird field and a beautiful point on one of them. She received many compliment on her natural ability and will continue to train for hunt tests and then back to the show ring.
Mia-belle, Grayhart's Special Request, made her show debut with owner Jessica, at a small show in North Carolina. Mia-belle was the only Weim entry, so no points were awarded but it was a great way for them to gain show experience and let Mia-belle have fun in the ring.
Mia-belle, truly a versatile Weim, did double duty, showing and then returning to Dogtrain for a Canine Kinaesthics Clinic as a demo dog.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Today's Daily Special...Mason is Best of Winners!

Huge congratulations to Mason, Grayhart's Daily Special, (Trixie-Zeke) only 6 1/2 months old, for going Best of Winners at the Maryland Kennel Club for a 4-pt Major on his debut weekend in the show ring!!! Mason was expertly handled by Zeke's breeder, Pat O'Brien, to this terrific win.
A wonderful start for this youngster on his show career.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Good luck Jersey Girl!

Jersey, Grayhart's Goin Someplace Special, at only 6 1/2 months old, is on her way to Ohio to run in her first NAVHDA Natural Ability test. Jersey, owned by Rachel and Eli, has been training for this event with Rachel's mom Liz and from what we can see, has done an amazing job with this little girl!
Jersey retrieving the bird...what a good girl!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

GSWC Specialty Show Shots

Last Sunday, we spent a glorious day showing and socializing at the Garden State Weimaraner Club's Annual Independent Specialty Show at North Branch Park in New Jersey. I was proud of how the Grayhart dogs showed, unfortunately, no big wins, but everyone had a wonderful time. The club put on a wonderful lunch buffet and the trophies that I had purchased, were well received.

A Parker son, not one of mine, Hibourne's Smarty Jones, aka Cooper, and breeder Steve Lane won Best in Sweeps! Congratulations!
Zeke's breeder Pat Obrien, seen here warming Trudy up for the ring.
Trudy, Grayhart's Special Reserve, showed well for a young pup.
Trudy on her down and back to the judge.
Bonnie Lane did a terrific job showing Ranger, Grayhart's Midnight Lightening, who won 1st place in the 12-18 month class.
Jam, Grayhart's Purple Haze, also strutted her stuff and looked great. We were the only entry in the 12-18 bitch class, which is hard as you need to set up super quick. This is the Sweeps judge and she is examining Jam.
Setting Jam up during Best in Sweeps.
Trudy's fan club!

Monday, October 5, 2009

Retrieving Ratings Practive for Sky and Mia-belle

Sky retrieving a bumper
Our two Southern Grayhart girls, Sky and Mia-belle, attended the Tarheel Weimaraner Club's Retrieving Practice day on September 26th, in Clayton, North Carolina, and had a blast swimming and playing with the dogs. The practice day was to help handlers and their dogs prepare for the WCA Retriver Ratings Test that the Tarheel Club was hosting the following day.
Sky checking out the lake.
Debbie braved the water and taught Mia-belle how to swim, while Sky supervised! Get me out of this water!
Mia-belle watches attentively - so many cool things happening here. Now for the bird retrieve...
Good girl Sky!
The dog must retrieve the bird into the circle where the handler must stay. The next day, Sky had an impressive run in the actual test, passed the land portion, then performed a beautiful water retrieve only to bypass Debbie and the circle and took the bird over by the judges and proceeded to pluck passing score for Sky that day. We are quite sure that with a little more practice Sky will earn that Novice Retrieving Dog title.