Thursday, April 29, 2010

The chair

Jam & her mini-me, Savi, chilling out on the Weim chair
She will grow into those ears!
Savi learned very quickly that this was THE chair, a favorite of many generations of Weims.

Savi enjoys watching the fish, a relaxing activity that put Jam to sleep!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Mason's Major #2 win Picture

Mason, Grayhart's Daily Special, went Winner's Dog and Best of Winners for a 4-pt major, his 2nd, at the Harrisburg Kennel Club show on April 17, 2010. Mason is expertly handled by Pat O'Brien, who is co-owner of Zeke, Mason's sire. Mason only needs 7 single show points to finish his show championship title.

Congratulations to Pat and Mason's owners, Jennifer and Matt!!!

Monday, April 26, 2010

New Junior Hunter title for Monty!

Monty is now Grayhart's Stone Free, JH! Monty earned his last required leg to finish his Junior Hunter title at the Eastern German Shorthair Pointer Club hunt test on Saturday at Buttonwood Preserve in NJ. He was handled and has been trained by me, his breeder and is a joy to run. This is Junior Hunter #3 for the Trixie x Parker litter, and #4 for dam Trixie.

Thank you to Monty's owners for their support and allowing me the opportunity to borrow and train this wonderful boy! He has an outstanding temperament, has tons of natural ability and loves running in the field. Now, we start training for Senior Hunter with sister Jam.

The day was not just about running the dogs but visiting with friends, celebrating their successful runs and playing with the dogs.
Monty's sire, Parker, BISS CH HiBourne's It's All About Me, earned his first JH leg! Congrats to owner/breeder Bonnie Lane.
Parker with his qualifying ribbon.
Mia in a stack and then relaxing
We were thrilled that Michele and Mia, Grayhart's American Woman, were able to come and spend the day. Michele learned all about hunt tests, was able to watch Monty and Parker run in Junior and see Jam in the bird field during her Senior run. One of the EGSP club members was extremely helpful and explained how Senior Hunter works and what the dogs were doing and what the judges were looking for while Jam and her brace mate were working the bird field. A great opportunity for them to learn about the more advanced and challenging levels of hunt tests. We worked with Michele and Mia on some show handling and Jenna Iacobellis, a professional handler, was kind enough to stack Mia for us to get the lovely stack shot.

Although we didn't get any pictures of Savi, she was with us and had a blast playing with all different kinds of pointing dogs, demanding attention from people and was rewarded with a bird to carry around...a great day for our little pup!

Friday, April 23, 2010

Savi and the boys after puppy class

We are so fortunate that Savi, Memphis & Treynor are able to take puppy classes together at a high quality training school owned by my friend and dog behaviorist, Kathy Santo. Puppy classes are critical and the foundation for a lifetime of good behavior and proper socialization. Big sister Jam gets to practice her more advanced skills with the distractions of puppies. At just 14 weeks old, our pups are already learning the commands of how to sit, down, their names, come, leave it, place, and walk nicely on lead. Practice at home reinforces and helps the pups understand the commands and that they get rewarded for offering the correct behavior/command.
Savi says it's time to go home now...

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Jersey's Training Day

Jersey, (Zeke x Trixie), showing off her intense point, started her training for Senior Hunter.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Monty gets JH leg #3

Monty earned his 3rd JH leg at the Vizsla Club of NY Hunt Test on Sunday with a repeat of Saturday's awesome performance. He now only needs one more leg to complete his Junior Hunter title and we hope to do that next weekend. Then we start training for Senior Hunter alongside sister Jam.
Monty scored all 9's and even a 10 in Trainability!
Our hunt test judges, Dominic Serago and Mary Ann Breninger.
Monty, practicing for his show career with Parker's owner/breeder, Bonnie Lane.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Futurity & Maturity Placements for Mia-belle & Sky

The photo quality may not be the best but we were thrilled to hear from the shows in Perry, GA, that both of our Grayhart Southern Belles, Mia-belle, Grayhart's Special Request, RN and Sky, Grayhart Lightfoot Early Morning Rain, JH,TD, NSD, CGC,V, both earned 4th placements in the WCA Southern Futurity and Maturity respectively. Both girls were owner handled and beat out professional handlers for their spots. We are very proud of them.

Debbie showed Mia-belle just in the Sweepstakes and earned a 3rd place out of 11!
Congratulations to Debbie with Sky and Jessica with Mia-belle!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Monty earn his 2nd Junior Hunter leg

Monty, Grayhart's Stone Free, earned his 2nd Junior Hunter leg at the Vizsla Club of Greater New York hunt test at Assunpink Wildlife Management Area. I was so proud of how Monty ran and he earned fantastic scores, all 9's and even a 10 in bird finding! He found 4 birds and had beautiful, solid points on all of them. We go back tomorrow and hope to get another leg. Too bad his littermate Jam was too enthusiastic about the birds in her Senior Hunter grabbing those bird, ugh!

Mason Goes Best of Winners for Major #2!!!

Mason, Grayhart's Daily Special, went Winner's Dog and Best of Winners for a 4-point major today at the Harrisburg Kennel Club show under Judge Virginia Murray. Mason was expertly handled by Pat O'Brien, owner/breeder of Mason's sire, Zeke.
Congratulations to Pat and Mason's owners, Jen and Matt!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Savi and her chukkar

Savi, 13 weeks old, retrieving a chukkar that is almost as big as her!
She was so proud and strutted around with the bird in her mouth for all to see.
Full of drive and quite birdy, Savi thinks retrieving birds is the best thing ever.
Here I come!
Catch me if you can! Now you know why she has a check cord on!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

New Junior Hunter title for Jersey!!!

Jersey, Grayhart's Goin Someplace Special, not even 13 months old, earned the last two legs to complete her Junior Hunter title this weekend at the Hunt Test in Munfordville, KY. Jersey is handled by Rachel's mother, Liz Paxson. Jersey is the first Zeke-Trixie pup to earn a hunting title and the third Trixie pup to do so. Jersey will now go back to the field and train for Senior.

Congratulations Liz, Rachel and Jersey!!!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Junior Hunter leg for Monty!

Monty, Grayhart's Stone Free, handled by his breeder, earned his first Junior Hunter leg this past Saturday, at the Pointer Club of Central New Jersey's hunt test. The test was held at the beautiful grounds of the Freeland Kennel Club in Weatherly, PA.
Sunday's test, hosted by the Garden State Weimaraner club was chaired by me and secretaried by my husband with his able assistant, our daughter, was a success. We had gorgeous weather, a nice size entry and terrific food catered by club members. A good time was had by all and we hope to make this an annual event. It was a long, exhausting weekend and a lot of work and I'm still catching up...

Monty ran well again on Sunday but did not pass. He found three birds and only had a solid point on one of them and we ran out of time to find another bird for a point. The AKC rules state that Junior dogs must point 50% of the birds so the numbers were not in our favor.

and if you're wondering what happened to Jam on her debut in Senior, well she didn't qualify either day but made us proud with a good effort on Sunday. She was very close to passing and then broke two seconds before the shot. She performed well in all the other categories and the judges and spectators were all impressed with this young bitches ability in the field. We'll just keep training and try again next weekend.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Hunt Test Weekend in the Poconos

Jam's hunt weekend where she will make her debut in Senior Hunter is finally upon us. Her littermate, Monty, will also be running for the first time in Junior Hunter. The van is loaded and we are off to the Poconos and hope to return with lots of orange qualifying ribbons. I am also chairing the hunt test on Sunday for the Garden State Weimaraner Club and we received a good size entry and look forward to a great day.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

11 week stacks; Savi, Memphis, Treynor

Memphis, Grayhart's Million Dollar Listing
Head shot of Memphis
Savi, Grayhart's Shear Genius
Savi again...
Who you looking at?
Treynor, Grayhart's Workout
We had an opportunity after puppy class last week to take stacked shots of the pups. It is so much fun to be able to see them grow up and train the puppies together.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Happy Easter!

Whitmore on the Easter Egg Hunt
Whitmore, handsome boy in the Easter basket
Sky as the Easter Bunny wishing all our friends a Happy Easter!

Savi meets her first bird

Not to be outdone by big sister, Jam, Savi, our Trixie-Clay daughter, already showing natural ability and pointed her first bird!
Savi meets the chukkar. We first put the chukkar in the bird bag so as not to scare her if the bird fluttered its wings. No fear in this little girl, quite curious and interested.
Proud to carry her bird wing!