Monday, August 8, 2011

The Grayhart Girls Great Southern Adventure - Part 4: Futurity Placement for Savi!

Savi 2nd place WCA Southern Futurity Intermediate Bitch Class!

The first day of the WCA Southern Futurity/Maturity regional show weekend was an exciting one and extremely hot, with the outdoor temperature hitting 103 degrees!  The show took place in Greenville, SC, a huge indoor, air conditioned venue, that hosts one of the largest dog shows in the country, with approximately 2800 dogs entered per day Friday through Sunday!  Thursday was the WCA Southern Futurity/Maturity and Greater Charleston Weimaraner Club Specialty show along with four other breed club specialties.  There was a last minute judge change for the Futurity/Maturity and Bonnie Linnell Clark was the new judge.  Savi, Grayhart's Shear Genius, JH,NSD,CGC, was in the Intermediate Futurity class and looked fabulous with handler Carissa Demilta Shimpeno.  There were eight in her class and we were thrilled when Savi was awarded 2nd place!  This was tough competition with dogs and professional handlers from all over the country.  With Savi's littermate Bravo winning the Western Futurity, we were thrilled that Savi had such a good showing.
Stacking during the class...our lovely, typey girl
Savi with her effortless movement and reach and drive.  

The show was a mini-reunion of Grayhart pups, with my three girls, Momma Trixie, Jam, Savi, and Sky (Jam's littermate) and Mia-belle (out of our Zeke litter) all present and crated together for a weekend of fun and socializing.  Jessica did a terrific job showing Mia-belle in her maturity, and didn't let a sprained ankle stop her from competing in the show.  Mia-belle showed well but again, the competition was fierce and I think that Jess was the only non-professional handler in the ring.

The afternoon brought on the Greater Charleston Specialty show, with a large entry of 92 dogs, under judge Jean Fournier.  Eight of the top ten Weimaraners in the country were entered in the Best of Breed class and both the dog and bitch points were 5-point majors!  Savi showed nicely for me in the Bred-by-Exhibitor class and received a 3rd place, while Sky, Grayhart Lightfoot Early Morning Rain, RN,JH,TD, shown by Susan Wise, placed 2nd in a very competitive Open bitch class.  Both Winner's Dog and Winner's Bitch were out of Parker, GCH HiBourne's It's All About Me, the sire of Sky and Jam.  

With 30 dogs and bitches entered in Best of Breed, I was quite happy that CH Jam made the judges cut. 
 Jam moving well in the breed ring!
 A fun time to sit ringside with friends and cheer Jam on in the breed ring.
All moving and ring shots by Phyllis Ensley Photography.

Let me back up for a moment...I arrived at Debbie's house, Sky's owner, on Wednesday night, after a 6 1/2 drive from Wilmington, NC.  Debbie lives in Western NC, near the majestic Smokey Mountains.  The drive across the state of North Carolina was a beautiful one and I enjoyed the changing scenery from the flat farmland in the east to the mountain views in the west.  After I arrived, we had let the dogs get re-acquainted, as it had been a year since they had all been together and then we headed off to agility class - no rest for the weary! Sky was in season and not permitted to go to agility class so I had offered Debbie the chance to run Trixie and I worked Jam.  Well, Debbie and Trixie were an amazing team and had a blast together, doing front crosses, lead outs and an impressive pinwheel.  Jam had a great time, showing off how fast she could be in a new place and we worked on regaining control and consistency.  No matter what, we always enjoy agility and it was a pleasure to meet Debbie's agility instructor and work with someone new.

Then we headed back to Deb's to pack up and hit the sack for a very early wake up to drive down to the Greenville shows...


June said...

Have I told you how bummed I am that I passed on this trip? LOL

Linda said...

I know...but there will always be more dog shows and fun trips go on! At least you got to go to the WCA Nationals - that wasn't chopped liver, lol

June said...

true, true!

Looking forward to 2013 Nationals...