Sunday, January 27, 2013

Puppies 1st Match Show

Chloe, Grayhart's Walk this Way
 Last weekend, we took a trip to Long Island to attend the Long Island Kennel Club AKC Sanctioned Match Show with two of our Rockstar litter (Summit x Jam) pups, Chloe and Ember.  A match show is an informal dog show where no champion points are awarded and usually dogs with major wins are not allowed to compete.  It is a great opportunity to introduce puppies to the show environment, with all the sounds, smells and distractions and get them in the show ring for training in a fun way. It was nice day for the puppy owners and friends who joined us to launch Ember and Chloe's show careers.

 We were thrilled with how well our pups did for their first time at a match show and first time worked with show leads on.  Our good friend, Bonnie Lane of HiBourne, handled Chloe while I handled Ember.  In the Weimaraner puppy class, Chloe beat Ember.  Then Chloe went on to earn a Puppy Sporting Group 3!
Ember, Grayhart's Light My Fire
Ember was entered in the Bred-by-Exhibitor class and was the only Weim so she went on to the BBE Sporting Group and won!  Ember and I had the chance to show in the big Best in Show ring and it was a blast.  She was by far the youngest but the cutest in my opinion.  She received many compliments from  a number of experienced breeders and we were proud of our little star.
Ember on the move, a little blurry but a cool shot while she struts her stuff and a video of her below:

We also had Jam, CH Grayhart's Purple Haze,CD,JH,OA,OAJ,SD,VX, (Parker x Trixie) there in the FEO or For Exhibition Only to get her ready for Westminster.  Jam has not been in the show ring since last summer and looks fabulous after having pups less than five months ago.  Steve Lane, owner of Jam's sire, Parker, handled Jam:

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