The week started for us with the AKC LC on Sunday. Avalon Ww Darkskaya Dare, my beautiful Skaya, was due in season at anytime. Holding our breath, she passed inspection and could run in the trial. There were three stakes and she drew A which had some fabulous running Borzoi in it. She needs only a major to finish her AKC FC. Skaya ran beautifully in her prelim and was in a position to potentially place. In her final she drew her cousin, K-C Windsheer Edge of the Blade, a tremendously talented and beautiful Borzoi bitch bred by Kasey and Dale Parks and Leah Lanier. Razor, or as she is affectionately known, RaRa had placed highly in her prelim and is as hot as they come for running games! Amazingly both girls have similar running styles (RaRa’s grandsire: Avalon Time’s Dark Traveler and Skaya’s dam: Avalon Tigress in the Dark are littermates) and both girls love the lure coursing game.For me it was the most thrilling course of the whole trial. (as soon as I have pix I will post them)
Amazingly, Skaya won that final by 1 point but Razor had had such a terrific prelim that she won the stake! Skaya still needs that major win but her achievement is to have placed in the AKC Lure Coursing at Nationals for three years running! With all the new and hot youngsters that show up each year with such tremendous follow, this is a terrific tribute to Skaya’s coursing ability.
Monday, Skaya was entered in LGRA but alas, she came into season and we withdrew.
Tuesday was show day for Futurity and Hatsya’s first time in the show ring! She did very well but didn’t get any love from the judge.
I was asked if I would show a youngster, Drakon Avalon Cousteau O’Pendragon, call name Kazoo! He was a tad unsure about all the big doings going on at the show, so with the understanding that I would strive for a happy and good experience, we entered the ring.
Kazoo was looking for mommy but was happy to pay attention to me when I asked and under judge Veni Harlan, he made the cut in Futurity! I showed him in Sweeps and regular classes and he improved each time and is a beautiful Borzoi and a pleasure to be with! I am honored his owners and breeders trusted him to my care for his first show.
On Wednesday, Hatsya continued to show well though the judge didn’t place her. Never mind, this sweet girl was just a few minutes past 6 months of age and handled everything with panache and aplomb!
Thursday is dog day at the National so I showed Kazoo in his class and he was terrific and a sweet, sweet boy, handling challenges well but we got no love from the judge.
Friday is bitch day, so Hatsya and Skaya were in the rotation! Skaya showed beautifully as always and Hatsya did too, but no joy this year.
Saturday is Best of Breed and I was thrilled to be able show my Boomer! He absolutely rocked it and loves being in the ring. But again, no love was coming our way, so we showed and had fun and can’t wait to do it again!
This National Specialty, our friends Tom and KC of Zoiboyz, really were in the ribbons and prizes with their beautiful girl Aliza. She won both the ASFA LC and the AKC LC BOB prizes and then went WB and BOW!
I have put off this post because what occurred is still quite beyond my wildest imaginings! Three weeks later I think I can coherently relate the happenings at this year’s National Specialty. To explain I must fill in a bit of backstory…
Our first National Specialty was in 2014 in Albuquerque, NM. We had so much fun, we immediately made plans for Huron, OH for 2015. My friend/breeder/co-owner, Leonore Abordo (Borzoi Oxota) was all set to partner up and travel the distance. Best laid plans being what they are, due to the timing of some very beautiful puppies, she had to pull out of our trip. Fortunately, my sweet husband agreed to accompany me to Ohio. Since I still planned on going, I asked, well, insisted a bit, that Leo send Bladerunner with me. God knows why but I had a feeling that she needed to be at the National Specialty!
Thankfully, Leo agreed and so we met in Trinidad, CO for a little bite to eat and so she could hand off Bladebunny. I had to take the leash out of her hand and load her in my car or this deal wasn’t getting done! Though I knew by her expression that letting this beautiful Borzoi go, albeit temporarily, was hard. So, promising on my life to bring her back, she let us go.
Early Friday, May 8, 2015, we headed struck out for Huron, OH with a nighttime stop in Troy, IL. Boomer, Skaya and Bladerunner are ace travelers and seemed to enjoy the trip!
We arrived on Saturday and got settled in.
We met some friends for dinner at the Sawmill Creek Resort and er, there is video on Facebook, if you know where to look O.o
Sunday, I was to foul judge at the LGRA meet. It was an almost perfect meet, until the last high point race when everything blew to heck. Luckily, the foul did not happen in front of me and my Boomer’s littermate, RiverRun Oxota Fire in the Glen Avalon, the incomparable Ash, repeated her thrilling win of the LGRA at the National Specialty! Huge congratulations to her owners, Tim Williams, Dr. Tina Wismer, DVM and Karla Smith, DVM and to everyone on Team Ash!
That done, it was onto the AKC Lure Coursing early Monday morning! My beautiful Skaya, Avalon Ww Darkskaya Dare, SC, CGC, RN (major ptd. FC & CH) was raring to go!
The following photographs are by my friends, Kristen Suhrenbrock (RunTuff Borzoi) and Jamie Bobrowski (Starswift Borzoi). Thank you for such gorgeous images!
The first set is Skaya in the preliminary race.
The second set is Finals!
Skaya earned third place in her Open Flight for two more FC points and a bonus for placing for the Triathlon competition!
Even though it was a very long day, we made it to the Rally Workshop that evening. Skaya acted like she knew nothing but she is always good for the laughs!
Tuesday, both Skaya and Boomer aka CH Oxota RiverRun Tangmalangaloo Avalon, JC, CGC, RN (GCH ptd) were ready for their turns in Rally Novice B. Happy to say that both of the brilliant Borzoi earned legs with qualifying scores, er, their handler on the other hand cost them potential placements by doing the figure 8 incorrectly! AARRGH! Handler error!
In the Futurity, we handled Avalon RunTuff Pickleback a beautiful Silver Brindle bitch in the 6-9 mos class. No joy for this lovely girl, but we had lots of fun!
On Wednesday, my lovelies had nothing but health testing. So happy to report that Skaya has a normal heart on auscultation and Boomer is clear and normal via echocardiogram.
Thursday morning was Triathlon conformation judging for Skaya!
Skaya tied with another very lovely bitch for high conformation score! Now we had to wait and see if she could earn any bonus points for a placement in her regular class.
Thursday afternoon was Dual Champion Sweepstakes and Bladerunner’s first outing at the Specialty!
Bladerunner earned a third place!
Instead of the Club’s Beach party our close knit group had a wine tasting in our grooming area, complete with snacks! Each of us brought a bottle of wine from our state or region. I have to say I really like Tennessee Blackberry Wine!
Friday was all about the Bitches!
Skaya placed third in an extremely tough group of 20 gorgeous Borzoi. Most of the photos in this slide show are by Keizo Kaida of Japan, but a couple are by friends, the win photo is by Steve Surfman. Thank you for these fabulous shots!
That same evening the FUN crowd got together for the costume contest. The theme was, of course, Rock & Roll!
We chose Punk Rock, a misunderstood genre of Rock & Roll, that made for great costumes!
We didn’t get any love from the judges but we had FUN!
Saturday, Best of Breed, Brace and Stud Dog & Brood Bitch classes. It was slated to be a busy day.
Boomer had pulled up lame after running in the turn out, so it was iffy if he could show. He rallied to place second in Brace with his lovely dam, Lotus DC Valinor’s Circuit de Monaco at RiverRun, RN, SC, handled beautifully by breeder/co-owner Karla Smith, DVM.
Lotus has placed in the Brace class three times! Winning it with her sire, DC Aragorn’s Barron GL Jedediah, SC and with Boomer last year in Albuquerque, NM. So proud!
So it was time for Dogs & Best of Breed. Fingers crossed for Boomer that he would be fine, alas, we entered the ring for our go round and on the first corner, I felt his head bob and I knew that this year we wouldn’t be able to show. So unhappy at this turn of events, but there are a couple of pix of his moment in the sun!
We will try again next year!
And then it was time for Bitches & Best of Breed…
Leonore had arranged, in advance, for Robin Stachon to handle Bladerunner in the breed class. Knowing there might be a conflict if she made the cut, I would get to take Bladerunner in, while Robin handled the fabulous Casper, aka MBIS, MSBIS, MAHBIS Platinum GCH, MSBIS Can, GCH Aashtoria Wildhunt Hidden Agenda, CGC.
HOLY SMOKES! She made the cut!
Lord have mercy, I have to show her…
So, being the absolute noob that I am, I decided that wherever Bladerunner is in the ring, I will do my damnedest to make her look good. Don’t pat me on the back, she never put a foot wrong and made my job easy. Well, at least until the judge asked me if I could move her faster! Let’s just say I did my best and hoped it was good enough.
Just trying to look like I do this everyday! NOT!
And this magnificent happening didn’t end the day!
Skaya was chosen to show in the Stud Dog class for her sire, CJ aka DC Avalon WNS Rising Sun, SC, CA, BN, CGC
Then I was able to take Bladerunner in for her dam, Avalon Tigress in the Dark, SC aka Tiggy, in the Brood Bitch class (photo pending) to help her to a very deserving First place. Four of her puppies from the Deadly Weapons litter made cuts in the breed class, with one earning an Award of Merit, GCH DC Avalon Oxota Cinquedea, SC and the other, Best of Breed at the 2015 National Specialty!
CONGRATULATIONS to all of the winners!
Thank you to everyone for the wonderful time and the memories!
At the Cheyenne Kennel Club dog show, Boomer, in the Breed ring for the 3rd time as a special, went Select Dog for a 5 pt major towards his Grand Championship. Big thank yous to Mrs. Houston (Toddie) Clark for the honor!
My beautiful Borzoi had no luck under Judge Shen Smith at the RMBC Fall Specialty.
Huge thank you to the incomparable Rebecca Neale for the gorgeous photographs of Boomer and Skaya at the specialty!
L-R: Del Sol End of Reason “Insanity” & Susan Vandewater; Oxota Avalon Switchblade “Bladerunner” & Leonore Abordo; Avalon WW Darkskaya Dare “Skaya” & Leigh Paintin; Del Sol Dark Canyon Avalon v Willowind “Canyon” & Josie Haumont
These four beautiful daughters of Avalon Tigress in the Dark “Tigress” were all in Moriarty, NM for Lure Coursing at Lobos Coursing Club’s ASFA Trial. Hunt Master, Joan Garth said, “Peas in a pod, same beautiful body types and gorgeous heads. Oh, and they all run like the wind!!”