Today Dolce had his first go at Rally - O Advanced. Its the first time he's ever trialled off lead and i am so proud of how he went. He qualified with a score of 83/100. He gave me such great focus and surprised me by sticking by me for the whole course. There were a few dogs on the day who took off from their owners and had some fun running around and i was glad he wasn't one of them.. Whilst i'd mostly predicted he would be a difficult 'boy' he seemed to use up all the unresponsiveness outside the ring as he turned on as soon as we were inside and was just brilliant the whole time.
Mischa was also entered. In Excellent this time. But i mis-timed her entry when a dog ahead of us was absent and as a consequence didnt have time to settle her in. Hopefully i'll be more organised next time.
Show star one day, Rally Sensation the next. Mischa was awarded Neuter in Group at Bungendore & Palerang District show on the weekend and was beautifully handled by interstate visitor Lyndsay. Lyndsay handles the rather handsome Arley (Ch. Finnesse Aim for Fame (AI)) in South Australia and we heard she would be in Canberra. Knowing she's a bit of a fan of Mischa i thought we'd lay it on thick. Mischa did a lovely job and came away with a ribbon a travel mug and a blue blanket for her troubles.
Titan and Summer also showed with Summer taking Best of Breed and Titan taking Runner Up. i thought he might've had it over her on the day but she just pipped him.
I later entered Titan in a 'Trainee Judges Sweepstakes' This is for aspiring judges to get more hands on experience with the breeds and was really well supported with approximately 28 Working Dogs entered. Titan was shortlisted. So proud of this gorgeous boy.
The next morning at ridiculous o'clock, we drove to Sydney to catch up with some more Lappies as i'd entered Mischa and Dolce in an Advanced Rally Trial. One look at the set up and i had my doubts about how Dolce would go and he didnt even make it into the ring. Better luck next time.
Mischa on the other hand was all geared up to go. A bit of confusion by the steward meant we were waiting for much longer than we expected and Mish had given up and decided to lay down and get cuddles from her new best friend Liz, (owner of Ludo, another ridiculously handsome Lappie from Finnesse Kennels who had his first go in a Rally Trial on the day also). I thought we might be doomed but Mischa managed to pull it together for the trial even if it wasnt her most enthusiastic effort. We passed with a score of 80/100 and Mischa now has her Rally Advanced Title and will be known as Aus Ch & Neut Ch Armahani Bloodstone Bilaidit RA. We are so proud of our beautiful cream angel.
I just love returning to Victoria. We were staying with our good friends at Lempo Kennels in order to attend the Finnish Lapphund Club of Victorias Specialty Champ Show. This year they had secured Finnish Judge Mr Matti Tuominen who had agreed to give written critiques and gradings (Excellent, Very Good, Good etc) in addition to our usual show process so it was all a bit exciting (and nerve wracking) to wait until the end to receive the judges feedback and see how we did.
The show itself was run so well. I have to thank the steward for this. Glen Cunningham is an amazing individual and really goes above and beyond to keep everything running smoothly in the ring. Outside the ring the FLCV Show committee work tirelessly to keep everything seamless. To the point where the poor show secretary, Sue Sharp of Janoby Kennels didnt even get to celebrate the moment when two dogs of her own breeding were running off for Best in Specialty Show. Such dedication!
So for those interested in the results all of our Lappies did pretty well. They all received an Excellent grading.
Titan [Pakkanen av Vintervidda (Imp NOR)] took 2nd in the Junior Dog class.
Dolce [Aus Ch. Armahani Crystal Caibmat RN] was unplaced in a tough Aus Bred line up.
Summer [Aus Ch. Lecibsin Sametti (Imp UK)] was 1st in a competitive Junior Bitch class.
Mischa [Aus Ch. & Neut Ch. Armahani Bloodstone Bilaidit RN] was 2nd in the Neuter Bitch class.
Summer went on to win Junior in Show over the Junior dog class winner. We are thrilled with this little beauty. She really shone on the day and we couldnt be happier with all of the dogs on what was a very long day.
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