Two back to back weekends of showing!
Updated: Aug 8, 2019
Time flies when you are busy! The last weekend of July I took Barkley to Sequim, WA to compete in the Hurricane Ridge Kennel Club show. It was beautiful weather that weekend and besides conformation, we also tried our hand at rally and fast cat. We had a great time in the conformation ring and won our age group by default, but didn't take anything in the breed ring. There were some beautiful, mature bitches there that were more deserving of the win than us. It was excellent practice for Barkley and the first time that she hasn't tried to gallop through the ring at some point. I was very happy with how she handled for me.
I entered her in a type of obedience class just for fun, Rally novice. Barkley really enjoys obedience work and using her brain and since she only tolerates conformation I thought it would be a great fun thing for her to do while we were at the show. I definitely want her to enjoy showing, as that really comes through in the ring. I walked in to the rally class thinking we probably wouldn't do very well but it would be fun. Barkley blew me away and completely rocked the rally class. We scored a 92 out of 100 with 5 points deducted because of where I held my hand and the fact that she kept nose butting it. She did amazing, the judge absolutely loved her and kept me back to talk to me and give me some tips on how to improve my handling. I was incredibly proud of her.
This last weekend I was proud to be a part of the American Rottweiler Verein's first show. Not only did I get to participate in the show with Barkley, but as the club secretary I also got to help with set up and make sure things were running as smoothly as possible. Putting on a show takes a lot of work and dedication, and our club president Michael Burns did a wonderful job despite all the hiccups that happened over the weekend.
The show had two very knowledgeable judges, Josef Hedl (AKC/ARV) and Tatyana Popova (FCI Russia). Judge Hedl has been in the breed for over 40 years, is one of the original founders of the Sieger style shows in the USA, and is a fountain of knowledge when it comes to the breed. Judge Popova has also been in the breed many years and has a great understanding of what makes a complete Rottweiler, she flew in from Russia to judge our show. It was a huge honor to get to meet them both and listen to them critique the dogs. There were a few different styles of Rottweiler there, but overall it was a nice compilation of dogs. In a sieger show, everything from the dog's eye color to the angulation of their toes is taken in to consideration while judging. When I get Barkley's critique certificates back I'll add them to the post.
On Saturday, under judge Hedl, Von Hunter's Bold as they Come was rated excellent, placed V1 and took Best Female Puppy in Show. It was a huge honor. On Sunday, under judge Popova she was rated very promising and took V2 against some lovely competition. Currently, her biggest flaw is her head - she has "the uglies" as judge Hedl put it. Her head hasn't caught up with her beautiful body. Growing puppies are silly looking sometimes.
Overall it was a fantastic weekend. Our next show is in two weeks, we will be competing in a working dog specialty. Two days of showing with two conformation classes and a rally class each day. We only need two more qualifying rally scores before Barkley earns her first title. After that show we will be taking some time off to let her grow and mature, and focus on raising the litter of puppies that are due the 22nd!