G&G Accomplishments For The Year So Far

Miss Glory’s Accomplishments

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This has been quite a year for Miss Glory and I. I should say our year started last August 2012 when I finished Glory to her UKC conformation title adding UCH to the beginning of her name. In January Glory and I did something we have never done before. We entered a AKC conformation event, we or more so I had a blast. Glory took Winners Bitch and Best Of Opposite. She continued to do well in March where she took Winners Bitch and Best of Opposite 2 days in a row. We attended a 3 day show in May where Glory took Reserve Winners with 4 other dogs in the ring. This was a big deal to me as this was only the seventh time in a AKC ring. She also took third on the last day. Not to bad for a couple of newbies.  She has a total of 3 points out of the 15 she needs for her conformation title. Then in 2013 we were invited to the UKC Premier where she had a special invite to participate in the Top Ten as she was the #6 Chesapeake in t he Top Ten Breed And Dog Standings for 2012. Glory recieved the Award Of Excellence for the Top Ten Show. She went on to receive 2 reserve champion ribbons. She learned how to Dock Jump, starting out at 6.8 feet and ending with her best jump at 12.2 feet. This summer we worked on her UKC SHR Started title, she received 3 out of 4 passes. We ran out of HRC events so we are unable to finish her title this year. She continued to do well with passing 3 more AKC Junior Hunter tests recieving her JH title on August 25th at Manitowoc Kennel Club adding JH to the end of her name. John handled her to her first JH pass and I handled her to her last 3 passes along with the title pass. She has been trained by John and I. She is now getting ready to start the fall hunting season. Early goose is first, then a trip to Sasketchewan for some snow goose hunting then coming home to the WI waterfowl and upland season. Along with starting the hunting season she is entered in the upcoming AKC conformation shows, so her event’s for the year still arn’t finished. Glory you have been such a joy to train, you really have your own personality that makes me smile. I am so happy with your success and hope you have more success in the near future.

Her new name is:

UCH SAND SPRING NO GUT’S NO GLORY JH

(CH Port Side’s Great Xpectations MH    x     HRCH Sand Spring Hurricane Nellie SH)

DM: CBP

EIC: CBP

PRA: CBP

 

Gambler’s Accomplishments

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WOW, what a year so far we have had with “Gambler”. We have had a year of first’s. I should say our year started last August 2012 when I finished Gambler to his UKC conformation title adding UCH to the beginning of his name. Then in September I ran my first AKC Senior Hunter test ever and we ended up with a pass and his first leg out of four towards his title. Then in 2013 we were invited to the UKC Premier where he had a special invite to participate in the Top Ten as he was the #1 Chesapeake in the Top Ten Breed And Dog Standings for 2012. We went to the UKC Premier where he learned how to Lure Course where he passed two runs, one shy for his LC title. He learned how to Dock Jump where he started out jumping 3 feet then ended at 18.3 feet and received his United Senior Jumper title, adding USJ to the beginning of his name. He went 3 out of 5 BOB in the conformation ring where he received 3 legs out of 5 towards his Grand Champion title.  While at the Premier Gambler also participated in the Total Dog program. It is for dogs that have gotten a show champion and a performance title. As well as participating he qualified for Total dog proving that he is a versatile dog. The United Retriever Specialty also offered a Total Retriever where again he needed to have a show title and a performance title. He got a ribbon for his accomplishment in both venues. This  summer we worked on his UKC HRC Seasoned title, he received his HR title on August 4th at Muddy Waters Club adding HR to the beginning of his name. He continued to do well with passing 2 more AKC Senior Hunter tests receiving his SH title on August 25th at Manitowoc Kennel Club adding SH to the end of his name. I unfortuantly didn’t handle him to his UKC or AKC titles. John handled him while I continued to do all his hunt test training. He is now getting ready to start the fall hunting season. Early goose is first, then a trip to Sasketchewan for some snow goose hunting then coming home to the WI waterfowl and upland season. This should be a great year as he has really come along. Thanks Gambler for being who you are. To say I am very proud is a understatement.

His new name is:

USJ HR UCH SAND SPRING EV’RY PAW’S A WINNER SH

(HRCH Sand Spring Norm Of Caroway MH   x     HRCH Hope Springs Dowry MH**)

Hips: Good

Elbows: Normal

PRA: CBP

EIC: CBP

DM: CBP

The UKC Premier ~Sunday 6/16/13

Sunday 6/16/13 was our last day of showing conformation at the UKC Premier 2013. Once again I needed to find a handler to show Gambler as I was handling Glory. I found a really nice Junior Handler who’s name I can’t think of (so sorry). She was a lovely girl and did a fantastic job handling Gambler to his 3rd Best Of Breed win at the Premier.

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Gambler never losing site of me.

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The judge checking him out.

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Glory and I with our Reserve Champion win.

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Miss Glory.

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The judge telling us we got Reserve Champion.

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The winners!

A big thanks go out to the handlers that handled Gambler, Shelly, Trish and the lovely Junior Handler. Without you Gambler wouldn’t have done so well. Thank you so much for all your help. Gambler showed so well for the gals, as long as he could see me he was a little statue in the ring.

Will post up Lure coursing and Dock Jumping photo’s in another post.

Monday Mischief ~It’s not what your thinking

Today’s mischief happened yesterday at our last conformation show at the 2012 Premier. I had a junior handler handle Gambler and I handled Glory as she was still in season and I didn’t want anyone else to have to deal with that.

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The junior handler took Winners Dog and Glory took Reserve Champion.

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Gambler isn’t happy he won, he is sniffing my clothes.

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Gambler getting his Best Of Breed win ribbon and winding up……

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For the “I love you mom”

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WRONG…..it’s horney Gambler getting in to mischief with all of Glory’s scent on me he couldn’t help himself.

 

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This ‘N That Thursday

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Today we are joining 2 Brown Dawgs for their This ‘N That Thursday’s blog hop!

This is what she has to say about the hop,

A little of this and a little of that and everything in between…

“This ‘N That Thursday is for anything you want!  Maybe you want to post about unrelated topics, or each topic isn’t quite long enough to make up a whole post, or you have awards to share, or you have one long post…anything goes!  So grab the button and join the hop!”

This is a little of this and that about the show-The UKC Premier 2013

I am in Kalamazoo, MI this week for The UKC Premier with my friend Kathy from Whiskey Creek Chesapeakes. We both have dogs that were in the UKC Top Ten standings for 2012 so we got invited to the UKC Top Ten invitational. We are spending the week here doing conformation, dock jumping and lure coursing. We might even sneak off to do the Barn Rat Hunt. Here are a few photos of our adventure so far.

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Scrub a dub dub, Glory in the tub!

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Gman under the dryer.

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Kathy’s girls Evin and Violet wanting to come by me to sneak kibble from me.

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Violet loving me up!

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Me getting a very pretty show lead from Kathy to show one of the dogs with this week.

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Can you see the cute duckies on it?

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Glory-ous looking very pretty in her new show lead.

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Gman stealing Pinky. He left us and jumped in the truck and came running back with her!

Today was the United Retriever Specialty. Kathy was showing Duke and Evin, I was showing Gambler and Glory. We were all in the Champion class going for legs towards our grand champion title. We needed to find 2 extra handlers to show one of our dogs as they were all in the ring at the same time. We were getting close to the wire and we finally found two gals to show one of our dogs. Glory being in heat I decided to show her so Shelly showed Gambler. Around the ring we went and low and behold Judge Pam Moore chose Gambler as BOB! How exciting is that he now has one leg out of 5 for his grand champion title. After everyone showed their dogs the United Specialty club had a Total Retriever parade. To be in the parade your dog has to have a performance title and a show title. Both Duke and Gambler were in the parade because they have HRC titles and a UCH. They got a really cool ribbon for being a Total Retriever!

A couple pictures from the show.

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Gambler and his stand in handler Shelly.

 

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Kathy and Evin.

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Glory and I.

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Jen the stand in handler for Duke Dog.

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And the winner is……..Gambler! He took Best Of Breed for the Chesapeakes at the United Retriever Specialty.

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Going back into the Gun Dog Group ring. The Flatcoat won the Best In Specialty Show.

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Gambler and his Total Retriever ribbon!

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Poor pitiful Gambler with his lovely ribbons and basket of goodies.

Tomorrow is the Top Ten conformation show, lure coursing and dock jumping.

Go Team Giblet & Glory-ous and Team Whiskey Creek!!

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Monday Mischief ~Glory Show Weekend

Our mischief started Friday May 3rd and lasted until Sunday May 5th. Glory and I attended a 3 day dog show in Jefferson, WI. Put on by Badger & Janesville-Beloit Kennel Club.

All three days Glory was entered in Amateur Handler-Owner. Friday we shown under Judge Ms. Pluis Davern. Glory had one other bitch in her class. Glory won her class. She didn’t move on from there.

Saturday we shown under Judge Mr. Sidney L. Marx. Glory had 3 other dogs in her class.  Glory won her class. She then moved up and won Reserve Winners Bitch with 4 dogs in the class. There were enough bitches in this dog show so the winner got major points. Even know we didn’t get first we were very happy with our RW since that meant we were second and beat other females.

I do have to say that both these judges were so patient with a newbie like me. I was so nervous I was talking to Glory to much and they told me to “stop talking to her” that I was making her nervous. Pluis said that I didn’t need to keep telling Glory to stand for her exam after I told her the first time and Glory was standing great. She said “she is standing great leave her be”. Sidney told me to “calm down” and to “take my time” and when Glory settled down he then told me to “place her front leg in position”. I was so grateful for these judges who were patient with me.

Sunday was the last day of the show and I think Glory had enough of being clean and running around the leg. We didn’t fair to well as she got third in her class. I’m ok with third. This was another new judge and it was another new day. I’ve learned you win some and you lose some, but you really don’t lose some. You gain knowledge and practice each time you are in the ring. It is all a learning experience and I can tell you that I am learning each time and Glory is too. We had such a fun weekend we will deffiantly be back for more. Got bit by the show ring bug. John was nice enough to come along on Saturday and Sunday to take pictures.

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Stacking Glory.

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Judge making the first pass through.

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Once around.

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Coming to a stop.

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Second look over.

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Glory won her class.

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In the ring for the second time going against the winners of each class.

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Stacking (or just standing around).

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Winners Bitch and Glory with Reserve Winners Bitch.

Pictures from Sunday show.

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First, second, third.

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Our ribbons from the weekend.

The real mischief!

The real mischief happened at home after the show. I went out to the chicken and duck pen to do chores. I put the hose in the pool turned it on, shut the door, left to do other stuff. Came back with all 4 dogs and realized I didn’t put the board up against the door to cover up a 6 inch opening under the door. The chickens and some ducks decided they should sneek out under the opening. The dogs thought this was a free for all since the birds weren’t in their pen where they are not allowed to touch them. Gambler and Glory started chasing them Nellie caught one Norman just stood and watched as he knew this was bad news! Put Norman and Nellie in shed went back to get Gambler and Glory and they are still chasing the birds, Gambler caught one, ran around the yard like he had the major prize. I ran around the yard screaming at him to bring me the bird. This went on until he caught all the birds and held them for me to get and I put them back. I didn’t have my phone so no videos or pictures of this circus act. Thanks Gambler for helping and not hurting the birds when you were running amuck with them but really I could of gotten them in the pen by myself! Such good mischief helpers.

 

 

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This ‘N That Thursday

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Saturday
I had a full weekend with Gambler and Glory this past weekend. Saturday we had our first AKC hunt test of the season. It was put on by the Fox Valley Retriever Club and was held at Bong State Park. If your in Wisconsin and are into outdoor activities Bong is a great place to do things. You can enjoy camping, hiking, horseback trails, get involved in rocket launching, upland training and hunt test training along with running competitions there.
Gambler and I were running seniors, John and Glory were running juniors. To run juniors Glory needed to do 2 single retrieves on land and if she passed land she got to move on to the water series. She passed her land so John and her moved onto water. She did 2 singles on water and passed her first junior hunter test of the season. She was such a good girl! You can tell by the picture how happy the both of them were!
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Gambler and I on the other hand didn’t fair so well. I should said Gambler did great, I didn’t fair to well. Seniors consists of 2 land and water retrieves, a land and a water blind and one of the series has to have a honor in it. Other things can be done also like a diversion and a walk up. We started out with a land double with a honor. Gambler stepped on the second bird thrown, went on to retrieve the live flyer that was shot and he had a little bit of a hunt but stuck with it and found his bird. While he was out there hunting the judge commented on what a great hunt he was doing and that is the way it should be done. He then got to honor the next working dog. He sat there patiently and was excused after the working dog was released. He got called back to the next series. That series consisted of a land blind and a water blind. He ran the land blind first with lining the blind and didn’t need help from me to find it. He moved on to the water blind. I lined him up, released him, he ran around the bank and not straight into the water, I forgot I was in a test and not training and I called him back to me side and lined him up again and resent him. When at a test you don’t get to repeat or redo things. So I tried to finish the blind but he wan’t listing to my whistles so I called him in and I knew we were not passing. I was a nervous wreck so that didn’t help with my thinking. I can’t say it was a waste of time as anytime out at a test or training is a learning experience and I learned what I need not do next time.
Sunday
Sunday Glory and I had a dog show put on by the Fond Du Lac Kennel Club. It was held at the Fond Du Lac expo center. Glory was being shown in the Amateur owner-handler  group. She was the only dog in her class so she took First in that class. She went up against one other female for Winners Bitch. The other dog won Winners Bitch and Glory got the Reserve Winners ribbon. We had a good time and got practice in the ring and hopefully learned something for next time which will be in a week. Here are a couple pictures of Glory and I.
Stacking Glory

Stacking Glory

Photo taken by Julie Darling.

Photo taken by Julie Darling.

First and Reserve Winners

First and Reserve Winners

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Glory’s Second AKC Show Weekend

Glory and I went to her second AKC conformation show this past weekend. Packerland Kennel Club was hosting this 2 day event in Manitowoc, WI. Glory was entered in Amateur Handler/Owner with me handling her. John came along this weekend so I finally had someone there to take pictures. I still can’t master my camera taking pictures indoors. Sundays action shots turned out better than Saturdays as I had a day to play with the settings.

We had a great Easter weekend as both days Glory was Winners Bitch for a point each day and she took Best of Opposite Sex both days also. She is now up to 3 points out of 15. I am really pleased with her. The first pictures are from Saturday, I was wearing a blue sweater. Sunday I wore a pink Sweater.

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Big News #2 ~ Glory’s Invite To The UKC Premier

20th Annual PREMIER
Premium List
Hosted by The United Kennel Club, Inc.
Kalamazoo County Expo Center and Fairground
2900 Lake Street • Kalamazoo MI 49048
June 13, 14, 15 & 16, 2013

Glory and I got her invite to the 20th Annual Premier, the United Kennel Club 2012 Top Ten Finals Competition held in Kalamazoo, MI June 13, 2013.

By achieving a 2012 Tip Ten Show Dog ranking, your dog has earned the chance to compete in the 2012 Top Ten Show Dog finals competition. This achievement makes all of the hard work well worth it. 

The Invite.

The Invite.

Glory and I started showing in UKC conformation in July 2012, she got her show title in August 2012,  you can read about it here. This was the first time I have ever shown any of my dogs, usually I am running hunt test and getting their titles in field work not show. This was a bran new experience for me, an experience that I will defiantly keep on doing. I was so proud to have been able to put a CH in front of her registered  name: CH Sand Spring No Gut’s No Glory.

Glory was the Sixth Chesapeake to get the most points from showing in the 2012 year. She won 2 points

in conformation so she was the #6 Chesapeake in the UKC Top Ten Breed and Show Standings. Here is a listing of the standings.

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2012 Top Ten Breed And Dog Standings
The current Top Ten Results By Breed, Organized Alphabetically

TOP TEN LIST FOR 2012
Posted JANUARY 18, 2012 
for events through DECEMBER 31, 2012
NEXT UPDATE: JANUARY 25, 2012

Chesapeake Bay Retriever

01. CH SHR Sand Spring Evry Paws A Winner

Joann Stancer

    4

01. CH Chesabar Dyna Glide

Mark Glaspey or Tina Camp

    4

01. CH Chesabar Found My Mojo

Kim L Cramer or Tina Camp

    4

04. URO1 CH HR UNJ Whiskey Creek’s Duke Chasceri

Charles R Prowler or Katherine E Case

    3

04. CH Mercer’s Takin’ On The Outfit

Robert Boyd

    3

06. CH Sand Spring No Guts No Glory

Jo Ann Stancer

    2

07. CH URO1 Calico Raspberry Bacardi

Katherine A Nelson

    1

Having been in the Top Ten Breed and Dog Standings brings us to be able to get invited to the UKC Premier and got an personal invite to the 2012 Top Ten Finals Competition. The Premier is the UKC version of Westminster. Anyone can enter their dogs in several venues during the 4 day competition but only the one’s with a personal invite can enter in the Top Ten Finals Competition.

The Premier website: http://www.ukcdogs.com/Web.nsf/WebPages/DogEvents/Premier

The Premier list: http://res.ukcdogs.com/pdf/2013PREMIERPremiumList.pdf

This is a list of the different venues:

Conformation
Obedience • Rally Obedience
Agility • Weight Pull • Terrier Racing
Dock Jumping • Lure Coursing

Another bonus is that since Gambler has received a UKC hunting title (he has his UKC Started (SHR)  title) he can enter the Total Dog Competition on Saturday for a chance to receive his Total Dog title.

***** NEW**** Total Dog Hunting Title Buy-In! With special
permission from the United Kennel Club, dogs that have
earned a hunting title in any hunting event recognized by UKC
on or before April 1, 2013 can enter PREMIER as eligible for
Total Dog. All dogs must be designated as entering Total Dog
upon submission of entry into the Conformation class in
which the dog is eligible for on Saturday June 15, 2013.
Total Dog Qualifiers Parade, Total Dog Groups
and Total Dog Best In Show Competition.
On Saturday June 15, 2013 in the Main Expo Building, approximately
a half hour after the conclusion of Saturday’s PREMIER Best
In Show competition, the following will take place (consult the
Judging Program for changes in time or location):
1. A parade of “Total Dog” qualifiers will kick-off this special recognition
and competition. All Total Dog qualifiers (dog AND handler
teams) will report for the parade of Total Dog qualifiers, followed
by the announcement of the Total Dog Qualifiers.
2. Next, all Total Dog qualifiers will immediately compete in Total
Dog Groups. The Total Dog Groups are the standard eight group
designations. Each dog that qualifies will compete in the group
that its breed belongs to.
3. Lastly, the Total Dog Group One winners will proceed to the judging
of the PREMIER Total Dog Best In Show competition. A 2013
PREMIER Total Dog Best In Show and 2013 PREMIER Total Dog
Reserve Best In Show winners will be selected.

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Glory was bred by and owned by JoAnn & John Stancer of Sand Spring Chesapeakes. Her Dam is HRCH Sand Spring Hurricane Nellie SH and her Sire is CH Port Side’s Great Xpecations MH** owned by Ron & Virginia Reed. Thank you Ron and Ginny for such a great breeding!

Needless to say I am so excited to be invited to the Premier with 2 of my Chesapeakes. Hopefully Glory, Gambler and I will make Sand Spring Chesapeakes proud!

Big News ~The UKC Premier Invite

20th Annual PREMIER
Premium List
Hosted by The United Kennel Club, Inc.
Kalamazoo County Expo Center and Fairground
2900 Lake Street • Kalamazoo MI 49048
June 13, 14, 15 & 16, 2013

Gambler and I got his invite to the 20th Annual Premier, the United Kennel Club 2012 Top Ten Finals Competition held in Kalamazoo, MI June 13, 2013.

By achieving a 2012 Tip Ten Show Dog ranking, your dog has earned the chance to compete in the 2012 Top Ten Show Dog finals competition. This achievement makes all of the hard work well worth it. 

The Invite.

The Invite.

Gambler and I started showing in UKC conformation in July 2012, he got his show title in August 2012,  you can read about it here. This was the first time I have ever shown any of my dogs, usually I am running hunt test and getting their titles in field work not show. This was a bran new experience for me, an experience that I will defiantly keep on doing. I was so proud to have been able to put a CH in front of his registered  name: CH SHR Sand Spring Ev’ry Paw’s A Winner JH.

Gambler was the first Chesapeake to get the most points from showing in the 2012 year. He won 4 points in conformation so he was the #1 Chesapeake in the UKC Top Ten Breed and Show Standings. Here is a listing of the standings. Glory was also in the top ten but that will be another days story.

The Top Ten Certificate.

The Top Ten Certificate.

2012 Top Ten Breed And Dog Standings
The current Top Ten Results By Breed, Organized Alphabetically

TOP TEN LIST FOR 2012
Posted JANUARY 18, 2012
for events through DECEMBER 31, 2012
NEXT UPDATE: JANUARY 25, 2012

Chesapeake Bay Retriever

01. CH SHR Sand Spring Evry Paws A Winner

Joann Stancer

    4

01. CH Chesabar Dyna Glide

Mark Glaspey or Tina Camp

    4

01. CH Chesabar Found My Mojo

Kim L Cramer or Tina Camp

    4

04. URO1 CH HR UNJ Whiskey Creek’s Duke Chasceri

Charles R Prowler or Katherine E Case

    3

04. CH Mercer’s Takin’ On The Outfit

Robert Boyd

    3

06. CH Sand Spring No Guts No Glory

Jo Ann Stancer

    2

07. CH URO1 Calico Raspberry Bacardi

Katherine A Nelson

    1

Having been in the Top Ten Breed and Dog Standings brings us to be able to get invited to the UKC Premier and got an personal invite to the 2012 Top Ten Finals Competition. The Premier is the UKC version of Westminster. Anyone can enter their dogs in several venues during the 4 day competition but only the one’s with a personal invite can enter in the Top Ten Finals Competition.

The Premier website: http://www.ukcdogs.com/Web.nsf/WebPages/DogEvents/Premier

The Premier list: http://res.ukcdogs.com/pdf/2013PREMIERPremiumList.pdf

This is a list of the different venues:

Conformation
Obedience • Rally Obedience
Agility • Weight Pull • Terrier Racing
Dock Jumping • Lure Coursing

Another bonus is that since Gambler has received a UKC hunting title (he has his UKC Started (SHR)  title) he can enter the Total Dog Competition on Saturday for a chance to receive his Total Dog title.

***** NEW**** Total Dog Hunting Title Buy-In! With special
permission from the United Kennel Club, dogs that have
earned a hunting title in any hunting event recognized by UKC
on or before April 1, 2013 can enter PREMIER as eligible for
Total Dog. All dogs must be designated as entering Total Dog
upon submission of entry into the Conformation class in
which the dog is eligible for on Saturday June 15, 2013.
Total Dog Qualifiers Parade, Total Dog Groups
and Total Dog Best In Show Competition.
On Saturday June 15, 2013 in the Main Expo Building, approximately
a half hour after the conclusion of Saturday’s PREMIER Best
In Show competition, the following will take place (consult the
Judging Program for changes in time or location):
1. A parade of “Total Dog” qualifiers will kick-off this special recognition
and competition. All Total Dog qualifiers (dog AND handler
teams) will report for the parade of Total Dog qualifiers, followed
by the announcement of the Total Dog Qualifiers.
2. Next, all Total Dog qualifiers will immediately compete in Total
Dog Groups. The Total Dog Groups are the standard eight group
designations. Each dog that qualifies will compete in the group
that its breed belongs to.
3. Lastly, the Total Dog Group One winners will proceed to the judging
of the PREMIER Total Dog Best In Show competition. A 2013
PREMIER Total Dog Best In Show and 2013 PREMIER Total Dog
Reserve Best In Show winners will be selected.

Gambler ukc ch

Gambler was bred by Alan Sandifer, he is owned by JoAnn Stancer of Sand Spring Chesapeakes. Gamblers Dam is HRCH Hope Springs Dowry MH*** and his Sire is HRCH Sand Spring Norm Of Caroway MH of Sand Spring Chesapeakes.

Needless to say I am so excited to be invited to the Premier. Hopefully Gambler and I will make Sand Spring Chesapeakes proud!

Our First AKC Conformation Show

This past weekend was Glory’s and mine first AKC (American Kennel Club) conformation show. We have shown in UKC (United Kennel Club) this past fall and Glory receiving her UKC Champion title. I have only been to a couple of AKC dog shows in my life and they were many moons ago so I had no idea what I was in for. From talking to other handlers I got the basics on what went on all I had to do was show up and give it a go. Lucky there  were Chessie friends of mine there showing and they helped me out a lot with when it was my turn to go, what to do and what it meant when I won.

Here are a couple of links:

American Kennel Club

AKC A Beginers Guide To Dog Shows

How To Count Points

U-CH Sand Spring No Guts No Glory is a Chesapeake Bay Retriever. She was being shown in the Sporting Group.

There are 7 Groups: Sporting, Hound, Working, Terrier, Herding, Toy, Non -Sporting. One dog either Winners Bitch or Winners Dog that won the Best Of Breed class from each group will advance to the Best In Show ring.

I entered Glory in Amateur Owner Handler class since I was the Owner and Handler as well as a Amateur since I never shown in AKC before.

Saturday Glory was the only dog in her Class. She took a first place, she then advanced to compete again to see who was the best of the winning dogs in the different classes. She competed against one other female from another class. Glory won Winners Bitch for one point out of her 15 she needs for her AKC conformation champion title. She then got to advance to the Best of Breed class and went against the Winners Dog. The male won Best of Breed but Glory won Best of Opposite Sex which was a surprise to me. It was a very good day for us, to go into our first AKC show and come out with a point! This show there were 2 bitches and 3 dogs. The judge was Mrs. Cindy Vogels.

Sunday she was entered into the same Amateur Owner Handler class and was the only dog in her class. She took first and advanced to compete again against the other females. There were 4 other females in the class this time. Another dog won the Winners Bitch so Glory  and I had practice time in the show ring which is alright with us. You win some you lose some but I really don’t see it as loosing, I see it as practice and learning how to better ourselves and gain knowledge for next time. This show there were 5 bitches and 3 dogs. The judge was Dr. Gerard C. Penta.

Here is a picture of Glory’s ribbons. The top ones were from Saturday and the bottom one was from Sunday.

Glory's first AKC show ribbons.

Glory’s first AKC show ribbons.

Congratulations  to the winning Chesapeakes and their handlers and nice job to the other’s that were showing. I had a great weekend and it was fun, something I will do again.