|Blazins Gunner||Vicki Barbeau||P A S S E D|
|Puck du Triangle Magique||Clarissa Negaard||P A S S E D|
|C’Nia Von Blumental||Wesley Taylor||No|
|Giovanni di 16130||Anne Camper||95||80||96||a||271||SG|
|Gravitas Barristan||Cari Bracken||88||98||97||a||283||SG|
|Beorn Von Blumental||Clarissa Negaard||94||81||0||ng||175||M|
|Vrisco von Sontausen||Janice Bogy||84||56||88||a||228||M|
|Tara z Cagova raje||Ann Mackay||75||82||91||a||248||G|
|Gravitas Andrew||Katie Finlay||95||85||92||a||272||SG|
|Charlotte of Sapphire Mountain||Clarissa Negaard||88||88||G|
|Heidi Errinor||Ryan Waters||83||83||G|
|Nika z Vodnanske doliny||Donna Negaard||83||83||G|
“Our 2018 fall trial is now in the books. After a summer of massive changes – new field, new equipment, hours of labor from club members – the trial was a great success due to the many contributions of ALL members. It truly takes a village.
This year’s tracking was a combination of beauty and surreal, ethereal atmosphere. After months of no moisture, it rained the night before. There was dense valley fog, with the tracking field in the sun above the fog. Interestingly, the plowed dirt fields were not muddy, but as the sun warmed the moist earth, a mist rose from the ground. The IPO dogs had their issues with the conditions. By the time Clarissa’s FH2 track was ready to run, the rising mist mixed with the fog lifting from the valley and the team disappeared from view as they headed down the track. Anne, our very seasoned and experienced tracklayer had her work cut out for her as all of the landmarks and points of reference disappeared in the mist. Toby and Clarissa had no trouble, however, and did an excellent FH2 track – 95 points, High in Tracking. None of us trying to watch could see anything. Definitely a tracking morning to remember with the most beautiful quality of light.
Conditions for the remainder of the trial were excellent – bright, sunny day in beautiful Montana with temperatures in the low 70s. What more could any club wish for on trial day?
Club members, Ann Mackay and Tara, were the stars of the day, earning their IPO 1, High in Trial, High in Obedience and High in Protection! Ann is a new handler and we are so excited for her success! Other successful new titles were: Chaz and Mr. Magoo, BH; Anne and Gio, BH; and our visitor from SD, Tracy and Yowie, BH. Our other club member teams, Carol and Titus and Janice and Vrisco, proved their strength in protection with beautiful, powerful routines and scores of 95 and 96 but had their problems with the misty tracking fields.
While our club has been in existence for decades, we currently have many new, young handlers and dogs. We are looking forward to next year’s trial and a large field of participants getting their start in this fabulous, if not sometimes frustrating, sport. We love our dogs and our members and celebrate the success of all.
President, Big Sky Working Dogs”
Happy Monday everyone!
First – Congratulations to everyone who trialed. You represented the club with professionalism and dignity. Everyone succeeded in earning the title desired. I am proud to be a member of this club and to watch so many novice handlers achieving their goals. Way to go.
Second – Thank you everyone who contributed to making our trial a success. Mike, as usual, you were an outstanding Secretary. Cari, outstanding job on organizing the field preparation. I know you had help, but the field looked fantastic. Stephanie, the food and hospitality was outstanding. Peter, equipment was proper and easily accessed when needed. Carol, awards were great – hopefully will be a much bigger job in September – and thank you so much for housing the judge (and me!). Clarissa, thanks for the competitor goodie bags, and soliciting donations. Samie, thanks for printing certificates and videotaping the routines (perfect to see what you looked like and where you need to make adjustments). Anne, thank you for your continued ability to organize airfares, judges, and keeping us on track for training. A big thank you to everyone for contributing time, effort and food to pull it all together. You guys rock.
Third and last – A few of us met on Sunday morning for a judge’s seminar with Cynthia. Here is a brief blurb on what she covered. Basically, we are doing a good job. Need to work on cleaning up about turns and body language/hands. Overall, about turns were not correct. Handler needs to stay on the same plane and pivot in place with dog making the adjustment. The military (left flip) about turn looks stunning when executed correctly, but is very difficult to perfect and very few dogs have the ability to consistently execute it with the precision necessary. Hands and arms need to be more natural in movement during heeling. Need to be sure your paces for build up and leaving your dog are correct. Practice throwing the dumbbell until you can consistently throw it and have it land exactly where you want it. You get 3 tries to throw the dumbbell before the exercise will be considered finished and you lose all the points. Also, she wanted to let everyone know that a club trial is like your local baseball team. The event follows rules and represents the sport, but the level of competition is at the basic level. Regionals would be equivalent to semi-pro level. Nationals would be like pros and worlds would be like the World Series or the Olympics. Once you get beyond the club level, the competition is much stiffer, scored much tighter and competitors much more cutthroat. Doing well at a club trial is no indication of ability to do well at a regional level. That said, you should always strive to grow, stretch and challenge yourself. If you have the desire to compete at the regional level and above, you should trial as much as possible at club trials under different judges, perfect your trialing ability and then go for it. Anyone else who was there on Sunday, feel free to add to this.
So, let’s get ready to rock it again in September. We should have another outstanding trial!
Janice G. Bogy
Big Sky Working Dogs * June 17, 2017 * Judge AWMA Cynthia LaPointe
|G-Lexa vom Haus Vianden||Stephanie Carns||PASSED|
|Tuffy vom Donau-Ries “Pistol”||Ann Mackay||PASSED|
|Nika z Vodňanské doliny||Donna Negaard||PASSED|
|Ayla vom Blumental||Stephanie Carns||PASSED|
|Gravitas Barristan “Barris”||Cari Bracken||PASSED|
|Nala||Claire Silvey||70||70 S|
|I’m All Ears “Teaka”||Cari Bracken||90||90 SG|
So proud of our club members who earned their BH (Stephanie and Ayla, Stephanie and Lexa, Cari and Barris, Ann and Pistol, Donna and Nika) and our two OB competitors (Cari and Teaka OB3 and Claire and Nala OB1). We are small but mighty. Cynthia, thank you for making the journey and being so supportive of our competitors!
April 8-10: Todd Dunlap
May 6-7: Julia Priest tracking seminar
May 27-29: Todd Dunlap
June 17-18: Trial with Cynthia LaPointe – all approvals have been obtained and the trial has been posted on the AWMA website
June 10-12: Todd Dunlap
July 8-9: Christopher Smith
July 22-24: Todd Dunlap
August 19-21: Todd Dunlap
September 15-18: IPO Trial with Hartmut Beckmann DVG Judge, Todd Dunlap helper
Todd Dunlap is from Pennsylvania and is the primary trainer behind Dunlap Training Solutions. Training dogs to Todd is not about making a dog “sit, down or come” those are just the mechanical components, it’s about communicating with a dog. The clearer the communication lines are between dog and handler, the stronger the relationship. Todd firmly is an advocate of science-based dog training principles. He has taught pet obedience classes for the last 10 years along with training his own dogs in multiple protection-based dog sports, and is consistently coaching handler/dog teams that go on to win at the national and international level.
August 9-10, 2016 * Big Sky Working Dogs * Judge: AWMA Waine Singleton
|Clarissa Negaard||Charlotte of Sapphire Mountain||GSD||PASSED|
|Donna Negaard||Nika z Vodnanske doliny||GSD||did not pass|
|Ryan Waters||Heidi Errinor||GSD||PASSED|
|Carol Steadman||Titus vom Patiala||GSD||PASSED|
|Stephanie Carns||G-Lexa vom Haus Vianden||GSD||did not pass|
|Samie Jones||Izzy du Loups du Soleil||Mal||PASSED|
|Clarissa Negaard||Ioshi Aritar Bastet||GSD||PASSED|
|Janice Bogy||Vrisco von Sonthauson||GSD||89||60||82 a||231|
|Clarissa Negaard||Ulysses of Sapphire Mountain||GSD||77||77|
|Clarissa Negaard||Charlotte of Sapphire Mountain||GSD||80||80|
|Ryan Waters||Heidi Errinor||GSD||75||75|
|Carol Steadman||Titus vom Patiala||GSD||70||70|
|Janice Bogy||Edel vom Haus Rentz||GSD||89||89|
|Cari Bracken||I’m All Ears “Teaka”||Mix||90||90|
WEEKEND DATES FOR TRAINING 2016
Weekend immersion in dog training! If you’re from out of the area, we train all day Saturday and Sunday with a potluck Saturday night where we drink beer and talk dogs. Come join us!
Jay Belcher, Sublime Canine, is from Tucson Arizona and has experience with IPO, ringsport, AKC obedience, flyball, nosework, dock diving, etc. He’s an excellent, safe decoy; a motivational trainer in obedience and loves and excels in tracking!
Christopher Smith, All Canine Working Dog Club, is from Los Angeles and is an experienced helper for IPO/Schutzhund working a variety of breeds, and is an excellent coach for handlers. His club members have achieved excellent scores in all phases in trials.
The dates are:
- JJ – April 16-17
- JJ – May 7-8
Christopher – May 28-29
- JJ – June 18-19
- JJ – July 9-10
Christopher – July 23-24
- JJ – August 13-14
- IPO TRIAL – Sept. 10-11 with AWMA judge Waine Singleton
Mark your calendars with these confirmed dates for JJ and Christopher:
April 16-17 — JJ
May 7-8 — JJ
May 28-29 — Christopher (Memorial Day)
June 18-19 — JJ
July 9-10 — JJ
July 23-24 — Christopher
August 13-14 — JJ
September 10-11 — Trial (tentative, working on getting judge)