Results of the RCC’s First Ever Official Draft Dog Trial (Apr. 18, 2015)

Rottweiler Club of Canada  BannerThe day before the test the weather in Bragg Creek was beautiful:  sunny, green grass, dry – PERFECT

Well as mother nature likes to do here in Calgary, we all woke up Saturday morning to two inches of snow!!!  So needless to say it was a tad disheartening to see this snow on trial day.  Even though the weather started out a little iffy, the day ended with all of the snow melting and enjoying some sunshine (albeit a little mucky and wet out there)

The RCC was very fortunate to be able to hold their test at Blue Ribbon Kennels in Bragg Creek – thank you so much Kim Zippel and Harry Zippel for allowing us to use your property for this test.  What a fantastic site – probably one of the best backpacking routes I have seen for the DDX dogs.  The terrain was both challenging and delightful – you felt you were right in the mountains and forest during many aspects of the course.

We had a fantastic turnout – 17 dogs competing.  9 Draft Dog teams, 2 Brace Draft Dog teams and 4 Draft Dog Excellent teams.  Unfortunately we had one DD team pull and two of the DDX teams pulled.  Out of the 12 teams remaining, we had 5 passes for the day.  The ones that did not pass came ever so close and I have no doubt that they will be successful the next time around.

The RCC would like to thank our three judges:  Lisa Williams, Paul Bagnall and Judy Snowdon.  It was a honor to have you judge our first ever test.  The judges had wonderful comments to make regarding the teams that were there competing.

The following are the teams that passed:

New Draft Dog Title (DD)

  • Castanewf’s Date with Keavura  (Newfoundland) Owned by: Denise Castonguay, Kevin and Laura Gallagher
  • Hollowoods Aphrodites  (German Shepherd Dog) Owned by:  Judi Rich

New Draft Dog Excellent (DDX)

  • RCC Drafting Trial - Kipper the Newfie earns his DDX CH Sikome’s Cruisin To A Shout, CD, DDX – new DDX (Newfoundland) Owned by:  Pauline Baldwin
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New Draft Dog Brace Titles (BDD)

  •  RCC Drafting trial - new BDD titlesOTCH CH Tierney’s A Real Head Turner, DDX, BDD, BH, IPO1, TD, CGC, HIC  (Rottweiler) Owned by:  Gwen Haynes
  • GCH Seebrooke Somethin to Talk About Pouch Cove, CD, DDX, BDD (Newfoundland) Owned by:  Pauline Baldwin
  • GCH Nautica’s Not A Secret Anymore, CDX, WRDX, DDX, BDD, CGN (Newfoundland)Owned by:  Grace and Dead Edwards and Dawn Fretts
  • RCC Drafting trial - new BDD titlesCH Mostabear’s Million Dollar Baby, CD, WRDX, DDX, RA, CGN (Newfoundland) Owned by:  Amber Ringer, Agent: Dean Edwards.

It was nice to see that the two BDD entries – that all four dogs had their DDX so no doubt we shall see them again out there competing for their BDDX.

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Volunteers & Supporters

Thank you to all of the competitors that showed up regardless of the weather to compete in our trial.  Without your entries we could not have a trial.  A HUGE thank you to our volunteers (and in no particular order):

  • Betty Osing (stood in for Shannon O’Briant as our Trial Secretary the day of the test)
  • Garry Baldwin – our Chief Ring Steward and Trial Superintendent
  • Kristi Wright Fraser – assistant Ring Steward
  • Tracey Rodd – assistant Ring Steward
  • Marina Skoreiko – made the fantastic and delicious lunch
  • Dana Kingsbury – for tear down and clean up duties
  • Alberta Sand – for donation of the sandbags for our freight haul weight

We hope to make this annual event for the RCC – hope to see more teams ready for next year.  Happy Carting!!!

Gwen Haynes

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