Monday, December 20, 2010

Happy Holidays from our family to yours!

The official Grayhart holiday card featuring from l-r, Trixie,Joline, Savi and Jam.

Happy Holidays and wishing all our family and friends good health, joy and fortune in the New Year!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Champion Jam: the official win picture

Jam, winning her second major to finish her championship at the Northeastern Maryland Kennel Club show under Judge Dr. Klaus Anselm.  Jam, CH Grayhart's Purple Haze,JH,NA,NAJ,NSD,V, was beautifully handled by Steve Lane, owner/breeder of her sire, Parker, CH Hibourne's It's All About Me, for this exciting win.

Friday, December 10, 2010

1st Place NA & NAJ New Title Runs!

Jam's 3rd qualifying leg at the Skyline Agility Club's trial on December 5th.  Jam earned a 1st placement and finished her NA, Novice Agility Standard title.  Jam finished her title easily with two 1st places and one 2nd place at all breed trials.  We have work to do on the teeter and weaves as well as distractions but she shows terrific promise as a competitive agility dog and hope to bring her out again in the Spring.  The location of the trial is where we train on a weekly basis and Jam typically is much speedier and runs with higher drive at outdoor trials.

Jam's 1st place Jumpers with Weaves run, (shown below) earning her 3rd qualifying leg to complete the NAJ or Novice Agility Jumpers title.

Jam LOVES people, especially kids and it was a real challenge keeping her focus during the run when she decided to go visit the young people on the ring crew.  Fortunately, she has a huge stride and was able to make up the time to finish with only a few time faults.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

New Agility Titles for Jam!

Jam with her ribbons.  There should be one more 1st place ribbon but the club ran out so that one will be mailed to us.
Jam had a terrific weekend at the Skyline Agility Club's Novice Only trial.  She qualified 3 out of her 4 runs, all with top placements. On Saturday, she did well in her Novice  Jumpers with Weaves (JWW) run but has a wrong course so didn't qualify but was 12 seconds under course time.  Her Novice Standard run was super fast, almost 20 seconds under course time with just two little baubles, a wrong course and a table fault, which are allowed in novice and earned her 2nd place for her second Novice Standard leg.

Today was her winning day, finishing both her Novice Standard and Novice JWW titles with 1st places!  This also qualifies Jam for her Weimaraner Club of America Versatility "V" certificate.  All of Jam's novice agility legs were earned with placements.  Her runs were fairly smooth except for her deciding to visit the ring crew for a quick hello which ate up precious time.  She needs to get speedier on her teeter and weaves and we will spend the winter working on those skills to get ready for her Open debut at the Spring trials.  Three of our four runs were videotaped and I'll be posting those in the next few days.

Jam is now....CH Grayhart's Purple Haze, JH,NA,NAJ,NSD,CGC,V

Warming up

 Jam, at the Skyline Agility Club's Novice Only trial, during our warm-up routine.  We play a game, using her various commands, to get attention and attitude.
 She has an almost perfect Jumpers run but I didn't call her soon enough and she went into the weaves for a wrong course, which is a disqualification.  I was thrilled with her run thought, precise and very fast - 30 seconds, with was 12 seconds under the 42 second course time!
We will find out if we qualified in Standard when we go back today and hope to finish her Jumpers title and maybe get another standard leg.