2008 Specialty

The Celebration of the Siberian Husky

Rocky Mountain Siberian Husky Club Specialty 2008

by Karen Morin

Loyal Siberian Husky exhibitors arrived from throughout the country for a memorable specialty weekend. They came from Virginia on the East coast, California on the west and many states in between.

Special guests included the SHCA Officers and Board of Directors who conducted their Spring In-Person meeting on Sunday following the specialty events.

The Holiday Inn Denver West was in Golden, CO, was once again the site for the 21st Specialty Show, 13th Obedience Trial and 9th Puppy Sweepstakes, 2nd Veteran Sweepstakes plus the first Rally trial and first Junior Showmanship of the Rocky Mountain Siberian Husky Club, Inc.  Everyone and their dogs had a wonderful time.

Show Chair Susan Lavin and her committees planned and executed a great weekend.

The trophy table was filled with etched glass by Jan Leonard and Canine Keepsakes.

The festivities began on Friday afternoon with the Obedience and Rally Trials.  Pat Maynard judged a class of 1 Novice A and 3 Novice B entries.  For the first time since 2000 we had a High in Trial winner!!!!  Our first Rally Trial had 2 entries, both of which qualified.

Following the Obedience and Rally Trials was the Sweepstakes.  Gerry Dalakian evaluated a nice group of puppies, junior dogs and veterans.

A Pizza Party was held on Friday night.  It was a great time to meet people and renew old acquaintances.

On Saturday morning we started with the National Anthem sung by Gail Tench.  Judging began with Junior Showmanship, judged by Robin Hug. Five Juniors were entered.

Regular breed judging began immediately following Junior Showmanship with breeder judge Dr. David Qualls judging in the Conformation ring.

The happiest dogs were no doubt the 23 Veterans which with sparkling eyes and wagging tails remembered careers gone by.  Each of them was honored with an oval etched glass ornament.  First place winners continued into the Breed ring.

The Celebration of the Siberian Husky ended with a Parade of 17 titleholders entering and circling the ring, beginning with the youngest, whelped in 2007 and ending with the oldest, whelped in 1995.  Each received a personalized rosette and basked in the glory of the applause.

The after show dinner was chaired by Leslie Carpenter and was followed by an auction. Other fund-raising events throughout the weekend included a Chinese auction and a silent auction.

The Northern California Siberian Husky Club will host its specialty in 2009 and the RMSHC will be back in 2010.  We hope to see you there!
Results of each class are available on the club's website:
Obedience and Rally Results
Sweeps Results
Specialty Results