SPRINGTIME AND SIBERIANS – A WINNING COMBINATION
Rocky Mountain Siberian Husky Club Specialties 2012
By Shelley Calisher, Show Chair
By Shelley Calisher, Show Chair
Mother Nature sent no snow, sleet or rain to the Mile High City during our first back-to-back Specialties, a fact we took as her resounding endorsement of our efforts to create an exciting show and fun-filled weekend for our guests.
During the last weekend in April, the Siberian family gathered at the Crowne Plaza, Denver International Airport Hotel for three days of competition and socializing. RMSHC members outdid themselves in preparing for the show: setting up the show site, arranging for – and then arranging - trophies created by Rick Morgan of RamWorks Metal Art, setting up our fundraising auctions (Banquet Auction, Silent Auction, Chinese Auction and the new “Togo’s Dog Yard Sale”), ordering box lunches, making up yummy bait packets for our exhibitors’ use, hosting our social events and generally making themselves useful. It was a lot of work, but a great time was had by all – with dispositions reflecting the sunny skies of Colorado.
We kicked off the weekend on Friday afternoon with our 15th Obedience Trial, 3rd Rally Trial, 11th Puppy Sweepstakes and 4th Veteran Sweepstakes. Carole-Joye Evert judged five obedience entries, and nine of the ten Rally entries earned Qualifying Scores under judge Ronald V. Horn. Mary Uhlir judged a nice entry of puppies, junior dogs and veterans. Following Friday’s competition, Mona and Bob Hirneisen hosted a wonderful Hospitality event, featuring a Bar B-Q buffet with a variety of home-made side dishes and desserts provided by members of the Rocky Mountain Siberian Husky Club.
On Saturday, we began Specialty #1 with a lovely rendition of the National Anthem by Gail Tench (no microphone needed!), followed by Junior Showmanship and the Regular and Non-Regular Dog classes (single dog entries) judged by Ann Mariah Cook, and the Regular and Non-Regular Bitch classes (single bitch entries) judged by Marion Dee Ward. Ann Mariah Cook then judged Best of Breed, Stud Dog, Brood Bitch, Brace and Team classes. Following the competition events, thirteen title holders entered the ring to strut their stuff to the applause of spectators and received personalized rosettes to commemorate their accomplishments. It was a very busy day.
The “after show banquet” was staged by Banquet Chair Ric Watson – and what an exciting, theatrical event it was! Ric chose a “Mardi Gras” theme and spent countless hours putting together a party atmosphere that was truly extraordinary. The décor, food and music were authentic New Orleans, the games and prizes surprising and fun. In keeping with the Mardi Gras theme, there was a mask contest (won by Joanne Barnes) and a King’s Cake (with a Siberian twist). Instead of a toy baby doll, Ric arranged to have a toy SIBERIAN baked into the King’s cake. In a further twist, the toy Siberian was cut in half. The lucky person whose piece of cake contained the front half of the Siberian (Bob Hirneisen) received a $100 prize; the person who got the back end (Jody Carpenter) received – you guessed it! – a brand new, purple pooper scooper. Once again, our wonderful auctioneer, Shawn Sparks, made the time fly during the auction fundraiser. It was an evening to remember.
On Sunday morning, Specialty #2 began with the familiar strains of the National Anthem. Junior Showmanship, Regular and Non-Regular dog classes and Best of Breed were judged by Marion Dee Ward. Regular and Non-Regular Bitch classes were judged by Ann Mariah Cook. In order to facilitate travel arrangements for our guests, multiple entry dog and bitch classes were not offered on Sunday. Full results of our Specialties are available on the Club website:
2012 Obedience Results
2012 Rally Results
2012 Sweeps Results
2012 Specialty 1 & 2 Results