NEW ENGLAND RHODESIAN RIDGEBACK CLUB
NERRC's 4th Annual Regional Specialty was held on Saturday, Sept 14th, at the 4-Day Cranberry Cluster in beautiful Falmouth, MA. For the 3rd year in a row we had supported entries the other three days and, once again, we were able to award the medallion at all of them!
Our sweeps judge this year was Edith Mrak. There was a large entry of puppy girls and Judge Mrak was kind and gentle with each of them. Her Best in Sweeps went to Solterraluna & Shabani's Gift of Gita V Risingson owned by Heidi Dommers and Bonnie Johnson.
The veterans were all given a warm welcome and big applause as they strutted their stuff around the ring! Best in Veteran's Sweeps went to GCh Shabani's Princess Nala owned by Ashley Jensen. Best of Opposite was awarded to Ch Shabani's Cape Cod Koa-Z onwed by Lydia Mathger and Clayton Jones.
Judge Ann Roth had a large entry of 46 Ridgebacks to go over and she moved right along judging fairly and efficiently. Her Winners Dog was Shabani's Sargent Masimba owned by Brooke Adams and Bonnie Johnson. Reserve Winners Dog was Excaliber's Cold Fire at Kuluta owned by Marsa Hatfield and Alicja Michnowicz. Winners Bitch and Best of Winners was Adwera's Saffron of Ridgekrest owned by Deborah Ahern-Ridlon. Reserve Winners Bitch was Adili Adores the Reign owned by Tammy Lynch, Kiki Courtelis, and Kristin Lawless.
Judge Roth quickly divided the specials ring into groups and made her cuts from there. From the large group of 23 Champions, she chose the following for her top honors:
Best in Specialty Show: GCh DC Shabani's Halo N' Horns SC - owned by Kathy Dinneen and Bonnie Johnson (Breeder/Owner-Handled by Bonnie)
Best of Opposite Sex: GCh Shabani's Master of Illusion - owned by Heidi Dommers and Bonnie Johnson
Select Dog: GCh Shabani's Sargent Major SC - owned by John Newman and Bonnie Johnson (Handled by Peggy Newman)
Select Bitch: GCh Shabani Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds - owned by Eric King and Ava Swayze
AOM/BOBOH: Veteran Bitch GCh Shabani's Princess Nala - owned by Ashley Jensen
AOM: GCh Shabani's Xena Warrior Princess - owned by Suzanne Cooney
Stud Dog: GCh Shabani's Sargent Major SC - owned by John Newman and Bonnie Johnson
Brood Bitch: GChG Mystiko & Adili's Unstoppable Reign CGC - owned by Kiki Courtelis & Tammy Lynch
Brace: Zenonia's Palpopleura Portia SC and GCh DC Shabani's Zintha Hintza SC - owned by Nikki Newton
Following judging NERRC held a lovely luncheon and raffle. It is always nice to be able to sit and converse with other Ridgeback fanciers, but, sadly, that doesn't happen often these days. This special show gives us this opportunity and we had a great turnout for it too. We have a wonderful group of volunteers to help us run this show and we look forward to hosting our 5th Annual event next year! We know there is always room for improvement and we are always eager for feedback to make this event the best show of the year for all of you! Feel free to reach out to us if you have any ideas that will help us to improve this event in the future. We look forward to seeing you all again next year!