Freighter had a great weekend. Saturday was his first time in the show ring. We had taken him to a few Conformation Classes to get him used to how a show works. We were showing at 8am so we got to the show nice and early to give him a chance to get used to the giant space. When it was time to go into the ring, I held my breath, but he did great. He was cooperative, moved beautifully and let the Judge go over him. He got his ribbon from his class, but did not advance further. That was OK. He did a good job in his first show. His brother Woody took Reserve Winner’s Dog which was wonderful, and Winner’s Dog was a very nice dog too.
Sunday we showed at 8am again, but there were some Pointers showing before us so we did not have to be there as early. Of course we still got there well ahead of the start of the show. On Saturday Freighter was the only dog in his class, but on Sunday there was another young dog entered in his class. The other dog was co-owned by Storm’s breeder.
First the Judge had the handlers move the dogs around the ring.
Then the handlers set the dogs up so that the Judge could go over them.
The Judge asked the handler to move the dog away from her and then toward her, (referred to as “down and back”). The Judge is looking at how the dog moves in the rear as it goes away and the front as it come toward her. I hope someday to get pictures of this, but I did not want to be a distraction to Freighter as he was moving because he would have spotted me for sure.
Then the Judge had the handler move Freighter around the ring again.
And Freighter received first place in his class (a blue ribbon).
But he was not done. He had to go back into the ring to compete against the dog from the Open Class.
Another trip around the ring.
Freighter was named Winner’s Dog and received his first purple ribbon and 1 point towards his Championship. (He needs 15 points. The number of points a dog earns is based on the number of dogs defeated.) The dogs that were entered on Sunday were all fairly young and inexperienced dogs, with Freighter being the youngest. The class dog that won on Saturday was a very nice mature dog, but he was absent on Sunday. This meant the Judge was picking between three younger dogs.
But Freighter was not finished yet. He still had to go back in the ring to compete in the Best of Breed portion of the competition.
This is a picture of the dogs who are already Champions and were competing for Best of Breed, (referred to as “Specials”). The first two in front are dogs, followed by two bitches. Freighter’s mom Smokey is the third from the front.
This is Freighter waiting for his turn.
He made yet another trip around the ring.
Then he stood pretty for the Judge.
The Judge needed to pick the Best of Winners from Winner’s Dog and Winner’s Bitch. Best of Winners went to Winner’s Bitch. Congrats to her and her owner (who is Storm’s breeder ).
Freighter was very proud of his first ribbons!
Congrats to Freighter’s breeder Cindy for doing such a great job with him and to Freighter for being a good boy. We accomplished what we wanted for the weekend. We wanted Freighter to have a good positive experience in the ring. There was a last-minute Judge change for Saturday, so I did not know the Judge. I hoped she would be good to a young dog and she was. I would not hesitate to take a young dog to either of the Judges that we showed under this past weekend. Freighter is still immature looking, so we probably won’t have him in the ring again until next year when hopefully he will remember the fun he had this past weekend. Thanks a million to Cindy for showing him for us.
Tomorrow more show pictures.