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International Pedigree Wins Gillette Cup In The Us!

Discussion in 'Dog Showing' started by seaspot_run, May 4, 2009.

  1. seaspot_run

    seaspot_run New Member Registered

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    I want to brag on my boy, Ch. Surrey Hill's Galafrey LCM DPCX CR OTR...he went to the American Sighthound Field Association International Invitational (I.I.) in the center of the US, all the way to Oklahoma, from our home outside Philadelphia. This is basically the North American championship of the oldest form of organized Lure coursing in the United States. It draws from all over the US, plus Canada.

     

    I'm bragging here because I know he has more relatives here than on the working/lure coursing board.

     

    To enter the I.I. you must be a field champion or have won a minimal number of points, so it is like Crufts in that you have to qualify for it by proving you can beat some dogs. The most prestigious prize in all of lure coursing over here is to go Best in I.I. but the second most prestigious is the Gillette Cup. This prize goes to the top show champion (US or foreign) in lure coursing at the Invitational. Each breed sends one representative into the Cup runoff, and that is the show champion which is the highest finisher within their breed on Saturday. You have to be a field champion or a veteran to qualify for Gillette Cup. So, it not just being a show champion, but you must be a show champion who has proven your ability or longevity in the sport. Many times, the breed representative is a dog who did well, but did not have to do many runoffs for Best of Breed. It is not usual in Whippets for it to be the same dog. Whippets are usually the largest entry and then some in any trials we have here.

     

    "Bonzer" not only qualified to represent Whippets in the Gillette Cup, but he was overall the Best of Breed Whippet! Now, this makes it extra hard for him, because he had to run four times to make it to Best of Breed. First, he had to run twice in his Field Champion flight to get a first. Then, he had to run off against the other first place Field Champion flight winners to get first Field Champion. Then, he had to run against the winner of the Open and Veteran stakes to go Best of Breed.

     

    The course was over a thousand yards and they ran in pouring rain. The weather in Oklahoma this weekend was terrible. Then, he had to run against the champions from other breeds, drawn randomly. He ran against a Saluki and a Basenji, and he won. Then, he ended up tied with an Ibizan Hound and had to run against that dog to win the Cup. It is amazing how well he did on a long course against breeds who are really bred for more endurance galloping than Whippets are.

     

    This is the first time in the history of this award that the same Whippet has won the Gillette Cup and also been Best of Breed at the I.I. on the same day. A truly remarkable achievement and one which is the win of a lifetime here as it displays exceptional versatility and a lot of hard work to get them to that point, plus incredible heart.

     

    His brother also won a flight and placed well today as well. He would have had a better day yesterday if not for being beaten by his brother Bonzer!

     

    Bonzer is sired by Am.Aust.Ch. Byerley Savile Row. His sire is half-UK import (Hugo Boss) and half-Aussie. On his dam's side, he goes back to the successful import from the US into Europe--the one litter that this dog sired before being exported, Int. Ch. Paris Panther. We have had outstanding versatility down from this pedigree.

     

    To win these awards, he had to defeat many dogs head to head which have a pedigree specific to racing and/or coursing here. They are great runners--so he had to be running out of his mind.

     

    We are so very proud of him, and his brother Pigalle as well, who placed quite high both days as well. And our half-Bluestreak, Jewel, placed both days in her stake. It was a good weekend for the Surrey hill international contingent at our most prestigious all-breed lure coursing event. We had a fourth dog running who scored a big win but she's all frou-frou US show breeding :clown: , so nobody cares about her here. :lol:

     

    Here is Bonzer when he is playing show dog... ;)

     

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    He has been a mud bug this weekend in Oklahoma, but he does clean up nicely. :p Bonzer is a shade under 21" at the shoulder and is a rather small dog for here in running, since size has been mentioned a few times here of late. His brother Pigalle stands just 20 1/4"--small for here for a male, but able to win.

     

    Karen Lee

     

    p.s. Guess who I met at a very rainy, muddy dog show today? A European from K9 who was here visiting! I hope she will post when she gets back--I know she was taking some photos. It was cold and wet and I am sure my dog looked terrible so I hope any photos she took of us she put her thumb over the lens. But I am eager to hear how she enjoyed her visit. I just wish she'd had better weather for her time here. We are all drowning in rain right now.... :eek:
     
  2. whippetfan

    whippetfan New Member Registered

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    Congratulations to you and Bonzer SSR - an awesome achievement. :cheers:

    My Howard is a Khabaray Hugo Boss son - he has plenty of prey drive so I will take him lure coursing when he is old enough.

    Go the Whippets!! (w00t)
     
  3. aslan

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    Hey Karen that is absolutely FANTASTIC! Thank you for explaining what Bonzer had to go through to win - I've never really understood the process - and that made it a lot clearer.

    What an achievement - you have every right to be beaming! And I bet the Byerly boys are very very proud too.

    Congrats also on the achievements of your other entries - what a great weekend, despite the rain!
     
  4. seaspot_run

    seaspot_run New Member Registered

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    You should definitely give it a try. All my dogs like the lure, but Bonzer is really a nutbag about it. Everyone knows when he has come to the line for his course. He does not always win this big, but if they gave a prize for the loudest dog at the trial, he would walk away with it every time. Seriously, he makes everyone's eardrums bleed.

    I guess if it was a real rabbit, it would have far too much advance warning. :b
     
  5. whippetfan

    whippetfan New Member Registered

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    Seaspot, two of my poodles are keen coursers so Howard will definitely get his chance. He's still a bub so I don't want to start him too early.

    My toy poodle courses giving tongue.. an interesting doppler effect on a course. :b

    Here she is waiting her turn on the lure.. these days are conducted for all breeds by the Afghan Club of New South Wales.

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    And one of my boys after the lure.

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    Nothing beats the sighthounds for sheer spectacle though. Having seen Salukis course, Bonzer did incredibly well to get past them!! :D
     
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    Big congratulations on Bonzer's brilliant achievment and of course to you :cheers:

    I thought the sky was looking a lot brighter, must be from your glow :D

    Cristina
     
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    Fantastic win for your boy, CONGRATS that is some acheivement
     
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    :D Well done :D I'm very impressed, and your Bonzer is very handsome :D
     
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    Thank you for your interesting write-up and many congratulations on your win. Your boy is so hansome, well done :)
     
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    Wow Karen, that is some win to brag about

    Thanks for explaining too , he must be one seriously fit boy and handsome with it

    jackie
     
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    Hey Karen, I missed this....way to go the boy Bonz. What a fabulous all round top whippet. He is my screensaver on my work computer, running all out. What a guy! You need to take a bit of the credit for conditioning him. Well done the Surrey Hill team.

    Cathie
     
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    Who is Miss frou frou?
     
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    seaspot_run New Member Registered

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    It is Vendome, aka "Coco Puff"....Diablesse Vendome Says Surrey Hill. She finished her Field Championship with a three-way tie for first in Open Stake on Saturday (she forfeited the second tied runoff) and then moved into Field Champion stake for Sunday, won her flight, and then won high score Field Champion her first time running with the bigtime coursers.

    Vendome is a younger half-sister to Bonzer (same mom) but she's all American for generations on Dad's side.

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    Vendome takes a bow and says....thanks for asking!

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    seaspot_run New Member Registered

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    I go back far enough to remember when you lived in BC--and were coursing Mispickle Mustang!

    You are still missed over here--you should come back and see the old gang! Some have sadly passed on, but Linda Buchholz is still around, and Bill Turpin, Jr.
     
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    Hi Karen,

    It was actually Mrs. Jane Strunin who owned, and competed with Can Ch. Mispickel Mustang FCHX.

    Jane imported Smokey from the man who bought Smokey from me as a puppy.

    I was very pleased that Smokey went to Canada, as this meant that I was able to use him at stud, and thus fulfill a long-term breeding programme with the Mispickel girls.

    I lure-coursed in Manitoba, and gained several FCHX.titles. I loved it!(well not me personally, my Whippets!).

    Smokey was a top producer, and sired Champions both in the field, and the ring.

    I have been reminiscing with Linda about my time in Canada. I think she has Mispickel behind some of her breeding.

    Sue.

    Can Ch. Mispickel Mustang FCHX.

     

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    copyright Millwain.
     

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