new record turnout with 16 Samoyeds taking part, together with
30 of their humans, for a pleasant walk along the banks of the
River Torrens from Graduates Oval to the University Footbridge,
and back past the Zoo and Botanic Park.
Schedule approved for 2017 Championship
To be held on June 3rd, in conjunction
with the Dogs SA Winter International.
Lockleys Christmas Carols
Xmas Sleigh Training
had a good turnout of dogs. All had 2 or 3 runs at various
positions in the team, and most showed good promise for the
|Posing for the camera - a bit of
publicity for the upcoming carols.
This time at Somerton Park. A few more dogs - at least 15
Samoyeds spotted - maybe more - they wouldn't stand still.
So, 5 years
down the track, we're off again! About a dozen Samoyeds and a
few "guests" met at Semaphore South Beach for a leisurely
stroll. The tide was out so the walking was easy .... bonus!
A new venue for this year's
show on the grounds of Virgara Winery at Angle Vale, and another
good entry. Best in Show was Vanessa
Martin's Ch Zamora Royale Czarina.
Eagle Pack have once again offered to sponsor the club for
2011, and will donate product for both our show and our sled
dog race, The White Flash Bash. For anyone interested in
sled dog sports, you can't go past Eagle Pack Power for your
"racing fuel". It is by far the most popular dry food with
the SA racing community, including most of the Samoyed racers.
A much bigger entry for the 2nd
event of the year, so it was conducted as a real drag race this
time. With a blistering run in the third heat, the
Samoyeds came from behind to win the 2 dog class.
It was the first time in harness for Drew Carter's young bitch,
Ami, and by the third heat, she had clearly got the hang of it.
Only a small entry for this event, so it
was actually run as a time trial (one competitor at a time)
instead of a drag race. A good opportunity to clear out
the cobwebs before starting race training in earnest.
Two fund raising runs this year - Lockleys Carols (picture
right) and Walkerville Carols, plus Golden Grove Obedience
No pictures from Walkerville, but we ran a 7 dog team for
2010 Derby was Wild Dog Mushers' 15th Anniversary race, and an
IFSS World Cup Qualifying Race for the major classes - the first
ever World Cup event to be held in Australia. A little
rain didn't dampen the spirits - an excellent entry from
interstate, especially in the larger classes.
Results here - see, I didn't
Another successful show with
an excellent entry, especially given the closeness of the
Samoyed National in Brisbane 2 weeks later.
Congratulations to all the class winners. Best in Show
went to Denise Klaaysen's Ch Kalaska Abbey Of Alex.
Full results here.
The Club's annual all breeds open sled dog race was held for the
6th time this year. Entries were again quite respectable
and the weather near-ideal - fine and chilly!
Eagle Pack have confirmed their sponsorship of the club for
2010, and have offered product for both our show and our sled
dog race, The White Flash Bash
After the first event was cancelled due
to wet weather, the drag racing finally went ahead. The
overall turnout was disappointing, but we had 5 Samoyeds entered
- a significant proportion of the total. It was the first time
in harness for Heather Sloan's young bitch, Sapphire, but after
the third run, she was getting the hang of it and showing
promise. The old hands all performed creditably, but with the
small entry, we didn't worry too much about times and placings.
An all-Samoyed event this week, with 5
dogs and about 10 people taking part.
(photo by Ryan Yuan)
the season interrupted by weather cancellations, none of the
dogs were really prepared for the first and final competition of
the season. We had 4 Samoyeds entered - they all pulled the
basic qualifier level of over 12 x their own weight, but none of
them came close to their previous best pulls, so it was a bit
Forestry SA has approved our
application to hold the White Flash Bash sled dog race at The
Waterholes, Mt Crawford Forest on the 5th & 6th June 2010.
Not a big turnout for the first beach walk of the year, with
the Sammies outnumbered by the guests. We would have just
had the edge if someone who shall remain nameless hadn't got
lost and ended up at the wrong beach. We're going to get
some mileage out of that one! ;-)
Nevertheless, a nice walk of almost 3 km on a very pleasant
evening on Semaphore beach, although I must confess that we took
the easier return route along the footpath behind the sand
Christmas Sled - Take 2
Although not for a club fundraiser, the sled was in action
again at the Golden Grove Canine Obedience Club's Christmas
break up party. Leading the team is Adele Whiting, with
Daniel Suter controlling the sled. The team is Mack,
Kirra, Chloe and Zeus - a family affair - Mack, Kirra and Zeus
are littermates and Chloe is their mother.
I think that we can safely claim that the Golden Grove club
has the highest concentration of obedience Samoyeds within the
state. There are currently 8 in training and there have been
several more - at least a dozen that I can think of - over the
last few years.
Only one fundraiser sled run this year on Sunday, December 6th at The
Brickworks Market. Jim Reid, Dave Brown and 3 Samoyeds - Chloe,
Mack and Jessica - took Santa for a trip around the market,
accompanied by 3 of Santa's helpers. As is often the case, it
was a toss up to see who was most popular with the kids - Santa
or the dogs!
Dogs SA has approved the draft schedule for our 2010 show.
ANKC has approved the appointment of Mr Larry
Mackai (Que Sera Samoyeds, USA) to judge our 50th Anniversary
Championship Show on June 12th, 2010. Larry's wife, Kathy, has
been approved to judge the breed at The Spitz Breeds Club of SA
Weight Pull Competition
A weight pull competition was held
at the Adelaide Royal Show. This was meant to be the second
event in the Spring season, but unfortunately, the first event
was rained out, so most of the dogs were short on preparation.
A disappointing day for the Samoyeds - three were entered - all pulled greater than 12
times their body weight, but none of them got close to their
personal bests. The highest placing (Ch Adski Dream Machine WWPD)
was 7th in the 25kg class.
Congratulations to Kalaska Kennels
for a clean sweep in the breed at the Adelaide Royal Show,
taking both challenges and both reserve challenges. Best of
Breed was Ch Kalaska Aussie Boy who went on to place 4th in the
We had fine weather for the club's
2009 Championship Show. Margie Johnson & Fay Tucker's Ch Aldonza
Diorissimo took out the major prize. Congratulations to all the
other class winners and placegetters. Full results are on the
2009 show page.