It has been a fairly quiet start to the year for Armahani. With the hot weather, and Baby out with a shoulder injury, we are largely doing some well earned R&R, while making plans for a super busy 2018!
For the third year in a row, Armahani has been awarded the Dogzonline pointscore for best Finnish Lapphund breeder nationally. This is based on points earned through various show wins and titles earned, for Armahani bred dogs. So super proud of the fantastically talented Lappies and their owners who have helped in bringing this one home yet again. It was a very tight run this year, and we only scraped it in at the last hour!
We also received the news that Benni (Ch Armahani Heliodorr Hulivili (AI)) has been invited to the Tasmanian Contest of Champions (to be held in March) after his performance in 2017. All the best to Rachael for a fabulously fun evening!
A nice end to the year for Rachael and Benni ( Ch Armahani Heliodorr Halu (AI)) at a three show day in Tasmania. Benni picked up a Runner Up in Group and Aus Bred in Group under Mrs A. Bowe (NSW), and an Aus Bred in Group under Mr W. Smith (Qld).
This culminates a great year for Benni in the show ring in 2017. Looking forward to seeing what comes next for him under Rachael's capable hands!
Handsome Solo (Armahani Iolite Into (AI)) earned the final points he needed last night in NSW to become an Australian Champion.
Big congratulations to owners Nik and Steve!
Then today, Tortik (Ch Armahani Heliodorr Halu (AI)) who is normally with me in the show ring, was out with his owner Kat in the rally ring. He earned his first Rally Novice quallie with a lovely score of 91. I'm sure we'll be seeing more of him out competing in the performance rings over the next year! Way to go Kat!
Little Piper (Armahani Kunzite Kruunu (AI)) earned herself another Minor Puppy in Group today, with Simone on the end of the lead at the Sovereign City Kennel Club Championship Show under judge Mrs P Barclay.
That brings Piper's showing to the end for 2017, but she'll be back out again once the hot weather has eased a little.
Congratulations to Simone and Meagan for a great start to her showing career.
Congratulations to Simone and Meagan today, with little Piper (Armahani Kunzite Kuunu (AI)) going Minor Puppy in Group at the Echuca and District Championship show under NSW judge Mr L Butler.
Piper is fairly close to her title, and really maturing into a very pretty little girl.
Young Loki (Armahani Jade Jyhla) enjoyed his first shows in the Intermediate class with Nicole, in Albury this weekend. Very proud to announce he came home with two Best of Breeds, and two Intermediate in Groups.
Nicole is doing a super job with her first show dog, and we'd also like to thank Bianca for being such a great support to her.
While here in Victoria, we were participating in the FLCV Speciality Show, Nik had Solo at a show in NSW much closer to home, at the Northern All Breeds Kennel Club. There under judge Mr K Iggleden (QLD) he was awarded Intermediate in Group.
Mum Squiggle was with Shell in Canberra competing in agility, gaining her final passes for both her Strategic Pairs Dog (SPD) and Snooker Dog (SD) titles, as well as another quallie toward her Jumping Excellent.
While it wasn't our most successful speciality to date, I'm pretty proud of how the Armahani kids went, with the following gradings and results for those entered:
Leevi (Armahani Kunzite Kuutamo (AI)) - Excellent, 1st Minor Puppy Dog, Best Minor in Show
Uno (Armahani Jade Jalokivi) - Excellent, 4th Intermediate Dog
Loki (Armahani Iolite Ilolas (AI)) - Very Good, 3rd State Bred Dog
Benni (Ch Armahani Heliodorr Hulivili (AI)) - Excellent
Tortik (Ch Armahani Heliodorr Halu (AI) JC) - Excellent, CQ, 2nd Open Dog
Louis (Sup Ch & Dual Ch (RO) C'est Louis Armstrong des Chevaloupsgreg (Imp USA) CD RAE HSAs) - Excellent, CQ, 1st Veteran Dog, Best Veteran in Show
Piper (Armahani Kunzite Kruuny (AI)) - Very Good, 1st Minor Puppy Bitch, Best Opposite Minor in Show
Violet (Armahani Jade Jumulatar (AI)) - Excellent, CQ, 2nd Intermediate Bitch
Baby (Am Ch Ch Calaban's Dirty Dancing (Imp USA) RA ET JC) - Excellent, CQ, 4th Open Bitch
Taija (Ch Armahani Crystal Cuovgat) - Excellent, 1st Neuter Bitch, Best Neuter in Show
It was the second day of lure coursing trialing in NSW, with Slinky (Ch Armahani Iolite Ihana (AI)) again coming home with a JC quallie, the second she needed for her JC title, her first performance title. She smashed it too, with a 3rd place for the CAT (non sighthound) dogs! Way to go Shell.
Mum Squiggle (Ch & Neut Ch Armahani Diamond Dansut (AI) CCD RA JD HT ET JC FM WPD) also earned another CA pass.
We continued in the rally ring today, at the Melton Obedience Club's double trial, with Baby (Am Ch Ch Calaban's Dirty Dancing RN ET JC (Imp USA).
Competing in the Advanced A ring she earned passes of 95 under judge T Schumann and 85 under judge H Miller, both earning her a 1st place in the ring. While she was pretty tired by the afternoon trial after a long weekend of work, and not quite performing at her best, I was pretty proud of her for the weekend's efforts, particularly considering she is at that stage where she is carrying "fake babies".
That gave her the passes she needed for her Rally Advanced (RA) title. We'll likely take a break from the trial ring for the few left before summer, and build up a bit of trial stamina and finesses before giving Excellent a go next year.
We got some lovely news with the photo opposite coming through today to let us know that young Loki-Bear (Armahani Jade Jylha) had received Best of Breed and Best Junior in Group with owner Nicole at the Culcairn P A H & I Society championship show in NSW, under judge E Knox. Loki only gets out in the ring on occasion, and Nicole is a new exhibitor, so I'm very proud that she gets out there and not only gives it a go, but comes away with a fringie for the handsome lad.
There was more news from NSW, with Shell out lure coursing with the girls. This was Squiggle's (Ch & Neut Ch Armahani Diamond Dansut (AI) CCD RA JD HT ET JC FM WPD) first trial back after injury recouperation, and her daughter Slinky's (Ch Armahani Iolite Ihana (AI)) first trial ever. Both got a pass, Squiggle in CA and Slinky in JC!
And with Louis officially retired from rally, it was time to get Baby (Am Ch Ch Calaban's Dirty Dancing RN ET JC (Imp USA)) out again. She had her first time off lead, in the Advanced A ring, doing nicely with a score of 94 at the Knox Obedience Club's trial under judge F Breukner, and a 3rd place.