We had a wonderful time at the Basset Hound Club of America Nationals last week in the Greater St. Louis, MO area. It was great to see old friends and to make some new ones, too!
Libby, Beatrice and Pippin made the journey with us in our fully loaded (think Beverly Hillbillies) 2004 GMC Yukon XL across the US. Bjorn drove the entire 1200 miles, allowing me to catch up on some much-needed sleep.
I’ll eventually post pictures and videos but here are some highlights:
- Libby earned a bumper-leg qualifying score (“Q”) in Novice B obedience; it wasn’t her best effort but she did earn 4th place with a score of 177.5.
- Libby earned a bumper-leg Q in Advanced B rally with a score of 86. Again, not her best effort but good enough for 4th place.
- Pippin earned his first Q in Beginner Novice B with a score of 193.5 and then won the run off for first place!
- Pippin then earned is first Q in Novice B rally with a score of 96, good enough for 4th place.
- Libby decided to come into season (more about that in a minute) so she was pulled from all companion event competitions.
- Pippin did not qualify (NQ’d) in Beginner Novice B obedience when he stood up during the walkaround-sit. Too bad as he was working on a 197 and would have won the class again!
- Pippin Q’d a second time in Novice B rally with a score of 97 but this was not good enough for a placement.
- In agility, Pippin did extremely well but took bars down in Novice FAST and Novice Jumpers. He did keep all of the bars up in Novice Standard but had a refusal and run-out for a score of 90; he was still 15 seconds under SCT! This was good enough for 1st place (the only entry) in the 12″ class.
- Finally, Beatrice competed in the Maturity stakes, Bitch Class I. Sue Frischmann showed her to a class win in this large class and then I showed her to Best of Opposite Sex overall! Thank you to judge Jill Brooker from New Zealand for the honor.
- Libby continued to sit on the sidelines and missed the agility competition.
- Pippin did not Q in either Novice Jumpers or Novice Standard; he was very fast but took down 1-3 bars in each class.
- It was Beatrice’s time to shine. I showed her to 1st place over 13 other entrants in the prestigious Bred By Exhibitor Bitch class. Thank you judge Robert Opeka for the honor. We did not get any further wins but I was very happy with Beatrice and her performance.
- Libby then was named 1st place in the Brood Bitch class, with Beatrice and her brother Pedro as her produce. Thank you again, judge Opeka!
- BHCA also ran a demonstration of the AKC Coursing Ability Test. The St Louis Association of Sight Hounds (SLASH) assembled a 300 yard course for the bassets to try. Bjorn ran Pippin and he was a superstar! He accurately chased the plastic bag and completed the course in 48 seconds.
- Libby was the only one competing in the Best of Breed class. Since she was in season she didn’t want me touching her tail and I wasn’t happy with how she showed. That said, she made it through 2 cuts by judge Carol Makowski and her 1/2 sister Poppy made it into the final group.
Overall it was a great Nationals for the Spectrum Bassets.
After we returned home we decided to breed Libby. She’s been bred to Wheaties (CH Topsfield Sanchu Wheaties) and if all goes well we’ll see puppies in mid-December 2016.