Introducing our handsome boy, "VICTOR", who is Legend, Khaleesi and Selena's brother! Victor is certainly living up to his name, too! He's doing us proud and turning heads right and left in the show ring and just needs one more point to earn his championship! Victor is an absolute sweetheart and gentleman - loves everybody! He is co-owned by Ray Scott and Alessandra Thomas and lives with Ray here in Florida. He has totally lived up to our expectations and we look forward to his continuing adventures!
KENGALI'S VICTOR AT TRAFALGAR FOR TERRA CHRISTA
2012 RRCUS National Specialty
OUR NEW FIELD CHAMPION!
Our beautiful, talented Khaleesi girl finished her AKC Field Champion title today, also winning Best of Breed....what a way to finish! Our ridgeback club, Sunshine State Rhodesian Ridgeback Club, in conjunction with our parent club, RRCUS, held our first three day AKC field trail up in High Springs, FL. Despite the threat of Hurricane Sandy...which just gave us some much appreciated cool, BREEZY weather...we had a wonderful turnout and great fun! Khaleesi looked beautiful today as she ran around the field - she LIVES to course, and today, she brought it home! A 3 point major, finishing her championship in just three weekends of coursing! WOW! So proud of our little Dragon!!
Our beautiful...but still sometimes hot!....fall weather is here and we have a fun filled month of coursing ahead! As in EVERY weekend!! HOORAY! We are LOVIN' it!
On October 7th, we went to the GOGLCA trial in Brooksville...and oh, yeah! It was HOT HOT HOT! August, anyone? Thankfully, the clouds came in later in the afternoon which helped a lot!! Diva and Khaleesi got to run and were pretty much neck and neck both runs! Still...Diva managed to edge out Khaleesi for 1st place by two points and Khaleesi came in second, earning their first points towards their ASFA Field Champion title. Way to go, girls!!
On October 13th and 14th, we went to SSCC's ASFA trial in Altoona. It was to be Diva and Tori's weekend out. WELL! During roll call, come to find out, Diva is in heat! Like totally unexpected! Never thought to check her out that morning. No problem - took her home and brought Khaleesi back, otherwise the weekend would have been a total bust. Tori has decided that bunny chasing is NOT her fun thing to do anymore....she prefers the real thing, especially squirrels. She made a couple of halfhearted attempts both days, but it's safe to say I'll be letting her stay home if that's what she wants! Khaleesi, on the other hand is manic about chasing the bunny and had two great days of running. She won Open both days and Best of Breed on Saturday!
NEW YORK ADVENTURE!
Our first show on Friday morning was....well, in a word.... WET! Pouring down rain, thunder and lightening made for a soggy beginning! Two of our up and coming puppies were also in attendance: Kahara, who is owned and loved by Gary Koenig from Long Island and Jafari who is owned by Mary Michael Booth and her husband, Buzz, drove all the way from Chicago to join the fun. Despite the downpour, we had a great time, Charm won Winners Dog and the pups showed well for their first time in the ring. We had a repeat performance on Saturday...with a little less rain in the forecast.
On Sunday the sun came out and we headed to Oyster Bay for the third show at the Planting Fields Arboretum. What a beautiful location...and it appears this is the shooting location for the upcoming movie, "Noah's Ark", due out in March 2014. Nope....we didn't get to see Russell Crowe who is starring in it! This day, tho, was Kahara's turn! He is being shown by his trainer, Kat Baptiste, and she was thrilled beyond words when the judge pointed to her and said those magic words: "WINNERS DOG!" She hasn't been in the show ring in over 10 years when she competed in Juniors, but I think she's gotten bit by the show bug again! Looking forward to great things from this young team!
Once the shows were over, it was time for some fun with family and friends and romps on the beach! On Monday, Jen and I headed out East on the island to tour the vineyard and farm country - Long Island is SO beautiful! Tuesday it was a day on the south shore with Gary and Kahara and playing on the beach at Fire Island.
Following are some of my favorite pictures from our trip - ENJOY!
What a wild and crazy weekend we had! Late Friday evening, a freaky microburst storm came ROARING thru our property and in a matter of seconds, a HUGE 40' tall pine tree came crashing down, with the top of it just barely brushing the side of our house! The Good Lord was certainly looking out for us - no damage to the house or any of our animals! The horse barn wasn't so lucky...a dead tree pretty much caved in the roof, but again...the horses weren't hurt, thank God! And yes...the barn definitely was in need of a face lift, so it got moved up on the To Do list!
So despite the mess in the yard we were facing, off we went to the shows bright and early Saturday morning! Jethro needed one point to finish his championship, Tori needed one more major win, as did Diva. Our judge, Ms. Monica Canestrini, awarded Jethro Winners Dog and Best of Winners, giving him his third major - 4 points and NEW CHAMPION! He is now the 5th champion from Sachi's first litter (Spirit - MBIS CH Adili's American Idol is the sire) which will give Sachi her Register of Merit award from RRCUS! And we weren't done! With Sharon Turner's awesome presentation, Tori ALSO finished her championship with a 4 point major! Talk about being on Cloud 9! AND....as a really special treat and family affair....little 7 mos old Mhaya, who is Tori and Jethro's daughter, made her first show debut with her mom, Annie Johnson showing her. They were in a very competitve class of 3 and Mhaya won the class! Annie and Mhaya are going to do really well together in the ring this upcoming year and I couldn't be more proud of them! Our Cooper boy and his mom, Lisa, also competed this weekend, and while he didn't win, they also made a good showing and we know he has many wins coming his way, too!
Sunday morning we were back at the show....Tori and Jethro got to sit this one out, so Diva got to go alone. And it was HER day to shine!!! Our judge, Mr. Nathanial Horn, picked her right out and not only awarded her Winners Bitch for a 4 point major, he gave her Best of Opposite Sex and Best Bred By Exhibitor!
Needless to say...it doesn't get any better than this! 3 new champions in a weekend....WOW WOW WOW!!! STILL trying to process it all!
Pictures will be posted as soon as we get them!!
On Sunday morning, we had a bit of a rain delay, but it cleared and the overcast day actually made it perfect weather for coursing. And once again...our girls FLEW around the course and we had a repeat of Saturday! Khaleesi earned another 5 point major and Best of Breed win and Diva was second for 3 more points! It's so much fun to watch these guys run....they love the chase so much! A great start to our fall season, for sure, especially catching up with old friends and making some new ones!
THEN...as if the day couldn't get any better....I get a phone call from my friend, Liz Mask, who is Selena's mom. She told me she took Selena to HER first coursing event Sunday morning and she also got her Qualifying Certification and went on to compete in the trial. She not only smoked it...she won the Open class for a 3 point major and then, she, too, went on to win Best of Breed!!! Selena and Khaleesi are littermate sisters, so.......WOW!!! We're on MORE than Cloud 9!! Our girls ROCK!!
Our little darlin' Diva had a great weekend in Orlando! She was Winner's Bitch on Friday for 2 points and on Sunday was Best of Winners and Best of Opposite sex for a 4 point major! Just needs one more major to finish her championship! She's a lot of fun to show...but truly a handful! A happy, happy puppy whose tail NEVER stops waggin'! And I do mean never! I am always thankful when she goes around the ring on all four feet....and never fails to make a huge leap in the air in front of the judge for her free stack. Ah, well! They do like exuberance in a young pup!! Thanks to Judges Randy Garren and Sari Brewster Tietjin for these wins!
photo by Susanne Paskins
Cooper Wins BIG!!
Heartland Dog Club
Georgia On My Mind!!
We also had a great time after showing! We took the dogs out to the field to test their herding instinct ability, which was a hoot! Chyna doll wanted nothing...and I mean NOTHING!!...to do with chasing some sheep around a pen! She couldn't wait to get out of there, despite all my efforts. She failed her test miserably.....I, on the other hand, got a thumb's up for a job well done! Jethro did GREAT on his test, showing everyone that with training, he could do a pretty handy job of getting the sheep from one pen to another and proudly has his Herding Instinct Certification! Our friend, Liz Mask's, three girls - Salome, Naiomi and Selena - ALL excelled, as well, and earned their HIC titles. And again, last, but not least, our little puppy, Sienna, who is owned and loved by Sharon Turner, also proved to have high herding instinct and earned her HIC certificate!
We had an awesome time, all in all - made some great new friends, discovered there's a LOT to love about Perry...can we say AWESOME FOOD!!....and beautiful parks to take the dogs for runs. Special thanks to Sharon Turner for handling Chyna to her championship and to judges Keke Kahn, Lisa Warren and Robert Frost for recognizing the quality of these two beautiful dogs!!
BIF CH Kengali's Sweet Chyld 'O Myne, Too "CHYNA"
No points for us on Saturday, but Legend won Best of Winners on Sunday - a really nice Easter present!! Diva is still very much a happy happy puppy, but her turn is coming soon!
Up in Birmingham, AL, Legend's sister, Selena, was showing and she was Winner's Bitch and Best of Opposite on Saturday, so her mom, Liz, and I are thrilled with that!
A GREAT weekend, all in all!!! HAPPY EASTER TO ALL!!
Thanks to Susanne Paskins for the great photos below!!
WOW!!! BEST IN FIELD!!!
March 24th and 25th
Sunshine Coursing Club of Central Florida held our first AKC trials of 2012 this weekend at the Florida Horse Park in Ocala. We had a nice turnout, especially for Ridgebacks! We had six dogs competing in the Open classes and two Specials both days. Our girls, Chyna and Deja, were the ones who got to go this weekend. On Saturday, our friends' girl, Bindi, won the Open class for a 3 point major!! Way to go, Bindi!! She's well on her way to her FC title now!! Chyna came is second and added a point to her bid for her FC title. Deja ran her heart out as well, coming in third.
On Sunday....THIS was Chyna's day! She was in it to win it and did she ever!! She not only won the Open Class and then went on to win Best of Breed....she ran against some great dogs for Best in Field....and WON!!! She earned a 5 point major for her efforts and is now halfway to her Field Champion title, too!
NEW CHAMPION, MAILE!!!!
Louisville Kennel Club
We're absolutely thrilled to announce that today in Louiseville, KY, our beautiful Maile girl finished her championship with back to back majors! She is owned and loved...no, ADORED!, by Susanne and Paul Paskins and Tammy Lynch. She has been owner handled the whole way by Paul and Tammy, who did an excellent job with her this weekend. She is the 4th pup from our Sachi and Spirit litter to finish!
CH KENGALI'S MAILANI OF ADILI
February Strawberry Cluster!! WOW!
Another awesome weekend for our dogs at the Strawberry Cluster! We were able to attend 3 of the 4 days and had the honor of winning Winners Dog and Winners Bitch all three days!
On Friday and Saturday, our Charm boy was Best of Winners, winning his first AKC points. Maile, Jethro's sister who is owned and loved by Susanne and Paul Paskins, was Winners Bitch both days. She's definitely coming in to her own now and it won't be long before she earns her Championship!
Monday was Mischa's day and we're thrilled to announce she is a NEW CHAMPION!! She is now CH FM'S MYSTIC SPIRIT OF KENGALI! You go, girl!!! Today was Legend's day to show and he was Best of Winners, adding another point to his record.
SO PROUD of all of them!!! Definitely well deserved wins!
On a Roll!
On our trip to NYC last February, as my friend, Denise and I were waiting to check in to our hotel, we were approached by a rep from National Geographic and asked to participate in a photo shoot for the February 2012 issue, the subject being "THE ABCs OF DNA" in dogs. We said "SURE!" and soon, Esme and Denise and Matt's girl, Bindi, were in front of the camera being total glamour girls, enjoying the spotlight and attention. We pretty much forgot about the whole thing until today when copies of the magazine showed up in our mailboxes. Of course, this has totally gone to Esme's head! Now that she's "published" she's fully expecting steak for dinner every night!! I'm sure Bindi is doing the same!
Be sure and pick up your copy - it's a great story about the development of the different breeds of dogs over the years and how the genetic of dogs has helped scientists to better understand human genetics and disease.
Bindi and Esme
photo by Robert Clark, National Geographic
Spotlight on MBALI!!
We're celebrating our first champion of the new year - MBALI!
CH KENGALI'S IZULU'S IMBASA MBALI
Today our beautiful young girl, Mbali, finished her championship in style, and is the third pup from our Sachi/Spirit litter to do so. Her co-owners, Annika and Scott Caldwell and I are sooooo proud of her! She is one of the sweetest dogs you'll ever meet...but then, so are her parents and brothers and sisters. We thank our judge today, Mrs. Patti Neale, for awarding her this well-deserved win.
On to the coursing field for her now!!
Denise Eberhard photo
January 8, 2012 - Greater Daytona Dog Fancier's Association
Kengali's Captain's Last Command...."LEGEND"
We started the year out in great style with Legend winning his first point today! Thanks to our judge, Mrs. Michelle Billings, who had great things to say about him. I'm sure we're going to have a lot of show fun with him in the upcoming months!
Thanks to Denise Eberhard for show photos below!