End Of Year Report For 2005
2005 End Of Year Report
Well, the 2005 year has only a few days left and we have just wrapped up another year of involvement with dog shows and in particular Labradors. This now makes 35 years, since 1970, that I have been into dogs. It also celebrates another successful year for Chambray Labradors at the dog shows.
There were champions crowned, adding to the state-record of owner/handled bred-by champions now at 19! There were many firsts throughout the year, including the #1 female Labrador from the state of Florida, the first female to win 2 Group 1’s, breeding to the #1 Labrador in the history of the breed, and other notable firsts mentioned below.
Going into the 2005 show season was a bit intimidating, as the previous 4 years of showing were stellar beyond comparisons. Each succeeding year was to topple the record-setting year from before, with 2004 becoming the pinnacle of Chambray Labrador’s show existence and undoubtedly the single greatest year from any Florida Labrador breeder ever! A year that saw:
Planning for the 2005 show season was a bit different in that most of our seasoned dogs, those that had dominated the wins in Florida for 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, and 2004 were now finished (a total of 11 AKC champions) and our cast of characters for the new season were mostly puppies and young dogs under the age of 2 years old! Only 2 dogs remained from the old guard and they were to exist out early on in the show season, leaving the young bucks to carry on for Chambray Labradors and the Partners Program for the Betterment of the Breed for the majority of 2005. We honestly felt that accomplishing just 25% of what had been done in the previous year, that 2005 would be a success.
The start of 2005 season at the West Palm Beach Dog Show in March was a major first-ever occurrence, the crowning of 2 champions in one weekend and littermates at that. Needing only a 3-point major win for her AKC title, Chambrays Moon Over Maya, handled by yours truly would savor the taste of the hunt with exactly that number at Saturday’s show. She would become Chambray Labradors 18th homebred champion, adding to our already existing state record. Maya is officially now Am/Int Ch Chambrays Moon Over Maya CGC. She awaits maternity duties with Int Ch Carmays Duststorm At Chambray in the spring of 2006.
Turning in the hat trick at Sunday’s show was Maya’s littermate brother, Chambrays Right On Target (Dakota). He also was in need of a 3-point major to fulfill the requirements for his AKC champion’s title. Superbly handled by Johanna Herzon, he was to win the Open Yellow Class and then go head to head with one of our up and coming stars, 7-month old Chambrays Out Of The Ruff (Hogan) handled by Jessie Herzon. The judge pulled both dogs out for Winners Dog consideration and it would be Dakota/Johanna that were to prevail enabling him to finish and making him Chambray’s 19th homebred champion, but we were to see a glimpse of great things to come from our new crop of youngsters with Hogan being awarded the first of many Reserves in 2005 before eventually taking the gold at the last show of the year. Dakota is now Am/Int Ch Chambrays Right On Target.
Maya and Dakota's championship would make it 3 years in a row that Chambray had two new champions per year and at least 1 champion per year since 1998 when there were 3 that year.
These back-to-back championships by littermates would be among some of the outstanding achievements and firsts for the 2005 show dog season. However with the two remaining veterans, Maya and Dakota now finished, it would be totally up to the youngsters to carry on the winning tradition for our kennel and for the Partners Program. It would be precisely those members of the Partners Program that would now be counted on for ensuring our continued successes at the Florida dog shows.
Striking gold “points” first from the young crew of dogs would be Carmays Duststorm at Chambray at the St Pete’s Dog Shows on April 2nd. Coincidentally the 2-point Winners Dog occurred on his first birthday! Our other up and coming boy, Hogan had garnered several Reserve Winners Dog awards before Dusty’s win, giving us hope that both dogs would mature enough to become competitive later on in the year.
Am/Int Ch Chambrays Mad About Madeline CGC TDI NAP would be our only veteran and “specials” dog out and she would not disappoint with several Best Of Breeds and consistent Best Of Opposite Sex placements in the spring.
The International Dog Shows in May held in Orlando would provide the venue for 10 new International Champions.
The June shows at the South Dade Kennel Club would have 2-year-old Int Ch Danjacs Steppin Out At Carmay (Duchess) win her second Winners Bitch award as Maddie was awarded Best Of Breed. Int Ch Chambrays Southern Pride CGC was also awarded a Reserve Winners Dog at the same shows.
Duchess would also take Winners Bitch at the Lakeland shows 2 weeks later and Carmays No Alibi would take her first Reserve Winners Bitch award on the same weekend of shows.
The July dog shows in Palmetto had Maddie win another Best of Breed while WinQuest-Chambray Donna Gia was awarded her first Reserve Winners Bitch award.
The following weekend at the West Palm Beach Dog Shows, Maddie takes another Best Of Breed while 2 of our youngest continue to impress the judges as Hogan takes back-to-back Reserve Winners Dog at Saturday and Sunday’s shows. His littermate sister, Chambrays Summer Arrogance would take a Reserve at Saturday's show and then come through with her first points as the Winners Bitch at Sunday's show.
Two months later at the Kissimmee Dog Shows, the youngsters would shine brightly as 6-month-old WinQuest Chambrays Some Like It Hot (Sammie) would take Winners Bitch for her first points. Two of the boys would go Reserve Winners Dog, one going to Hogan and the other to Dusty.
Maddie added to her Best Of Breeds at the October 10th Ocala Dog Shows and then became the first-ever Chambray dog to win a second Group 1 placement and get the chance to compete in Best In Show for the second time in her show career.
The second set of International Dog Shows in Orlando at the end of October would give Chambray and the Partners Program another 6 new champion’s titles,
The show season was considerably shorten due to the hurricanes that struck the area in the fall, as some shows and sites had to be cancelled. Due to damage at our home and kennels we were to forego 3 sets of weekend shows.
The Miami Dog Shows December 10th and 11th would see Maddie win another Best Of Breed in front of the cheering home crowd. The following day, it would be one of our young boys; Dusty that would take Winners Dog, Best of Winners and Best of Breed, while another youngster, WinQuest Storm Major (Jason) would take the Reserve Winners Dog award for the boys. WinQuest Chambray Donna Gia would be awarded her second Reserve Winners Bitch of the year award at that show also.
The last show weekend of the year is the traditional December Orlando Cluster. This is 3 days of show, with the Purina Breeders Showcase Sweepstakes being held on Thursday before the first show on Friday. This year was Chambray’s first visit to the Breeders Showcase in the 5 years since its inception. The results were worth the trip with both breeders’ categories, Best Of Breed Adult and Best Of Breed Puppy, going to Chambray dogs. It would be Chambrays Out Of The Ruff that was awarded Best Of Breed Adult Labrador over a strong field of dogs bred by the other Florida Labrador breeders. Hogan also was awarded a Group 4 from the Sporting Groups. Chambrays Stroke Of Genius (Frida) was to win the Best Of Breed Puppy Labrador and then take a Group 2 in the very competitive Bred-By Sporting Group competition.
At Saturday’s Orlando show, Hogan was to finally come through taking a 3-point major Winners Dog, while Frida was awarded her very first Reserve Winners Bitch award at her first set of AKC shows. Frida’s littermate brother Storm was awarded Reserve Winners Dog at Sundays show.
What was anticipated as an off-year with a cast of puppies and young dogs turned out as an impressive display of great things to come for the 2006 dog show season.
The outlook for the new season is the absolute strongest ever with the young cast of players reaching full strength at the beginning of the season in March of 2006. The lineup for the boys is super impressive, as never before has Chambray or the Partners Program had as many possible big time winners coming out together. Headlining the class dogs will be:
These are 7 great young dogs, all under the age of two years old, each capable of winning points and some having a great shot at becoming the next champion for Chambray Labradors and the Partners Program.
Their anchor will be our special’s male Am/Int Ch Chambrays Chisholm Sir Lancelot CGC competing from the Best Of Breed competition. Lance will make his 2006 "specials" debut at the Greater Atlanta Labrador Retriever Club’s specialty for the back-to-back February
Saturday and Sunday shows.
The female’s lineup is as impressive and deeper than the males lineup as the young cast of girls will be joined by at least one veteran:
These are 12 females, any of which would be the headliner for any breeder in the state, all of which may win at any given show.
We are also negotiating incorporating
Although the beginning of last year’s show season was awaited with major reservations due to the immaturity and lack of ring experience with all of the youngsters, the 2006 show season is now awaited with much anticipation because of those same youngsters that have matured, developed ring savvy and had started winning at the latter part of 2005. This same lineup will now be the top seeded players at each of the dog shows they compete at starting in March of the New Year.
Who knows, we might even reach the stellar heights of the records-setting 2004 show season and with the Partners Program now in full swing, we might even surpass the great accomplishments of that benchmark year. Time will tell and the next 3 months before show time will be spent planning, training and conditioning this great lineup of potential world-class dogs.
2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005 what a great testament to the success of the Partners Program and now the New Year is upon us and we anticipate even greater things to come!
Back to Reference Library