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Versatile Springer Award

CH ALYNN’S SOLITAIRE VCD1 MH AX AXJ TD CD WDX (CGC)
Solo
Owned by Lynn Winchester

Solo is a 2nd generation Versatility Award winner and a half sister to 2010 Versatility Springer “Spice” through her dam, Am Can Ch Serenade’s Spirit of Alynn VCD1, a Versatile Springer in 2002.

A singleton puppy, I had high expectations for her from the very beginning, and she never let me down. Introduced to tracking, field, and agility at a very early age Solo showed a strong desire to work. At 3 years old she earned her Master Hunter title in only 5 trials. At 4 years of age she had been an ESSFTA multi titlist for 4 years!

What a thrill when Solo went Best of Winners at the 2010 National Specialty to complete her championship, and made breed history by becoming the first Master Hunter to finish a bench championship title at a National Specialty. She further demonstrated her versatility and work ethic by qualifying in obedience and agility at the same National.

I am proud to say Solo was breeder-owner handled to all her performance titles, and I look forward to her producing puppies capable of becoming 3rd generation achievers of this coveted award.

2007: Junior Hunter, Working Dog Excellent, Canine Good Citizen, ESSFTA Multiple Titlist
2008: Senior Hunter, Novice Agility, Novice Agility Jumper, Open Agility, Open Agility Jumper, ESSFTA Multiple Titlist
2009: Excellent Agility Jumper, Master Hunter, Tracking Dog, ESSFTA Multiple Titlist
2010: Agility Excellent, Champion, Companion Dog, ESSFTA Multiple Titlist


CH KIRWIN TAILS YOU WIN UDX RE JH NA NAJ (CGC)
LT
Owned by Kathryn Kirk & Kathleen Kallis

8 yrs ago Australia posted that they wanted springers to be undocked. I said “what the hell is this about” now Australia wants to ban docking. I had a new litter and decided to leave a tail on one pup as I had never seen a springer with a natural tail. I thought ,well if he is only pet quality I can give him away and if show quality I will have to dock it if I can’t finish him natural.

Every other week I would ask lil Cathy to bring me that long tail pup and lets see how he looks. By the 4th month I know he would finish if the tail gods were with me so we had to name him. Since I referred to him as That Long Tail Pup we named him LT.

A better ambassador for Springers you won’t find anywhere. Ask the crowd at his 1st agility trial when he took off and ran his own course. Or the obedience crowd at Eastern during the out of site down when he barked and rolled (never got up) till I returned. He always sucked up to the crowd. I had to warn people not to laugh at him or he will “go off” and do his own routine.

Despite his shananigans he earned his UDX in 8months. He went Best in Sweeps as an 8month pup, his 1st entry in conformation and, as far as I know, he is the first undocked american bred springer to finish a championship.

But most of all HE MAKES ME HAPPY AND IS A TRUE COMPANION.

2004: Companion Dog
2005: Rally Novice, Companion Dog Excellent, Rally Advanced, Rally Excellent, Champion
2006: Utility Dog, Novice Agility Jumper
2007: Novice Agility, Utility Dog Excellent
2010: Junior Hunter


OTCH MUDDY PAWS BEAUTIFUL TRINKET VCD3 UDX2 RE JH NAP NJP NFP
Chrystal
Owned by Mindy S. Mymudes

Chrystal is one of those dogs who is a perfectionist. She hates to be wrong and really didn’t need a handler to earn her OTCh. Hunting turned out to be another issue. Although she had the aptitude and loved being in the field, water was an issue. She was bitten twice by a snapping turtle, one bad enough to bleed. It could have been worse, but it was at a hunt test. So, three legs in a row and then bust. She’d do great in the field, get to the water, and leave.

Finally, I took her to a different trainer and we coaxed her back in the water. We set up hunt test scenarios, and she went in, no problem. If there wasn’t a real test, she loved to swim, crying to go in. Go figure. The big day came and she passed the land (of course) and we went to the water. I released her. She went behind me. Started for the car. Looked at me. I looked at her and made a little prayer. What could I do to get her in that water.

A voice came to me and I repeated what I heard. ROAST BEEF SANDWICH! She dove into the water without a care in the world, grabbed her bird, brought it to me, was leashed, then took off for her reward in the van.

JH pass, and the VS to boot.

2002: Tracking Dog, Tracking Dog Excellent
2003: Novice Agility, Novice Agility Jumper, Companion Dog
2004: Companion Dog Excellent, Open Agility, Open Agility Jumper
2005: Rally Novice, Agility Excellent, Utility Dog
2006: Rally Advanced, Excellent Agility Jumper
2007: Novice Agility Preferred, Novice Jumpers with Weaves Preferred, Obedience Trial Champion, Rally Excellent, Utility Dog Excellent, Utility Dog Excellent 2
2008: Agility FAST Novice Preferred
2010: Junior Hunter


CH MUDDY PAWS QUE CERA CERA VCD1 RA TDX JH OA AXJ OF
Cera
Owned by Mindy Mymudes and Keith Heidmann

After I found out I was going to be under bed rest for a month, we decided to send Cera out to finish her Championship. She has a tendency to express her happiness by leaping straight up to kiss noses. At least if she was out of the house she’d get to do something interesting. Well, Cera went to Texas and finished at the first show she was entered in. She didn’t get to do much anyway. When she got home, she was very excited to do nearly anything I asked, and earned her Open Fast title in addition to her first SH leg. Not bad for a dog who wasn’t trained for 6 months. My third generation of VS, her mother Chrys also earned hers in 2010 and her grandmother Charm in 2002, Cera is a joyful worker. She is also very sociable. Nobody doesn’t love Cera Lee.

2006: Tracking Dog
2007: Junior Hunter, Novice Agility, Novice Agility Jumper, Open Agility Jumper, Rally Novice
2008: Companion Dog, Agility FAST Novice, Rally Advanced, Open Agility, Excellent Agility Jumper
2009: Tracking Dog Excellent
2010: Champion, Agility FAST Open


AM/CAN CH SERENADE’S ESPRIT OF ALYNN MH TD OA OAJ WDX (CGC)
Spice
Owned by Anne Hutchinson and Marilyn Winchester

Spice is a 2nd generation Versatility Award recipient following in the paw prints of her dam Am.Can Ch Serenade’s Spirit of Alynn VCD1, a Versatile Springer in 2002. Spice does everything with gusto and thrives on learning a variety of things in the same time frame.

She was Anne’s pick bitch in her litter based on her overall quality and demonstrated hunting instincts. When a bird wing was tossed among her siblings, Spice said “this is MINE”, so her destiny was to be more than just a show dog. She is a fast learner, enthusiastic in everything she does, but hunting is her true passion. Always hunted in full show coat, a field trialer seeing her working in heavy cover said, “she took my breath away.”

She has been a muliti-titleist three years in a row and is a group winner in Canada. She is trained and handled in all performance events by Lynn.

Spice is a true ambassador of the breed; she is delighted to make new friends with everyone she meets. We are both proud to have shared in her success.

2004: Champion, Junior Hunter, Working Dog Excellent, Canine Good Citizen, ESSFTA Multiple Titlist
2005: Senior Hunter, Canadian Champion, Tracking Dog, ESSFTA Multiple Titlist
2006: Novice Agility, Novice Agility Jumper, Open Agility Jumper, Open Agility, ESSFTA Multiple Titlist
2010: Master Hunter


CH WOODRIDGE’S NEVAGARD LEADOFFMAN CDX SH OA AXJ WD
Wrigley
Owned by Julie Damgaard and Timothy Damgaard

In the summer of 2006 I visited Watterbargers in the Seattle area to look at their 10 -week old puppies. Suddenly, a black and white boy sailed through the air towards a live pigeon, caught it and brought it to me. At that moment I knew that Wrigley was the dog for us.

Hunting came very naturally to him and we soon found out that he also loved agility and obedience. In each of his first four years he was an ESSFTA multi-titlist recipient. Tim and I never really thought about obtaining his VS award; it simply happened. The final piece of the puzzle came when he received his Championship at the Land ‘O Lakes show in January 2010. Looking back on it now, earning this award does not surprise us as it seems to run in his genes as this award was also obtained by his sire, Canvas, and grand-sire, Colours.

Wrigley is full of enthusiasm and lives in the present moment no matter what activity he is involved in, even if it is simply chasing critters out of his yard or going for a walk. He always has fun and he makes sure that we do too. We are truly blessed to have this boy as a part of our family as he enriches our lives every day!

2007: Junior Hunter, Working Dog
2008: Companion Dog, Novice Agility, Novice Agility Jumper
2009: Open Agility Jumper, Companion Dog Excellent, Senior Hunter, Excellent Agility Jumper
2010: Champion, Open Agility