Dachshund Field Trials

Metropolitan Washington Dachshund Club

Metropolitan Washington Dachshund Club
Hosts Field Trials at Maryland Beagle Club

The weekend of May 5/6 found Jim Odle, a long time beagler and AKC field rep, and yours truly at the Maryland Beagle Club to see the Dachshunds run in some of the nicest spring weather yet. The sun was out; a nice breeze was blowing and the rabbits were running.

Saturday was the Metropolitan Washington Dachshund Club field trial and the day started with the Open Stakes. Twenty two Open All Age Dogs went out to the back field under judges, Pete Mercier and Michael Nothstein. When the stake was over Randy Eltringham's 9 year old standard smooth, Spencer, not only took first place but finished his Field Championship. In second place was Sandy Horskin's standard smooth, Donder. This is a dog that is consistently placing with some really nice runs. Pat Warble's mini longhair, Duditz finished in third place and Randy's standard smooth, Magic, took the fourth place points.

Over in the front field Open All Age Bitch stake judges, Teddy Moritz and Sherry Ruggieri, watched 38 bitches have a go at the rabbits. The scenting was extremely difficult and many of the girls had a hard time taking the line anywhere. In the end, Teddy and Sherry placed Ted Damron's mini longhair, April, who was handled by Ted's son, Clinton, in first place and Jane Ponty Cox and James Cox�s, mini wire, Kleine in second place. Third, fourth and NBQ were withheld. While there were only two placings, exhibitors were encouraged by the help they got from judges Teddy Moritz and Sherry Ruggieri. They offered advice and gave specific instructions that were a big help to the handlers.

The 28 Field Champions took to the field after lunch with judges Michael Nothstein and Alan James. When they finished first place went to Ellie, a standard wire owned by Jolanta Jeanneney, who went on to Absolute on Saturday. Behind her, in second place, was Stanzi, another standard wire, owned by Laurel Whinstance-Smith. Third place went to Ginger a little mini smooth owned by Pat Warble. Fourth was Littlest, a standard smooth, owned by Alice Carter.

Sunday promised to be another beautiful day. But conditions were still dry and difficult. Open All Age Bitch Stake judges, Jolanta Jeanneney and Janice Koslow took 29 bitches to the field. They finished with Ted Damron's mini longhair, April in the first place slot again and this finished her Field Championship. In second place was Ted's 8 month old mini longhair, CC, who showed some really nice work. She was handled by Ted's wife, Frances. Third place was Jelli, a mini smooth co owned and handled by Karen Jones. Laurel Whinstance-Smith's standard wire, Pagan was in fourth.

The Open All Age Dog stake of 22 went to the field under judges, Ted Damron and Alice Moyer. The difficult scenting conditions in the front field hurt the dogs and Ted and Alice withheld first and second, then awarded third to Alan James' standard longhair, Maverick and fourth place to Michale Pistici's standard smooth, Graham with NBQ going to JoAnne Frier-Murza's, mini wire, Ping.

Field Champions again took to the field after lunch. Under Carrie Hamilton and Randy Eltringham the 25 Field Champions showed their talents. Scenting was better there and Michael Pistici's standard smooth, Brook, won the stake. It was a good battle between Brook and Scooby that had Scooby, a mini longhair owned by Pete Mercier finish in second place. Mike Nothstein's standard longhair, Ava, took third ; Sherry Ruggieri's standard wire, Augie, took fourth. Sandy Horskin's standard smooth, Dasher, finished in NBQ.

Michael Pistici's Brook won the Absolute from the Bitch Stake winner, Ted Damron's April.

Again, the Maryland Beagle Club had plenty of rabbits and the grounds are well kept. The kitchen supplied us with excellent meals again, especially the Saturday night Lasagna dinner! You don't want to miss a trial if it is at the Maryland Beagle Club.

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For more information on the Metropolitan Washington Dachshund Club, please visit their website.