Even though the dog sports world was restricted by many cancelations, the crew still got a lot done. Through some setbacks on the breeding side, we persevered and tried to keep and positive attitude. It was a difficult year for everyone, but here are highlights from 2020! Wishing everyone a happy new year from the Foxfire mothership!
After diligently working for the last few years, Eliza and her owner Christina Barcus accomplished something few Weimaraners achieve. In November they earned a Champion Tracker title.
Each tracking test challenges the dog in different ways:
The TD test includes following a track 440 to 500 yards long with three to five changes in direction. The track is “aged” between 30 minutes to two hours before the dog begins scenting.
The TDX test includes following a longer and older track. This track is 800 to 1,000 yards and has been “aged” between three to five hours. There are also five to seven direction changes and human cross tracks as an added challenge.
The VST test is one of the most difficult tests for a tracking dog. This test replicates tracking in a real -world situation. The VST challenges the dog to track on a three-five-hour old track over various surfaces such as vegetation, concrete, and sand. Rain, snow, and various weather conditions may also add to the challenge.
After successfully completing all three tracking titles (TD, TDX, and VST), a dog earns the prestigious and highest title of Champion
Eliza is now CT Foxfire’s My Fair Lady, TDU, TKP, NA, NAJ, TKA, TDX, VST (BISS GCHS.Jewel’s One Wild Night,NSD,NRD,JH,V,BROM x CH Foxfire’s Crazy Lil’ Thing Called Love, BROM)
Sabine earned her Junior Hunter Retriever title in June, 2020. Sabine also has a leg toward her senior hunter title. She is owned/trained by Susanne Purchase in South Dakota.
Sabine also had a wonderful litter of 6 puppies in October, 2020 with “Davor” Am/Intl/Latin Am/Central Am/El Salvador /Honduras/Guatemala/Nicaragua/Costa Rica Ch Silversmith Flying Eagle, RN, BROM. You will soon see her puppies in the ring and in performance events.
Sabine CH Foxfire’s Speed Queen of Angenhm, JH, JHR, CD, CGC, TKN, V. (BISS GCHS.Jewel’s One Wild Night,NSD,NRD,JH,V,BROM x CH Foxfire’s Crazy Lil’ Thing Called Love, BROM)
Back in May, 2020, Brock earned his Search & Rescue certification. He is trained and owned by Sandy Jordan in Fort Collins. Brock is Foxfire’s Going For Broke, JH, CGC (BISS GCHS.Jewel’s One Wild Night,NSD,NRD,JH,V,BROM x CH Foxfire’s Crazy Lil’ Thing Called Love, BROM)
While he is not quite to his titles yet, Zephyr made steps toward CGGA titles. Here he is with his ribbons from a scent recognition trial in December, 2020. Zephyer is Foxfire’s Zephyr at Cave Creek, CGC, TKN, RN (Ch. Nani’s ‘N’ Win Two Buck Chuck,JH,SD,CGC,NRD,V,BROM x CH Foxfire’s Crazy Lil’ Thing Called Love, BROM)
While we had a super short show season, Tommie had a Best of Breed back in February, 2020, along with an owner-handler group placement. Tommie is CH The Heartbreaker’s American Girl at Foxfire (BISS GCHS.Jewel’s One Wild Night,NSD,NRD,JH,V,BROM x CH Foxfire’s Frankly My Dear)
Even though he was out only a few times, Bones made significant steps toward his Bronze Grand Championship title in 2020. He was handled both by Amy and by Janine Posluszny. Bones is GCH Foxfire’s The Real McCoy, JH, NSD (BISS GCHS.Jewel’s One Wild Night,NSD,NRD,JH,V,BROM x CH Foxfire’s Crazy Lil’ Thing Called Love, BROM)