SSRRC Regional Specialty - Orlando  

This year we went to the Ridgeback Regional Specialty show but did not participate in the AKC National Championship shows on the weekend.  COVID limited events and being able to watch the judging on site.  I watched from the live stream and stayed home.  However, on Friday we brought Mazey and Torey to compete.  The entry was 81 Ridgebacks! 

Torey (Amber Trace Bring It On) won 9-12 month puppy girl class and Mazey (Amber Trace It's Amazing To Be Me) won the Bred By Exhibitor girl class. That means I have two girls to show in the Winners class at the same time!  Luckily we have friends to help out and Rhonda (daddy Turk's breeder) showed Mazey for me.  They received a Reserve Winners award.  Here is the official win picture.

Last show of the year for us. 

 

The 3 Sisters in Ocala - October & November 2020 

We finally had some dog shows to go to!  There were multiple weekends of dog shows in Ocala for the young Amber Trace girls to attend.  Lots of Ridgebacks entered and lots of professional handlers here for this circuit of shows.  Sometimes I was the only non-pro in the ring!  All three Amber Trace bred girls managed to pick up a major each from these events.  

Zynga - (Amber Trace SoUnique at Ropasa) was the first to win and get her first points.  Handled by Sweetie Kay and it was a 4 point major.  She was also Reserve Winners the day before.  She is settling nicely and her owner Robyn and I are pleased with her progress.  This wild red head is growing up!  She also has her OFA certifications passing hips, elbows, and cardiac.  

Next was Mazey (Amber Trace It's Amazing To Be Me) who went Winners, Best Of Winners AND Best of Opposite over a special for a 4 point major.  She needs 1 point to finish her championship.  

Then the baby, Torey, (Amber Trace Bring It On) placed as Winners for a 4 point major.  Torey has 9 points now with both her needed majors.  Great for only 9 months old!  

Very happy with all 3 of these girls!

 

Puppies and a Winning Debut 

We welcomed the Zoey & Huey litter on September 17th.  4 boys and 4 girls.  All active and healthy.  We already see pretty heads and colors and nice ridges.  Zoey is the BEST Mom and really enjoys her babies.  

We went to our first dog show 9/26 since January and puppy Torey (Scarlett & Turk) was a rockstar!  She handled all the hustle and noise of a big show well and was curious and outgoing.  Great for my COVID under socialized puppy.  Her very first time in the show ring she won her class then went on to beat all the class girls and go Best of Winners over the boys too!  We were also awarded Best Puppy and Best Owner Handled.  What an awesome start! On the second day, she won her class too. Mazey wasn't as impressed about being back in the ring but she is always easy to show.  She only needs 5 points and is still young too.  We will show in Ocala in October and the outside shows are more fun for the dogs.  

Raul Lopez's puppy Sora from our bred by girl ZsaZsa (Amber & Brody litter) had her ring debut too.  She was Best of Breed 4-6 month puppy and earned a hound group 3 placement.  So fun to watch the next generation growing up. 

So proud of baby Torey!

Mazey Wins at Greenville Shows July 2020 

What an AMAZING trip for our girl Mazey!  She traveled to Greenville, South Carolina with her daddy Turk's owners and was shown by Frank Murphy.  Mazey won Winner's Bitch all 4 show days!  She earned 7 more point towards her championship.  Best of all she was happy and traveled well.  She enjoyed camping in a motorhome and playing with other dogs.  At least one of us went on a vacation this year.  Proud of our girl.

Amber Trace It's Amazing To Be Me

 

Zynga and Odell from our Zoey & Mozi Litter 

Had to post some pictures of these two. They both are enjoying coursing and earning some titles. More importantly they have wonderful temperaments and are active and healthy dogs.  Events were in early March 2020.

Zynga (Amber Trace SoUnique at Ropasa) has earned four AKC titles so far this year.  She has her CGC (Canine Good Citizen), JC (Junior Courser), RATI (Barn Hunt Instinct) and TKN (Trick Dog Novice) titles.  Showing her versatility and willingness to try new things.  Zynga also has points towards her FC (Field Champion) title for going Best Of Breed at her first trial.

Odell (Amber Trace A Star Is Born) LOVES to course and earned his JC title and has his QC (Qualified Courser) certification to start competing..  We hope he will attend some trials this fall. He may even get in the show ring later this year.

 

Puppies! February 2020 

Scarlett's pups were born on 2/6/20.  Scarlett started acting a bit restless as I watched her on a camera while at work.  It was a few days earlier than expected, but I decided to head home as she was not comfortable.  My Mom came over to help out and we sat around for a few hours while Scarlett laid on my couch.  She looked perfectly content and I thought it was a false alarm.  She then got up and asked to go outside around 11AM.  Her water broke when she was coming back inside and the first pup was born 30 minutes later.  She got right down to business! Scarlett is a great mom and all the pups are healthy. I can't ask for more than that.  I take breeding very seriously and each litter is carefully planned.  Ridgebacks have been in our lives for 13 plus years and this is our 4th litter.  We hope to keep a puppy from this breeding.  It will be a 2nd generation Amber Trace bred dog.  The goal is to stay true to the Ridgeback standard for structure, type and health.  These puppies are little now but I can already see lovely heads and nice structure in these babies. They are beautiful puppies.  I am sure I will be posting about their future adventures.

January 2020 - New Points and New Titles 

January is a busy month in Florida.  Nice weather and plenty of events had our dogs busy.

First off,  ZsaZsa (Amber Trace Bella Regazza at Avanti) won the Breed and a Owner Handled Group Placement at the Miami shows with her owner.

Rainbow (Amber Trace Sunshine and Raindrops) made her show debut in Brooksville and did well for the first time in the ring.  She is a lovely Zoey and Turk daughter.

Zynga (Amber Trace SoUnique at Ropasa)  completed her CGC (Canine Good Citizen) title and her JC (Junior Courser) title.  Proving she is a good girl and she likes to chase the Lure.  We hope she becomes another great athlete like her Grandmother Zuri for her owner Robyn.  

Mazey (Amber Trace It's Amazing To Be Me) won Winners, Best Of Winners, and Best of Opposite for a major win and her first points.  She also won Reserve Winners the day before.  

Proud of all these Amber Trace babies.  Great way to start off the new year!

December 2019 - The Big Event 

Team Amber Trace headed to the Royal Canin AKC National Championship for the big year end event in Orlando.  All the dogs showed so well.

The highlight for us was baby Mazey (Amber Trace It's Amazing To Be Me) from our Zoey x Turk litter showed winning the breed at the Puppy/Junior Stakes at Royal Canin.  She also won her class at the Regional RRCUS Supported Specialty and the next day at the AKC National Championship Show.  She did everything asked of her at only 7 months old! 

Zynga (Amber Trace SoUnique at Ropasa) won her class both days.

ZsaZsa (Amber Trace Bella Ragazzi at Avanti) placed in her class both days.

Scarlett (GCH CH Amber Trace Burning Up The Way JC) showed in breed and made the cut in a large class on Friday.  

All of them showed well and were confident and happy at this huge event.  We are proud of all of them!

 

October & November 2019 - Fall Coursing and Shows 

We spent most of our weekends on the field or in the show ring for October and November.  Mazey and Link showed well for me and I am happy with how both are doing.  No points for either one but some compliments from the judges and good experiences for both.  Scarlett made an appearance the last day in Ocala and received a Select placement.  She hadn't been in the ring since February and she was happy to strut her stuff.  

On the field, Mazey and Rainey (both Zoey x Turk littermates) tried puppy fun practices and showed interest in the lure.  Odell (Zoey x Mozi) tried the lure one day and completed his first leg of a JC (Junior Courser) title.  He was so excited and LOVED the chase.  We hope to see more of him on the field.  

I continue to receive updates from families on our pups and all have been doing well.  Most important is that they are all reporting healthy pups with wonderful temperaments.  I am grateful this holiday season for wonderful homes for them and families that stay in contact with me.

We will be at Royal Canin in a couple of weeks with Mazey, Scarlett, and Zynga.  Link and Rainey will be in the ring next year and hopefully a few more as we watch these pups mature. 

Odell craaaazzzy for the lure!  Photo credit: Bad Azz Dogs

Me walking Mazey and Zynga at GOGLCA coursing event.  

Mazey (Zoey x Turk) in the ring.

Link in the ring.

 

September 2019 - Showing Off The Pups 

The long hot summer means no dog shows or outdoor events.  We had fun raising Mazey and enjoying updates from the puppy families.  All the puppies have settled into their new homes and all the reports are positive.  Happy puppies and families are what we like best! I will add pictures from the families on the litter page.  They are all looking so good.  Very happy with our Zoey and Turk babies.

Link and Mazey started practicing for upcoming shows in early September.  Link, Mazey, and Zynga (Zoey x Mozi) went to a local AKC B Match event.  Great for first time show dogs to go to a smaller event.  There are no points awarded but they get ribbons and placements and get experience.  Link won Best of Breed over his two sisters and went on to win a Hound Group 2.  They all did great and stood well for the judge exam.  Just what we wanted.  

Then on to the Deland show for Link and Mazey.  Mazey was entered in the 4-6 month puppy competition and Link who just turned a year old was in the Bred By Class.  Day 1 Mazey won her class, then the Group! So exciting to go into the puppy Best In Show ring and have all of our breeder friends cheer us on.  Turk's owner, Turk's breeder, and Zoey's breeder were all there. Link was a bit too playful in the ring for a good look from the judges the first day. He was all happy feet!

2nd Day Mazey did it again with another Hound Group win!  Link settled down a bit and won Reserve Winner's Dog under his uncle (Zoey's brother) Zandy who went Winner's Dog.  ZsaZsa (Amber & Brody) was also there and she won Reserve Winner's Bitch in a large entry of 13 girls.  She looked great. We have so much fun being with friends and watching our dogs do well!