January 2022 - Torey and Silas earn their BCAT titles for running FastCats in Brooksville. Silas also picked up his second major win at the AKC shows and needs only 3 single points to finish his Championship. Silas just turned 1 years old. Torey picked up a few Grand Champion points in January.
Haven't updated our dog news since May! Wow this year went fast. Heading into the AKC National Championship shows in a few weeks already. Torey worked on her Grand Champion title and her Field Champion titles and is doing well. She has all her GCH majors and one FC major. She is growing up nicely. She LOVES to run so we hope to have fun on the field with her.
Puppy Silas started his show career and already has 9 points and one major towards his championship. He has placed every time he has been in the ring. Only 3 weekends of shows. So proud of this boy. Lots of compliments on him on his looks and his great temperament. I set him up his own page on the site.
Mazey snagged that final point to complete her championship at the Elkton show on 4/10/21. Our good friend Raul handled her to the Winner's win. She showed well for him. This girl has completed everything we have asked of her and is super sweet.
Her half sister Torey was in the breed ring and received a 3 point major towards her Grand Championship going Select the same day. Proud of this young girl too.
Baby Silas visited his first show and had a blast. Silas is our singleton puppy from Scarlett born on Christmas Eve. He is the newest addition to the pack. One spoiled baby boy!
The girls hit the field and the show ring are doing so well.
Torey (Amber Trace Bring It On) won back to back 5 point majors in January at the Brooksville shows. So, we now have a new Champion! At 11 months old this girl likes to strut her stuff and finished easily with 4 majors and 19 total points. She also completed her JC (Junior Courser) title March and so far LOVES the chase.
We celebrated with an Ad that will be coming out in the RRCUS magazine soon.
Mazey (Amber Trace It's Amazing To Be Me) also earned her JC (Junior Courser) title. She was competitive in shows too picking up some class wins and a Reserve Winner's placement at the Lakeland shows in February. Still chasing that one point to complete her conformation championship. Sooooo close!
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.
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!
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!
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
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.
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.