Hibiscus Kennel Club news

2017-06-01 06:00
PHOTO: suppliedNinette and Swish with their trophy.

PHOTO: suppliedNinette and Swish with their trophy.

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HIBISCUS Kennel Club is once again in the news with the spectacular performance of Ninette Smith and her very little poodle Swish at the SA Championships in Gauteng.

Three members of the club - Ninette, Gaby Frey and Billie Engelbrecht - travelled with their dogs in cold wet weather and competed on a very cold wet field which obviously did not faze Swish in the least as he came home having won the small dog category. This means they now have the opportunity to compete in the Agility World Championships in the Czech Republic later this year.

Last year they were in Spain as part of the team but being the winner this year means they will run as individuals as well as part of the team.

It does not end there in that Ninette and Swish are the only team from KZN and that they come from Port Shepstone where they do not have the same opportunities as teams from the big cities. Well done Ninette and Swish. We at Hibiscus Kennel Club are proud of what you have achieved.

Tracy Norton and her Boxers also travel to Gauteng to enter obedience competitions and Georgie won CD Beginner with 75 out of a possible 80 and Badger was third with 65 out of a possible 80. Tracy also entered agility with Georgie and although they were not placed they had some fantastic rounds.

Desiree Grutter has decided to try her poodles on the Obedience circuit and at their first show this weekend Dante achieved third place in the beginner’s class. Well done. Sue McCay and Gita ended the weekend as best overall weekend winner in Carting. Very well done to this pair.

The flyball team has been preparing for the forthcoming Kusa Classic at Shongweni this weekend. We will be competing against eight teams so need your positive thoughts as this is our first competition. Our team comprises of a Yorkie a poodle and two Border Collies who all work very well as a team.

We welcome all new members and hope that their time with us will be beneficial to both them and their dogs. The more training your dog has the more freedom it has.

Chelsea, our loud excitable Border Collie was taken on her first PR exercise this week and did her mom proud. She followed commands and made friends with whoever made eye contact with her so her training and socialization has been worth it.

The heavy rain we have experienced has made the grounds a good place for geese and storks, but, fortunately the river was open so the clubhouse was not flooded and we have managed to continue with most of the training. The entrance is still very wet and we have been unable to open the boom gate making parking a bit difficult but thank you for your understanding. The gate on the road is also locked so it is either reverse all the way back or recall the three point turn you learnt so many years ago.

For more information, contact Sharon 073 601 4622 or Jenny 083 250 4253.

Last year they were in Spain as part of the team but being the winner this year means they will run as individuals as well as part of the team.

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