To remember the 80th anniversary of the Austrian Weimaraner Club the club organized in the beautiful surroundings of the old city of Krems a jubilee weekend. On Friday the 1st October and Saturday the 2nd October 2004 there was a CACIT (International FCI Field trial) Field- and Water test (Feld- und Wasserprüfung) as well as a CACIT Master test (Vollgebrauchsprüfung) near the castle of Göttweig. On Sunday the 3rd October 2004 there was a Speciality Club show (Klubsiegerzuchschau) where Austrian championship tickets (CACA) were in competition.
To recover from the long journey from the Netherlands (1200 kilometres) the group Dutch Weimaraner lovers (in the company of Mrs Di Arrowsmith from England) who rented the entire hotel Heiss in the village of Kirchberg am Wagram went out walking the dogs around the castle of Grafenegg (a ten minute drive from the hotel). in this castle lived up until recently the royal family of Ratibor von Hohenlohe. Prins Hans Ratibor von Hohenlohe was 80 years ago the first president of the Austrian Weimaraner Club, so we walked on "Weimaraner grounds".
For the CACIT Field- and Water test 26 Weimaraners were entered of which 22 were present to participate in this test. Among them Dutch Sh Ch Baroness Mara of Weimar’s Joy G&G 3 (Mara) owned and handled by Miss Machteld van der Linden, Destiny’s Dyma of Weimar’s Joy (Dyma), owned and handled by Mr Ger Hagen and Dazzling Dewdrop of Weimar’s Joy (Dewdrop) bred, owned and handled by Jur Deckers. Mara is 50% American (mother Lux Sh Ch Grayshar Windsong on the Rise VJP, HZP, VGP I) and 50% English bred (father Forgun Fiftyfive). Dyma and Dewdrop are 50% English (Father Sh Ch Gunalt Wharfe at Rockleyan), and 25% German25% American (mother Autumn Breeze of Weimar's Joy VJP, HZP, VGP JW '98, who was produced by Grayshar Windsong on the Rise X Dargo vom Blanken VJP, HZP, VGP I). These three Weims scored very fine results. Mara in the age category B (elder dogs) a third prize Feld- und Wasserprüfung with 271 points. Dyma in the age category A (young dogs, younger then two years of age) a second prize Feld- und Wasserprüfung with 280 points and her sister and litter mate Dewdrop (also age category A) a third prize Feld- und Wasserprüfung with 261 points. Under FCI rules dogs that pass the Feld- und Wasserprüfung are allowed to enter in the Field trial class at national and international FCI championship shows.
For the CACIT Master test (Vollgebrauchsprüfung) 21 Weimaraners ware entered of which 18 dogs actually participated in this. Three dogs did not pass. Of the 15 Weimaraners that were able to pass this test that demands versatility and endurance of the dogs (the first day the dogs were tested from 10.00 AM until 6:30 PM) there was only one Dutch Weimaraner: Charming Darcy of Weimar’s Joy (the same parents as Dyma and Dewdrop, mentioned above), owned and handled by Mr Wil Timmers, who was able to win a second prize VGP with 352 points.
On Sunday 3rd October 2004 the Speciality show was organized outside the Castle of Göttweig. Mr Marek Roszkiewicz (Poland) and Mr Josef Heger (Austria) judged 58 Weimaraners. Although Austrian championship prizes are in competition this is also a show where the dogs are strictly judged on exterior and faults that might disqualify them for breeding purposes (Zuchtschau = Breeding show). In the open class bitches Dyma and Dewdrop both ware rated with Excellent. In the field trial class 8 Weimaraners were entered of which only three ware rated with Excellent. Among these three bitches two "Of Weimar's Joy's" namely Charming Darcy (placed as 3rd Excellent) and her litter mate Chivvy of Weimar’s Joy owned and handled by Mrs Joke Zwager placed as 2nd Excellent and awarded with the reserve Austrian Championship ticket (Res. CACA).
It was a fantastic weekend:
With regards to the achievements on work: each of the three "Of Weimar's Joy" bitches that participated in the Feld- und Wasserprüfung passed this test and a fourth Of Weimar's Joy bitch was even able to pass the Master test with a second prize.
With regards to the show: Each of the four Of Weimar's Joy bitches that were entered for the Klubsiegerzuchschau was qualified with an Excellent rating (and one of them even with a reserve championship ticket).
Take a look at the photo album!
edited 8th October 2004