After two years serving as SSRRC’s president, the time has come for me to step aside and welcome a new set of officers and directors with fresh ideas and a new vision for the club.

Please join me in wishing our new president Mathew Coughlin all the best as he guides our club through the
next year with wisdom, experience and a great love of the breed. Also, please  extend a warm welcome to Linda Gaunaurd as Vice President, Ginny Merchant as Secretary, and Lisa McElroy as Treasurer.

I would also like to welcome incoming BOD members Kimberly Myers, Carol Smith and myself, and thank the outgoing Board of Directors, Amanda Kelley, Kathy Vande Lought and Patrick Myers.   
Thank you Casey Carpenter for the last two years of hard work and sacrifices you made for the club.

I wish you and your Ridgebacks good health and great happiness in 2012!

Stacey Tucker
Out-going President of SSRRC

 Once again, our members have been busy.  Please enjoy reading about all that they have done this past quarter.

Your New SSRRC Board

 A big welcome to the 2012 SSRRC Officers and Board of Directors

Matthew Coughlin............President
Linda Gaunaurd...............Vice President
Ginny Merchant................Secretary
Lisa McElroy....................Treasurer

Stacey Tucker.................Board of Directors
Kim Myers.......................Board of Directors
Carol Smith.....................Board of Directors

Other committees:

Charli Ritz........................Ethics
Ginny Merchant...............Membership  
Denise Eberhard............Newsletter          
Casey Carpenter............AKC Affiliation Committee

September Coursing

 It may have been a long wait and a hot day, but the Ridgebacks made their presence known at the AKC coursing event in Ocala.  Several members brought their dogs out for the first time and we all had fun.  

Making their coursing debut was Zane.  Owned and loved by Rhonda Johnson.  Zane proved he has what it takes out on the field.

Bindi made her second appearance on the field and earned her first 2 points toward her Field Champion title.  Bindi is owned and loved by Denise Eberhard and Matthew Coughlin.  In this run, her coursing jacket broke and she ran without it.  Bindi placed third out of a field of 16 Ridgebacks.

September 10th saw Riffe make his debut on the field and what a debut it was.  Riffe was Best of Breed and won the 5 point major and ran an awesome Best in Field run.  Riffe is owned and loved by Ross Johnson.

Finn ran his heart out as well, coming in 4th on Saturday.  Though he didn't get any points, he had 2 beautiful runs and placed high in a field full of Ridgebacks.  Finn is owned and loved by Denise Eberhard, Matthew Coughlin and Ginny Merchant.

Another runner was Zuri.  Zuri ran right to 2nd place on Saturday, the 10th and then another 2nd place on Sunday.  Way to Go Zuri!!!
Zuri is owned and loved by Robyn Sasso.

On Sunday, Esme went Best of Breed and earned another major. Esme is 4 points from her Field Championship and her Dual Championship.  Go Esme.  Esme is owned and loved by Ginny Merchant.

Show Brags

SSRRC Members took Atlanta by storm and came home with some AWESOME wins!

Prissy, Amina's I'm A Misbehavin' Timekeeper, won a 5 point major on Friday up in Atlanta.  Way to go Prissy.  Prissy is owned and loved by member, Monica Smith.

Carol Smith and her boys had an awesome week-end in Atlanta as well.

On Friday, Bullet - Ridgehill's Shooter's Red Bullet - was Winner's Dog and Best of Winners for a 5 point major

That same day, Bullet's daddy, Shooter - GCH Mandela's Ridgehill's Straight Shooter was Best of Breed.

Not to be outdone by his pals, Mozart - Rollings Mozart by Spring Valley at Ridgehill - was Winner's Dog for a 5 point major on Sunday.



A round of applause for new Champion - CH. Spring Valley's Ridgehill's I Wanna Talk About Me.  Toby finished at the Newton Kennel Club in New Jersey and his owners, Dixie and Randy Saxe and Carol Smith are THRILLED to welcome him back home.

NEW FIELD CHAMPION!!!  Zuri's Ropasa Escapade earned her AKC Field Champion title in October.   She is now FC Zuri's Ropasa Escapade, SC  and has made owner, Robyn Sasso, very proud.  Way to go Zuri!!

This next New Champion also has a HUGE brag to announce as well as a new Championship.  Pictured with his handler, Linda Whitney, and Judge Kent Delaney is Ch. Khalfani's Safari Sunset by Tigris, "BG"  BG won the 12-15 month dog class at the 2011 RRCUS National Specialty held in Rapid City, South Dakota.  BG went on to finish his championship at the Ocala Supported Shows with back to back 4 point majors.  BG has made his dog mom and dog dad, Paula Alshouse, DVM and Alan Alshouse VERY proud.

Also finishing her championship at the Ocala Supported shows is Ch. Kimani's Rising Star at Windermere.  Star finished with a 5 point major and made her mom, Elaine Petersen, very proud, too

And yet another Florida dog finished their championship at the Ocala Supported shows.  Ch. Ridgehill's Shooter's Red Bullet finished in style with a 5 point major.  Owners, Carol and Bill Smith are very proud of their boy.

We don't have Bullet's picture yet, but will add it when we do.

Tobias finished his championship at the Savannah, Georgia shows, going Winner's Dog the 3 days that she showed. He is now known as Ch. Kengali's Double Naught Spy and is owned and loved by Ginny Merchant.

Brags from the Ring and Field

 WOW!  What a week-end at the Lake Eustis Kennel Club for members Denise Eberhard and Matt Coughlin.  On Saturday, Bindi - GCH Regal Tolerton's Luminara Unduli for Bindura, S.C. - was Best of Breed and got a Group 3 placement.  And then on Sunday, they did it again!! Bindi was Best of Breed and got another Group 3 placement.  

And that same week-end, Logan, Maasada's Call to Duty, CGC, HIC, TT - traveled all the way to Louisiana for his first coursing trial.  And boy did he and Amanda have fun.  Logan ran his heart out and was Best of Breed and the BEST IN FIELD - shocking everyone there and shocking his owner, Amanda, even more!  Way to go Logan!!

Another coursing debut was for Tori - Kengali's Perfectly Posh - owned and loved by Ginny Merchant.  Tori ran her heart out and was Best of Breed on Sunday, October 23, 2011, for a 5 point major!!.  Way to go Tori!

A BIG winner at the Ocala Cluster was Mischa - FM's Mystic Spirit of Kengali - was awarded a 4 point major on Friday.  Way to go, Mischa!

Winning Best Puppy, on Saturday, November 19, 2011 in Ocala is Victor, Kengali's Victor At Trafalgar of Terra Christa.  Victor is co-owned by member, Ginny Merchant.

Making his debut  at the Ocala Supported Shows was Legend, Kengali's Captain's Last Command.  Legend was Best in Sweepstakes on Thursday, November 17, 2011 and then Best of Opposite in Sweepstakes on Friday, November 18, 2011.  Legend was also Reserve Winner's Dog to a 4 point major on Thursday as well.  

Also receiving his first major at the Ocala show was Jethro - Kengali's Beyond Boundaries.  Jethro is owned and loved by Ginny Merchant.

GCH Tuckerridge Dugga Boy Simba Ridge in 2010 received a Top Twenty, Top Ten and Top Stud Dog Award in SD.  Looks like he will end up in the Top Ten again this year.

Panhandle Fun!


On October 8, 2011, several members that live up in the Panhandle of Florida got together for some fun in the sun. While the majority of the state was covered in clouds and had rain, as you can see in the pictures, it was not so in Pensacola.  Members that had fun and shared their love of the breed with several curious people were Cheryl Petersen and her girl, Mercedes, Belinda Binkley and her dog, Coleman and Amanda Kelley and her 2 boys, Rhoadie and Logan.  One local family saw the post about the playdate and, having lost their Ridgeback not too long ago, decided to head on down to the beach to get their RR "Fix".  Glad our members could accommodate.

Panhandle Fun Day


 On Sunday, December 11, 2011, SSRRC held its very first AKC  "B" Match.  This is the first step our club needs to take to become an AKC certified club.

The Best in Match went to Pepper.  Best of Opposite to Best in Match went to Legend.  Way to go to all those who attended.  

Thank you Paula Alshouse, DVM for coming out to judge these great pups.

Please join us for the next match.  Date to be determined.



On December 17 & 18, 2011, the biggest dog show came to Orlando.  Out of 57 entries, the Florida dogs represented the state well.

GCH CH Regal Tolerton's Luminara Unduli for Bindura, S.C. was awarded 2nd Award of Excellence.  Bindi is owned and loved by Denise Eberhard and Matthew Coughlin.  She was handled by her breeder/co-owner, Liz Mansfield-Henriquez.

The 3rd Award of Excellence was awarded to  GCH CH Roccridge's Heart of Texas.  Houston is owned and loved by Kimberly and Patrick Myers.  Houston was handled by Morgan Brooks.

Rescue Corner


Please click here to read all about George and how RRUS has helped this puppy.  From rescue, through surgery and hopefully to his new home, George has stolen hearts along the way.


Holiday Greeting Photos


 Currently, our club is lacking an Events Coordinator.  Without this volunteer position filled, your club will not have any events in 2012.  If you have a knack for organization, a love for the Ridgebacks and can attend and organize these events and want to volunteer, please contact Matt Coughlin.

Membership renewals have been mailed out.  Please don't forget to to renew your membership to Sunshine State Rhodesian Ridgeback Club.  Please emake sure you return your dues by
JANUARY 31, 2012

The next Newsletter will come out at the end of March.