Welcome 2012


2012 has arrived and is a year that will be busy for the Ridgebacks. SSRRC Members have been busy as well.  Check out all they have been up to this quarter.


 WELCOME!!  New members:

Steve and Melody McIntosh

David Smith, DVM and JoEllen Smith

2012 RRCUS National Specialty

Please mark your calendars for the RRCUS National Specialty held right here in Florida.    November 8 - 14, 2012. The Specialty kicks off with Lure Coursing out in Ocala.  

SSRRC Members, Elaine Petersen is the Chairperson, and Denise Eberhard is the Co-Chair.  If you would like to volunteer to help on an event, please contact one of them to do so.  


Florida dogs rocked the AKC coursing up in Calhoun, GA at the GANG trial on February 3rd and 4th.  On Friday. Riffe - Terra Christa's Riffe Octavian, SC - won 2 points toward his field championship.  On Saturday, Riffe was the rockstar again and took a 4 point major and was BEST OF BREED winning out over not only the open dogs, but 2 Field Champions as well.  Bindi - GCH Regal Tolerton's Luminara Unduli for Bindura, SC - took home 2nd place points on Saturday.  On Sunday, Bindi won the Open trial and took first place points.  It was a great week-end for the dogs from the South.  


The first new champion of the 2012 year was Peyton!  Peyton was Best of Breed for a 3 point major in Deland, FL under Mrs. Michele Billings out of the 12-18 month class.  Kim and Patrick Myers are very proud of their girl and look forward to watching her in the Specials ring.  Peyton was expertly handled by Morgan Brooks.  Peyton is now CH. Crooked Roof's Lucky Horseshoe.

Our next New Champion is Carmen.  Carmen finished her championship at the Brooksville show with a 4 point major.  Way to go Carmen.  Carmen is owned and loved by Linda and Manny Gaunaurd and is now known as CH. Spring Valley's Cigar Girl of Jafari Ridge.  Carmen was handled by Sharon Turner.

Champions don't just happen in the ring!  They also happen out on the field! SSRRC Welcomes A BRAND NEW Field Champion.  FC Terra Christa's Riffe Octavian, S.C. went up to Commerce, Georgia and earned not only his last point, but a 3 point major when he went Best of Breed on Sunday, beating out several fine running lure coursing specials.  Riffe will definitely be a force to be reckoned with as he continues his field career. Riffe is loved and owned and released on the field by member, Ross Johnson.

Mischa finished her championship at the Lakeland shows by getting her last point on Monday.  CH. F.M's Mystic Spirit of Kengali is owned and loved by Ginny Merchant.

Mbali became a new champion in 2012 as well.  CH. Kengali's Izulu's Imbasa Mbali became a new champion at the Tampa Bay Kennel Club's show in Brooksville show on January 15, 2012.  Mbali is owned and loved by Scott and Annika Caldwell and Ginny Merchant.


Finishing his Grand Championship in style is Zane - GCH Terra Christa's Shock N' Awesome Zane, S.C.  Zane finished his Grand Championship quickly, starting with the Ocala shows in November, and  finished at the Greater Ocala Gainesville show on January 28, 2012.  And if that wasn't enough, his first day out as a new Grand, he was awarded Best of Breed by judge Karen C. Wilson.  Zane is proudly owned and loved by Rhonda Johnson.


GCH Tucker Ridge Dugga Boy Simba Ridge finished 2011 as the #1 Ridgeback in the State of Florida for not only 2011, but 2010 as well.  Dugga finished #8 Ridgeback Nationwide. Dugga also was in the Top Twenty at the 2011 RRCUS National Specialty held in South Dakota.

Dugga also received his CGC at the 2011 National.

Kengali's Captain's Last Command - Legend - received his first points at the Greater Daytona Dog Fancier's show on January 8, 2012.   He followed that win up with more points at the Greater Gainesville Club's show on January 28th and 29th  and more points at the Lakeland-WinterHaven Dog Club show on February 20, 2012.  Legend is owned, loved and handled by Ginny Merchant.

Getting her first point at the Lakeland Winter Haven Kennel Club's show on Sunday, February 19, 2012, is Raven - Regal Tolerton's Can't Keep a Secret at Radiant Ridge. Raven is owned, loved and handled by Casey Carpenter.

Another pup getting his first points at the Strawberry Cluster of shows was Charm - Kengali's Unbridled Charm. Charm was Winner's Dog and Best of Winners on Friday and Saturday at the Sara Bay Kennel Club, getting his first 2 points!  Way to go Charm!  Charm is owned and loved and handled by Ginny Merchant.

Starting off 2012 with amazing wins was Houston - GCH Roccridge's Heart of Texas.  Houston started off the year with four Best of Breed wins at the Brooksville shows. Owners Kim and Patrick Myers are excited to see what this year holds for him.  Houston is professionally handled by Morgan Brooks.  

photo by Denise Eberhard


In case you were wondering who those 2 Ridgebacks are in the February 2012 National Geographic issue, they are Bindi and Esme!  Last year, while at Westminster, the National Geographic people pulled dogs in for a photo shoot for an article that was a year in the making.  The issue is on newstands now. 

To see all of the dogs and read the article, here is the link
National Geographic Dog DNA



2012 marks a new year for many.  WE have so many members hitting the ring with new puppies, adding puppies to their packs and enjoying their first shows.  Here are a few this quarter.

Linda and Manny Gaunaurd have added "Mikuki" to their pack.  Jafari Ridge "Mikuki" of Spring Valley.  Mikuki's parents are GCH TuckerRidge Dugga Boy Simba Ridge (Dugga) and Ch. Spring Valley's Scilla (Ceci).  There were 5 beautiful pups in the litter, but this one stole their hearts.  Look for her in 2012.  

Introducing Rhea!  Rhea will start her show career in West Palm Beach in March. Rhea is Kimani's African Aires at Windermere and is owned and loved by Elaine Petersen and her son, James Petersen.


 As voted on in the January member's meeting, the application for ASFA membership has been sent in.  This means that as early as March, SSRRC can have a fun run, which is required by ASFA for membership.  It is the Club's hope to be running ASFA trials this fall.  If you have questions, please contact Matthew Coughlin (deberhard21@yahoo.com) 

Currently, SSRCC is lacking an Events Coordinator.   If you think you would like to head up the Events Committee, please contact Matt Coughlin.

The Next newsletter will be out in Mid June.  Get those pictures of Dogs on Spring Break out and send them in.