Welcome Members and Visitors
This is the  Third Quarter Newsletter for the
Sunshine State Rhodesian Ridgeback Club.  

The Third Quarter sure has been Hot -- and I am not just talking about the weather!  Our club and members have been busy in the ring, on vacation and enjoying their dogs!  Please enjoy the news as our members share their latest wins and escapades in the Florida Sunshine!


A big welcome to new members, Annie Johnson and Fred A. Johnson.


The Second SSRRC  "B" Match was held on June 16, 2012 after the show in Palmetto, FL.  What a great turnout we had. Special thanks to all members and non-members that came out to support the club!  And a HUGE thanks to member Carol Smith for being our judge.  

We know it was a tough decision, but in the end, Marlin walked away with the win.  



 What a great week-end for Pepper!

At the Ft. Meyers Club shows on May 26 and May 27, 2012, Pepper - TuckerRidge Bold and Spicy of Regal, JC - was Winners Bitch and Best of Opposite BOTH days for her first points!  Way to go Pepper!  Pepper is owned and loved by Stacey and Nathan Tucker.  

 Back in the ring for Bindi
Bindi returned to the ring in  mid-July at the Jupiter-Tequesta shows after a 4 month hiatus.  On Saturday, July 14, 2012, Judge Douglas Johnson picked her out again for Best of Breed.  Judge Johnson gave Bindi her first 5 point major in June 2010 when he selected her for Best of Breed from the 12-18 class.  Bindi is GCH Regal Tolerton's Luminara Unduli for Bindura, FCH, SC.  Bindi is owned and loved by Denise Eberhard and Matthew Coughlin.



Majors can certainly be hard to come by and  our members walked away with the majority of the majors this summer!  

Winning his first major (4 points) at the St. Petersburg Dog Fanciers show on June 16, 2012, is Cooper - Kengali's Unbridled Power.  Cooper is owned, loved and handled by Lisa McElroy

At the very same show, Raven took her first major, too.  Raven - Regal Tolerton's Can't Keep A Secret at Radiant Ridge - is owned, loved and handled by Casey Carpenter.  

On Sunday at the St. Petersburg Kennel Club show, Pepper received her first major under Judge Elaine Matthews.  Way to go Pep!!

The Orlando Shows had 2 days of majors and once again, members and their show dogs walked away with them.

Pepper won her SECOND major at the Orlando show under Canadian Judge, Mr. Robert Witney.

Kengali's Matahari Diamond Diva - Diva - was Winner's Bitch and Best of Opposite on Sunday at the Orlando Shows for her first major win under Judge Sari Brewster-Tietjen.  Diva is Owner/Breeder handled by Ginny Merchant,



If you happen to notice something special about a good majority of these wins, it would be that most of them are owner handled.  This year, SSRRC has 2 members that finished in the 2011 RRCUS Owner Handler Top Ten  competition - Matthew Coughlin (#3) and Ginny Merchant (#8).  Not an easy feat considering that they compete with some of the best professional handlers around.  
 Way to Go Owner Handlers!


 Brand New Champion
Leo - CH Roccridge Catch Me If You Can - finished his championship at the Orlando Cluster in June under Judge Robert Whitney on June 23, 2012.  Leo was bred by Deborah Rocco and SSRRC member, Laurie DiRoma and is owned by same.  

Our next new champion of the summer is Mozart - CH Rolling's Mozart by Spring Valley at Ridgehill - finished in style with a 5 point major at the Greenville, SC show!  Way to go Mozart.

This is Mozart's win picture from last year.  He was handled by Sharon Turner to his new champion win.  


 It's a looooong hot summer down here in the South.  No Field Reports this quarter.  

But... we do have a new Senior Courser!  Bullet got his S.C. in May, 2012.  Way to go Bullet - GCH Ridgehill's Shooter's Red Bullet.  Bullet is owned and loved by Carol and Bill Smith.

And we do have an honorable mention!   It seems the old guy still has it!!  Rock - CH Crosswick's Rock of Gibraltar, JC - showed us that even at 10 years old, he still loves to chase the bunny.  Rock is owned and loved by Dixie and Randy Saxe.  Here is Rock on the field in May.


When the heat is on here in Florida, our Sunshine dogs know how to cool off and still have fun.  Enjoy the photos from members and their pups enjoying summer activities.





Amanda Kelley is proud to announce a new addition to her family.  Crooked Roof's Royal Flush - Maverick - joined her and the rest of the pack and has fit right in.  Maverick has also just completed his AKC Star Puppy Program!   Welcome Maverick!




 The Story of Zoba
Please click on the link to read about the wonderful rescue of Zoba and how SSRRC members put in time and effort to help this dog get to his wonderful new home.

Zoba's story


GREAT NEWS.  The AKC has elevated SSRRC to "A" status and this club is well on its way to being able to put on Regional Specialties, AKC lure coursing trials, CAT trials and other AKC sanctioned events.

SSRRC's next ASFA Fun Run will be September 16, 2012 on the SpringRidge Field (formerly Johnson Field) in High Springs, FL.  Please check the Events page (right here on the website) for additional information as well as directions and the Premium List

We have more coursing in October.  SSRRC and RRCUS have combined to bring 3 days of AKC Coursing.  October 26, 27 & 28, 2012 in High Springs at SpringRidge Field.  There will also be CAT tests offered, JC and QC (please bring a qualified dog to qualify with your own un-qualified dog) as well as Trial runs. 

The RRCUS National Specialty is November 8, 2012 thru November 14, 2012 right here in Orlando, FL.  All members are encouraged to join in the fun.  

Great news for those Canine Good Citizens.  Starting in 2013, the CGC will now be an official AKC title!  Check out this link.  Dogs that have received their CGC can apply for the title, and dogs that already have received their CGC prior to January 1, 2013, can apply to have the title added to their name.  They are "grandfathered" in back to January 1, 2001.  Click the link below for more information.


The next newsletter will come out in  December.