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Sandanona Puppy show

Sat Aug 13th, 2016

Cecelia Wizman with Gulliver, Clem Nunex with Gandalf, Anna Nilsen with Binchey and Petter Nilsen with Kismet

 

 

Greetings, Everyone:
        
"The Puppy Show" is part of the spring or early summer repertory of all packs of hounds no matter where on the planet they may hunt. It serves many purposes: it makes young hounds civilized, socialized and ultimately judged; it gives the hosts a chance to thank landowners and other important people; it reminds subscribers that the pack still exists; best of all it is a great excuse for a good time, and usually a memorable party.
        
Sandanona has held an Annual Joint Puppy Show for most of our history. When Jamie and I arrived in Dutchess County long ago, this show was exclusively for Beagles, and rotated between three or four adjacent packs. Two of these - Connecticut's  Fairfield County Beagles and the Buckram Beagles of Long Island - are now defunct replaced in the '70's by the Old Chatham Foot Beagles and New Jersey's Tewksbury Foot Bassets. 

Since then, the show and the attendant barbecue have always taken place on the spacious lawns of the Sandanona Kennels. In all that time we have never once been inconvenienced by RAIN, a most memorable record. Even one Sunday when we had hurricane warnings with 100% chance of rain we stayed dry until darkness fell. We had begun to think that rain was impossible. 

Needless to say, all good things must end and this year rain fell heavily the night before but ceased around mid-day. We were just finishing the final Championships when the rain returned with a vengeance in the late afternoon. Many hands carried the barbecue and buffet tables into the kennel feed room, while chairs were set up in the big room and the Hungarian Tea Room. Children, of which there were an enormous number, largely ignored the rain and skittered around outside like waterbugs, fueled no doubt by platters of delicious cupcakes.
       
The show itself went off without a hitch, thanks to good organization and our perennial Ring Steward, John Ike, who was assisted this year, in the absence of Joint Master Gary Dycus, by Peter Devers. We decided to judge ALL the Beagles first, as the Tewksbury and their Master John Gilbert were held up in a traffic jam on the Newburg Bridge but fortunately arrived safely. Sandanona, who bred NO puppies in 2015, but gratefully accepted drafts from elsewhere, was doubly victorious in the first two Beagle Classes, winning the doghounds with Farmington Gulliver and the Bitch class with Old Chatham Kismet, shown by Cecily Winer and Petter Nilsen respectively. 

In the Basset Division the Tewksbury, who bred almost all the entries, dominated the Doghound class winning with T.F.B. Ludicris (sic) shown by Elizabeth Kimber. In the Basset Bitches division, our flashy (Calf Pasture) Rondo, shown by Madigan, continued her winning ways, having won silver at both the Maryland Puppy Show and the Bryn Mawr Hound show. Giving the doghound boys of all types a run for their money, she was declared Basset Champion over T.F.B. Ludicris, and then the Grand Champion of the show.
        
Our Judges, the husband-and-wife team of Charles and Boo Montgomery, made their way through a nice entry with speed and accuracy, showing both great patience and a good rapport with the children and their puppies - not always an easy task. The Montgomerys, who have vast experience in the Foxhound world, make up the professional Hunt Staff of the Bull Run Foxhounds, located near Culpeper, Va. We are extremely grateful to them for devoting an entire weekend (including two days of driving) to coming here to judge our little show. Thanks also are due to the Ikes, who not only housed our judges but also arranged for a morning's cubbing with the Millbrook Hunt.
      
No event of this sort can take place without the assistance of many people, and this year we would have foundered without the help of our Kennel Huntsman, Natacha Kondratiev, our Treasurer, Susan Branson, and our daughter, Darcy Hogan. Natacha helped whip the Kennel into presentable shape, Susan banished thousands of spiders, polished ALL the silver and dusted the Tea Room, and Darcy helped all day Saturday and much of Sunday with set-up, the collection of reservations, and the sometimes daunting cleanup. 

In addition, all you wonderful cooks brought imaginative and delicious food, and did not wilt in the face of potential rain. Cheryl brought wonderful Walbridge burgers, and had them all just right when the rain began. Nor did our visitors, all of whom were experiencing terrible weather conditions on Sunday morning, think of canceling (well, maybe you THOUGHT about it, but you didn't DO it). We discussed raingear and pop-up tents, but in the end they were unnecessary. Thanks to all our neighboring packs, (which also included Kate Butler's beagles) our children, cooks, judges, hosts, family and other help, this was yet another memorable Puppy Show. 
 
And, for the results, I'll do the best I can, although I cannot always read everyone's writing.
 
BEAGLE DOGS:
1st: Sandanona's Farmington Gulliver, shown by Celia Weisman
2nd: Sandanona's Farmington Gandalf, shown by Clem Nunez
3rd: Kate Butler's Old Chatham  Jackson, shown by Leilani Wizner
4th: Sandanona's Wolver Quantum, shown by Daisy Dundas
5th: Old Chatham Indy, shown by Lauren
6th: Old Chatham Kronk, shown by Maya
7th: Old Chatham Ichabod, shown by Cameron
8th: Kate Butler's Wolver  Woody, shown by Cecily Wizner
9th: Sandanona Butler, shown by Clemmie Morlock
 
BEAGLE BITCHES:
1st: Sandanona's Old Chatham Kismet, shown by Petter Nilsen
2nd: Sandanona Binchey, shown by Anna Nilsen
3rd: Old Chatham Lantana, shown by Lauren
4th: Old Chatham Havoc, shown by Elizabeth Kimber
5th: Old Chatham Kansas, shown by Maya
6th: Old Chatham Virginia, shown by Cameron
7th: Sandanona's Old Chatham  Juliet, shown by Madigan  
8th: Sandanona Vireo, shown by Rose Morlock
 
The Beagle Championship, decided amongst the first and second place winners of the Beagle classes, went to Gulliver, with Kismet in Reserve.
 
BASSET DOGS:
1st: T.F.B. Ludicrous, shown by Elizabeth Kimber
2nd: T.F.B. Lampoon, shown by Lauren
3rd: T.F.B. Sandanona's T.F.B. Remus, shown by George Kimber
4th: Sandanona's Calf Pasture Socrates, shown by Paris
5th: T.F.B. Lightheart, shown by Daisy Dundas
6th: T.F.B. Revenant, shown by Cecily Wizner
7th: T.F.B. Rochester, shown by Madigan
8th: T.F.B. Lucky, shown by Ellery
 
BASSET BITCHES
1st: Sandanona's Calf Pasture Rondo, shown by Madigan
2nd: T.F.B. Lively, shown by Paris
3rd: T.F.B. Limerick, shown by Daisy Dundas
4th: T.F.B. Larking, shown by Lauren
5th: T.F.B. Laughter, shown by Clem Nunez
6th: Sandanona's T.F.B. Luna, shown by Elizabeth  Kimber
7th: Sandanona's Calf Pasture Siskin, shown by Ellery
 
The Basset Championship, decided amongst the first and second place winners of the Basset Classes, went to Rondo, with  Ludicrous in Reserve.

As the rain began and tables being hustled indoors, our judges were called upon to determine the Grand Champion of the show, a class which included the Champions and Reserves in both divisions. Their choice was Sandanona's Calf Pasture Rondo, with Sandanona's Farmington Gulliver in Reserve, thereby ending the 'business' part of a very pleasant afternoon just before the skies opened and desperately needed rain came flooding down. 

BEAGLE DOGS:
1st: Sandanona's Farmington Gulliver, shown by Cecily Weisman
2nd: Sandanona's Farmington Gandalf, shown by Clem Nunez
3rd: Kate Butler's Old Chatham  Jackson, shown by Leilani Wizner
4th: Sandanona's Wolver Quantum, shown by Daisy Dundas
5th: Old Chatham Indy, shown by Lauren
6th: Old Chatham Kronk, shown by Maya
7th: Old Chatham Ichabod, shown by Cameron
8th: Kate Butler's Wolver  Woody, shown by Cecily Wizner
9th: Sandanona Butler, shown by Clemmie Morlock
 
BEAGLE BITCHES:
1st: Sandanona's Old Chatham Kismet, shown by Petter Nilsen
2nd: Sandanona Binchey, shown by Anna Nilsen
3rd: Old Chatham Lantana, shown by Lauren
4th: Old Chatham Havoc, shown by Elizabeth Kimber
5th: Old Chatham Kansas, shown by Maya
6th: Old Chatham Virginia, shown by Cameron
7th: Sandanona's Old Chatham  Juliet, shown by Madigan  
8th: Sandanona Vireo, shown by Rose Morlock
 
The Beagle Championship, decided amongst the first and second place winners of the Beagle classes, went to Gulliver, with Kismet in Reserve.
 
BASSET DOGS:
1st: T.F.B. Ludicrous, shown by Elizabeth Kimber
2nd: T.F.B. Lampoon, shown by Lauren
3rd: T.F.B. Sandanona's T.F.B. Remus, shown by George Kimber
4th: Sandanona's Calf Pasture Socrates, shown by Paris
5th: T.F.B. Lightheart, shown by Daisy Dundas
6th: T.F.B. Revenant, shown by Cecily Wizner
7th: T.F.B. Rochester, shown by Madigan
8th: T.F.B. Lucky, shown by Ellery
 
BASSET BITCHES
1st: Sandanona's Calf Pasture Rondo, shown by Madigan
2nd: T.F.B. Lively, shown by Paris
3rd: T.F.B. Limerick, shown by Daisy Dundas
4th: T.F.B. Larking, shown by Lauren
5th: T.F.B. Laughter, shown by Clem Nunez
6th: Sandanona's T.F.B. Luna, shown by Elizabeth  Kimber
7th: Sandanona's Calf Pasture Siskin, shown by Ellery
 
The Basset Championship, decided amongst the first and second place winners of the Basset Classes, went to Rondo, with  Ludicrous in Reserve.
As showers began falling and (as we noted) tables being hustled indoors, our judges were called upon to determine the Grand Champion of the show, a class which included the Champions and Reserves in both divisions. Their choice was Sandanona's Calf Pasture Rondo, with Sandanona's Farmington Gulliver in Reserve, thereby ending the 'business' part of a very pleasant afternoon just before the skies opened and desperately needed rain came flooding down. 

While "dinner with the dogs" was not as pleasing as our usual prolonged and relaxed evening under the trees on the Sandanona lawn, the space worked well, especially considering the turnout....some 80 adults and innumerable children! So, thanks to all, and we hope to see everyone out hunting this season....which has already begun.

'Til next time, Betsy