I took three dachshunds with me - Tommy, Billy and Paika. On Friday we competed at the Buckeye Dachshund Club Invitational trial. The format of this trial is different from a "regular" AKC trial. Twenty best field trial dachshunds from a previous year are invited to compete in this annual event. If some dogs are not available, then lower ranking dogs are invited. The dogs are braced for the 1st and 2nd series. Each brace is judged by two judges who determine which dog loses and which one wins a given brace. After the 2nd series, dogs with two losses are eliminated from the further competition, and remaining dogs get braced again. This process goes on until in the end there is only one brace and the dog winning that brace gets the title of Winner of the Buckeye Dachshund Club Invitational Trial.
Unfortunately, this year due to the lack of rabbits the format was changed and it was "a single loss and you are out" competition. Also there were only 17 competing dachshunds. Interestingly of the 17, ten were standard wirehairs (including Tommy and Paika), and many of them got eliminated in the first series. In the end Tommy placed third and received the Oscar Award. The winner of the competition was John Merriman's Carmen, and the second place went to Stan Knoll's Oslo (both of these dogs were one-time-winners of the Invitational in the previous years).
|Final results: L means a loss, W means a win, and B means that a dog (because of the uneven number of participants) was not running in a given series and was a bye-dog. So for example Tommy had three wins, one loss and was a bye dog once.|
|John Merriman with Carmen, Winner of the 8th Buckeye Dachshund Club Invitational Trial, and judges: Bob Paige, Ashley Innis Dumas, Patsy Leonberger and Gail Paige.|
|Stan Knoll with Oslo, Reserve Winner, and Ann Deister from the Buckeye Dachshund Club.|
|Jolanta Jeanneney accepting the Oscar Award (3rd place) for Tommy|
On Saturday and Sunday the AKC trials were moved to Briar Patch Beagle Club in Newcomerstown as there were more rabbits there. The running grounds consisted mainly of small, thick patches of golden rod and a big block of really dense briars.
|Briars!!! I guess we know what was the inspiration for the name of the club.|
|Small blocks of thick golden rod.|
Congratulations to all the winners of their stakes!