Monthly Archives: November 2013

2013 Calcutta

Friends, Food, Fun, and Fundraising! All part of our annual Calcutta races held this past Saturday (Nov. 16).

Why is this called a ‘Calcutta’?

Here is the description of a ‘Calcutta auction’ from Wikipedia:
A Calcutta auction is an open auction held in conjunction with a golf tournament, horse race or similar contest with multiple entrants.
Bidding for each contestant begins in random order, with only one contestant being bid upon at any time. Accordingly, participants (originally in Calcutta, India, from where this technique was first recorded by the Colonial British) bid among themselves to “buy” each of the contestants, with each contestant being assigned to the highest bidder. The contestant will then pay out to the owner a predetermined proportion of the pool depending on how it performs in the tournament.

For the CSHC dog cart races we form teams of three dogs with one musher. People bid on the teams. The club gets half the proceeds (the fundraising part of the event) and the top three team owners split the rest. The fastest team musher also gets a prize. To make things more interesting each owner draws a number (0-5) which adds a penalty (0-2.5 sec) to the time of their team.

This year we had experienced mushers (Roland and Joe) and a number of novices (Jill, Cassandra, Rob). There were also a lot of young, inexperienced dogs. But overall most did very well. There was one sort of pile up and a number of teams wanted to turn off in the middle of the course, but most made it to the end.

First place was won by Jill with the team of Holly, Sarge, and Lilly, owned by Bernie.

Second place was Roland with Knight, Savannah, and Ranger, owned by Carolan.

Third place was Cassandra with Braego, Grayson, and Sobe, owned by John.

The team with the fastest actual time was Roland’s with¬†Knight, Savannah, and Ranger.

Here are the full results.

Calcutta2013_results2

Racing was followed by food and a meeting.

One dish from the food spread

A few photos of the day, thanks to Bernie.

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2013 SHCA National Specialty

Many of our members attended the National Specialty this October 28 – November 2 in Midland, Michigan.

Events began with a Rig Race on Monday. Ron, Terri, and Joe competed in several classes. Ron placed third in the 4-dog rig class and Joe placed forth. Ron also won the 2-dog rig class and the 2-dog scooter class. Terri won the 1-dog canicross class.

Ron and his team at the 2013 SHCA Rig Race

Ron and his team at the 2013 SHCA Rig Race

Joe and his team at the 2013 SHCA Rig Race

Joe and his team at the 2013 SHCA Rig Race

Tuesday was the day for Obedience and Rally. Jack (Krystal Wolf’s Captain Jack) and Tango (Amorok’s Light Fandango) competed in both. Jack won first place in Rally Advanced and in Rally Excellent classes. It was Tango’s first time ever in the Obedience or Rally ring and he did very well. He qualified in Beginner Novice Obedience and he earned a score of 96 in Novice Rally.

Wednesday Jack and Tango competed in Agility and Jack qualified in JWW and in Time2Beat.

Tango and Jack with ribbons from 2013 SHCA National Specialty

Tango and Jack with ribbons from 2013 SHCA National Specialty

Wednesday was also Sweepstakes judging.
Christian (Amorok’s Fifty Shades Darker) was 2nd in the 9-12 Month Dog class. Gretsky (Yetieska’s Hat Trick of Amorok) was 2nd in the 15-18 Month Dog class.

In the Best of Breed class on Saturday Gale’s Mandy (GCh Amorok’s Lighten Up Kadian) and Laurissa Schmidt’s Poppy (Ch Yetieska’s Wild Poppy, daughter of Sarge) received an Award of Merit.

October 2013 New Champions

Two  member dogs finished their championships in October: Lady and Cinder.

Ch Myla's Milady de Winter

Lady

Lady (Ch Myla’s Milady de Winter)
Owned by Ron Gagne and Terri Rendon
Warrenton KC Sept 27 W BW OS for 2 points
Middleburg KC Oct 26 W BW OS for 3 point major to finish

Cinder at Charlottesville where he earned his first points and a major

Cinder at Charlottesville where he earned his first points and a major

Cinder (Ch Huskavarna’s Dream Quest)
Owned by Karen Knaut
Finished at the Middleburg Kennel Club shows on Oct 26 and Oct 27. Saturday was a major, so he finished with 3 majors!