Weimaraner National June 2006 - USA
Our trip started in San Francisco, what a great place we did all the tourist stuff Alcatraz, Pier 39 and shopping which was so much fun….

Then it was off to Toronto where we looked around the city again visited the shops. We then had a day tour to Niagara Falls, wow this was fantastic we had a trip on the maid of the mist which was spectacular. 

After a few days in Toronto it was off to New York what a fabulous city we road around central park in a horse and carriage visited the empire state building caught the free ferry over to Staten Island to catch a sight of the Statue of Liberty. Of course we paid all the shops a visit. New York was fantastic the city is very fast and bustling but wow it was great.

Then Alicia left us for London, Rosemary, Sue, Debbie and I headed to Frankenmuth for what we had all been waiting for the Weimaraner National. We arrived on Tuesday just as the judging for the first day had finished. We did get to catch up with some grey folk which was great as we where all having withdrawal symptoms from not seeing our grey ones. Frankenmuth a small town about 2hours drive from Detroit was so pretty this is the view from our room. Just lovely. 

Wednesday morning came we where up early with anticipation of seeing the dogs today but unfortunately the weather was not going to be as kind to us today as it had been on the Tuesday, it poured down with rain the poor dogs and handlers doing there best to show in the downpour and storm. We managed to see the dogs but have to say they where not at there best. Sue Shirgley, Ian Parson and Monique Cash had also arrived late Tuesday morning so we meet up with them on Wednesday morning, they could not weather the storm so Rosemary, Sue and Monique hit the shopping outlets.

Wednesday night and the top 20 where Sue Shirgley was one of the judges invited to judge the top 20 dogs. Thankfully the weather had passed and the night was lovely and perfect for all the dogs. The dogs looked great. The winner of the top twenty was Chris Grisell & Suzy Casper’s Ch Nani’s Indecent Exposure JH BROM “Streak” he looked fabulous and a popular win.

Thursday & Friday the national started with the Futurity and Maturity being judged by Ms Gloria Mitcham-Geringer, and thanks to the hospitality of Debby Lynch & David Kuehl – Davora Kennels Canada we had prime position for the next 2 days of judging.
It was fantastic to see all the dogs so well handled and trained. 

Winners are as follows 

Best Dog in Futurity – Ch Win’Weim N Nani’s Paparazzi 

by Dana Massey and Chris Grisell lovely dog.
Best Bitch in Futurity – Starwood’s Emma V Donnergeist
Owned by G &D Heinze & K Young she was handled to perfection.

Best Dog in Maturity – Ch Greybrooks Win’ Weim Trail Blazer Owned by L & M Smith, R & B Wall and Dana Massey

Best Bitch in Maturity – Ch Colsidex Seabreeze Perfect Fit

 Owned by A Folz, J Colan, M Davis stunning girl who went on to win Best of Bred Specialty.

Normal class for the national where judge by Mr Carl Liepmann, some lovely dogs entered the ring and I had many favorites, there would have been at least a dozen girls I could have brought home and a few boys. One of my favorite’s where
Ch Graytskys Smokin In Havana “Mac” 

a stunning dog and caught my eye as soon as he entered the ring on the Wednesday night when Sue judged the top twenty, I was not the only one that thought he was lovely but we all did. We will be very lucky to see him soon, as he will be coming to Australia at the end of the year as Ian Parson's & Sue Shirgley have managed to lease him for 2 years. So that is very exciting and we look forward to him arriving.
Ch Nani’s Tsuruntani Honour Bound JH “Bonder” 

brother to Boomer who we have a lovely litter from, this dog was also outstanding moving around the ring with purpose he went to win best opposite sex what a win.

The girls well there are so many but I have to say the puppy bitch class was very impressive some lovely girls in there and with that I see a strong bases for the breed to go on. There where 4 sisters in that class that where just outstanding and showed like they had been doing it all there life just stunning. Bred by Judy Colan , Marg Davis, Debra McCray, Barbra Dijurgis these 4 girls where just lovely.
Seabreeze Colsidex Snow Angel, Seabreeze All Wrapped Up, Seabreeze Colisdex Deerpath Pip & Seabreeze Colsidex Tineseile. 
I will be watching how they progress.

The Results for the national
Winner Dog – Windcrest Geranimo Grayshar
Res Winners Dog – Silverhoney’s Gold Medal Winner

Winner Bitch – Valmar’s Just Jazzie
Res Winners Bitch - Chatawey's Summer Squail 

The best of breed class there where 74 entries what a sight the judge certainly had his work cut out for him with this class. Some stunning dogs in this line up

The winner’s where
Best of Breed
Ch Colsidex Seabreeze Perfect Fit
Best of Winners – Valmar’s Just Jazzie
Best Opposite Sex – Ch Ch Nani’s Tsuruntani Honour Bound JH
Awards of Merit
Ch Graytsky’s Win’Weim It’s my Prague-ative
Ch Bowbent Carousel Hidden Gem
Ch Valmar’s Hot Streak
Ch Smokeycity Devil May Care 
Ch Tri-D's Grand Finale 
Ch Camelot's Wish Me Luck

There was one more but I have this missed mark if anyone has it can you please let me know.

There where also some great dogs that made the final cut. 

The first time the club had a Breeders Class to enter, and what a line up.There where some lovley dogs entered.  

Chris Grisell Nani's Weimaraners was a well deserved winner with her stunning line up.

We all attended the dinner it was lovely, the club presented a number of annual awards as well as announcing the hall of fame recipients. There was not a dry eye in the house as Dana read out one nomination for a Weimaraner named Windy a girl that being blind never stopped her from fantastic achievements, what a story.

We had the best time and where so pleased we choose to go this year, as it was the 2nd biggest National ever!! All the people where very friendly and interested in our dogs in Australia so that was nice. A big thank you to Sue Lumpkins who helped us with organizing our time in Frankenmuth and the hospitality of the Canadian contingent that let us share there shade for the weekend. It was great to catch up with so many of our friends. I look forward to my next trip to the National in 2008.. 

Below are some of the photo's taken at the national of my favourite dogs.

Suzanne Mayhew
Bromhund Kennels