The first time I ever saw a Weimaraner was when I was invited to a friends home and they had this most incredible looking Grey dog. I was fascinated by the eyes and coat color. I had to ask what breed she was? I fell in love that night and had to have a Weimaraner in my future. Unfortunately, I did not do too much research on the breed before hand and basically bought on a whim from an Ad in the newspaper…… purchase price was $50. I named her Heide von Heistenhof (Heist was my maiden name). “Heide” was a good German name & so original for a dog, I thought! Little did I know how unruly this puppy was going to be. When she was 6 months old, I signed up for a local obedience class, hoping this would correct the situation. It was there that I met my mentor and very best friend, Lynne Nelson of Schwenden Weimaraners. At that time Lynne had a lovely Weimaraner bitch named “Kate” Ch Von Gaiberg’s Kate Schwenden, BROM, which was being expertly handled at the shows by Dick Webb. I thought she was beautiful! With Lynne’s guidance I did try showing my Heide for a while and I learned a lot from this experience, although the highest prize I ever won with her was a Reserve ribbon. I soon realized she was not the quality of those that were winning points. I began to watch and study the techniques and showmanship from many of the top winning handlers at that time. I learned so much by just observing. I continued to train Heide in obedience and did very well with her by acquiring a CDX title, but I was ready to move on to big and better things…
Lynne informed me about the two available Weimaraner clubs that I could join, which I readily joined. I have been a member of the Weimaraner Club of America and Southland Weimaraner Club since 1964. In January of 1988 I volunteered to take over the job of Editor of “Graymatter” the SWC newsletter. Needless to say I had no idea I would still have this job almost 20 years later!
VALMAR WEIMARANERS originated in Southern California in 1965 when I had the chance to co-own a show quality Kate daughter with Lynne Nelson. This one year old bitch had just been returned to Lynne from the original owner and I jumped on the opportunity to co-own her. This bitch who later became Ch Von Gaiberg’s Anna Schwenden, BROM, finished her championship quickly and “Anna” became the foundation of Valmar Weimaraners. She was an extremely outstanding individual, who was strongly line-bred from Homer Carr’s Von Gaiberg line. Bred to Ch Doug’s Dauntless Von Dor, she produced 6 Champion offspring…. Ch Valmar’s Elke Schwenden, Ch Valmar’s Eclipse V Bergen, Ch Valmar’s Exa Schwenden, Ch Valmar’s Graf Schwenden, Ch Valmar’s Greco Schwenden & Ch Valmar’s Grafin Schwenden. From these individuals have come some of the Top Winners & Producers of our Breed today and thus establishing a tradition of quality in the Valmar line.
There have been many great Valmar dogs as proven by their pedigrees of carefully line-breeding quality Weimaraners, along with the ability to pass on their style and quality to succeeding generations. Valmar dogs have produced over 565 Champions (156 carrying the Valmar name), which have included: 6 All-Breed Best in Show Winners (Ch Valmar’s Pollyanna, Ch Valmar Smokey City Ultra Easy, Ch Valmar’s Apache Rebel, Ch Silverkist Davie Lee (Jazzman son), Ch Valmar’s Gallorette v Jokar & Ch Bzyfeet American Idol (Valmar dam), 32 Futurity Winners, 30 BROM Producers, Multiple Sporting Group & National Specialty Winners, Dual & Field Champions, WCA Ratings, Obedience Titles and 4 Valmar dogs have been inducted into the WCA Hall of Fame.
Top Dog at Valmar in the 1970s & 80s was Ch Valmar’s Jazzman, CD,NRD,NSD,V,BROM, HOF. Jazz is one of the great dogs of our Breed, who will be remembered as a legend in his own time. He proved himself in every way. He was the 1980 National Specialty Winner, on the Top Ten Show list for 3 years (#2 in 1979) winning 100 Best of Breeds & Multiple Sporting Groups, and was a Top Producing Sire for 8 years, which included #1 Top Producing Weimaraner sire (#2 Sporting, #6 All-Breed) for 1983. Jazz is currently the #5 All-Time Producer of Champion offspring with 75 show Champions, including a Dual Champion.
In 1975 I had the opportunity to be a video film star! The filming was to be done in Southern California, and I was asked to be one of the three major handlers in the filming of the WCA video: “The Weimaraner: Standard, Structure and Gait”. If you have seen the video I am the one in the mini skirt…. as I look at it now, way to short! The producers and directors of the film were Ted and Lori Jarmie, with Ted’s son, Bruce as the Cinematographer and Ted was narrator of the 50 minute video. I feel this video should still be very beneficial to those new Weimaraner owners, even though this was filmed over 30 years ago.
In 1983 Jazz’s daughter, Ch Valmar’s Serenade V Wustenwind, BROM, HOF was bred to Tom Wilson’s young dog, Ch Smokey City’s Easy Does It. This breeding produced a puppy named Valmar Smokey City Ultra Easy, who I shipped to Tom as his stud fee puppy. Need I say more as to how he turned out ! Also, Easy’s mom, “Serenade” is the #1 BROM producing dam of all time with two of her 9 Champion offspring being All-Breed Best in Show winners….. Polly & Easy.
In 1982, I had the distinction of handling & winning two Show Futurities in the same year with littermates, Ch Valmar’s Pollyanna winning Best in Western Futurity and Ch Valmar’s Pepsi Challenge winning Best in Central Futurity. In the 80’s the final awards in futurities were presented as Best in Futurity and BOS in Futurity, not like now with the awards only going as far as Best Bitch and Dog in Futurity. This new rule change went into effect in 1993.