Welcome to the Southland Weimaraner Club (SWC) website! If this is your first time here, and you are a member of SWC, please take a look around. At any time, you may view our current events, club brags, and other information by looking at the navigation panel above the header photo. You may also read about our club history and club events.
If you are looking for a Weimaraner puppy, please click here for current litters.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
|July 20||Meeting||General Meeting||Teleconference|
|July 23, 24, 25||Show||Cabrillo KC||Valley Center, CA|
|July 31||Show||Lompoc Valley KC||Lompoc, CA|
|August 1||Show||Lompoc Valley KC||Lompoc, CA|
|August 7-8||Show||South Bay KC||Torrance, CA|
|August 21-22||Show||Santa Maria KC||Santa Maria, CA|
|August 21-22||Obed/Rally||Santa Maria KC||Santa Maria, CA|
|August 26-27||Show||Simi Valley KC||Santa Barbara, CA|
|August 28-29||Show||Santa Barbara KC||Santa Barbara, CA|
Joan Valdez Celebration
It was a beautiful day in Rolling Hills, CA at John and Maureen Duffy’s home as her family and friends all came together on Sunday, May 23 to celebrate the legacy of a mother, grandmother, friend, and mentor. Joan was a special lady who never stopped learning and passing along her knowledge of the Weimaraner breed to those who wanted to learn more. Joan didn’t want a memorial service so we had a party to celebrate her. Glasses were raised, memories re-visited, and tears of laughter and sadness were shared by all of us who knew, loved, and respected Joan. Some of these friendly faces we hadn’t seen in many years and it was wonderful to be together again. We all had a connection no matter how long ago it was made, and that connection was our Weimaraners, and Joan. Every table had a mix of family, old friends, and new friends. We enjoyed Joan’s favorite foods and beverages, lots of photos, and were even blessed by a couple of gray puppies romping around the party. — Vickie Margolis
One of the ways SWC honors your membership is by celebrating your Weimaraners and their accomplishments! If you
are a member, Graymatter is proud to spotlight your dog(s) in ‘Show News,’ ratings tests, or other activities our kids
participated in around the southland. If you are not a member yet and would like to be included, please join us. Included with this issue is the membership form for SWC. Checks or cash accepted. Contact Membership Coordinator Gina Grissom (see Officers and Directors list below) with any questions.
Graymatter Advertising Rates
One liner brag is free.
Litter announcement, expansive brag or ad to place a dog, all to take approximately a paragraph, will be $5.
¼ page $10,
½ page $15,
full page $25.
An Event announcement (another club, but of interest to our members, and not of personal gain of a club member) $10.
All announcements, brags, ads, etc. must be in a Word document. Images must be jpg.
Applying for new voting membership are the following: Terry Burian-Creel of Aqua Dulce, sponsored by Bob and Vickie
Margolis; and applying for family voting membership are Donna M. Cassano and John H. Kontoulis, sponsored by
Tammy Basile and Maureen Duffy.
It is Official!
Breica’s Born To Fly, our Byrdie, is a New Champion!
Byrdie has come out swinging this year winning Best Bitch In Futurity at the 2021 WCA Western Futurity in Moorpark, CA on May 14, 2021. A big Thank You to Sporting Judge Sidney Marx, author of “Of Sound Mind!” Byrdie also won the owner handler sporting group at the Sacramento Valley KC on July 11, 2021 — the same weekend she became a Champion (pictured below)!
Thanks to Jessica Cervera for sharing this beautiful Thunder x Harper puppy with us. Byrdie is a product of Dr. Dana Massey’s breeding program in coordination with Jess’s Canadian line of winning Breica Weims champions.
Our little Farm Dog “FD” is a “Mover” in more ways than one. She achieved her JH in May and we have high hopes for her future.
FROM THE WCA
FYI…… For those that are members of the Weimaraner Club of America (WCA) have you checked out the Members Only section? Did you know the WCA has published over 70 years of monthly magazines? Did you know that almost every one of those magazines has been located, scanned, and put up on the website in the members only section? This took countless hours of dedication to scan each page in each issue to make them available for all of us to have access to the rich history of the Weimaraner here in America…Go on, take a look!! Oh, and if you happen to have been gifted or left a collection of old magazines, and there is a particular magazine missing that you have in your possession, please contact the WCA website master at firstname.lastname@example.org Cindy will tell you how you can help make this a complete collection!
The members only section does require a login password. The WCA occasionally sends emails to it’s members with news and information. Please check your emails back on/around February 15, 2019 for the log in information. The email will be from Ellen Dodge with the subject as New Feature on WCA Website
And speaking of the WCA Website, you all should have received the following email:
Make your dog a permanent part of WCA history!
A new major update to our WCA website is the addition of a “Records” tab in the menu. This tab contains Conformation (Bench), Field, and Companion event records. We would love to add photos for every dog that appears on any of the records pages so that generations down the road can see the great dogs of our breed’s history.
This is where YOU come in:
Please go through our records pages and look for your dog’s name. Send a photo of your choice to email@example.com for each time your dog appears on a record. Your dog will be a part of the Weimaraner history forever!
1. Please send ONE photo per e-mail, and include your name, your dog’s full name, and the record page that the photo is to be placed on. Also if there is a year please include that.
2. If your dog appears on multiple lists, please send each photo in a separate e-mail.
3. You may use any photo of your dog that you wish.
4. Our website must follow the guidelines of the WCA magazine, and cannot accept photos of dogs with obvious disqualifying faults (sorry!)
Please e-mail Jan Hare, WCA webmaster – firstname.lastname@example.org
SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT…
Whether you live with a Grand Champion show dog, a Rescue you have given a better life to, or Weimaraner you raised from a puppy as your family dog – they are all beloved pets. And there are strong reasons to do more with that Gray friend.
I’ve always said a Weimaraner needs a job, and a purpose in life. It doesn’t much matter if it’s a job he/she has to do every day, or just on occasion, they need to have a purpose other than re-decorating your home, redesigning your landscape, or changing the physical architecture of you home.
Having a “job” keeps their mind active and engaged. Having a “job” helps keep them physically active. And having a “job” helps them to socially interact and connect with other dogs and people.
Lucky for us in this day and age, the AKC offers many more things for ALL owners to do with their dogs, than they did just 10 years ago. ANY Weimaraner can participate in Obedience, Rally, Agility, Hunt Tests, Dock-diving, Fast-Cat, Trick Dog, Canine Good Citizen, Nose-Work, and so much more. For all of these activities they don’t need to have “papers” and they can be neutered.
Come on out to the Match and Festival on November 12, and learn about how you can unlock the potential in your Weimaraner, whether he/she is a Rescue or a Show Dog it makes no difference. Your friend and companion can have fun, work and learn about the AKC Trick Dog program at this year’s Festival. Just one of the things that can help build the bond with family members, strengthen confidence, and most importantly give your Weimaraner a “JOB” that they will look forward to doing with you.
– Respectfully, Vickie Margolis, with the help of Gina!
New Point Schedule for AKC Shows, Division 9 – California
Effective As of May 11, 2021
For complete Conformation Championship requirements see Chapter 16 of the Rules Applying to Dog Shows. The Points toward a Championship shall be awarded to the Winners Dog and Bitch of each breed or variety based on the actual number of dogs or bitches competing in that breed or variety.
If the dog designated Winners Dog or Winners Bitch is also awarded Best of Breed or Variety, the dogs of both sexes that have been entered for Best of Breed or Variety competition and that have been defeated in such competition, shall be counted in addition to the dogs that completed in the regular classes for its sex in calculating championship points.
If the dog designated Winners Dog or Winners Bitch is also awarded Best of Opposite Sex to Best of Breed or Variety, the dogs of its own sex that have been entered for Best of Breed or Variety competition that have been defeated in competition for Best of Opposite Sex, shall be counted in addition to the dogs that completed in the regular classes for its sex in calculating championship points.
After points have been computed for Winners Dog and Winners Bitch subject to the above two stipulations, the dog awarded the Best of Winners shall be credited with the number of points calculated for Winners Dog or Winners Bitch, whichever is greater.
In counting the number of eligible dogs in competition, a dog that is disqualified, or that is dismissed, excused or ordered from the ring by the judge, or from which all awards are withheld shall not be included. Any dog which shall have won fifteen points shall become a Champion of Record, if six or more of said points shall have been won at two shows with a rating of three or more championship points each and under two different judges, and some one or more of the balance of said points shall have been won under some other judge or judges than the two judges referred to above.
SCHEDULE OF POINTS FOR DIVISION 9 – EFFECTIVE MAY 11, 2021
LATEST SHOW NEWS
Southland Weimaraner Club Specialty and 2020 & 2021 WCA Futurities and Maturities – May 14, 2021
SWC held its 2021 Specialty and the 2020 and 2021 WCA Futurities and Maturities on May 14, 2021 in Moorpark,
CA. Due to pandemic complexities, the club was unable to partner with an all-breed club and decided to hold an
independent event. A big thank you to our show chair, Rachel Aguilar, and secretary Louise Brady for stellar work
finding the lovely Arroyo Vista Community Park. It was a spacious site everyone seemed to enjoy and the weather was
Putting on our own event meant that set up included everything from parking management to setting up the hospitality areas and the show rings. A huge shout out to the following members who rolled up their sleeves, came early, and stayed late to help with set up and tear down: Rachel Aguilar, Mandy Barrack, Louise Brady, Lou and Linda D’Alessandro, Gina Grissom, Walt Freshour, Bob and Vickie Margolis, Mary McElwee, Sue McMahan, Linda Millstone, Keith Pautz, Jo-Ann and Brad Rosenberg, and Dona Tanaka. In addition to helping out, many of these members somehow managed to show their own dogs!
As a special note, this year’s show was dedicated to Joan Valdez. Thank you to Vickie Margolis for setting up the touching tribute to Joan so exhibitors could share memories of Joan’s love of Weimaraners. Joan left a remarkable legacy and her influence in the breed will live on in our dogs.
Thank you to our judges: Kathy Moore (obedience), Gloria Kerr (2020 Futurity and Maturity), Sidney Marx (2021 Futurity and Maturity), and Jan Sutherland (Specialty).
Finally, last, but not least, thank you to all the exhibitors who came in for our one-day event. Your support is greatly appreciated and congratulations to all the winners! — By Dona Tanaka
Sacramento Valley Weimaraner Club Specialty – May 8-9, 2021
The Sacramento Valley Weimaraner Club (SVWC) hosted four independent specialties May 8 – 9, 2021. The show was organized quickly by club secretary Debra Hopkins, show chair Esteri Hinman, and all the club members they could rally for a warm, breezy weekend that attracted an impressive 50 entries. SVWC found a beautiful park with plenty of large shade trees, gathered lovely trophies for all the show winners, hosted a fun Saturday evening Greek dinner at the Hinman property, and even gifted all the dog moms in attendance with long-stemmed red roses for Mother’s Day. Thank you for all the hard work, SVWC! SVWC would like to thank Judges Mr. Channing Sheets, Mrs. Eva Berg, Mr. Kenneth Berg, Ms. Sheila Polk, and Ms. Kathryn Cowsert for their attendance. Esteri and Debra would also like to thank each other for great teamwork and the following members of the village it took to made this event happen: Mara Wildfeuer (trophies), Kathy Dunn (hospitality), George Hinman (on-site coordination), Eric Brickson (audio), and Jakob Hinman (photographer). — By Esteri Hinman
LATEST FIELD TRIAL NEWS
Western Classic and Field Futurity November 2020
Placements from dogs bred, owned, or handled by SWC members at the time the event was held:
- Second Place Field Futurity
- “Prim” – BaseCamp von Barrett Evening Primrose (MK’s Echo x CH Barrett’s Lady Grey), b/o Erin Smith & Kim Burnell h/Terry Chandler
- Fourth Place Field Futurity
- “Teddy” – Barrett BaseCamp v. L&L Teddy Bear Cholla (MK’s Echo x CH Barrett’s Lady Grey), b/ Erin Smith & Kim Burnell o/Brent & Amanda Saxton h/Brent Saxton
- Second Place Open Derby
- “Nacho” – BW Touchstone’s Skip a Heartbeat (Silvershot’s Otto von Knapp x Heartbeat’s Bird Field Bliss), b/Kim Burnell o/Anne Taguchi h/ Beth Worrell
- Third Place Open Derby
- “Sierra” – BaseCamp von Barrett Western Flint (Bespoke von Trax x CH Barrett’s Lady Grey), b/o Erin Smith & Kim Burnell h/Terry Chandler
- Second Place Open Puppy
- “Sierra” – BaseCamp von Barrett Western Flint (Bespoke von Trax x CH Barrett’s Lady Grey), b/o Erin Smith & Kim Burnell h/Terry Chandler
- Fourth Place Open Puppy
- “Captain” – L&L von Barrett First Avenger (Sire: Rugerheim’s Royal Prince v. Barrett x CH Barrett’s Primorial Princess), b/Brent & Amanda Saxton o/Kim Burnell & Brent Saxton h/Terry Chandler
LATEST RATINGS NEWS
Southland Weimaraner Club Retrieving Ratings – June 13, 2021
On June 13 SWC held a Retrieving Ratings Test at Prado Dog Training Facility in Chino, CA. The day dawned clear and
sunny, with hot temperatures forecasted. We had an entry of 10, all in the Novice level. Everyone got there early so we
started with laying out the land course and we measured all the dogs around 7:30. We were ready to go 5 minutes before our scheduled start time of 8am! All the handlers were on top of it, being ready on deck without having to look for anyone all morning so we were able to finish up before it got hot. All the dogs (and I hope all the handlers) had lots of fun, with everyone cheering for everyone else. Great sportsmanship and support were shown by all. We had seven qualifiers, but the other three looked like they could be ready with just a bit more training. Congratulations to everyone on their new NRD titles!
****LATEST SHOW AND OBEDIENCE NEWS****
SWC WEBSITE UPDATE
Check out the new section that has been added!! This is where our Club members can share Photos and Brags about their dogs.