RECAP OF THE 2018 SOUTHLAND WEIMARANER CLUB OF LA’S SPECIALTY
Some things old, Some things new……..
Some things Old: Same hard working club members came out to put on another great specialty, a BIG THANK YOU to Rachel Aguilar for being our leader and Show Chair, this never would have happened without all of Rachel’s hard work and attention to what needed to be done, and her ability to see to it that it got done. Jo Ann Rosenberg for bringing the tents, table covers, hospitality shade, organizing the pot-luck, getting the sandwiches, ordering the trophies and hauling it all in. Dona Tanaka for helping Jo Ann with trophies and hospitality and basically keeping us all sane and organized! Jo Ann, Dona, Bob Margolis, Rachel, Louise Brady, Lou & Linda D’Alessandro, Gina Grissom, Mary McElwee, Walt Freshour and Yours Truly for setting it all up the day before and tearing it all down when we were done. Gil, we missed you there for set-up, but so happy you were able to join us later during the weekend, it wouldn’t be the same without seeing your big smile, and laughing at us all for doing this year in and year out! Linda Millstone, didn’t mean to leave you out, another helpful hand in setting things up, and as our ring steward for both shows, I know sometimes getting us all in and out of the ring can be a lot like herding cats! Another big thank you to all that brought delicious salads, sides and best of all…desserts! We always seem to eat well, don’t we?
Some things New: Well, it was a completely new site! Gorgeous grounds, beautiful green grass at a historical old venue with an interesting history. For those that thought this was always a UC Campus, well, up until 1997 this was a state mental institution, and has been used as a setting in many movies, music videos, and TV shows including (but by no means a complete list) The Snake Pit staring Olivia de Havilland, ‘N Sync’s set for “I Drive Myself Crazy: video, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, The Ring, Magnum P.I, and The Big Bang Theory. Many of the original buildings are still there in all the 1930’s mission-style glory.
Yes, there was some confusion as to what we could and couldn’t do, some complications with loading/unloading, parking, and yep, the heat…We had record breaking heat for this weekend, and to say it was hot is just an understatement and we’ll leave it at that. There was plenty of water and ice available for handlers and dogs and it was much appreciated!
While there is nothing any of us can do about the weather, the Bench Committee did solicit your input to what issues you perceived, and what might be done to help eliminate those issues and help make this venue work better for us going forward. I hope you all took time to give Dona your thoughts!
In the end, it was another great weekend kicked off by the SWC Specialty, lots of grey dogs, lots of talking, catching up with old friends and fanciers of the breed, meeting new members and those new to the breed, and just enjoying our beautiful Weimaraners. Best of CONGRATULATIONS to all those that won trophies and ribbons, but in the end, each one of us took the best dog home. I think I can safely say the Board, and the Bench Committee thanks each and every one of you for your support. Can’t wait till next year!!
– Dona Tanaka