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This has been a fast year. We had one foal, Kobe, from Luxi and Uncle Sam. He was coal black when foaled and should turn gray. He has been photographed more than any animal we have ever owned. He has his own face book page! He has the conformation we bred for and his temperament is equally impressive. We are kind of proud of him!.
We went to the World Show again. Dolly got me to even show. Can't say that I performed at the same level I did at dog shows, but I gave it the Keystone try. We competed in ACTHA again and Dolly and I were both ranked in top 10 in KY. The competitive trail rides are fun, but the views are really what are great.
We did have another litter of pups this year- whelped on 12/12/12. Kerry and Kam's first litter each. They were really nice and we will repeat it. I especially enjoy the breeding part of our hobby. The economics is the hard part.
Things have been very busy keeping up with the dogs and horses and jobs! We have not had time to show the giants as the schedules do not allow predictable planning. So, Kam, Kerry, and Gia are enjoying the easy life. Hopefully, things will improve and let us get back in the ring. We have been showing the Mountain Horses some (World Shows) and some ACTHA trail rides, and local rides. We have been promoting the Rocky Mountain breed just like we did the Giant Schnauzer and are proud of them. If you want to learn more about either, just give us a call and we can talk Keystone- dogs and horses of Eminence.
There has been some great news to update on successes several Keystone kids have had. I will try to update here as I find time and remember the facts.
Jim and Joanna Kemper have been working hard with their boys (Rambo and Baron) in obedience and have made great strides. Keep up the good work.
We had puppies in June. Very happy with them. Dolly has her new girl, Gia, and her sister Kerry are our next stars. Dolly has really put the time into training Gia and she can do a lot of amazing things.
Diane has been working hard with Annie and Rock It and it has paid off. They both have picked up more performance titles. Keystone's Sky Rock It-AS, TT and Ch. Keystone's Annie Lennox RN, NA, NAJ, CGC, TT. Great job.
International Kennel Club of Chicago shows results: Congratulations to General and Lisa and Chuck for General's winners dog and Best Bred By Breed win and Group 3! Also, congrats to Rock It and Diane for Rock It's Bred By class wins and Reserve Winners Bitch win. She was in competition for Bred By Breed also, but was beaten by General. Reni's first shows were this weekend. She did well the first day, but was a little unsure of things. We still have high hopes for her!! She just needs more ring time. Another congrats to Annie and Diane for her completing 2 legs of her Rally title. Bubba and Steve have been doing great things in performance events. I just learned that he is ranked in Agility standings. To date, Bubba has earned the following titles: NA,NAJ,NF,OA,OAJ,OF,AX,XF and 2 legs of MXF as of 2/12/09. They are quite stunning to watch run the coarse. We are very proud of all our 'kids'.
Rock It won Winners Bitch and Best of Opposite at Sunday's show in Grayslake. Here is a picture of her. The picture on the right is of Reni, who we plan to start showing next.
Grayslake will be our first shows for the year. Hoping this year is better for everyone. Hanna is due to whelp around 2/8/09, and many are excited about the prospects in her litter.
Lisa and Chuck's boy, General, won one day at Crete (2 pts.) and one day at the Christmas Cluster of 3 (3 pt. major). The judge made a point of how nice he was by pulling a top 5 special out to consider for breed win. Watch for General and Rock It in 2009.
Dolly had a litter from Piper and DJ this year and she had one really nice female-Solo. She went to a repeat GBG home in Chicago and may end up in the show ring in 2009! Good luck Barb.
November brought Annie and Diane another title--NAJ! Congrats on your accomplishment!
We went to the Nationals in Gray Summit, MO and showed two young ones, General (Lisa Mackin) and Rock-It (Diane Dillon) with pretty good success. They were in the ribbons every class, I believe. Rock-It is from Annie and Sky's litter of 2007 and is Diane's first litter as co-breeder.
Samson (Alto Smith) and Juan have been specialed on a limited basis. Not because of success, but limitations of myself. Unemployment has impacted my hobby!!!
Samson (Alto Smith) and Juan finished their championships, both going Best of Breed several times.
Had litters with Echo (Sky), Annie (Sky), and Boomer (Vinnie). This will be Echo's last. Really nice puppies in each litter.
This has been a tough year financially and we were not able to show much. We are hopeful that 2008 will be better. When we did show, we had some very nice wins. Samson taking a Group I and the crowd was really behind him. They were commenting on how the schnauzer was going to take show!!!! But not to be.
Belle/Sky's litter has 5 hopefuls for the show ring. Best of luck to all.
Riley, Samson and Juan are AKC pointed. Juan won BOW both days his first weekend out and BOS over a special on the second day. He will be at the Nationals/Midwest Specialty also.
Annie (Diane Dillon) and Basie (Monica Brown) finished their American Championships and have done selective specialing. Both are going to compete at the GSCA Nationals and Midwest Specialty in MO.
Champion watch: Conformation hopefuls: Annie, Ruby, Riley, Bubba to continue their careers. Basie, Hanna, Rory, Vixin, Samson, Juan to start theirs.
We are looking forward to a new and exciting year. New kennel and hopefully new careers. We have several Keystone kids to finish/assist owners in this journey. We plan to put on other titles on our dogs. We are going to try to attend major show in Poland and meet and visit with European breeder friends. We will continue to strive to produce top quality pups that are healthy, happy, and intelligent for our loyal friends and the new ones we have yet to meet.
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