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November 15, 2014

Cool Temps and a Harvest Moon for Our Fall Trial Weekend!











The RREC 2014 fall trial was one of our best yet!
With rain and warmer weather the week before the trial, everyone was surprised by another amazingly beautiful (but chilly!) trial weekend. Somehow, we just seem to always have great weather!

The weekend was well attend with 189 entries making it the second largest trial we've ever had! There were a lot of new handlers and breeds making this trial one of our most diverse. We welcomed a few new judges as well as several apprentices, spectators, and new members, along with all of the usual crew of earthdoggers. With so many in attendance, we had plenty of help stewarding and working the raffle - which was loaded with baskets, bushes and plenty of competition!

We had over 33 entries in Superearth for the weekend, with a number of qualifiers including our latest Golden Shovel winner, Rasa at 27 seconds with Margaret Thomas!

Thanks to all the great work of club members, 
volunteers and of course our wonderful judges!
   
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Photos contributed by Gail Warnick and Denise Lodge.
For their full albums:
http://www.flickr.com/groups/rrec/
If you have an album or photos you'd like to share, please contact Denise

October 21, 2014

Preparing for the Fall Trial!

Not only was last Sunday's work day one of the most beautiful fall days so far this season, it was well attended (2nd only to the one in September!) - including a furry friend that made itself at home in the Junior tunnels! Tunnels were cleared (and our friend sent on his merry way with great reluctance) and prepped for the trial, a membership meeting was held to line up volunteers and vote in a new member, and practice was held in the practice field.

We still need volunteers for all classes - gate stewards for Senior, rat stewards for Master and help in the main tent with raffle and sales!


October 17, 2014

RREC Fall AKC Earthdog Trial - November 8-9, 2014


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There will be a RREC work day and practice on Sunday October 19, starting at 9:30 am.
A membership meeting will be held at 11:00 am to vote in new members, plan for the upcoming trial weekend, complete a volunteer roster and conduct general clean up and clearing of the earthdog tunnels and surroundings.

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Download the premium now for our November 8-9, 2014 Earthdog Trial. As has become our tradition, we are hosting 3 trials in 2 days offering qualifying rosettes, title rosettes and endurance earthdog title rosettes. Our judging lineup includes:
  • Gail Warnick, Chesterfield VA
  • Pat Rock, Lanexa VA 
  • Donna Sapp, Glen Burnie MD
  • Susan Storey, Frederick MD
  • Stephen Ruiz, Palmyra VA
  • Julie Frickert-Morrison, Corapeake NC
  • Brooke Corson, Ruckersville VA
Everyone is welcome to come on Friday to participate in our SuperEarth contest at 3:00 pm, enjoy our potluck dinner, camp and sit around the bonfire as we kickoff the fall trial weekend! If you want to participate in the Potluck dinner on Friday evening November 7 at 5:30 pm, add your contribution to the list on Lucky Potluck.

On Saturday along with two trials including IQ, JE and SE and one class of Masters, we will have a second round of SuperEarth following afternoon trial awards (we will run as many dogs as light allows.) Qualifiers of SuperEarth get golden shovel pins and the fastest time for the weekend gets the club's Golden Shovel Award!

RREC's trials always have awesome raffle baskets and plants including lots of doggie stuff, people stuff, wine, and always a good time! (Donation items gladly accepted!) We will have club logo hats and shirts available for purchase as well.

If you want to participate in the Saturday dinner, or lunches each day, please get your forms in no later than November 1, 2014. Both the meals order form and the camping form can be found in the premium.







(See Flickr photos here, and more from Mark Helmkamp here from our Fall 2013 Trial)











We need member volunteers to help out at the trial. If you are interested, please email Denise at dsparhawk@yahoo.com. We can use your help at the raffle table, helping at the gates to each class to check people in, and to set up and to clean up.

We look forward to seeing you there!

May 16, 2014

Practice, June 1, 2014 @ 9:00 AM -- Club Meeting

After our successful Spring test, we will close the spring season with a practice on Sunday, June 1 at lovely Twin Springs Farm in Palmyra VA. The practice will start at 9:00 AM, and as usual, you don't have to be there promptly at 9 to practice. Members are $5 per dog and guests are $10 per dog. We will have a meeting under the trees at 11:30. Hope to see many of you there.

Spring Storms Bring a Gorgeous Weekend for Spring Trials!











The RREC 2014 spring trial was a great success!
They say April showers bring May flowers, but the apparently also bring the beautiful weather we had for our spring trial weekend! Friday we had a torrential downpour, but it just as quickly dried up and the tunnels stayed clear and dry.

The weekend was well attend with over 150 entries rounding our our average over the last 5 years to 150 entries per trial weekend! There were a lot of new handlers and dogs increasing entries in both Introduction to Quarry and Junior Earthdog for a well balanced range of experience across all classes, including those going for Endurance Earthdog legs and titles.


We were not able to hold Superearth on Friday due to the weather, but held it Saturday with a number of qualifiers including our latest Golden Shovel winner, Tiger with Ken Nelson!


Thanks to all the great work of club members, 
volunteers and of course our wonderful judges!
   
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Photos contributed by Gail Warnick and Denise Lodge.
For their full albums:
http://www.flickr.com/groups/rrec/
If you have an album or photos you'd like to share, please contact Denise

March 14, 2014

Is That Spring in the Air? AKC Earthdog Trial April 26-27!

Yes, its that time of year again and we are in the process of planning this year's trials and club activities!

Rivanna River Earthdog Club recently held its annual meeting at Crab Louie's in Richmond. It was well attended and the slate of officers and the board from this past year were voted in for the coming year. Much was discussed of work days and practices, all of which will be announced in the coming weeks leading up to our Spring Trial on April 26 - 27, 2014. 

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There will be a RREC work day and practice on Sunday March 30, starting at 9:00 am. Let's hope for some warmer, drier weather in the mean time. Hope to see many of you there. The practice on March 30 will cost $5 per dog for members and $10 for non-members.


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RREC Spring AKC Earthdog Trial - April 26-27, 2014


Download the premium now for our April 26-27, 2014 Earthdog Trial. As has become our tradition, we are hosting 3 trials in 2 days offering qualifying rosettes, title rosettes and endurance earthdog title rosettes. Our judging lineup includes:
    • Ron Hunt, York, Pa. 
    • Debra Hunt, York, Pa. 
    • Paul Emanuelson, Stanley, NC. 
    • Marta Force, Greensboro, NC.
    • Connie Fisher, Berryville, Va. 
    Everyone is welcome to come on Friday to participate in our SuperEarth contest at 3:00 pm, enjoy our potluck dinner, camp and sit around the bonfire as we kickoff the fall trial weekend! If you want to participate in the Potluck dinner on Friday evening April 25 at 5:30 pm, add your contribution to the list on Lucky Potluck. Ed and Shelly will again provide their home-raised steamed oysters!

    On Saturday along with two trials including IQ, JE and SE and one class of Masters, we will have a second round of SuperEarth following afternoon trial awards (we will run as many dogs as light allows.) Qualifiers of SuperEarth get golden shovel pins and the fastest time for the weekend gets the club's Golden Shovel Award!

     
    RREC's trials always have awesome raffle baskets and plants including lots of doggie stuff, people stuff, wine, and always a good time! (Donation items gladly accepted!) We will have club logo hats and shirts available for purchase as well.

    If you want to participate in the Saturday dinner, or lunches each day, please get your forms in no later than November 2, 2013. Both the meals order form and the camping form can be found in the premium.















    We need member volunteers to help out at the trial. If you are interested, please email Denise at dsparhawk@yahoo.com. We can use your help at the raffle table, helping at the gates to each class to check people in, and to set up and to clean up.

    We look forward to seeing you there!

    (See Flickr photos here, and more from Mark Helmkamp here from our Fall 2013 Trial)

    November 16, 2013

    Fall Trial Weekend - November 9-10, 2013

     









    The RREC 2013 fall trial was a great success!  
    With our usual good luck, we had perfect fall weather with bright sunshine, frost in the mornings and the lovely color of the turning leaves at Twin Springs Farm.

    The weekend was well attend with almost 170 entries. There were a lot of new handlers and dogs increasing entries in both Introduction to Quarry and Junior Earthdog for a well balanced range of experience across all classes, including those going for Endurance Earthdog legs and titles. We held Superearth both Friday and Saturday with a number of qualifiers including our latest Golden Shovel winner, Pippa with Gail Warnick!


    Thanks to all the great work of club members, 
    volunteers and of course our wonderful judges!

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    Photos contributed by Mark Helmkamp and Denise Lodge.
    For their full albums:
    http://www.flickr.com/groups/rrec/
    https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/105815767920048053695/albums/5944770537887067377?sort=
    If you have an album or photos you'd like to share, please contact Denise

    November 1, 2013

    Fluvanna Review: Dogs go to Earth, October 29, 2013

    Board members Gail Warnick and Ed Bear (also owner of Twin Springs Farm) were interviewed by the local paper Fluvanna Review about the Rivanna River Earthdog Club and the sport of earthdog.  

    See the article here!

    Don't forget our Fall Trial, November 9 & 10, 2013
    at Twin Springs Farm. Click here for more info.

    RREC Club Meeting @ the Fall AKC Earthdog Trial November 9

    UPDATE: The meeting on Saturday, November 9, has been changed to an earlier time of the day. It will be held between the two tests, so around noon is the expected time.

    As part of the fall test weekend, RREC will have a general membership meeting on Saturday evening at the conclusion of the Superearth, which will end after sunset (around 6:00 PM.) The agenda will be the usual per the by-laws. We will be voting on new membership applications. The Nominating Committee has nominated the current slate of officers and Board members for a second term. Nominations for any officers position or the Board will be taken at the meeting. The vote will be held at the annual meeting in February.

    If you haven't already sent in your entries for the fall test, please send them in right away! If you plan to participate in the pot-luck dinner on Friday evening, please sign up. Also, please plan to bring things for the raffle; complete baskets are appreciated, but individual items will help also.