RACH DREAM TEAM 2018
Left to right is: Lorraine Hausch's German Shorthair Pointer Jake, Susan Field's Clumber Spaniel Blossom, and Nancy Nelson's All-American Chloe. Each dog is the first of its breed to have earned the RACH Title .
We have known each other for many years going back to our days in novice obedience classes under the guidance of trainer Deb Masino at Doggie U K9 Academy. We would see each other from time to time at matches, obedience trials and rally trials. Through these canine companion events we have stayed connected.
After attending a Masters introduction seminar with Kit O'Donoghue at Suffolk Obedience Dog Training Club, we decided we could help each other master the Masters signs! There was no hesitation, we were game!
So, we started training for the Masters by renting a ring weekly starting in August 2017 just before the commencement of the AKC Masters competition in November 2017. First, we just trained one sign at a time, then we designed the master courses ourselves and supported each other as we worked out training methods for each dog's needs and challenges. This RACH Dream Team as we called ourselves, was the first from Long Island to aim for the Masters and then ultimately the RACH. We traveled to different states-- some for a day, some with overnight stays, others with 3 and 4 days of trialing together. We had a blast together and the dogs did too!
Jake earned his Masters title in the third week of AKC Masters commencement on 11/19/17 and the girls followed right after. With a strong background of obedience behind each of the dogs and a sizeable amount of ring experience for each of the handlers and the dogs, we knew what challenges lay ahead of us. We proofed for noise distractions, hair balls in the ring, other dogs walking by, you name it---we practiced diligently.
Being part of the Masters and RACH levels of competition, we had the privilege to show under many judges. Every judge has a unique way of designing master level rally courses and each has been enjoyable to trial under.
Through our friendship and hard work The Dream Team 2018 has gone beyond our highest expectations. Our dogs are amongst the first in the country to be named Rally Champions. Jake is the 4th, Blossom the 12th, and Chloe the 9th to have a RACH before their names.
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The RACH Dream Team dogs AKC names and titles are below:
Jake (German Shorthair Pointer) owned/handled and loved by Lorraine Hausch
RACH CHINDI'S SCHONER VON DELMAR RM6 RAE16 CDX VER THDN FDC TKP CGC BCAT SCN SIN
RACH Title earned 06/16/2018
Jake is the 3rd all breed dog to have earned the masters title, the 4th all breed dog to earn the RACH (under the new point system) and has been the German Shorthair Pointer Club of America Rally Dog of the Year for 3 years. Jake is and has always been a shining star. Jake started his obedience career by not only earning First Place on all 3 legs of his CD but also taking a High in Trial and continued in the ribbons for his CDX. Now soon to be 11 years old, Jake is not slowing down, he is continuing to trial in Rally while excelling in new venues of fast cat and scent work and visiting nursing home residents . He is always looking for more challenges to conquer with his tail waggling all the time with happiness.
Blossom(Clumber Spaniel) owned/handled and loved by Susan Field
RACH FRIAR'S AIR FIELD AT PEARL HARBOR UD RM4 RAE3 SWN SIA SCA SHDN THDN CGCA TKP
RACH Title earned 07/28/2018
Clumbers, rarely seen in Rally are not traditional obedience dogs. She garnered much attention consistently achieving 100's High Triple Q's, and first placements. Blossom is the 9th Clumber to ever have earned a UD and has been the Clumber Spaniel Club of American High Scoring Clumber in obedience for 3 years. Blossom, a girl for all seasons, participates in many activities , among them is spending time as a therapy dog delighting people in nursing homes, schools, a bereavement camp, and a cancer camp. This Clumber girl is a real crowd pleaser, filling lives with joy wherever she goes.
Chloe (All-American) owned/handled and loved by Nancy Nelson
RACH CHLOE WILD CHILD UDX OM1 BN VER RM3 RAE3 SWN SCNE SCA SIA SEA THD CGC TKA SHDN
RACH Title earned 07/20/2018
Chloe was rescued from a high-kill shelter at 6 months of age. Chloe is an amazing, intelligent dog who loves the challenge of new activities. She has been featured on the AKC website twice. Chloe is the first All-American to earn the RACH Title and is the fifth All-American to earn the UDX title .