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Trial/Show/Seminars Schedule - 2018


Spring Club Trial
BH, AD, (OB) UPr 1-3, (TR) FPr 1-3,
APR 1-3, IPO 1-3, FH 1-2,
May 26 - 27, 2018

USCA Judge Don Yelle




Fall Club Trial
BH, AD, (OB) UPr 1-3, (TR) FPr 1-3,
APR 1-3, IPO 1-3, FH 1-2,
Oct 20 - 21, 2018

SV Judge Hans-Christian Boll





Previous Trials/Shows/Seminars


Fall Club Trial
Oct 21 - 22, 2017
SV Judge Ludger Vortkamp



Results


Spring Club Trial
May 20 - 21, 2017
FCI Judge Vic Wilms



Results


Fall Club Trial
Oct 22 - 23, 2016
SV Judge Heiko Grube



Results


Spring Club Trial
June 3 - 4 - 5, 2016
SV Judge Hermann Schaemann



Results


Helper Classification
October 17, 2015
Teaching Helper: Don Yelle



Results


Spring Club Trial
May 30 - 31, 2015
SV Judge Ludger Vortkamp



Results


2015 New England Regional Conformation
Show - Breed Survey & Club Trial

Oct 23 - 24 - 25, 2015
SV Judge & Kòrmeister Franz Kampenhuber

Trial Results

Show Results





Fall Club Trial
Sept 27 - 28, 2014
SV Judge Heinz Kruse



Results


Spring Club Trial
May 3 - 4, 2014
SV Judge Heinz Gerdes



Results


Fall Club Trial
Oct 12 - 13, 2013
SV Judge Hermann Schämann



Results


Spring Club Trial
May 31 - June 2, 2013
SV Judge Heiko Grube



Results


Fall Club Trial
Oct 13 - 14, 2012
SV Judge Heinrich "Heinz" Kruse



Results


Summer Club Trial
June 23 - 24, 2012
SV Judge Ulrich Rottenberg



Results


Fall Club Trial
Oct 14 - 15 - 16, 2011
SV Judge Hermann Schämann



Results


2011 New England Regional
Conformation Show/Breed Survey, AD

May 13 - 14 - 15, 2011
SV Judge Wilfried Scheld
(Conformation/HGH/Kòrmeister)



Show Results


Fall Club Trial
Oct 16 - 17, 2010
SV Judge Heinrich "Heinz" Kruse



Results


Summer Club Trial
June 26 - 27, 2010
SV Judge Fred Findeisen



Results


Fall Club Trial
Oct 17 - 18, 2009
SV Judge Ulrich Rottenberg



Results


Club Trial
June 27 - 28, 2009
USA Judge Frank Phillips



Results


Conformation Show & Breed Survey
May 23 - 24, 2009
SV Judge Richard Brauch




Show Results


Club Trial
November 22 - 23, 2008
USA Judge Willie Pope Jr.
Results


Club Trial
June 7 - 8, 2008
SV Judge Fred Findeisen



Results


November 2008 Trial Summary
by Ken Payne, President, Schutzhund Club of Buffalo

Chicago is known as the windy city Buffalo NY is known for snow. In Chicago the icy wind comes off of Lake Michigan and is known as the Hawk. In Buffalo the wind produces what we call Lake Effect and is the force that turns an ordinary storm into a blizzard. In the week preceding the Schutzhund club of Buffalos overly late fall trial, Lake Effect were the words on every ones lips and the worry in the back of every one’s mind. Lake effect off of Lake Ontario was piling up snow to the north of us and Lake Effect off of Lake Erie was dumping several feet of early snow in the ski country to the south. Friday night when we left the training fields it looked like we were to be spared, but the gods of “ha ha I fooled you” had other plans. On Saturday Morning Lake effect was waving her hand over the Buffalo suburb of East Amherst, where the training field is located, turning the club grounds and tracking fields into a winter wonder land. We were to be spared the worse from Lake Effect but it was her brother the Hawk that would blow across the trial grounds diving temperatures that were the low 30’s to some unknown point on the wind chill index. Effing cold as one club member put it. I was able to warm up a bit as I walked across frozen snow covered fields laying the tracks under the direction of USA Judge Willie Pope, while spectators on the side lines competed to see who was wearing the most layers of clothing. The dogs seemed undaunted by it all and Trish Grant put in a respectable showing with her SCH I dog Emir Van Klipgaarden. It was Diane Herold who earned the high tracking score of 97 with her SCH II dog “Arlo” (Olympics Emirl). Cindy Gietl and Faro Stalica continued their long time partnership and were right behind Diane with Their TRIII score of 94, as was Lance Zee (aka Zu) and Miero (Teddy OD Telpleho Pramena) with their SCH III tracking score of 93, some solid scores on solidly frozen ground. Back it was back at the Schutzhund field that the Hawk played havoc with the dogs and handlers alike, or perhaps it was just the dogs were unused to frozen Handlers on the end of their leashes, but it seemed no one was to escape totally unscathed. Still some good performances were turned in as Mr. Pope stood stoically on the frigid field without regard for wind or cold and with nothing escaping his fine tuned judge’s eye. The future of the club was looking bright as eight BH’s took the field, six of them club members. Some like first time handlers Kim Russo with Sturgis Vom Russenwald and Saundra Mercado with Chivas Regal Von Jagerstadt progressing nicely and trialing well under tough conditions. Novice handler Barb Wright formed a classic team picture with female Dora Maria Bohemia while club veteran Lili Rutecki working her female “Isa” (N Vom Kraftwerk), began yet another H.O.T. dog on its Schutzhund Career. Club member Carolyn Nervo and her bitch Kaira Connan Bohemia completed their SCH II degree with the judge praising the classic relationship between dog and handler. Club member Zu put still another SCH III on his dog Merio. The “hit” of the after noon came when Merio fired out after decoy Marcus Hampton on the escape and defense. Nero hit Marcus hard and high spinning him around like a top. Marcus once again showed his great athletic abilities pirouetting around twice on the frozen turf with Nero’s full deep bite on the sleeve together performing a schutzhund ballet which ended with both the decoy and dog keeping their focus and Merio outing cleanly at the end of a very dramatic catch. While we were tracking club training director Richard Smehlic cleaned the snow from around the jumps and the hot blind and the field was in reasonable shape, well at least it was in reasonable shape for a schutzhund trial in Buffalo NY in the middle of a snow storm. Perhaps this is why the fire Richard built in the fire pit was the most popular place to stand for the several impromptu warm up sessions through out the after noon, and more then once yours truly, the trial secretary had to gently urge judge and participants alike back to the field to finish before the sun went down. We did finish and we met again the next day to run three ADs. The weather had improved a little and it was a balmy 38 degrees when club member Lili and dog Isa completed their weekend with the AD, only this time Husband Joe pedaled the cold 42 laps needed on our AD track to finish. The heart break of the day came when Diane Herolds dog “Eros” (Olympics Zorro) had to be pulled with sore feet and only two laps to go. I want to send a special congratulation to Alex Monroe who was back for a second try after her Rottie (Esmondes ohbygoshbygolly Nordike) was unable to complete the course last summer due to the heat. Heat was not a problem this time. This weather was much more suitable for the Rottweiler and they finished in fine form. Thanks to our judge Willie Pope and to all those brave and foolish souls who came to watch. This ends our trial season but not our training season. I invite you all to trial with us next year we have three great events planned. A Conformation and breed survey may 23/24 with SV Judge and Kormeister Richard Brauch. A Schutzhund Trial June 27/28 with USA Judge Frank Phillips. A Schutzhund Trial October 17/18 with SV Judge and old friend Uli Rottenberg. Uli has also said he would be willing to judge at another club while in the states. Good luck to you all I hope to see next trial season.


EVERYTHING OLD RENEWED AGAIN
by Ken Payne, President, Schutzhund Club of Buffalo

We are still here. With more then twenty-five seasons behind us, The Schutzhund Club of Buffalo is one of the oldest schutzhund clubs in USA. Last year we suffered a terrible blow that rocked us hard and almost meant the end of our club. That blow was the unexpected and sudden death of our founder, training director, and long time friend Mr. Owen Tober. Many of you knew Owen. He was a force of nature, a man of great passion for the sport. Owen cut a wide swath through the Schutzhund, and K-9 dog worlds. Owen and his wife Kathy founded the club and hosted it at the training field they built behind there home. They graciously put up with us all as the club has held at least two and sometimes three or even four schutzhund trials and events every year since its founding. This year will be no exception. We held our first trial on June 7 and 8 and are in the process of planning our fall trial. On the strength of what Owen and Kathy and other long time members such as Billy McGlynn built we continue. It has not been smooth sailing, we had some serious fits and starts along the way. Some times training in parks or at other venues that did not work out. Some members lost patience and went their own way, we wish them well. Other could not get past the death of Owen Tober and have left the sport altogether. At times it did look like we would not recover. It was down to a few die-hard members determined to train our dogs and keep the club alive. Then we had a stroke of good luck. One snowy day in Buffalo, I made arrangements to meet with Carolyn Nervo at the Amherst Boarding Kennels. I don’t think any one would describe Carolyn as warm and fuzzy but she did whole-heartedly welcome us to come and train with them. So we did and what we found was a band of dedicated Schutzhund trainers headed by training director Richard Smehlik. Richard is a native of the Czech Republic and co-owns Amherst Boarding Kennels with Dave Starke Richard, Carolyn Nervo and the others members took us in and what started as an arranged marriage has turned into a solid union as we slowly get use to each others quirks, personalities, various training techniques and annoying traits. Richard has formed a good working relationship with our own training director Lance Zee (AKA Zoo). For our first trial we were able to get the services of SV Judge Fred Findeisen. Fred does not speak much English, so club members trotted out their high school German. I was impressed with the number of club members that spoke some small amount of German, most notably Tom Marsteller who also did a great job as trial secretary. Lance, who hosted Fred in his home, and Richard also dredged up enough remnants to make Fred feel quite at home. Fred turned out to be a great guy whose remarkable sense of humor caught us off guard and got us all laughing in spite of the language barrier. For the trial we were able to secure the services of translator Heike Jones. Heike is a native of Germany but is now a long time U.S. Citizen. Heike found her self a long way away from her world of miniature Schnauzers. But she took to Schutzhund in a big way studying the rulebook at home and coming out to the practice field to try and get a feel for the sport. Not to mention providing great a relief for our judge who now had some one to give full voice to his sometimes mischievous sense of humor, at times Heike would only blush and refuse to translate what he had said. As is usual at a spring trial for the Schutzhund Club of Buffalo, the long string of warm days, cool nights and gentle rains that had provided perfect schutzhund weather for training and tracking were replaced with an unseasonably hot spell of 90 degree weather that lasted exactly the length of the trial week end. It was not a big trial but spirits were high. Many of the entrants were first time competitors just beginning their schutzhund careers by successful putting B’s on their dogs. The schutzhund degrees were run on Saturday with Carolyn showing her coolness under pressure buy scoring high in protection with her dog Ex Altojan. While veteran Schutzhunder Lance Zee scored high in tracking with 94. Lance also scored high in obedience with a 96 and he took the overall title of high in trial. Our decoy Marcus Hampton turned in a solid performance and was rated excellent by the judge as he put the dogs through their paces under a blazing after noon sun. It was also great to see many former club members come out to watch the event and give support to the first trial at our new home. On Sunday we got a small break in the weather for the competitors running their dogs in the AD. We had met early with a six A.M. start trying to beat the heat. The sky was threatening rain but the clouds and the wind kept the heat at bay for almost the entire time. Some of the spectators were kept busy shooing a flock of ducks and ducklings’ back into a nearby pond so as not to tempt the dogs with an early meal as they coursed their way around the one-third mile track. We finished the competition part of the day with a Tr-1 degree and then back to the club where I believe some folks drank some beer as the judge and Tom finished the trial paper work. Although not an officially sanctioned event, the beer drinking part of the day is an important schutzhund ritual. We honored the tradition as we toasted the judge and our very successful born-again trial. We are hoping for an even bigger and better turn out as we plan for a late fall trial. Thanks to our new home and new members the Schutzhund club of Buffalo will be around for at least another 25 years, but don’t wait that long come and join us at our next event. After the regionals and after the nationals etc. come end your Schutzhund season with us at our club with a nice relaxing low pressure schutzhund event. Check the web page
for information and up dated photos.


Club Trial
June 2 & 3, 2007
SV Judge Hermann Schämann

Results


Due to unforseen circumstances,
we regret to inform you that our
September /07 trial and seminar
were cancelled.


Club Trial
May 27 & 28, 2006
SV Judge Jacob Meyer

Results


Conformation Show/Breed Survey
June 17 & 18, 2006
SV Judge Franz Peter Knaul

Show Results



Helper Seminar
July 22 - 23, 2006
Jim Hill
Must be USA Member and
obtain a helper book. ($10.00)

Results


Club Trial
September 16 & 18, 2006
SV Judge Ulrich Rottenberg

Results


2006 was very sucessful year for the Schutzhund Club of Buffalo, that all members can be proud! TWO working trials,
a Helper Seminar and a very sucessful Conformation Show with Breed Survey! An excellent accomplishment!
A special THANKS to all who made it possible!


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