Clare (CH. Ivy Hills Swinging On A Star)
Clare is Gracie's daughter. She was born on November 01, 2010. She is a beautiful girl with great structure and movement.
Clare has shown me what a great show dog she is! She has won a great percentage of the time she is in the ring. I took her to the Havanese Nationals in Raleigh-Durham, NC in July 2011. I showed her in the bred by class. She took 4th out of 16 girls for the regional specialty. Then for the Nationals, she took 2nd out of 17 girls! Anytime you place in your class at a National specialty, you know you have a special dog and she is.
I have shown Clare under limited showing. On average we show once a month so it is awesome that she has won at least reserve every week she has shown. I am proud to announce that Clare is my third homebred champion! She finished at the Louisville Cluster under Judge Ralph Lemcke by going Best Of Winners to receive a three point major. Go Clare!
Since finishing her Championship, I have been showing Clare sporadically as a special. She has won Best Of Breed a few times. Here she is winning in Eaton, Oh.
I took Clare on a road trip in July. The first leg of our trip was to the Lake Erie Havanese Club specialty in Monroe, MI. It was a two day show held by the Ann Arbor Kennel Club. Clare won Best Of Opposite to the number one dog in the country then took Best Of Breed Owner Handler. We then went on to the group and won a Toy group 1st! She then went on to win Owner Handler Best In Show! She is the first Havanese in the country to win this prestigious title. I was beyond thrilled.
The second leg of the trip was leaving Michigan for the 2012 Havanese Nationals in Bloomington, MN. Clare and her sister Rainey both made the cut for specials during the Regionals. Clare made both cuts and on to a Award Of Merit for Nationals! It is a huge honor to be among some of the top winning Havanese to receive this award. A huge thanks for Judge June Penta for choosing our girl!
Clare at home after a bath.
Clare is now a Grand Champion! She finished with a five point major under Judge Marjorie Underwood in Canfield, Oh. She is a beautiful dog and it is so nice when the judges award her for it. Thanks to all the judges who have given our girl the wins it took to reach this point in her career.
Clare's soaps showing her beautiful front.