His story: Beau’s pedigree is the tops! Great Gatsby has sired more champions than just about any other Rhodesian Ridgeback who has ever lived. Gatsby was owned and adored by Ian and Sonnet McKinnon. Shumba was the #1 Grand Champion Rhodesian Ridgeback in the nation (and a Silver GCH) in 2010. She was also among the first 10 Rhodesian Ridgebacks in the USA to gain her Grand Championship. She was also the 1st American-bred bitch to gain her GCH title and just achieved her rally title in November 2013. Shumba is owned and loved by Dr. Peter Rebane and Mrs. Livija Denavs-Rebane and are the breeders of Beau.
“Rhodesian Ridgebacks may stop passers by, but a liver nose Ridgeback stops the traffic!”
His show career: Beau started his show career at the Apple Valley Cluster in California, May 2013. It was a slow start. Even after months of preparation, including weekly handling classes, he managed two out of the three things a dog is not supposed to do: jump on the judge (out of joy when the judge walked up to inspect him) and then sat down after his go around. He still got 1st place. Immediately after, he went to camp with an excellent Las Vegas handler, Michelle Bedowitz, before we drove him 2600 miles to Jack Secrest. That first month was slow, but he picked it up and some steam, finishing his championship at the tender age of 8 1/2 months out of the 6 – 9 month puppy classes! Beau continued on to earn his Grand Championship just shy of 13 months.
Be careful! If you are competitive….showing is addictive! He was ‘specialed’ for top dog in the USA in 2014 with Jack Secrest. He began to hit a winning streak with Group 2, 3, and 4 placements in May and June 2014, when unforeseen circumstances lead him off the road for a few months. He finished the year as a Top Twenty Ridgeback earning #19 in All Breed Points.
We could not be more proud of our Golden Boy and want him to be a ‘champion’ for all of the liver noses around the world!
Click on the images below to see all of Beau’s certificates.