Our Road To The Garden
Well, where to begin!
My love for showing and training started way back in high school. I attended Norfolk County Agricultural High School in Massachusetts. I met a great friend there named Lindsey, she came to the school with a background in competitive show handling and training. We had Animal Science class together and we were learning about handling dogs in the show ring. She handed me her cocker spaniel and said here give it a try and from there I was hooked.
Soon after that we lost my first dog a Great Dane. My dad was on the hunt for a hunting dog and he found our rescue GSP "Ginjar." Mom was not too happy about this but in our household when dad is doing something he is going to do it. So we took in Ginjar, and oh boy where we in for a challenge. She destroyed moms living room chair cushions, got loose and took a golfers golf ball off his tee and made my dad tackle her in the swamp to catch her. Needless to say mom wanted to get rid of her, but I told her let me take her to school and work with her. She agreed and from then on Ginjar and I where two peas in a pod. We went on to be reserve highest scoring purebred and won our off leash obedience class. A task many thought we could never do. Ginjar was a rescue dog and not even close to conformationally correct, so the one thing I wanted to do, handle in the show ring, I could not. From that point on I had begged my parents for a registered show GSP. So to fill the time and keep working on my skills in show grooming and handling I worked for several professional AKC handlers before and little during college.
After High school I went on to college at the University of New Hampshire to study Small Animal Management. While in college I met a friend that also had a GSP and she asked that I show him. We went to a show back home and I took my parents along. I had fun at the show but we went 4th out of 4. The following day my mom and I were going somewhere and she stated "your father is getting you your show dog. I am not happy about it but he realizes this is not a hobby and it’s a passion so he wants to get you a dog that can win." That's how we met our great breeder Julie Smith of Skypoint Kennels in Berwick, ME and got our amazing girl "Moxie" Skypoint’s Dream On Irish Gal who has taken me on the best journey ever for my first GSP. From getting her Canine Good Citizen title, to receiving her hunt title in 4 straight tests in one weekend to give her the Junior Hunter title, finishing her show championship with a bang with back to back 4 point specialty majors beating 22 bitches one day to beating 23 the next to make her a Champion, to coming out as a special winning a Best of Opposite at a Supported Entry winning a 5pt Grand Champion Major, to our biggest accomplishment yet showing at the 2013 Westminster Dog Show. Which has all lead to her registered name being, CH. Skypoint’s Dream On Irish Gal JH CGC.
From here the Dream On GSP's name was created, the dream that never stops! With the support of my family, friends, and supporters the Dream will keep on going! Cannot wait to see what the rest of the journey has in store.
USA Network and CNBC will be home to The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show presented by Purina® for the 31st consecutive year. CNBC airs exclusive live coverage from Madison Square Garden on Monday, February 11, and USA Network airs exclusive live coverage on Tuesday, February 12.
Live Breed judging videos are available throughout the day on Monday and Tuesday on the Westminster Web site. These videos will be available to view after the show, as well.
We are all wishing the very best for Megan and Moxie at the super bowl of dog shows and hope to see her in the ring for best for show! It was a great honor and achievement for her to receive an invitation and are proud of our Thompson School alumni!