|The front of the coliseum where Champs was held in Springfield, Illinois|
I will shortly list all of their accomplishments but before I do that, you, the reader should know that all of the ribbons and trophies fade into the background of this very special, gracious, supportive and caring team of people who all went to Springfield with visions of victory but they never let that become more important than the overall needs of their teammates.
There were 9 regular divisions plus 4 other divisions. The regular divisions required running for 4 consecutive days on tough and challenging courses. The other 4 divisions required running for 6 consecutive days combining both pre-championship and championship results!
PAWZAZZ was a contender!!!!!
In the 9 regular divisions, we had entrants in 6 of the 9 divisions.
In Double Digit Veterans Large Dogs, Priscilla Warnock and Lefty her Golden Retriever, had some great runs with some nice placements. Lefty was also the High Scoring Double Digit Golden Retriever with 8 out of 9 clean runs! Also, Jean Wilkins and her Aussie Kopper ended up 6th overall! Tom Moloney Harmon and his Sheltie Piper also had some extremely nice runs.
In 12” Regular, Pat Moloney Harmon fought hard and had some brilliant runs! She and her Sheltie Beckham came in 2nd Overall!
|Pat and Beckham posing with Sharon Nelson|
In 12” Vets, Paula Goss and her Border Collie Trae blew everyone away winning their division with a 63 point lead!! Also in that division, Beth Cecil and her Border Collie Talon had some great runs including one breathtaking 1st place run!
|Paula and Trae celebrating their third win in their last 3 Champs|
In 16” Regular, Debi Hutchinson and her Border Collie Gabe (brother to Canon who you’ll read about in the 20” division), won their division in a hard fought battle! In third place overall was Paula Goss and her Border Collie Tess who really got it together for the championships! Deb Baracco and her Border Collie Cash also had some great runs in this very tough division. Pris Warnock’s Robey showed energy and drive and potential for a great future in this sport!
|Debi and Gabe with Sharon Nelson|
|Paula and Tessie taking third in Tessie's very first Champs!|
In 16” Vets, Deb Baracco and her Border Collie Jet blasted away the tough competition winning the division.
|Deb Baracco and Jet with Sharon Nelson|
In 20” Regular, Nicolette Eaton and her Boder Collie Canon, littermate to 16” Gabe excelled and won their division. As far as we know, this is the first time littermates have swept 2 divisions!
|Nicolette and Canon with Sharon Nelson|
|Blue ribbon brothers!|
In Triple Crown, Judy Whitbred and her very young Sheltie Pebbles had stunning runs that were thrilling and she bounced around from 1st to 3rd, ending up in 3rd place overall.
|Judy and Pebbles with Sharon Nelson|
Jean Wilkins and her Aussie Zephyr also had some solid and happy runs as did Catherine Christianson and her Smooth Collie Katydid.
In Starter Stakes, Sam Lietz and her Rat Terrier Schatzi battled their way into 2nd place!
|Sam and the Schatzinator with Sharon Nelson|
There were several special awards earned by PAWZAZZers, but possibly the most special was the awarding of the Lucky Award by Sharon in a 3-way tie to Deb Baracco, Scott Casino and Cathie Cage. The Lucky Award is awarded to the teams that exhibit the best relationship and most represent the spirit of NADAC at Champs. It is a huge honor and went to 3 very deserving teams.
Other special awards earned by PZ were:
Paula Goss and Trae - High Scoring Canine Cancer Survivor
Priscilla Warnock and Lefty - High Scoring Double-Digit Golden Retriever
Sam Lietz and Schatzi - High Scoring Rat Terrier, High Scoring Terrier
Judy Whitbred and Pebbles - High Scoring Sheltie, High Scoring Blue Merle Sheltie and more?
From start to finish, every member of PAWZAZZ was the heart and support for every other member there and it showed. They cheered not only for each other but for everyone with a good run or a really great try, even those they competed against. TEAM PAWZAZZ, a force on the course!
|All of our division winners|
|Champs is all about camaraderie, friendships new and old.|
|The always amazing PZ MD themed raffle basket|
|Need we say more?|