WHWTCA Spotlight on Performance - Spring 2003
Hello, my name is Ginette Lemieux. I live in Boucherville, Quebec, Canada. I breed, train and compete in obedience, conformation and earthdog trials. I do competitions in Canada, USA (AKC & UKC) and Bermuda. I grew up with dogs and started in obedience at 14. My father bred dogs, mostly German Shepherds. Performance has been a big part of my life. I have a physical education degree and a judo black belt. I have always loved the training discipline and the sport of competitions.
When my children were young, I got a Westie puppy. She got me hooked and when I lost her, I looked for a show dog. That is how I started to show and breed Westies. I felt that my dogs would be much more interesting if they were trained. Breeding meant a lot to me. I'm very competitive and I like to do things seriously. I wanted more than a cute dog, more than a Champion dog. My dream was to produce a champion in conformation and in obedience. I also wanted my dogs to be what they were bred for. Since I have chosen Westies, they should have the terrier hunter instinct. I enjoy spending time working my dogs. My children have even been involved as Junior Handlers in conformation and obedience.
I have produced 25 champions, but conformation is not my favourite activity. I have a handler who is excellent so I can concentrate in other activities with my dogs. I started obedience to have another interesting activity with my dogs and to have well behaved dogs. I always heard that Westies could not do obedience. What a challenge! I was not doing too badly, I decided to try to earn a title, then another one, then to be with the top ones. I wanted to prove myself and to the others, that terriers and Westies, in particular, have their place at the top. I have been working all these years to prove this. I will continue to do so against all the prejudice of the non-traditional breeds in obedience.
Competing in different countries is really a challenge and is very interesting. Winning High in Trial, Best in Sweeps, Best in Specialty, championships, etc, in their National, Specialities or Country, doesn't always make you friends. You really have to make your place to be accepted. I enjoy different cultures. Going to different countries and having a different language was not always easy. Amassing titles in different countries is very interesting. In Canada, there were no Earthdog trials, so if I wanted to do some training, I could only learn by participating in trials in the States. I had to drive 8-9 hours for these trials. I was lucky to have dogs that were very smart and that learned very fast. Doing the Am. UDX with Clodie was my biggest challenge. Living in Quebec made me do a lot of traveling. Clodie was not spayed, she had litters and heats, so it took a very long period, but we made it.
There is a special sportsmanship between competitors, especially in the higher levels of competitions. Competitors who have an International view of their sport are much more interesting. I have made very good friends in many countries and learned a lot. I have received many honours in different countries in recognition of my work. No matter who you are, where you come from, there is a solidarity and respect that brings people to share tips and success. Dog people are dog people, wherever you are. These are my best souvenirs of this wonderful sport.
Working very hard on my breeding and training programs have resulted in prestigious awards. They made me the only breeder (all breed) in Canada to be awarded 3 Pedigree Awards in one Year.
Now, I have new goals. My goals are to be an International obedience judge and to see more of the non-traditional breeds in the ring. I want to see lots of Westies with good handlers competing.
Here are some of my super stars
Agate was born October 21, 1990. She taught me everything in obedience and was the Top obedience Westie in Canada from 1993 to 1995 and #3 in 1996 behind her offspring Clodie and Daphne.
She was such a clown out to amuse the crowd and the judges. Always happy and funny, she retired in beauty with a first place at the 1998 WHWTCA National for her Am. Utility title.
Dam of these 5 champions.
1. U-CDX,CH.OTCHX.LEMAN CLODIE, ROMC,CG,TT,CGN.Am.UDX,ME,CGC,TDI.Bda.UD WHWTCA VERSATILE DOG
2. U-CDX,Can.Am.CH.LEMAN DAPHNE,ROMC,CDX,CG,TT.Am.CDX,JE,CGC,TDI
3. CH.LEMAN KIMCHIE D'ORIONS
4. Can.Am.CH.LEMAN BABAR D'ORIONS,JE CH.LEMAN SANDA,Can.Am.
5. CH.LEMAN ALICE OF STOCKAREE
Daphne was born October 3, 1992. She is a Can.Am.Ch with Group first placing. At 22 months, she acquired her Am. championship at the 1994 Northern Ohio Specialty, going Winners bitch and Best of Opposite over Specials. She also did very well in obedience with first places and high in trials. She was first in the Novice B class at the WHWTCA National in 1994. Daphne is also involved in many TV commercials and fashion magazine ads.
Dam of these 5 champions:
1. Can.Am.CH.LEMAN LUNA D'ORIONS
2. Can.Am.BPIS.CH.LEMAN GASPARD D'ORIONS
3. CH.LEMAN ROSA ROSE
4. CH .LEMAN ZAD
5. CH.LEMAN SIMONE LA DÉMONE
U-CDX,CH.OTCHX.LEMAN CLODIE, ROMC,CG,TT,CGN. Am.UDX,ME,CGC,TDI.Bda.UD WHWTCA VERSATILE DOG
- The first Westie to achieve a perfect score of 200, NOT ONCE, BUT TWICE!
- The first Canadian Westie to earn a AKC Master Earthdog (ME) title, a Utility Dog Excellent (UDX) title and to be awarded High in Trials at the WHWTCA National.
- The first CKC Obedience Trial Champion Excellent (OTCHX) Westie.
Clodie was born October 3, 1992. She wrote a new page in Westie history. Even at 10 years old, Clodie is still active in the ring and for 2002 she is Top obedience Westie in Canada and #5 Top Terrier.
She is surely the dream of any breeder. Here are some of her achievements.
- Can. championship with Group placements
- Perfect score of 200 (1996 & 1998) High in Trials (all breed) in Canada, Bermuda and USA
- High in Trial at the 1997 CWHWTC National (with the all breed)
- High in Trial at the in 1996 and 1998 at the WHWTCA National
- High Combine at the 2000 WHWTCA National
- Utility titles in 3 different countries: Canada, USA & Bermuda
- Four time participation at the Canadian HIT OF HIT's Invitational
- Invited to the AKC National Obedience Invitational in 1998 & 2000
Dam of these 6 Champions :
1. CH.LEMAN WATSON
2. U-CDX,Can.BISS.LEMAN TRISTAN D'ORIONS,CDX.Am.CH.CDX,JE,CGC,TDI WHWTCA VERSATILE DOG
3. CH.BPIS.LEMAN CAMILLE
4. U-CDX,CH.BPIS.BISS.LEMAN ARNO, CDX,CGN.Am.CH.CDX,SE,CGC,TDI,TT.Bda.CDX WHWTCA VERSATILE DOG
5. CH.BPIS.LEMAN MADO,CGN,CGC,TDI
6. CH.LEMAN ARIANE
She's that once-in-a-lifetime dog and I've been blessed to have her.
U-CDX,CH.BPIS.BISS.LEMAN ARNO, CDX,CGN.Am.CH.CDX,SE,CGC,TDI,TT.Bda.CDX WHWTCA VERSATILE DOG
Arno was born on February 16, 1997. With all these titles, Arno has demonstrated that he has beauty, brain and the terrier instinct.
- Can.championship with Group placements and 2 Best Puppy in Show
- Best in Speciality at the Canadian W.H.W.T.C (1998)
- High in Trials in all breed trials in Canada and USA
- High in Trial at the 2000 WHWTCA National Was RWD from the 6-9 months class in 1997 at Hatboro and Montgomery
- CDX with the CKC, AKC, UKC and BKC
Sire of Can Champions and these 3 Am.Champions
- CH.KALORIN'S GAMEKEEPER
- CH.LEMAN MATHILDE
- CH.COBBLESTONE EMERALD ISLE
And our two younger stars are...
Can.Am.CH.LEMAN ELLIOTT, CGC,TDI
Elliott was born Nov.30, 2000. He finished his Canadian championship at 9 months old with BB and group placements. This lovely young boy is now shown in Specialties, has started working in obedience and is very interested in rats.
- 2001 Roving Specialty; 6-9 months class; First
- Rideau Terrier Club Specialty; 9 months old; BW
- Valdosta Kennel Club, GA; April 2002; BW 5pts major
- WHWTC Greater Atlanta Specialty; April 2002; BW 5 pts major
- Classic City Kennel Club, GA; May 2002; BB 4 pts major
- Rideau Terrier Club Specialty; August 2002; BB & Group 3
BEST IN SWEEPSTAKES at the 2001 W.H.W.T.C.A. Annual Specialty...
Flavie was born October 2, 2001. She finished her Can. Championship at 8 months old with a Group first and Best Puppy in Show. Winning this prestigious Best in Sweeps is a good start for her American career.
BEST IN SWEEPSTAKES at the 2002 W.H.W.T.C.A. Annual Specialty...
Now many years after starting obedience with my father's German Shepherds, I am proud to have bred all these wonderful Westies and theses back-to-back BEST IN SWEEPSTAKES winners at the WHWTCA National. These are all special dogs who enrich my life and gave me many rewards.
My Westies made my dreams come true, and even more than I could ever imagine. Considering all those facts, how could I consider another breed? I have my super dogs. Merci!
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