Chabonette has quickly proven himself in the conformation ring! Taking three BOBs his first shows out!
On the coursing field Chabby is a strong endurance competator! He is usually released (as shown in the sequence of photos releasing him) by Stephanie. As a pup, Steph took a special liking to Chabby and is never far when he is scheduled to run.
Chabby's Sire is Jean-Claude'. We selected Jean-Claude' from his litter when he was only five weeks old after chasing the moving spoon in the puppy food saucer. At the tender age of six weeks he made his day beau on television with his brother Rudy (owned by Kathy Strick who is just starting his coursing career) as a therapy puppy in training! He also loves to show and completed his conformation championship with three, 4 point majors. But he lives to lure course, earning his prequalification certificate on Nov 13, 1994. A fast maturing dog, he ran in his first trial that day and took Best of Breed. The chase instinct is innately strong in Jean-Claude.
On the coursing field Jean-Claude is intent on catching the bunny, with good follow, enthusiasm, and great ability. He is a short bodied dog with extraordinary muscle definition. He is very agile and demonstrating his ability the first time he ran at "The Wall" (Coastal Corsers, New Windsor, MD). Here the dogs must jump, twist and turn sharpley while going down hill as well as up hill. He has mastered these skills and now exhibits them daily in our backyard and on the coursing field. It has been thrilling for us to watch him develop.
At home Jean-Claude' is a true wonder, never ceasing to amaze us each day. He is not an alpha dog (leader of the pack) but has learned to respect his Uncle DC Kushinda’s Ben (finishing #29 in ASFA) and is amiable with all the other males. A couch potato by nature, he hates being cold. He is a protector in the true sense of the Ridgeback as he silently watches the property and house.
Conditioning at Kushinda is one of our favorite past times, beginning with a special diet, daily exercise, regularly scheduled practice sessions between trials, and a constant dedication to maintaining their physical and mental health. An overweight, under toned, bored Ridgeback is unhealthy for coursing, and should not be run (even for practice) until this situation has been corrected.
It is our opinion that Ridgebacks either possess the coursing instinct or they do not. You cannot teach them how to course. If your puppy runs on the coursing field this will give you some idea if he has the coursing instinct. What we have taught them is how to improve the desire they possess: give them ample opportunity to experience puppyhood first (physically and mentally), teach them basic obedience (a Ridgeback that will come to you makes the sport very enjoyable for the owner), and rigorously condition them (physically and mentally). Their instinct to chase must then be nurtured with constant training and supervision as a coursing Ridgeback is likely to chase anything that moves. You must provide the proper environment, love, companionship, and the opportunity! It has been a truly amazing experience blazing the trail for the coursing Ridgeback.
Chabby's Great-Grandsire, Ch Mshindaji’s Rahisi of Kushinda earned his JC when he was eight years old and is the sire of the top winning lue coursing Ridgeback in the history of the breed, MBIF DC Red Chisel ‘s Plum Bobbi, LCM4. The first and only Ridgeback having earned an LCM2, LCM3, and LCM4.
Chabby's Grandsire TikTok and Granddam Spice are both avid lure coursers. His Grandfather Kushinda’s Rahisi TikTok Jasri, FCh, CD, SC, CGC/TDI is truly the all round performance dog! Tikker is an alpha dog ready for the challenge in whatever manner it manifests itself! His Grandmother FC Kushinda’s Secret Spice, CGC/TDI OFA-G AKC#4 is a quick courser with the ability to make tight turns.
Watch for his brother Jean-Paul this 2000 year in the ring & on the field!
Kimma B. & Kammi K. Hefner are members in good standing with the Rhodesian Ridgeback Club of the United States.
Other pedigree-related information may be requested by contacting Kushinda.