DUAL CH (T) EVERGOLD HIGHLAND CHIEF
DOB: 12 April 1999
Sire: Gr Ch Goldog Alpine Highland
Dam: Evergold Summer Magic
Owned and Bred by: Peter and Karen Roupas (Evergold Golden Retrievers)
Handled by: Peter Roupas
Jock had a successful show career which started with a Baby Puppy in Show at his first Championship Show, the 1999 Lillydale Kennel Club Pot of Gold Championship Show (2000 entries), being awarded his class “In Group” by Mrs Kirsti Wuorimaa (Finland), a Golden Retriever specialist and co-founder of the GRC of Finland, while Mr Sergio Lopes de Castro (Brazil), President - Canine Association of Brazil awarded Jock Baby Puppy in Show. Later that year, Jock won Minor Puppy at the 1999 Golden Retriever Club of Victoria Championship Show under Mr Richard Beckwith (USA), a Golden Retriever Specialist.
At the 2000 Royal Melbourne Show, Jock was awarded Best Junior Dog (in breed) by Mr Werner Kirschbaum (Argentina) – FCI All Breeds and World Show Judge. This was the same day that Cathy Freeman won the 400m Gold Medal at the Sydney Olympics – what a top day!
Jock continued to do well in the show ring, with his strength being his movement. Jock won the Best Gaited classes (combined dogs and bitches) at the 2001, 2002 and 2003 Golden Retriever Club of Victoria Championship Shows.
I was introduced to tracking by friends Tara Middleton and Deb Hamilton, who both own Golden Retrievers who were competing at tracking trials at the time. After attending a tracking workshop at Shepparton, I soon realised how much Jock enjoyed being in the bush with all those wonderful smells and he seemed to enjoy tracking. A few more workshops later and with lots of good advice from experienced tracking enthusiasts along the way, Jock was entered in his first trial at age eight and gained his Tracking Qualification Test (TQT) pass in May 2007. Two trials (Test 1 and 2) and two passes later, Jock gained his Tracking Dog (TD) title during the 2007 tracking season. Each subsequent tracking test increases in length and difficulty and during the 2008 tracking season, Jock gained his Test 3, 4 and 5 passes to gain his Tracking Dog Excellent (TDX) title. In the final trial for the year, Jock gained his Test 6 pass and was awarded his Tracking Champion title at the ripe old age of nine. As Jock already had his Australian Champion (show) title, this made Jock a Dual Australian Champion (Tracking).
I would like to thank the wonderful group of people that make up the tracking fraternity for their very helpful advice and encouragement along the way. In particular, I would like to thank Tara Middleton for her great help in laying tracks for Jock in training and her excellent advice on lead handling (oh how easy it is to get a 12 metre lead tangled in dense bushland!). I’d heard others talk about the buzz of having your dog “on track” and following a scent through the bush to eventually find a tracklayer, and yes, it’s a really good feeling! It’s also an activity you can do with an older dog and I would encourage all those that haven’t tried tracking to try it – the dogs love it!