The Rhodesian Ridgeback Club of the United States Rhodesian Ridgeback Club of the United States


June 18, 2019

Changes have come to the H&G Committee!

The BOD wishes to sincerely thank the outgoing H&G Chair Susan Ralston and other committee members. Many of them continue to fill other important volunteer roles within the club. We can't thank them enough for their dedication and service to our beloved ridgebacks.

We also wish to warmly welcome Liz Mansfield (Chair) and other new committee members. Liz and her committee are already hard at work brainstorming new ideas for communication with the membership and becoming exceedingly familiar with ways the H&G can best serve our community.

January 26, 2019

The Rhodesian Ridgeback Club of the United States is pleased to announce that the ballot results are in for the 2020 National Sweepstakes Judge. Congratulations to Nicole Rupert.

January 6, 2019

2019 National Specialty Schedule

The 2019 National Specialty schedule is being provided solely for your travel plans. It has been more than a year in planning and has been approved by the BOD. Please refrain from any feedback, and understand that there still may be changes in the coming 9 months.

We are still looking for volunteers, so please be in touch if you are interested!


The 2019 NS Committee

January 5, 2019

Reservations for the 88th RRCUS National Specialty on October 6-12, 2019 at Sawmill Creek Resort, Huron, Ohio start Wednesday, January 16th.

Call 800-729-6455 or 419-433-3800

Room Rates: Double, $129 or King, $135
$100 deposit at time of reservation
$50 non-refundable fee for dogs
Maximum: 3 dogs per room

Getting groovier,
The 2019 NS Committee

August 13, 2018


The votes are in and counted for changes to the RRCUS Code of Ethics!! The proposed changes to the COE were accepted by the membership per the voting results below:

  • 36% of total members voted
  • 65% of the votes received were voted yes
  • 36% of US members voted
  • 15% of foreign members voted
  • 351 total votes were received



The Annual Meeting of the Rhodesian Ridgeback Club of the US will be held on October 3, 2018 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Loveland, Colorado.

From the By-Laws, Section 2.1 Annual Meetings:
"Any resolution to be considered at the Annual Meeting for final adoption must be submitted in writing and received by the office of the Corresponding Secretary at least 50 days prior to the Annual Meeting."

August 15, 2018 is the last day to submit resolutions to me to be included in the agenda of the Annual Meeting.
My email is

Thank you!

Megan Brendel
RRCUS Corresponding Secretary
658 Bragg Hill Road
Norwich, VT 05055

July 25, 2018

Good afternoon Everyone,

An update with regard to the vacant Board positions after Ross Jones resigned.

Anne Jones has stepped in to the 1st Vice President position and will be working on the National Specialties. Welcome, Anne.

After a brief discussion, the Board went to the member voting results for the Board and determined that Dennis Melear was the next in line for the Board of Directors position. Dennis has accepted, and we welcome him to the RRCUS Board.

Kind Regards,

Denise Eberhard, President and the Board of Directors

July 12, 2018 ross_resignation

March 22, 2018

To all RRCUS Members:

The new user ID and password for the "Members Only" page on the RRCUS web site will be changed on April 1, 2018. You will be notified by USPS. Please note my email address is

Megan Sexton-Brendel

February 18, 2018

In response to the recent social media posts questioning whether Frank DePaulo will no longer be judging the 2018 National Specialty. It is true. Mr. DePaulo has indicated that he now has a family obligation and will not be able to fulfill his judging assignment as contracted, from Wednesday 10/3 through Friday 10/5.

The Board called an emergency meeting and discussed a variety of options, including two that Frank proposed: (1.) changing the published tentative schedule to move breed judging to Thursday, or (2.) requesting that James Reynolds (the elected NS judge for 2019) swap his 2019 assignment to judge 2018.

After much discussion, the Board determined that the best approach to the situation was to leave the schedule as is and follow the protocol outlined in the NS Guidelines that requires the judge receiving the next highest votes be contacted if the individual with the most votes cannot accept, or in this case fulfill, the assignment.

Changing the schedule - This sounds easy enough, but it complicates many things. Even though the current schedule is labeled "Tentative" it was released prior to the opening of the host hotel room block so that members and others could plan their trip, make airline reservations, cargo reservations, reserve rental cars, make hotel reservations, and request time off from work. Any shift in major events would cause much disruption. Changing plans would not only be time consuming for many, but could have a financial impact as the block is full (as we all know) and the best available rate earlier in the week is $100 per night more, airline fares could be increased and cargo on a revised flight may or may not be available. There are complications with meeting and conference room availability at the hotel. The list goes on.

Changing the order of the 2018 and 2019 judges is not a NS protocol, but even if considered as a viable solution, James Reynolds already has 6 judging assignments that conflict with our RRCUS NS judging guidelines that prohibit judging RRs during the six months leading up to the event.

We have thought about this. A Lot. We know that this judge change will make some people unhappy. We apologize for that, but the Board has the best interest of the entire membership in mind. As soon as another judge from the list of 2018 judging contenders has accepted the assignment, the membership will be informed.

If we have misunderstood Frank DePaulo's intentions and he does intend to judge on Friday—this is all moot. We would all be very happy if Frank could judge as planned.

February 1, 2018


Congratulations to all! For those of you who may be unaware, Emily is a Junior Handler. A special congratulations to her as she now moves to the Masters Class for 2018!!

1. Emily Holmes—116 Points
2. Jennifer Smith—85 Points
3. Patrick McClelland—52 Points
4. Lisa Hoffman—51 Points
5. Mary Hodges—45 Points
6. Ginny Merchant—43 Points
7. Robert Keller & Karen Watson—42 Points
9. Deborah Bray—41 Points
10. Pam Cherkofsky & Giselle Englka—39 Points
12. Matt Coughlin—35 Points
13. Teri Olson—28 Points
14. Rosemary Simpson—26 Points
15. Carl Blokesberg—24 Points
16. Chris McMahon—22 Points
17. Jennifer Weikel—21 Points
18. Angie Hartley—20 Points
19. Debbie Cooper 18 Points
20. Lauren Meadows & Lorilee Torrey—17 Points
22. Theresa Lyons—16 Points
23. George Ohanesian—15 Points
24. Cindi Pike—12 Points
25. Teri Kruse—11 Points
26. Rhonda Johnson, Neil Pisarri & Stacey Tucker—10 Points
29. Mike Smith & Jennifer Taylor-Cousar—9 Points
31. Ryan Buzard—8 Points
32. Melissa Peterson—7 Points
33. Linda Smith—6 Points
34. Lanise McCracken—5 Points
35. Kathleen Chalupsky, Jeanine Kakoyannis, Stephanie Krogness, & Raul Lopez—4 Points
39. Debbie Atencio—3 Points
40. Lynn Miller—2 Points

January 29, 2018 Hi Fellow RRCUS Members,

The RRCUS Board approved the formation of a standing Finance Committee at their Annual BOD Meeting this weekend. If you are interested, please contact me. We are looking for volunteers with a background in Finance, Accounting and/or Tax Law.

Doug Berlin
RRCUS Treasurer

January 28, 2018The RRCUS board is pleased to announce that the 2020 National Specialty will be held in Fredricksburg Texas. Please offer any assistance you can to co-charis Heather MacPhail and Andrea Stone as they welcome you to the Texas Hill Country.

Denise Eberhard

October 24, 2017

The RRCF was pleased to have had a presence at this year's National Specialty in Portland. Under the watchful eye of Nancy Faville and team it seemed to run effortlessly. Those of us manning the Foundation booth met many new people and renewed old acquaintances and friendships. We also had the opportunity to answer questions about the Foundation and elicit areas of concern regarding the health and welfare of the breed. Some of the most frequently asked questions were about how we got started, our relationship with RRCUS and how we are linked to the Canine Health Foundation.

For us it all began in January of 2014 at the RRCUS BOD meeting. Over lunch MaryLynne Elliott and I were discussing the enviable position that RRCUS was carrying too many assets and should probably find a way to reduce their assets to avoid taxes while still benefiting the purpose of the club. We were aware that some 47 other parent clubs had established foundations that operated separately from the parent clubs. As immediate past president of RRCUS I was asked to investigate the possibility. The process took about 14 months as we needed to form a corporation, write a mission statement (which can be seen on our website, and file an IRS 1023 form for 501(c)3 status which we received in May of 2016. RRCUS provided the seed money for legal fees and filing costs. In addition, they contributed $30,000 to the Foundation. The Foundation raised an additional $39,000.

At the end of our first year, 2016, we were able to make our first grant to the Tick Bourne initiative of $21,000 making us a Charter Sponsor of the initiative as listed on the CHF website. Accomplishing all of this would not have been possible without the support of RRCUS and donors who recognize that "TOGETHER there is no Limit to what We can accomplish".

So far, this year we have granted $18,000 to the Ventricular Arrhythmia in Rhodesian Ridgebacks study at North Carolina State University. We have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with CHF and will fund this study again in 2018. We also gave $1000 to the AKC Reunite and brought Diane Brown DVM and CEO of the Canine Health Foundation to Portland as the speaker at the annual meeting. Before the year end we will be making additional grants. We will use the information collected in Portland in our decision process.

With appreciation,
Jane Missimer
President RRCF

October 12, 2017 RRCUS is now offering a Facebook members group. If you are a current RRCUS member you can submit a request to join. You will be required to answer a few questions and follow the group guidelines. The group will be moderated. This is a pilot program that will be tested until the end of the year. When renewals are done for 2018 it will be reevaluated. Thank you.

October 10, 2017

RRCUS welcomes Sally L Fineburg as Performance Chair. We wish to thank Sharon Gardner for her years of dedication to this position. Another note is a new addition by the Education Committee as a RRCUS Advisor, Pam Lambie of Arizona, welcome!

September 28, 2017

The American Kennel Club Names
2017 Breeder of the Year Group Honorees

Congratulations to Marie Cotton, Spring Valley Rhodesian Ridgebacks!

Press Release

September 3, 2017

"The Rhodesian Ridgeback Club of the United States has donated $1000.00.


As Chair of AKC Reunite, I assure everyone that 100% of all donations being received by AKC Reunite for Hurricane Harvey goes entirely for relief and recovery efforts, without any fees whatsoever.

Thank you all for your generous donations helping make a difference for those so in need."

Alan Kalter
AKC Delegate, American Bullmastiff Association
AKC Reunite Chair

September 1, 2017

As of Sept 1, 2017 the Treasurers duty will be turned over to the new Treasurer, Laurie Brandt. All invoices & Expense Reports are to be sent to

July 18, 2017

Hello All!

Hope this email finds you staying cool with your hounds and preparing for the Specialty in Portland in just a few short weeks. Just a reminder, if you would like to submit a motion for consideration at the Annual Meeting, please put it in writing with your rationale and send via email to: You must be in attendance at the meeting, or have someone that is willing to present it for you. All motions need to be received by August 1, 2017.

Thank you and hope to see you all soon!

Christine Kitsch,
RRCUS Corresponding Secretary

June 8, 2017

The Nominating Committee is now complete and consists of Diane Jacobsen, Chair; Frank DePaulo, Jane Missimer, Karen Morgan and Mike Teeling

Diane Jacobsen

May 30, 2017

Genetics Webinar Series - June 22, 2017
Update on Rhodesian Ridgeback Familial Arrhythmias

Dr Meurs will be having an update webinar on June 22nd at 4:30 US eastern time. Max 100 participants but webinar will be uploaded to her website. Register Here.

May 13, 2017

The High Desert Cluster is proud to
to Ross Jones, a man of many hats.
Saturday May 13th 2017

Ross Jones

May 4, 2017

Happy Spring!

Just a reminder—bids are open for the 2020 RRCUS National Specialty, to be held in the eastern region. Bids are due by July 31, 2017, if you have any questions or are interested, please contact me. The National Specialty Manual has been updated. It now has more details to assist those looking into placing a bid and the National Specialty Show Chair position.


Sandra L. Weaver

March 2, 2017

RRCUS 2019 National Specialty

We are excited to announce that the RRCUS 2019 National Specialty will be returning to Sawmill Creek Resort in Huron, Ohio from October 6-12, 2019! Please welcome Dawn Gibas and Julie Cramer as the 2019 National Specialty Show Co-Chairs. A big thank you to Dawn, Julie & Doug Berlin for putting together and submitting the bid for the 2019 National Specialty.

Sandra L. Weaver | RRCUS 1st VP

February 25, 2017

2016 Judges Ballots for 2019 & 2020 - and the Judges are. . .

The counts are in and the judges have been selected. Congratulations to James Reynolds and Ann O'Mara on being selected by the members to judge the 2019 National Specialty. The results are as follows:
  • Election of 2019 National Specialty Judges
  • Breed Judge is James Reynolds
  • Sweepstakes Judge is Ann O'Mara
  • Nomination of 2020 National Specialty Foreign Judge
  • Foreign Judge is Rosemary Green
  • Nominations of Judges from AKC List for
    2020 National Specialty - Top 5
  • Ms. Mary Lynne Elliott
  • Mrs. Linda Clark
  • Mr. Douglas A Johnson
  • Mrs. Betty-Anne Stenmark
  • Ms. Denise Flaim
Congratulations to everyone!


Sandra L. Weaver | RRCUS 1st VP

December 28, 2016

Dog Writers Association of AmericaThe Ridgeback Magazine Team is proud to announce that, for the third year in a row, The Ridgeback Magazine has made the final cut as a nominee for a Dog Writers Association of America award! This RRCUS publication is currently in the running for Best Single/Related/All-Breed Magazine of 2016! The winner will be announced in February. Paws crossed for another prestigious award!

December 26, 2016 Nancy Tisdale New Advertising Director

December 16, 2016

RRCUS member Glenn Boettger displays heroic life saving efforts to save a fellow exhibitor at Long Island NY Rally Trial

Mr. James P. Crowley
Executive Secretary, American Kennel Club
260 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10016-2401

Dear Mr. Crowley:

I recently contacted Janice Sondys, Senior Companion Events Representative, regarding an exemplary display of Sportsmanship that occurred at a Rally trial event that I judged recently. She suggested that I contact you directly to recount the events that unfolded, so that is the purpose for this letter.

I judged two back-to-back AKC Rally trials for the Suffolk Obedience Training Club on Saturday, December 10, 2016 in Deer Park, NY on Long Island. The morning trial proceeded as is typical, and I had the pleasure of greeting two gentlemen entered in the Novice A class who were both looking to finish their Rally Novice titles that day.

After a short lunch break, the afternoon trial began, and mid-way through the Excellent B class, something dreadful happened. As I was judging a team in the ring, I heard a commotion in the gallery behind me. I quickly turned my head to ensure there was no immediate threat to the dog or handler competing in the ring, and caught a glimpse of a group of people huddled together in the gallery. Once the team in the ring had finished the course and I had handed over my scoring sheet to my table steward, I heard cries of concern and a call out to 911 Emergency Services.

I approached the group to see what had happened, and learned that a woman (an exhibitor who had recently competed in the Excellent B class) had suffered a seizure which led to a cardiac incident, and had collapsed and was lying lifeless on the floor. One of the Novice A exhibitors, who is a nurse, immediately sprang into action and was exuberantly performing CPR on the woman who had collapsed. She had no pulse, and her face was blue. As another exhibitor was on the phone relaying information to the Emergency Services who were en route, this man worked non-stop administering CPR to her. After several long minutes, the woman all of a sudden drew a breath on her own, and a pulse was now detected. I watched the color of her face transform from blue to pink, and saw her eyes flutter open.

Due to the location of this particular training center, it is difficult to locate and took the EMTs longer than expected to arrive at the site. Had the gentleman not administered CPR to her as immediately and effectively as he did, she would not have survived the incident and would not be with us today. After being taken to the hospital via ambulance, and a few days of tests to determine the root of the problem, she has a good prognosis and a second chance at life thanks to the quick thinking of that selfless Novice A exhibitor. On Saturday, December 10, 2016, Mr. Glenn Boettger saved the life of Ms. Catherine Kelly at the Suffolk Obedience Training club AKC Rally trail. It was the ultimate example of Sportsmanship that I have ever personally witnessed at a trial, and I suggest to you that Mr. Boettger should be recognized by the AKC in some way for his heroism.

Later that afternoon, as the last exhibitor to be judged for the day, Mr. Boettger did earn his Rally Novice title with his lovely working Rhodesian Ridgeback. His love and respect for his dogs and his fellow competitors shone quite brightly that day.

Thank you for your consideration on this matter. If you would like any additional information, please feel free to contact me by email at or by phone at 203-800-5321.


Mrs. Danette M. Chorney
AKC Rally judge #96943

December 12, 2016

Hello all RRCUS members,

This is a note to let you know that Melissa Petersen has resigned as Advertising Editor for our wonderful, award-winning publication. We heartily THANK Melissa for her time and effort in making this publication of such quality, and for her countless hours of time dedicated to the club. For the time being, please direct all magazine correspondence to Becky Nelson, magazine editorial, at

On a side note, if you have even a few small minutes of your time, our club is always in need of quality volunteers. You'll be guaranteed to meet new faces and learn about our breed. Please consider how you may lend your talents; contact us and we will be thrilled to help you connect with an investment of your passion!

November 22, 2016


For those who were not able to attend the Cardiac Webinar with Dr. Kate Meurs, it is available here.

October 30, 2016


RHODESIAN RIDGEBACKS: Ventricular Arrhythmia affecting young Rhodesian Ridgebacks
Presented by: Dr. Kathryn Meurs DVM, DACVIM
Wednesday, November 9th at 4:30 pm.

The webinar will allow for 100 participants and you will be able to interact live. The webinar will then be archived on the North Carolina State University's website. Register Here.

Dr. Kathryn MeursAbout Dr. Meurs:
Dr. Meurs completed her DVM at the University of Wisconsin - Madison and completed a small animal internship at North Carolina State University. She completed a Cardiology residency at Texas A&M University and is board certified from the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Cardiology). Dr. Meurs has a Ph.D. in Genetics from Texas A&M University and her areas of interest include familial aspects of cardiovascular disease, especially cardiomyopathy. Certifications:Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Cardiology)

September 26, 2016

To all interested RRCUS members

We are in the process of adding a committee to help the Treasurer with the accounting. If you feel you can help with this please contact me with your interest in helping and your qualifications ASAP so that we can formulate this at the Board meeting on Oct 10 at the National.

Ross Jones, RRCUS President

July 22, 2016

RRCUS is pleased to announce that our clubs donation to the AKC Pet Disaster Relief Trailer project has come to fruition!

This photo of the completed trailer, shows our club logo. The trailer is designated to be presented to emergency services in Lynchburg, VA in the near future, date and timing pending.


When the date of the dedication is announced we will advise, so if you are in the area you can attend the event.

Mike Teeling

July 7, 2016 Rhodesian Ridgeback Charitable Foundation (RRCF) will soon be arriving in your mailbox. A year in the making, RRCF's mission is to Promote , Educate and Protect the breed we all love for future generations. Several other AKC Parent Clubs have established foundations and have been able to support health and genetic projects in a significant way. An example of success is the American Boxer Charitable Foundation that has donated $1,177,130 since 1994 making a difference to their breed and dogs in general. We can achieve the same with the support of our membership and friends in the Ridgeback community. Check your mailbox and learn more about RRCF and become a pioneer in the Foundation.

Jane Missimer, RRCF President

June 29, 2016


This is an official RRCUS sponsored presentation and hands-on workshop for AKC judges and applying AKC judges.

  • LECTURE - Friday, October 14, 2016, 4:00 PM-5:00 PM. In the Osprey room at Sawmill Creek Resort, 400 Sawmill Creek Drive West, Huron, OH 44839.
  • RINGSIDE MENTORING - Saturday, October 15, 2016, during the Best of Breed Competition. In Wilderness Hall at Sawmill Creek Resort, 400 Sawmill Creek Drive West, Huron, OH 44839.
  • HANDS-ON WORKSHOP - Saturday, October 15, 2016, immediately following the Best of Breed Competition and Presentation of Awards. In Wilderness Hall at Sawmill Creek Resort, 400 Sawmill Creek Drive West, Huron, OH 44839.

For more information, contact Barbara Rupert at

June 12, 2016 Welcome to Robin Robertson who has taken over the RRCUS store from Christine Kitsch as she focuses on her new duties as Club Secretary. The store has also moved to Shopify and is now consolidated with all our other online purchasing options including The Ridgeback, membership renewal and National Specialty activities. We have several books in stock, and will soon receive a shipment of T. C. Hawley's book, The Rhodesian Ridgeback: The Origin, History and Standard of the Breed.

We will be posting store specials from time to time. If any club members have product ideas, especially RRCUS specific, please email Robin at

September 2015

Rhodesian Ridgeback Genotyping

Info for all that are interested in Jennifer Waldo 's DNA swab test for the ridge gene.

We have developed a genetic test that can tell you how many copies of the Ridge allele are present in your dog.

A dog with one or two copies of the Ridge allele will have a ridge. A dog with two copies of the Ridge allele will produce offspring with a ridge, regardless of his/her mate's appearance. On the other hand, a dog with one copy of the Ridge allele may produce ridgeless pups if he/she is mated with another dog with one copy of the Ridge allele.

Prior to the development of this test, breeders could not determine if a particular dog has one or two copies of the Ridge allele.

This test is now available for the public to purchase. The cost is $130 for analysis of a single dog. If multiple samples are sent in simultaneously, the cost is $104 per test (a 20% reduction).

Once we have your order, we will send you a sample collection kit. A swab is used to collect your dog's saliva. Once we receive the returned kit, a completed order form and the fee, we will process the samples and send you the results of the analysis via email. In most cases, results will be available within two weeks of receipt of samples.

If you would like to request this service, please email me: Make sure to indicate:
    the number of samples you would like to collect an address at which you can receive US mail delivery

August 2015

From Sandra L. Weaver, 1st VP RRCUS

The RRCUS National Specialty Guide has been updated! The new version of the Guide can be found on the Members Only page of the RRCUS website under Key Club Documents (right column). This Guide contains the rules and procedures to follow when planning a National Specialty, and represents best practices as established by historical knowledge. This version of the Guide implements National Specialty Accounting Codes to provide a way in which an accurate accounting of National Specialty funds can be captured; contains updated contracts for judges to include new, more specific language for expenses in order to limit RRCUS' liability; includes revised and updated procedures for insurance certificates and financial accountability, and other financial information so RRCUS and the NS is compliant with accounting, insurance, IRS and business best practices and requirements; and has an expanded time line, which also now includes after the specialty things to do.

15 March 2015

Happy Upcoming Spring Everyone!

We had two great bids from the West to choose between for the 2017 RRCUS NS—one from Las Vegas, Nevada and the other from Portland, Oregon. A huge thank you to David Hayek & Nancy Faville (and their teams) for all the work they put into these great bids for our National Specialty.

So, without further ado:

We are excited to announce that the site of the 2017 RRCUS National Specialty will be Portland, Oregon. The tentative dates are September 17-23, 2017. Below is a bit of information:

Show Chair: Nancy Faville
Host Hotel: Holiday Inn Portland Airport
Breed Judge: William ("Bill") Shelton
Sweepstakes Judge: Karen LaFleur

Again, a huge thank you to Nancy & David for all their work, and all the work Nancy will be doing for us going forward!


Sandra L. Weaver