Thursday, September 17, 2020

Some of our Summer Memories

Solene in the Canine Chronicle

David and Isabel at the lake house with old men Bob & Skylar

Strava, #1 Barbet in NADD 2020

Sam and Lauren got married at the farm August 1

Flynn #1 NOHS Barbet, #1 Barbet Female

Jessa, Dock Senior title in NADD

Elissa surrounded with puppies

Radar in the soybeans

Sophie in the pool

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Solene wins NOHS Reserve Best in Show at the New Castle KC, Canfield, OH

Solene wins NOHS Reserve Best in Show at the New Castle Kennel Club, Canfield, OH

While the younger girls were busy at home with summer litters, we entered Solene at the only day of Canfield we could attend. Our son Sam was marrying his longtime sweetie Lauren on August 1, so off we went to the Thursday Canfield show. Canfield drew huge entries and was the only dog show held in the US on this particular weekend, just as US dog shows were beginning to start up. Solene won Best of Breed under Charles Olvis, then waited through a very long day to compete in the Owner Handler group. Judged by sporting specialist Doug Johnson, Solene was selected as the best of the Sporting group. On to Best in Show. Solene was so happy to be in the ring; she shows with so much attitude and goes around the ring with effortless movement. With her tail wagging non-stop, Solene was chosen by Robert Shreve as Reserve Best in Show. What a thrill to have Solene, at 8.5 years old, near the top of the day's show results. Good girl, Solene. We love you so much!

NOHS RBIS CH Hickory Tavern Intl Intrigue CM

Saturday, July 18, 2020

Summer Puppies

Flynn's puppies are two weeks old today. We are so happy with these chubby little pups, 5 girls and 5 boys, sired by Beau. Flynn continues to be a wonderful and caring mother.

There are no puppies available; all are spoken for.

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Jessa at Summer Camp!

Lucky Jessa is spending the summer in Tennessee with our dear friends while we are busy with the puppies. Jess has never been in a pool until this week. Looks like she is a natural water dog!

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Breeder Interviews for ShowSight magazine 2020

As a breeder, exhibitor, and long time board member of the Barbet Club of America, Judy is instrumental in promoting the Barbet in the United States. Also involved with Whippets since 1985, Judy lives at Hickory Tavern Farm and is the delegate for the Western Pennsylvania Kennel Association.

Where do you live? What do you do “outside” of dogs?
Hickory, Pennsylvania. Gardening, cycling, boating, and our Maryland lake house take up our ‘non-dog’ time.

How has the breed’s recent AKC recognition affected you?  
Being part of the regular Sporting group has changed how much we are showing Barbet. Competing for real group placements and Grand Championships is much more fulfilling than our years in Miscellaneous. There is more awareness of the breed among dog people.

What special challenges do breeders face in our current economic and social climate?
The global pandemic has affected and limited our breeding plans although the market for pet puppies has never been stronger.

What definite signs of show-worthiness are you looking for in your puppies?  
I am always attracted to the wide, thick, square, substantial pups who have enough neck and a strong topline. In addition to all the pieces of conformation and carriage, I want to see a puppy who stands well over her feet and thinks a lot of herself. I spend most of my time watching the puppies loose in the yard and I am continually noting who stands out. 

What is the most important thing about the breed for a new judge to keep in mind? 
It’s important for judges to remember that the Barbet is a Sporting retriever and should not be evaluated solely on the hair. Under the coat the dog should have hard fitness, strong, sound skeletal construction, substance without coarseness, and an attitude of playful exuberance. The profuse coat should be the well-conditioned finish on a dog with smart carriage. 

What’s the best way to attract newcomers to your breed and to the sport?
I wish I knew the answer to this. I would love to see Barbet gain more serious breeders who can thoughtfully produce a consistent, quality type. 

What is your goal as a breeder? 
The perfect Barbet exists in my head and my goal is to breed a high quality, healthy, recognizable family of dogs who maintain similar type, carriage, attitude and conformation. I am pleased with how they’re improving as we go and each one of them has attributes that I value; the goal is consistently putting it all together in one dog. 

What is your favorite dog show memory? My favorite Barbet memory is winning the breed with Flynn (Ch. Hickory Tavern Wish Upon A Star CM DS FDC) under Jamie Hubbard at the first Barbet club show in Orlando. Otherwise, it’s absolutely Westminster 2020 with Bourbon winning the Hound group and Reserve Best in Show.

Monday, April 13, 2020

Pure Dog Talk on Barbet with Judy Descutner

I was so pleased to speak with Laura Reeves of the podcast Pure Dog Talk. You can listen to her episode on the Barbet by clicking on the link below.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Jessa at 10 Months

Little mud faced Jessa was happy to help me pick up sticks in the yard today. She is now 10 months old and is growing up nicely. We don't plan to show her until later in the year when she is more mature but she enjoys our daily play and training times and is a pleasure to live with.

Hickory Tavern Take the Long Way Home 
AKC Puppy of Achievement
Can Ch Hickory Tavern Fool For Brookberry CM x Ch Hickory Tavern Wish Upon A Star CM DS FDC

Monday, March 2, 2020

Solene: Another Barbet Champion

Right before Westminster, Solene and I went to Indianapolis to show for two days to try and earn her final three points for her championship. At 8 years old, Solene is competing with girls who are much younger than her, but her type, style, and correct movement make her still competitive. The first day she was Reserve Winners to a major and the second day she was Winners Bitch for 5 points to finish her AKC championship. Solene became the second Barbet bitch to earn a championship, following in her daughter Flynn's footsteps. Flynn and Solene are also the first two American bred Barbet with AKC championships. We are incredibly proud of our girls.

American and Canadian Champion Hickory Tavern Intl Intrigue CM

Thanks to judge Anne Savory Bolus

After finishing her championship, Solene won Group 3 in a large OH ring. Thanks to judge James Albrecht.

After dropping off the dogs at home, we flew to New York for the Purina Show Dogs awards dinner. We celebrated Bourbon's incredible year as the #1 Whippet, #1 Hound, and #2/3 All breeds.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Bourbon and Cheslie at Westminster!

We are so proud of Bourbon's huge win in New York this week at the Westminster Kennel Club. She and Cheslie were incredibly beautiful in the big ring of Westminster!

Bourbon is owned by Justin Smithey, Cheslie Smithey, Dr Ken Lattimer, Judy Descutner, and Nancy Shaw. Bred by Justin Smithey and Yvonne Sovereign, Bourbon is shown with love by Cheslie. 

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Happy Traveler

So many people have asked me about our 4 year old Barbet who was recently rehomed. My heartfelt gratitude goes to Paul Anthony at AB Canine, Industry, PA for his selfless help and assistance. Dallas had a wonderful cross-country journey with his new family where he is now settling in. We have nothing but thanks and best wishes to Andy & Marla, who opened their hearts and home to our little man.

Dallas at Pompey's Pillar National Monument, along the Lewis & Clark Trail in Montana

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Flynn Wins in Erie

At the Erie Kennel Club, Flynn placed in the Sporting group under Paula Nykiel and the Owner Handler group under James Albrecht. I'm so proud of her results in her first month of AKC regular status!

Friday, January 24, 2020

Champion Flynn and other Barbet Wins!

We've had a great start to the year with Barbet entering the AKC Sporting group as of January 1, 2020. We've shown dogs in Maryland, Ohio, and Florida. Flynn earned her AKC championship January 10 and Solene is close on her heels. Flynn also has several OH Group placements. We are so excited to be part of the Sporting group. Our thanks to Justin Smithey, Erica Cross, Janet Evans, and Moira for the help!

OH Group 2 - Dr Norbert Dee

Flynn in the Sporting Group

First AKC Points awarded to Flynn
Flynn's AKC Championship - Barbara Alderman

Other dogs we bred were showing and winning in Virginia, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and California. We are so proud of our dogs!

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Final Appearance in Miscellaneous

I couldn't be happier for David, winning Best of Opposite with six month old Jessa at the AKC National Championship show. 9 Barbet were exhibited in Orlando. Hoping for even bigger entries in 2020!

Hickory Tavern Take the Long Way Home

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Canine Chronicle November/December 2019

Our girls as they appear in the November/December issue of the Canine Chronicle. There is also an article about the Barbet that I wrote for the magazine as we enter the AKC Sporting group in January 2020.

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Barbet Puppy Update


 The puppies are now four weeks old and are just amazing! They are so similar in type and temperament. We are really enjoying their new explorations every day. This is a special litter for us and we couldn't be more pleased with the pups so far. The baby Barbet are meeting new people and having different experiences added to their daily routine. Teeth are just starting to come in but Flynn continues nursing them several times a day. They are eating their food with enthusiasm.

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Bourbon Continues Her Winning Ways

Yesterday Bourbon won Best in Show #20 in Wheaton, IL. What an exciting year this is for our pretty girl! Bourbon is the #1 Whippet, #1 Hound, and #3 All Breeds dog in the US.

Friday, June 7, 2019

Thursday, May 30, 2019

New Barbet Babies

Late last night, Flynn began delivering her puppies. Three hours later, we had ten beautiful black Barbet babies. 6 females and 4 males, all doing well. Flynn is doing a wonderful job taking care of her new huge family. We are really excited to watch this litter grow.

Friday, May 3, 2019

Newsworthy Barbet

Dana's recent page from the Canine Chronicle. We are so proud of this beautiful girl.

Flynn has big news of her own as she is expecting a nice sized litter from Can Ch Hickory Tavern Fool For Brookberry CM.  This litter is 3/4 the same pedigree as Dana and Beth, our stars from Marlee's only litter in 2017.


Sunday, March 31, 2019

Taylor Wins Her First Points

Puppy Taylor, otherwise known as Hickory Tavern ExGirlfriend, came along for the ride to Louisville and showed like a star in the 4-6 month puppy shows to earn her first two points. I am very impressed with how she handled the very busy show building. Taylor definitely enjoyed herself!

Dana wins Best in Miscellaneous at 3 Louisville Shows

Our beautiful Dana, Hickory Tavern Former Child Star CM2, earned a new title in Louisville, Kentucky, where she was named Best in Miscellaneous under Charles Olvis, Michael Canalizo, and Sally Wynn. Dana came home with a CM2 title and a big chunk toward her CM3. I just love showing this fun, sweet dog.

Sunday, January 6, 2019

GCHB Pinnacle Kentucky Bourbon

GCHB Pinnacle Kentucky Bourbon

We are excited to be part of the team showing this flawless Whippet beauty in 2019! Thanks to Justin and Cheslie Smithey and Dr Ken Latimer for the opportunity.

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Barbet Pups at 6 weeks

A beautiful winter day, sunny but cold, and the puppies were able to spend a short time outside. They are brave little pups who do not seem intimidated at the total change in scenery. They are eating well, using their pee pads, and growing like crazy. Their teeth have also started to come in. Our sweet little babies will soon be sharks!