2017 FCI IPO FHChampionships

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Raised by 68 people in 20 months
The 23rd FCI World Championship for Tracking Dogs will be held on April 6 – 9, 2017 in Ptuj, Slovenia 

Mamba has been selected to represent the United States  out of our Nations top Tracking Dogs at the FCI World FH Championship.


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HERE WE GO!! " Following the Nose of the Dog" , In 24hrs Mamba and I will be venturing to our first check point and a 8+hr flight to Vienna, Austria. Things in the itinerary are in order and other than my nerves surviving the airport we intend to make it to Ptuj, Slovenia Thurs afternoon, ready to settle in and get back to tracking Friday. I do hope to post as the days go on to keep you all involved. The last few final days have been a true testament of my dog friends coming together and each one helping with what they can down to the smallest detail preparing us for departure. Those that have reached out, sending us off with feel good vibes sets in with me in an emotional sense, and THANK YOU for that because it is all good emotions and I hope to make everyone proud and not disappoint. Mamba has been showing some beautiful pictures, and her experience shows in each of her tracks. Some days course could be nicer but I look at those days as great learning/training days. The weather in Ptuj looks to be ranging from high 50s to upper 60s so the warm weather coupled with some expecting rain, so hoping to have favorable conditions there for trial days.

And with lots love know that I wouldn't & couldn't have gotten this far without those that have encouraged me from the start, and even more now. Will not forget the many that have laid our tracks, cross tracks and put us up in your home when we needed to travel and train, you can not be more valued in this adventure.
Sit tight and I will let you all know the Eagle has landed. Signing off until tomorrow..

Your in Dog Sport
Team USA
Sondra & Mamba
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And here we are, 19 days counting till we board leaving Newark to Vienna, Austria. Our airlines are booked, actually I should they have been thanks to awesome Dana Hucksteine, she is the best finding and acting as many other US Teams but even more appreciated as my liaison for the airline and Mambas shipping procedures. Our Hotel accommodations where we will be staying are also set to stay at the Sava Resorts there in Ptuj among the other teams. Last things to figure now is just finalizing car rental from the airport once we arrive in Austria and Mambas USDA paperwork leaving the US. Uniform arrived last month with a slight typo in my name but all was quickly fixed and returned, still very surreal wearing a team jacket, I just wished there was not just me going though. Yesterday I was asked to be out of my comfort zone with a photo shoot, not sure yet where it will takes us we have been getting some local media pokes on our endeavor, but we will see. Mamba gave me a close to perfect track in some very tough conditions with really evident cross tracks, now today we have 3" of snow!! Really, its ok we can have a day off too. Today will let me get some stuff done behind the scenes leading to Ptuj, Slovenia.
Last time I represented a Team and felt like this was over 10years ago, when our soccer team went to the League Championships, that pressure is so familiar but oh so foreign still. The reminders and people that keep me positive I Thank You so MUCH!!! Other than believing my dog and in myself I would not be here without so many of you!! Still following "The Nose of The Dog, Our Track to Slovenia"
I will share with you all..
I did not want to start a campaign, my pride and ego did not, but my group that did this I can not even begin to tell you how this has let me believe more in others than ever before. Each contribution, either just a card in the mail, a monetary effort or even just meeting me to track and helping me with her training will be forever in debt. I get emotional each time I am told about a contribution, to tears yes, because for those that can understand how letting doubt get in your way it can reminds me that I have no time to doubt, I have others that believe in me. I have come thru so much this past year and a half, and my daily persistence and courage when others showed me otherwise is what has led me this far.
So Thank You to those that remind me daily, whether thru a text, a email, a funny joke they send me, or asking hows the tracking going, thank you for caring so much all of you... xoxo
Sondra & Mamba
let it spring lol
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Feb 9th..Winter seems to have finally decided to land here in PA, so it seems we will now be on the road so to continue our training for Slovania. Keep the positive energy from all my Mamba team supporters.. Mamba and I have been still so fortunate to have wheat here back home and weather that allowed so much tracking to continue..
and as we continue to follow.." The Nose of The Dog" our track to Slovania
"The Nose of the Dog"..enjoy everyone!
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The Nose of the Dog".. Our track to Slovania!!
Hey There my Awesome supporters!!!!
What a new year it is! Wow some updates to share

...today Sunday Jan 15th, as we took a day off from tracking, the weather all next week here is looking mild so we will get each day in I am hoping. Focusing this week on cross tracks.
Last week I took the brave approach to pull into an enormous farm with multiple terrains, and especially wheat!!!! Like, a ton !! The farmer said yes to me using it!!!
the time with old man winter is just around the bend and so I have been taking full advantage of the less amount of snow and deep freeze temps we have had. Just have been so fortunate to still be tracking virtually everyday here at home. My most supportive friends have lined me up with wheat once the snow does stick and stay, then we will travel, but until then ..well, we track lol
Also, Dana Huckstein, whom I am sure most in this dog sport know she is so amazing, she's secured our flight arrangments into Vienna, Italy! And so I have decided to drive into Slovania.
Thank you all for the continuous sharing ..Support..and Love!! Keep it coming, Mamba has been at the top of her game lately, most importantly showing me all the things I need to see with...
"The Nose of the Dog" ..Our Track to Slovania
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Marisha Steward
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You can do this....keep focused on the task ahead and let no one stop you. Kick butt and take names!!!!

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You can do this....keep focused on the task ahead and let no one stop you. Kick butt and take names!!!!

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