Congratulations to new CH. Nordic's Hobby Horse Sodalicious "Soda"

Soda was the third of this litter of 9 puppies to finish at a very young age. Like her brother Puttin' she finished from the Bred-By Class with 3 majors to her credit. She is the 110th Champion for Nordic Samoyeds. Look for Soda to be back in the ring for her Grand Championship after she grows up a bit.
Breeders and Owners: Brigid Brandt; Gail Mathews; Jeff Skinner; Shauna Brummet
SIRE: GCHS CH White Eagle's Celestial Navigator, aka "Garmin"
DAM: GCHB CH Nordic's Hobby Horse Wild Ryde, aka "Skarlet”
Majors – October 29, 2016 – 3 PT major – Judge Jack Ireland January 14, 2017 – 3 PT major – Judge Mary Ann Allston May 21, 2017 – 3 PT major – Judge Roger Hartinger

Congratulations to new CH. Nordic's Hobby Horse So It Had To Be You "Hailey"

Hailey was the fourth of this litter of 9 puppies to finish at a young age. She joins her brother Puttin and her sisters Soda and Allure as Champions. She also finished from the Bred-By Class with 3 majors. Her last two shows were back to back majors! She is the 112th Champion for Nordic Samoyeds and the (???) Champion for Hobby Horse Farms. Hailey will be out later to get her Grand Champion title, but like her sister Soda she needs to grow up a bit.

Majors – July 1, 2017 – BOW/BOS (over her Dam - a Special Bitch!) 4 PT major – Judge John Wade October 28, 2017 – 3 PT major – Judge Carl Liepmann October 29, 2017 – 3 PT major – Judge Sharol Candice Way


In Loving Memory - Ch. Hobby Horse Nordic Wild Card

We unexpectedly had to say goodbye today to our lovely boy, Deuce. Ch. Hobby Horse Nordic Wild Card. We are heartbroken to lose this boy, son of Caper, grandson of Icy, great grandson of our foundation sire and dam Ch. Nordic's Magic Hobby Horse and Ch. Nordic's Kismet O'Cynosura. Our sweet and gentle Deuce, we will see you again. We love and miss you.


Goodbye to Hobby Horse Capr'ice O'Windsong

Capri was our special girl who loved everyone and gave us two special puppies, "Blaze" and "Turbo." She was proud of her boys and so happy to share them with us. She shared her love with us for over 14 years, but it still too soon to say goodbye. She and Deuce are greatly loved and greatly missed.


New Champion! Woo Hoo!

Am. Ch. Hobby Horse Nordic So Alluring winning her group placement in owner handled at the Erie Kennel Club Show on Jan. 28, 2017. We're proud of this girl. One of her litter mates, a male owned by Bridget Brandt has also finished and they are under 18 months of age! And Soda, one of her sisters, has 11 points as of 1-28. Her dam is Gr. Ch. Nordic's Hobby Horse Wild Ryde, and her sire is Gr. Ch. GCH White Eagle's Celestial Navigator.


WB/BOS and a 3 point Major at Lima KC!

Hobby Horse Nordic So Alluring "Allure" taking Winner's Bitch for a 3 point major and Best of Opposite Sex over a Special Bitch at the Lima Kennel Club show in the Central Ohio cluster. Allure also took WB for 2 points, BOS, and Best Of Breed Owner/Handler yesterday. Allure is a beautiful, typey, sound example of the Samoyed breed!



CH. Nordic's Hobby Horse Puttin On Airs

Breeder: Brigid Brandt; Gail Mathews; Jeff Skinner; Shauna Brummet
SIRE: GCH White Eagle's Celestial Navigator, aka "Garmin"
DAM: GCH. Nordic's Hobby Horse Wild Ryde
OWNERS: Brigid Brandt; Gail Mathews;Jeff Skinner;Shauna Brummet
Puttin's memorable moments include: 1st Place Sweepstakes - Samoyed Association Of Madison Apr 2016; RWD - Samoyed Association Of Madison 2016; 1st Place Sweepstakes - GMSF May 2016; Back-to-back Majors - Sheboygan Kennel Club. Puttin finished his Championship at 14 mos and 1 day all from the Bred By classes! Now he is at home doing the best he can to become a big boy so we can work on his Grand championship.


In Loving Memory of Tracer

In November 2016 the Nordic/Hobby Horse family lost another beautiful boy, Tracer. Sired by Ch. Hobby Horse Traces of Nordic - "Tigger" and Ch. Nordic's Hobby Horse Kalliope - "Kali" and litter mate to Shauna and Jeff's Ryder. He is now with his sister Harley and brother Cody playing in the fields of lavender in Heaven. He was owned and very much adored by his family on earth Brent and Julie Grawcock. His other playmates Mica, Clover, Thorn and George are missing him dearly. Rest in peace sweet Tracer.


Nordic's Desert Star Jasmine, CGC

OWNERS: Mary and Steve Dietrich

Another of the 9 puppies ,"Jazz" (Nordics Desert Star Jasmine) passed her Canine Good Citizen (CGC) test after completing a couple of basic obedience classes. Mary and Steve are working toward her Therapy Dog certification in the near future and hope to move on to AKC obedience competition at some point.

Jazz is a litter sister to Allure and Puttin and 7 other brothers and sisters.

Herding Instinct Certificate!

Jass has now also earned her herding instinct certificate! This girl is one accomplished pup!



Hobby Horse Nordic So Alluring.

Our puppy Allure is looking good! She is a daughter of Ch. Nordic's Hobby Horse Wild Ryde, aka "Skarlet" x GCh White Eagle's Celestial Navigator, aka "Garmin" She has already stolen our hearts. Our good friend Brigid Brandt whelped this litter, and we know it was hard for her to part with any of these puppies, after being their "other mom" for 9 weeks. We look forward to seeing this litter of 7 girls and 2 boys in the show ring when the time comes.

In loving memory of Champion Nordic's Hobby Horse Kalliope - "Kali"

(Tootie Frootie or Toots Boots)

"Kali was one of three puppies born to Angie - CH. Nordic's Hobby Horse Kachina. Her sire was Glacier - CH. Nordic's Hobby Horse Glacier who was one of the "MY Three Sons" produced by Icy CH. NORDIC'S BLUE ICE HOBBY HORSE and CH DONNEREIGN THE SOVEREIGN. Kali was 16 years and 3 months old when she crossed over the Rainbow Bridge to be with her babies Cody and Harley and siblings Anoka and Minnie. She is missed everyday and will be forever in my heart." — Brigid Brandt


In Memoriam: Harley

Rest in peace, dear Harley, "Nordic's Biker Babe", beautiful show dog, wonderful mother, and loving companion to our good friend Brigid Brandt. She is terribly missed. This beautiful girl's legacy lives on in our hearts, and in her beautiful kids, including Ryder and Skarlet shown below finishing their championships.

Ch. Windsong Nordic Kiss Me Kate
Call Name: Katie
Breeder: Mary and Jim Kistner
SIRE: CH Hobby Horse Nordic Ghost Ryder
DAM: CH Alpine Glo's Danya of Windsong
Owners: Gail Mathews; Brigid Brandt; Mary Kistner; Jeff Skinner

Katie was sired by CH. Hobby Horse Nordic Ghost Ryder (Blaze). She began her show career with back to back Best Of Breeds from the classes. And finished her Championship with back to back Majors! She currently has 16 points (including her 3 majors) towards her Grand Championship.

Way to go, Katie and Brigid!


Ch. Nordic's Hobby Horse Born To Ryde
CALL NAME: Ryder (he is named after his Great Grandpa Hobby Horse EZ Ryder)
Breeders: Brigid J. Brandt; Sarah Brandt; Gail Mathews
SIRE: CH. Hobby Horse Nordic Ghost Ryder
DAM: Nordic's Biker Babe (pointed)
OWNERS: Brigid Brandt; Gail Mathews;Jeff Skinner; Shauna Brummet

Ryder was sired by CH. Hobby Horse Nordic Ghost Ryder (Blaze).
His first show out he went Winners Dog from the Bred By class for a 3 point major! He completed his championship with a 4 point major. Ryder also loves to show in conformation like his 1/2 sister Katie.


Ch. Nordic's Hobby Horse Wild Ryde
CALL NAME: Skarlet
Breeder: Brigid J. Brandt; Gail Mathews; Sarah Brandt
SIRE: CH. Hobby Horse Nordic Ghost Ryder
DAM: Nordic's Biker Babe (pointed)
OWNERS: Gail Mathews; Brigid Brandt; Jeff Skinner; Shauna Brummet

Skarlet was sired by CH. Hobby Horse Nordic Ghost Ryder (Blaze).
Skarlet's memorable moments include:
Best Of Breed from the classes followed by a Group 4.
Reserve Winners Bitch - Greater Milwaukee Samoyed Fanciers, Inc.
Best Bred By Exhibitor - Greater Milwaukee Samoyed Fanciers, Inc.
She finished her Championship from the Bred By classes. She is working on her Grand Championship currently with 4 points (with 1 major)

  Way to Go, Celebration and Jeff!

Am. Champion Hobby Horse's Magical Celebration, owned by Shauna, Jeff, Gail Mathews and Mary Kistner.

Pictured at left, Celebration shows off some of the moves that judges couldn't deny! Celebration became our 55th Champion after finishing at the Rubber City show on January 6, 2012. Celebration is sired by our Hobby Horse Ghost Ryder.
She is very stylish, and a real sweetheart to live with.

  Sadly missed...
Ch. Hobby Horse's No Foolin'
aka "Jester"
July 21, 1999 – Nov. 19, 2012

Owned and loved by Lori Pheil and Shauna & Jeff
This beautiful boy, son of our Ch. Hobby Horse Foolish Pleasure "Darcy" and Hobby Horse Nordic Crusade - "Indy:, finished his championship with 4 majors.
Full of fun and with a sense of humor, Jester loved to lie in wait for Lori and Raisa, always hiding behind a fallen tree... (although the tips of his ears were always plainly visible!) He always made us laugh, and would also "tattle" on Rumor when he got into mischief! Jester, you leave a large void in our lives. We love you.

  Ch. Hobby Horse Nordic Spiced Ice
Memorial: We said goodbye May 26, 2013, to our beautiful "Spice", who slipped peacefully away at the age of 15. We will miss you, sweet Spice, thank you for all the years you brightened our lives. We'll see you later. Spice was a daughter of our handsome Ch. Caper, and granddaughter of the peerless Icy


Our new girl Song is very photogenic! She's also and fiesty playful... Check her out here! She has had some nice win and is looking for that last major!

  In Memory of Ch. Hobby Horse Traces of Nordic
Our beloved Tigger slipped quietly away in his sleep on November 7, 2010. Tigger was the sire of a number of Champions, including a litter of four champions, Ch. Hobby Horse Nordic EZ Ryder, Ch. Nordic's Code Talker HH, Ch. Nordic's Luck O' The Irish, and their sister Ch. Harley. He was a son of our Ch. Hobby Horse Nordic Starbuck.

Rest in Peace, sweet Tigger.


Congrats Celebration!
Hobby Horse Magical Celebration won her first two points on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 27 and 28, 2010 at Agathon KC under judges Lee Canalizo and Mrs. Houston (Toddie) Clark. WB/BOS. Celebration is a daughter of our Ch. Hobby Horse Nordic Ghost Ryder, aka "Blaze"





  In Loving Memory of Smooch
On August 11, 2010 we said goodbye to our lovely Smooch, Ch. Hobby Horse Nordic MagicKist, daughter of our foundation sire, Am. & Can. Ch. Nordic's Magic Hobby Horse. Just shy of 15 years of age, Smooch went suddenly, leaving us with beautiful memories of her happy, smiling face and outgoing personality. She won the Bred by Exhibitor class at the 1999 SCA national and exemplified the Samoyed spirit. We miss her dearly, they just don't come any better.
  Congratulations Chance!
New Champion Nordic's Take A Chance On Me HH has become Hobby Horse Champion number 52! (and Nordic Champion 102. Bred and owned by Gail Mathews, Brigid Brandt, S. Brandt and Jeff Skinner. This gorgeous boy is sired by CH. Donnereign's Classic Edition and his dam is "Harley" - CH. Nordic's Born To Be Wild (Ryder's sister)

In Loving Memory of
Champion Hobby Horse Nordic Starbuck
July 17, 1994 – September 18, 2009

In his 15 + years, Starbuck was one of the sweetest dogs we have owned. The last of the Kismet's sons to leave us, he was very special. He sired Tigger, who in turn produced Ryder, whose young son Blaze produced the litter shown above. We wil be welcoming his great great granddaughter in a few short weeks, so, he has definitely left a legacy! We will miss you, dear Starbuck.



Hobby Horse Nordic Crusader
Rest in Peace, dear Indy.
July 3, 1994 – December 1, 2009

Indy, sire of Champions Jester and Sparkle. Luckily this photo was taken in late Summer of 09, probably his last photo, and didn't he look terrifc at nearly 15 at the time. Beautifully pigmented, and a sweet, funny dog! Kennel mate of Darcy in their last years together - they were sire and dam of Jester and Sparkle, Gable, Flash.



In Loving Memory of our very special girl, Ch. Hobby Horse The Pleasure's Mine – "Sparkle."

Gone much too soon, we lost our beautiful Sparkle April 22, 2009. Daughter of our BISS Ch. Hobby Horse Foolish Pleasure "Darcy" and Hobby Horse Nordic Crusade – "Indy". And Sparkle she did, from the very beginning.

Her littermates included Ch. Hobby Horse's No Foolin' – "Jester", Hobby Horse Photo Finish ' "Flash" and Hobby Horse Charismatic - "Gable."

Sparkle, with her dam Darcy, wonFirstPlace in the large Brace class at the 2002 National Specialty in Carlilse, PA, under judge Jean Fournier.
Sparlke finished quite young with a Best of Breed from the classes.


In Loving Memory of Ch. Nordic's Code Talker HH

Taken suddenly from us on July 13, 2009, Cody was a very special boy. Brother to Ch. Ryder, Ch. O'Brien, Ch. Harley and son of Ch. Kali and Ch. Tigger. Loved and missed by us all. Special condolences to Gail Mathews.

  New Champion # 54!
Hobby Horse Nordic Ghost Ryder

Blaze won his last 5 points his first three days out at the Steel Valley Cluster. Way to go, Jeff and Blaze!

Blaze won an exciting DOUBLE HEADER at the International Kennel Club of Chicago Show on Feb 23, 2008!
From the 9-12 Puppy Dog Class, he was awarded Best in Sweepstakes under judge Tom Krause, Followed by 9-12 First Place, WD, BOW under judge Judy Goodin, for his second 4pt Major! Way to go Blaze and Jeff!

Sire: Ch. Hobby Horse Nordic EZ Ryder
Dam: Hobby Horse Capr'ice O'Windsong

Blaze also was awarded WD and BOW under Jon Cole - earning him his first points - and a four point major. Way to go, Blaze!
"Blaze" recently won Reserve Winners Dog at 9 months of age at the Buckeye Samoyed Specialty held in conjunction with the Medina Kennel Club show at the Cleveland Crown Classic. Way to go, Blaze!
  Ch. Hobby Horse Foolish Pleaure -
Our beloved Darcy, Best in Specialty Show winner and dam of champions – including Ch. Hobby Horse The Pleasure's Mine (Sparkle) Ch. Hobby Horse Bad as I Wanna Be (Boo, owned with Cathy Wheatley) Ch. Hobby Horse's No Foolin' (Jester - owned with Lori Pheil), and other much loved pets and show dogs, left us on July 18, at over 15 years of age. Darcy and her daughter, Sparkle, won a very large Brace Class at the 2002 National Specialty under judge Jean Fournier.A loving member of our family. We miss you, beautiful Darcy.


CH. Donnereign's The Sun Goddess! Goddess finished with a 3PT Major under Judge Dr. R.S.Prichard. CONGRATULATIONS GAIL AND GODDESS!

Blaze puts Gails total to 101!

  Champion Nordic's Last Dance HH
WB/BOW 3PT MAJOR • Chain O'Lakes KC
January 27, 2008

SIRE:  CH. Nordic's Hobby Horse Glacier
DAM:   Nordic's Hobby Horse Karioka
Kari is pictured here at the young age of 9 1/2 going WB / BOW under Judge Kay Radcliffe. The crowd went wild and there wasn't a dry eye in the placewhen the judge pointed to Kari & Gail!

Blaze - puppy photos


  Turbo, (Blaze's brother) owned byFrank and Susan Smith. Handsome boy!
  New Champion Nordic's Luck 'O The Irish, "O'Brien", champ # 51 for Hobby Horse and #98 for Nordic!
O'Brien finished with a 3-pt. major under Leslie Valiunas.
He is pictured here winning a 4 pt major under Ruth Tessendorf in Bloomington, Illinois! Handling O'Brien is Brigid Brandt. He is a son of our "Tigger" – Ch. Hobby Horse Traces of Nordic and a litter brother to Ryder (Ch. Hobby Horse Nordic EZ Ryder - scroll down) O'Brien's dam is Ch. Nordic's Hobby Horse Kaliope (Kali) who is a daughter of Am/Can Ch. Nordics Hobby Horse Kachina who is out of our foundation bitch, Ch. Kismet x Rikki (Hobby Horse White Tie n Tails) Congratulations, O'Brien and Brigid!

It's not gossip! "RUMOR" finished on 11-18-06 with his third 4-point major. Judges Irene Bivin (WD, BOW at Sandusky KC), and Lt. Col. Charles Ruppert (WD at Lima KC) put the finishing touches on Rumor's championship.(shown)
Rumor is a son of the late Ch. Hobby Horse Nordic IceCapade and Ch. Donnereign Wild at Heart
Rumor is owned and handled by Lori Pheil and coowned by Jeff and Shauna. Rumor is Champion #96 for Gail Mathews of Nordic Samoyeds, co-breeder.

CH. NORDIC'S MINNIE HA HA Champion #97 bred or owned by Nordic!

Minnie was just 4 oz when she was born on Feb 1999, and was first shown in July 2004
and finished at 7 years old.
Affectionately known as Minnie Moo, Moozie Moozie Moo, Minn the Moo and Minn
Bred by Brigid and Sarah Brandt, Gail Mathews, Jeffrey Skinner
Owned by: Brigid/Sarah Brandt, Gail Mathews, Shauna R Brummet
Sire: CH. Nordic's Hobby Horse Glacier
Dam: CH. Nordic's Hobby Horse Kachina
WAY TO GO MINNIE! Finished with 4 pt. major under Charles Olvis.

Champion Hobby Horse Nordic Wild Card
Deuce finished at Richland County KC on July 23 under Sondra Joy Esporite


Owned by Shauna, Jeff, and Gail Mathews.
Bred by Anne Gannon, Jeff Skinner & Gail Mathews.
Pictured with Gail under under Francine Schwartz in Valpo, she finished under Jay Richardson.


Congratulations Cody!
Champion #48 for Hobby Horse Farm!

Pictured with Gail, winning BOW under Elaine Whitney.
Champion 44!
Ch. Hobby Horse EZ Ryder

Ryder finished in West Virgina, winning BOW under Barbara Alderman and BOW and BOB over a special under Judy Goodin to finish! Thanks to all the judges who recognized this beautiful boy's quality and all the nice comments we have received.
Bred by Hobby Horse Farm and Gail Mathews and Brigid Brandt. Sired by our "Tigger" – Ch. Hobby Horse Traces of Nordic out of "Kali" – Ch. Nordic Hobby Horse Kaliope