1987 me and my A litter van Gogh
My name is Claudia Romard and I am involved in the sport of Schutzhund for over 30 years.
families first dog was a show line female named “Klea
vom Langhorner Grund” that my Mom started to train
at a local dog club in Hamburg, Germany in 1974. I was about
5 years old when I started to go to "the dog club"
regularly twice a week. We were members
there for years, my Mom managed to title Klea and we both
enjoyed the social aspects of club live. Club members allowed
me to “train” their old and retired dogs or
let me play with their puppies and that was how everything
Klea passed away in 1984 my Mom told me that the
next dog will be mine and that I will be in charge of the
training. A club member helped us to find the right dog
for me. I wanted a working line puppy because I enjoyed
the training part of the sport a lot more than showing dogs
in the show ring. He found out that the kennel “von der Rensefelder Schlucht” had a nice litter on the
ground. When the puppies were 7 weeks old I made my pick and
a week later
moved in. My first own dog !!
always was a very active and driven dog which seemed to
make training easy at first, but when the training became
a little more serious we found out that she was a hand full.
She was almost too driven and hard for me as a new handler.
So I started looking for help at a different club near bye
which was known for their incredible success at Regional
and National trials through the years. There they realized
Munjas “talent” right away and I found great
help and support. Soon we got our SchH1, 2 and 3 which also
already qualified us for the Regional's (LGA). Munja -only
2 years old then- and me competed at the Regionals
(LGA) and qualified for the German Championship (BSP). I
am proud to say that I was one of the first youth handlers (under 18 years old)
that ever managed to qualify to the BSP through the “adult
world” and I did not even know that there was something
like a German Championship existing. Altogether Munja and
I competed at over 50 trials and tournaments, just take
a look at Munjas page and you will see what an incredible
dog she was.
Munja was such an outstanding female I decided to breed
her. Since I was introduced to the world of arts in school
Vincent van Gogh's creations are the some of the most
beautiful things in this world. His expressiveness and the
vivid colors he used still fascinate me immediately. So when
I was looking for a kennel name my first and initial idea
was to use his name. The kennel name “Van Gogh” was then
registered with the SV in Germany in 1986.
I am originally from Hamburg, Germany, but my family and I
are now living in Massachusetts.
In February 1986 Munja whelped her first litter. The
father of the puppies was “Grando vom Schloss Veitenstein”.
Her second litter was born in January 1989. This time I
choose the up and coming young male “Arek vom Stoffelblick”
who became famous almost a year later placing 5th at the 1989 BSP.
(this oil painting was made in 2008 by my
dear friend Daniela Bedenice)
to big changes in my private situation I had to retire Munja
in 1990 and I stopped training dogs for almost 7 years,
but I always stayed close to the sport. When Munja died
in 1998 I desperately wanted another dog, but work and private
life still did not allow another GSD. So I adopted
my crazy Jack Russell Terrier.
turned out to be an out of control Terrier that needed "guidance".
So I returned to my old club and started to train the little
monster. Out of a joke we also tried some bite work on him
and he was just super. So we got our BH 1999 and the only
reason why he never got a Schutzhund title was that he could
not jump the meter jump and the A-frame.
in the active sport I was asked to train a female for a
breeder which I did. After a relatively short time “Graefin
von der Nebelbank” and I got our SchH1 with 98/98/91/287
V and just 4 weeks later our SchH2 with 85/98/87/270 sg.
Graefin was bred then and I kept a puppy out of that litter.
I raised and trained “Iguana von der Nebelbank”,
titled her and after our move into the US I had to re-home
her for medical reasons. She had a wonderful life as a
beloved family pet.
the BSP 2000 I met my husband Steve Romard who visited this
Top event with some other
from the US. They needed
a “translator” …….. and here I am
now. We got married in 2001 and in June 2002 our son Lenny
was born. Since then Steve is the helper for all my dogs.
He started doing helper work in the early 90's and since
then he was picked as a trial helper in many Regional and
National events. Dogs are a
real "family affair" in the Romard house. Lennys job so far
is to provide the highest level of distraction in training
(which he does very well) and he helps a lot with the
first dog I trained here in the US was a Malinois named Lugar who was raised
by my husband Steve. Lugar was THE dog for my competition
future, but things turned out different and I had to put
my friend down in October 2005, he was only 3,5 years old.
After that came
“Yara von den Wannaer Hoehen”
(aka Mrs.Wiggles) who I raised,
trained and competed with at Regional and
National Level (she is the
mother of my C, D, E, G and H litter). Yara is now retired
from the big trial circus and "just" a Mom.
2011 I will be busy with
my self bred youngsters "Clip van Gogh"
and "Dolle van Gogh". They are
both still young, so we will see what the future will
bring for us. For more information on my dogs just check out their pages. I hope you will enjoy my