I suppose the results in Louisville on Saturday could be considered an upset, since our Number 1 dog of all breeds, ‘Sky,’ was second in her Group to the eventual Best in Show winner. This was the first day that Norman Patton’s choice for the final prize, the Swedish-bred Russell Terrier, GCh. Goldsand’s Columbus, was in Louisville. In fact, he was Best in Show on Friday evening at the York Kennel Club show in Pennsylvania under Clay Coady, in an entry of 1,972. ‘Bosse’ is, of course, the breed’s record holder for first AKC Best in Show, most Best in Shows, first Group placement at Westminster and probably more. Handled by Allison Sunderman, he won three Bests and 14 Groups the first two months of this year and is Number 2 Terrier through February. He’s owned by Mark Ulrich and Christina Areskough, and was bred by Madeline Sandell-Bark.Yesterday I mentioned that the Number 1 Non-Sporting dog, Standard Poodle GCh. Jaset’s Satisfaction, had not been placed in the Group the first two days of the cluster, but the tide turned for ‘London’ and handler Ann Rairigh on day three when Kathleen Grosso awarded him the blue ribbon, and Norman Patton, who is a Poodle breeder, made him Reserve Best in Show. Bred by Sandra Tompkins and Chris Bailey, who also bred his sire, the multiple BIS Ch. Jaset Sparks Will Fly, London is owned by Michele Molnar and Jamie Danburg. Also on Saturday, a son of London’s was Winners Dog and a daughter was Best of Winners, littermates from the 9-12 Puppy class. The idea that the dogs that win the first few days of a circuit are the ones that will continue to do so was further shattered with the rest of the Group results. (I’m sure it’s been shattered previously many times, but we persist in believing it anyway.) That’s what keeps us going to dog shows, isn’t it? ‘Edna,’ the lovely little Boston bitch that was Group One the first two days, handled by Carlos Puig, was out of the ribbons Saturday. Second went to Bichon Frise GCh. Glenleigh Gangs ‘N Roses, his first placement of the circuit. ‘Governor’ is handled by Ellen Perry for breeder/owner Karen Tormey and co-owners Lorrie Carlton, Larry Letsche and Renee Lauer. He won a Best in Show and three Groups in the first eight weeks of the year, so he’s on track to have an even better year than last.
And yet another new face in the final lineup was the third place winner, Frenchie GCh. LeFox Born To Boogie. ‘Teddy’ is handled by Angela Lloyd for owner Colette Secher, and was bred by Sally Sweatt and Jackie Drucker. His sire is the multiple Group and BIS winner Ch. Lebull’s Fargo. Shar-Pei ‘Tinsel,’ GCh. Shine’s Deck The Halls, who is handled by Nina Fetter, has been in the ribbons every day, and was again Saturday with a fourth.In the Bulldog ring on Saturday, Terri Lyddon beat all eight specials with the 12-to-18 Months dog, Empires Big Pete, bred and owned by Faye Richardson, co-owned by John Richardson and sired by GCh. Hetherbull Topline O-O, whose pedigree is, well, spectacular. O-O is a grandson on one side of Ch. Cherokee Legend Rock, top Bulldog 2006 through 2008 and a Hall of Fame sire. On O-O’s dam’s side, his grandsire is the legendary Ch. Marinebull’s All The Way, considered by some to be among the breed’s best ever, two-time National Specialty winner and 1976 Number 1 Non-Sporting dog. ‘Goober’ was owner-handled by Karl Dingman. Then on Big Pete’s dam’s side you find several of the other legendary Cherokee dogs, as well as Ch. Millcoats Titus, 1995 National Specialty winner, winner of 27 specialty BIS and five all-breed Bests and sire of 136 champions. I’m fascinated by Bulldog pedigrees, and this one is beautiful.
The Terrier Group, as we’ve already learned, had a different result as well. Judge Stephen Hurt placed Wire Fox Terrier Sky second with Gabriel Rangel, and the Kerry Blue bitch who earned a placement on day one did so again when GCh. True Blue Madonna was third. ‘Pink’ is handled by Leonardo Garcini for owner Elaine Randell, and she’s the daughter of Elaine’s Irish import GCh. Edbrios Stradivari, the 2010 National Specialty and multiple Group winner, handled by Blake Hansen. Pink was the 2012 BOB winner at the USKBTC at Montgomery County.
The Lakeland bitch Ch. Delzar Sweet Sin-sation, who placed on Friday handled by Tracy Szaras, was fourth. Precious is owned by Patty Harbison and is already among the breed’s Top 10. She’ll no doubt go up in the rankings after this cluster.In the Working Group, judge Edd Bivin placed the same four dogs that placed on day one, and three that also placed on Friday, but in different order. First went to the Jody Paquette-handled Standard Schnauzer ‘Finn,’ second to the breeder/owner-handled Doberman Pinscher ‘Fifi,’ with Jocelyn Mullins, third to Boxer ‘Macey’ and Michael Shepherd, and fourth to ‘Dora,’ the Giant handled by Amy Booth. Pat Laurans judged the Hound Group, and her placements were again new players. The Afghan who was first on day one, then second, GCh. Tells Matrix Reloaded, was Select in the breed ring, with GCh. Windsong Bluhill’s Mr. Fantastic winning the breed, handled by Kathy Caton under judge Barbara Cromley. Friday’s Group winner, Otterhound GCh. Aberdeen’s Under The Influence, was also Select, with BOB under judge Donnelle Richards going to GCh. White River’s News Flash, handled by Cathy Martin.
The 15-inch Beagle, Ch. Tashtins Lookin For Trouble, was first in the Hound Group. ‘Miss P’ is handled by Will Alexander for owners Lori and Kaitlyn Crandlemire, Brody Cavanaugh and Eddie Dziuk. She was bred in Canada, more specifically in British Columbia, by Lori Crandlemire. She’s not a new face to the show ring; she was Number 2 Hound in Canada last year, when she was also BOS at the U.S. National Specialty, and so far this year she’s Number 1 in the breed in the U.S.
In the second spot I saw a name that I had to check, and then double check, because I thought it had been a long time since I’d seen it. It turns out I just saw it a long time ago, and wasn’t paying attention the past several years. PBGV GCh. Monkham’s Famous Grouse was born in February 2004, and every single year after, with the exception of 2010, he has been among the breed’s Top 10. He’s won just over 40 Groups, and I believe four Best in Shows during that eight-year period. He must have improved with age, as his best year ever was 2012, when he was Number 2 in the breed with 15 Group wins and two BIS. So far this year, at 9 years of age, he’s Number 1 in the breed.
Basset Hound GCh. Topsfield-Sanchu Eenie Meenie Miney Moe earned his third placement of the week, handled by Bryan Martin. In fourth was Whippet Ch. Ableaim Question Me, bred and owned by Jenny and Gail Boyd, co-owned by Cydney Petit and handled by Madison Petit.The Shorthair bitch who won the first two Groups, GCh. Dogwdcreek’s La Vita Belle, was out of the ribbons on Saturday. In another twist that seems odd, last year’s Number 1 dog of all breeds, German Wirehaired Pointer GCh. Mt. View’s Ripsnorter Silver Charm, has been entered every day, although he was not shown on Thursday. He won the breed on Friday but did not get a ribbon in the Group, and on Saturday he was third in the Sporting Group under judge Suzanne Dillin. You all no doubt remember well that ‘Oakley’ is handled by Phil Booth for owner Victor Malzoni, and was Group First at the Garden just over a month ago. He is still the country’s top Sporting dog, and Number 4 among all breeds.
The Sporting Group winner was GCh. Stargazr’ N Wingfield Time Will Tell, the English Setter Eileen Hackett breeder/owner-handles. Don and Pat Coller own ‘Trevor’ with Eileen, who co-bred him with Pat Skol, Kate Hanlon and Lois Biedron. He’s a son of the 2008 Number 2 Sporting dog Ch. Chebaco Blames It On Trabeiz, who was also the 2008 AKC/Eukanuba Best Bred-by-Exhibitor in Show, handled by Eileen. Trevor is Number 10 Sporting dog through February.
Second in the Group went to a dog of Mrs. Dillin’s own breed, English Cocker GCh. Downonda Rumwood’s Big Bad John. Bred by Cindy Shaffer, ‘Jack-Jack’ is handled by Morgan Brooks for owners George and Claire Hedrick. So far this year he’s not among the breed’s Top 20, but perhaps this is the start of good things for him. Nova Scotia Duck Toller GCh. Pikkinokka’s Lightning Bug earned his second placement of the cluster when he was fourth.In the Toy Group, Norm Patton awarded first to Friday’s Best in Show winner, Min Pin ‘Classie,’ who, as most of our readers know, is the Number 2 dog of all breeds currently. She’s handled, as always, by her owner Armando Angelbello.
Remember the famous dog Norman Patton bred and owned in the 1970s? It was the Shih Tzu, Ch. Dragonwyck The Great Gatsby, and he was one of the breed’s first big winners after they came into AKC in 1969. ‘Gatsby’ won 40 Best in Shows during his career, handled first by Norman himself, and later, under the ownership of Robert Koeppel, by the late, great Peggy Hogg. Gatsby was America’s Top Toy in 1976. But I digress…
Second in Norman’s Toy Group was the Shih Tzu, GCh. Hallmark Jolei Bells Will Be Ringing, his second placement for the week. ‘Willy,’ bred and owned by Luke and Diane Ehricht, finished his championship when he was just 8 months old. He’s a son of the top-winning Shih Tzu in the history of the breed, Ch. Hallmark Jolei Raggedy Andy, Top Toy and Number 2 of all breeds in 2002 handled by Luke for Gilbert Kahn. If my memory serves me, there are just a few degrees of separation between Mr. Patton and Luke and Diane, then, as I seem to remember that Peggy Hogg successfully showed one of Gilbert’s Charing Cross Shih Tzu. Or was it simply that Gilbert’s Ch. Dragonwyck of Charing Cross came down from the Great Gatsby? If anyone has the answer, I would be so pleased to have my memory refreshed.
Third in the Toy Group went to the Pom, GCh. Chase What Matters, winning his third BOB during this National Specialty week. Fourth was the Maltese, ‘Hank,’ Thursday’s Group winner. GCh. Scylla’s Small Kraft Re-Lit is handled by his breeder Tara Martin Rowell. Hanks’ great-grandsire, Ch. Sand Island Small Kraft Lite, was Number 1 Toy in 1990 and 1991, and won the Toy Group at the Garden in 1992. ‘Henry’ was owned by Carol Frances Anderson and handled by Tara’s mother, Vicki Abbott.
We had a new winner in Griffons Saturday under judge Tim Catterson, following the National Specialty on Thursday. GCh. Marsdon Frankly Speaking is bred and owned by Beverly Strange, co-bred by Kathy Peralta and handled by Blake Hansen. ‘Frank’ was Number 7 in the breed last year and has moved up to Number 3 so far this year.And the last Group we have results for is Herding, where Friday’s Reserve BIS dog, OES ‘Swagger,’ was the winner under judge Vincent Grosso, breeder/owner-handled by Colton Johnson. Swagger is from a line of all-breed and specialty Best in Show winners and was, of course, the Group winner at the Garden this year. I believe I failed to mention yesterday that Swagger is bred and owned by Colton and his wife, Heather, who have been so fortunate to have had the Bugaboo breeding program, established by his parents Doug and Michaelanne Johnson, at their fingertips. Colton and Heather have devoted themselves to this successful family of Old English for the past several years with great success, as you can see.
Second in Herding was Border Collie GCh. Majestic Avatar Storm Warning, handled by Sarah Karger-Krickeberg for owners Mary Kay Karger, Frank Baylis and breeder/owner Ronni DeLay. ‘Storm’ was a multiple Group winner last year and is currently Number 2 Border Collie. Sarah also handles the current Number 1 Herding dog, Sheltie GCh. Grandgables The Frat Boy, but he was Best of Opposite in the breed today under Vince Grosso to GCh. Solange Significant, handled by Nick Joines for breeder/owner Linda Nicholas.
Group third was Australian Shepherd Ch. Hearthside Riveredge Sure Is Summum, bred by Cynthia Snyder and Betsy Atkinson, owned by Catherine Poitras of Canada and handled by Emily Burdon. ‘Quizz’ appears to have just begun his specials career in Canada, but he’s already among the Top 25 in the Group there.
Fourth went to Bearded Collie GCh. Spiritwood’s Gandalf The Blue, handled by Mark Bettis – a master with this breed – for breeder/owners Sheila and Jim Larsen. ‘Gunner’ is a son of the 2010 Number 1 Herding dog, GCh. Tolkien Raintree Mister Baggins, who became the top-winning Beardie in breed history handled by Cliff Steele for owners Ellen Charles, Angela and Larry Stein, Lesley Woodcock, Robert Lamm and Sue Ross.
The other top Herding dog that placed in the Group on Friday but didn’t win the breed on Saturday was Pembroke Corgi GCh. Coventry Allure at Wyndstar. ‘Ally’ was Select under judge Evie Sullivan to Mary Poineal, Cheryl Luce and Nicole King’s Ch. Gwyndolyns Kalypso Great Jubilee, who is owner-handled by Nicole and who seems to have been shown literally only a handful of times since finishing his championship in 2011, so this was a terrific win for him.
I’d love to report on the Best Junior handler, especially as the entry was 70. However, the results don’t list the junior’s name. We’ll do our best to get that info for you and share it with the Sunday results.
Saturday was undoubtedly an exciting day for the winners in Louisville. We’ll be back tomorrow to see how the cluster wraps up.