As I go over this week’s show results, I find myself much encouraged about the state of our sport. We have had a thrilling rankings race all this year with the Number One Dog All Breed title constantly in contention. This week ended with the German Wirehaired Pointer, GCH CH Mt View’s Ripsnorter Silver Charm, and the English Springer Spaniel, GCH CH Wynmoor Champagne Supernova, in a dead heat for the Number One spot. As soon as I get through today’s Monday Morning Mop Up over on Dog Show Poop, I will compile the weekend’s numbers and let you know who came out on top this week.
Fourteen of the 29 all-breed BIS awards this week went to dogs not among the Top 100 Dogs All Breeds. The most frequent complaint I hear from exhibitors is the average Joe can’t win. Well, the numbers just don’t bear that out. Almost half of the BIS this week went to the average Joe…well, the average Joe with a really good dog. So, if you have been sitting home, thinking you don’t have a chance of winning, get your dog groomed up and back out there competing. As a judge told me when I first started, “For sure, if you don’t enter, you won’t win.”
Entries rebounded significantly this week. Not one of the 29 all-breed shows this week had an entry under 500. There were 1,000-plus entries in Florida, Missouri, Colorado and Southern California. That’s somewhat a function of fewer shows than in the previous couple of weeks, but it’s also indicative of people coming back to the show ring. Whatever the root cause, Martha says it’s a good thing.
Be sure to check out Christi McDonald’s look at the weekend’s shows in her “Fancy That” post today here on Best In Show Daily, and check back here with me on Wednesday for a look at the numbers from the big Montgomery County weekend coming up in October. I think you will be surprised at the impact on our rankings. And that’s today’s Back Story.