|Against All Odds
Today’s Best In Show Daily pays tribute to a pair of remarkable ladies. In DFR, Kayla Bertagnolli interviews Casandra Clark, a former junior handler whose resume includes victories at both Westminster and the World Dog Show. Senior Editor Christi McDonald pays homage to the top Best-in-Show-winning Terrier of all time, Ch. Registry’s Lonesome Dove, and demonstrates why ‘Lacey’ had what it took to win against all odds. The American English Coonhound, whose ancestry traces back to both sides of the Atlantic, has beaten the odds to achieve full AKC recognition and is profiled for you today.
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An Interview with Casandra Clark
By Kayla Bertagnolli
To all my DFR readers, I am more than ecstatic to introduce you to Casandra Clark. I cannot put into words how incredible this woman is and what an amazing dog show career she’s had. So I’m going to let her tell you the story of her juniors career and where she is today.
Casandra’s long list of accomplishments includes being one of the youngest winners of Best Junior Handler at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show. more
The Top Best-in-Show-Winning Terrier of All Time
By Christi McDonald
Among the seven Groups, the contest for top Best-in-Show winner has been most hotly contested in Terriers. The first Terrier to reach the pinnacle was the Scottie shown in the mid-1980s by master Terrier-man George Ward. CH Braeburn’s Close Encounter was bred by R.E. and H.M. Girling and owned by Alan and Sonnie Novick, a well-to-do couple from Florida who had previously backed winning show dogs for several different handlers.
‘Shannon’ won her 184th Best in Show in February 1985 when she topped Westminster, and she went on to rack up a record 214 all-breed Bests and to become the fifth dog to ever win 100 Best in Shows and the only one in American dog show history to that point to win more than 200 top awards. more
New Coonhound Hits NYC on February 13
By Elaine Waldorf Gewirtz
The latest member of the Hound Group, the American English Coonhound, or “English” as owners prefer to call this breed, makes an ideal hunting companion. Three are entered at the Garden this year.This intelligent hound possesses the sound, powerful body of a super athlete and a sonic-boom voice that echoes for miles on the hunt. Sleek and flashy, the American English Coonhound tracks fox by day and raccoon and other nocturnal game come sundown. more