In spite of Friday’sEast Coast storm that grounded thousands of flights and that weather forecasters predicted could be a record-setting blizzard, 361 Toy dogs showed up at the Hotel Pennsylvania for the Progressive Dog Club show to officially open Westminster week in Manhattan. By sundown on Friday, the 20 inches of snow that were predicted hadn’t fallen, but fanciers’ travel plans to the city were certainly impacted.
In spite of absentees, nine breeds or varieties drew majors that held, including Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Smooth and Long Coat Chihuahuas, Havanese, Min Pins, Papillons, Pugs, Shih Tzus and Yorkies. Last year, Chinese Cresteds, IGs and Toy Manchester Terriers also competed for majors. The show’s entry was 434.
Late in the afternoon, judge Charlotte Patterson selected Best Puppy in Show, which went to the Canadian-bred Long Coat Chihuahua BCBG Orient Express, bred and owned by Caroline Desmarais and just 6 months old. Second in the Puppy Group was Havanese Yup’s Have a Little Faith in Me, bred and owned by Janet Birdsall and handled by David Stout. The 8-month-old puppy bitch also won a 4-point major when she was Best of Winners.
The third spot in the Puppy Group went to Bookmark’s Uncommonly Good. The also 8-month-old Pug is bred and owned by Patti and Richard Caldwell, and handled by Christopher Keith. Fourth was Min Pin Blythewood Golden Warrior, bred and owned by Miniature Schnauzer maven Joan Huber. This puppy, also 8 months old, took home a 4-point major along with his Group ribbon.
Following Best Puppy judging, Mrs. Patterson watched the day’s Best of Breed winners circle the ring. She had before her five Best of Breed winners that were repeats from last year’s Progressive: the English import Cavalier GCh. Miletree Northern Star at Shirmont, handled by Clint Livingston for owners Bruce and Shirley Henry, and Betsy George and breeders Peter and Ruta Towse; English Toy Spaniel King Charles and Ruby GCh. Southdown Nevermind, bred and owned by Bruce Van Deman and handled by Per Rismyhr; Min Pin GCh. Marlex Classic Red Glare, bred by Carole Mohr-Rio and owned by Leah Monte and her handler, Armando Angelbello; the Japanese import Toy Poodle GCh. Smash JP Sakura, handled by Kaz Hosaka for owners Ron Scott and Debbie Burke, and breeder Toshi Omura; and the Yorkie GCh. Stratford’s Diamond Jim, bred and owned by Barbara Scott and handled by Luke and Diane Ehricht.
The Min Pin placed second in the Group last year, and the Toy Poodle was third.
Also vying for the top award in this year’s Group was 2012’s Number 1 Toy, the Dutch-bred Affenpinscher GCh. Banana Joe V Tani Kazari, who is owned by Tina Truesdale with his breeder, Mieke Cooymans, and handled by Ernesto Lara. BOB in Poms went to last year’s Number 8 Toy dog, GCh. CR Chase What Matters, handled by Noble Inglett for owner Margo Koga. ‘Chase’ was bred by Robert and Celeste Solano. The 2012 Number 10 Toy, GCh. Hill Country’s Tag I’m It, won Pugs. ‘JJ’ is owned by Carolyn Koch, handled by Barry Clothier and bred by Kristy and Kevin Ratliff.
From 22 specials, the Smooth Coat Chihuahua BOB winner was GCh. Genbrook’s Playin’ With Fire, bred and owned by Brooke Kaye and handled by her co-owner, Gary Stiles. I expected last year’s Group Fourth winner, GCh. Ayrwen Star Kissed Delight, to be at Progressive again this year, but ‘DeeDee,’ who was also Group Second here in 2010, was not entered with breeder/owner-handler Gloria Johnson. From 12 Long Coat specials, with no absentees in the BOB class, the winner was Tina and Bill Bregman’s GCh. Roseland Eli, bred by Harold and Patsy Pawley, and handled by Caroline Lanasa.
Fourteen Havanese specials vied to compete in the day’s final, with GCh. Yup’s Malibu Dream coming out on top. He is bred and owned by Janet Birdsall and David Stout, co-owned by Elizabeth O’Meara and Karen Duprat-Feldman and handled by David. Italian Greyhound GCh. GDM Zenyatta at Lakeside had to defeat seven other IGs to make it to the Group ring. Owned by Meredith Manning, Jutta Kulic and her breeder Dee Snoble, she was co-bred by Janet Beckett.
There were 16 Papillon specials entered, with 11 present for breed judging. The victor was GCh. Involo The King of Pop, bred by Donna, Michael and Gia Garofalo, owned by Gia and Madeline Mosing, and handled by both Brian Livingston and, on occasion, Gia.
To win the breed in Shih Tzus, GCh. Foxfire Pocket Edition had to best 10 other specials. ‘Kindle’ is bred and owned by Trisha Fox and co-owned by Kathy Bilicich, who handles her.
David Fitzpatrick went Best in Show at Progressive last year with the eventual Westminster Best in Show winner, GCh. Palacegarden Malachy. David won the breed again this year at the Toy show, this time with the homebred puppy dog that just turned 9 months old, Pequest Paddington, who won the award over four specials to earn a major.
The day’s BOB winner in Maltese was Ch. Rhapsody N Cherub’s Oh So Henry. ‘Ohso’ was bred by Tonia Holibaugh, who also handled his sire, GCh. Rhapsody’s Regarding Henry, to multiple BIS wins. Ohso is owned by Kim and Tony MacKenzie, and handled by Scott Sommer. BOB in Toy Manchesters went to GCh. Burmack’s Highlander at Chesterfield, bred by Jim Burrows and Pat Mackesey, who owns him with Katherine Levario.
English Toy Spaniel Blenheim and Prince Charles GCh. Loujon Backroads To Paris is familiar with the Group ring at Progressive. He was the breed winner there in 2010 and 2011. Soon to be 6 years old, ‘Pari’ is bred and owned by Karen Miller and Jamie Ward, co-owned by Cindy Williams and handled by Karen.
Christian Rangel handled the Brussels Griffon, Ch. Paragons Sharp Dressed Man at Greengates, bred by Kathy Fleener, who owns him with Felicia Cashin and Mary Gale. Jessie Barringer and Robert Jarrett’s BOB Crested, Ch. MOA’s Have A Coke and A Smile was bred by Margarita Files. BOB in Silkys went to GCh. Snow Glen’s Tesoro Cover Story, bred by Debra Caselli, Judi Carson and Bernadette Fletcher, and owned by Diane Adamcik, Debra Caselli and Pam Laqerruque, handled by Pam. And last, but not least, GCh. Barbary’s That’s So Raven represented Toy Fox Terriers in the Group. ‘Raven’ was handled by Carlos Puig for owners Linda Smith and Paula Nieto and breeder Denise Monette.
Judge Patterson presented the Best in Show ribbon to the Min Pin ‘Classie.’ Second went to Affenpinscher ‘Joey,’ third to Papillon ‘Jackson’ and fourth to JJ, the Pug. Best In Show Daily congratulates all of today’s winners and wishes everyone best of luck over the next few days!