The country’s Number 1 Toy may have settled on Thursday for second place in Kentucky, but she went all the way to Best in Show on Friday at the Louisville Kennel Club. Judge Jan Paulk awarded GCh. Marlex Classic Red Glare the Toy Group, and Steve Keating gave the dynamic little Min Pin the red, white and blue.
Wire Fox Terrier ‘Sky’ won another Terrier Group, this time under judge Kathleen Grosso, whose husband did the Group yesterday. In other repeat Group wins, Gloria Kerr gave German Shorthaired Pointer ‘Bella’ the Sporting Group, Arley Hussin confirmed Doberman Pinscher ‘Fifi’ for the Working Group win, and Peggy Lloyd made it back-to-back blue ribbons for Boston Terrier ‘Edna.’
We had new winners in the Hound and Herding Groups. Betty-Anne Stenmark awarded the Hound Group to Otterhound ‘DUI,’ GCh. Aberdeen’s Under The Influence, on the heels of his regional specialty win Thursday. In the Herding Group, our 2013 Westminster Group winner, Old English Sheepdog Ch. Bugaboo’s Picture Perfect, took the win under judge Pat Laurans. On Thursday in the breed, ‘Swagger’ was Best of Opposite to Jere Marder’s bitch, GCh. Lamluv’s Live The Dream. But he pulled out the breed win Friday under Walter Sommerfelt, and was Dr. Keating’s Reserve Best in Show winner as well.
Let’s take a look at some of the other dogs that placed in the Groups, starting with the Toy Group, since two National Specialties took place this week in Louisville. In Pomeranians, Tuesday’s National Specialty winner has not been entered any other day. Today under breeder-judge Edd Bivin, one of this year’s top Toys, GCh. Chase What Matters, repeated his Thursday BOB win. ‘Chase’ is handled by Noble Inglett and was second in the Group.
In Brussels Griffons, Thursday’s National winner was Ch. Tupelo Axel Rose, who was bred in the U.S. by Patt and Ray Kolesar but recently spent a year in Europe racking up English, Spanish, Portuguese, Luxembourg and European Winner 2012 titles. The black uncropped dog was handled by Luis Martin of Spain for owners Jan Saba and Patt Kolesar. However, Friday’s breed winner under Dr. Keating was GCh. Chismick’s Lights On Broadway, bred by Lisa Straub and owned by Mark and Karin Jaeger of Michigan. ‘Tony’ was the 2012 National Specialty winner, handled by Karin. He was third in the Toy Group on Friday as well.
Group fourth went to Luke and Diane Ehricht’s Shih Tzu, GCh. Hallmark Jolei Bells Will Be Ringing, the 2012 Number 9 Toy and current top dog in his breed.
The Pointer bitch and the Brittany that placed in the Sporting Group on Thursday were both bested in their breed rings on Friday. Our second place English Setter won the breed, but was not placed in Friday’s Group. Instead judge Kerr placed second Parti-colored Cocker GCh. Conquest’s This Is It, handled by Linda Pitts for breeder/owner Mariecel Torres-Young. ‘Neytiri’ is the current Number 1 Parti Cocker with multiple Group wins this year.
Third went to Chesapeake Bay Retriever GCh. Kaela’s Cinnamon Toast, a bitch bred and owned by Dale Milder. Fourth was Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever GCh. Pikkinokka’s Lightning Bug, bred by Wayne McCarthy and Mathilde Niquidet, and owned by Stacy Einck-Paul and Nancie Mages. ‘Flash’ is a multiple Group winner, one of only two Tollers to have won Groups the first two months of 2013.
In the Hound Group, Thursday’s winner, Afghan ‘Matrix’ was second under Mrs. Stenmark. Longhaired Dachshund GCh. Hundelben Queen’s Armada SL, was breeder/owner-handled to third by Carlos Puig. ‘Cheese’ is co-owned by Dr. Patrice Stephens and K. Gonzalez, and was co-bred by Wayne Heikes. Basset Hound GCh. Topsfield-Sanchu Eenie Meenie Miney Moe was fourth. ‘Tiger’ is handled by Bryan Martin for breeder/owners Claudia Orlandi and Kitty Steidel. The two boys occupied the Number 7 (Tiger) and 8 (Cheese) Hound positions last year.
In the Working Group, judge Hussin placed two of the same dogs that placed on Thursday, ‘Finn’ the Standard Schnauzer, second, with handler Jody Paquette and ‘Macey’ the Boxer bitch, third, with Michael Shepherd. Fourth went to Tibetan Mastiff GCh. Drakyi Lion of Judah. ‘Judah’ is bred by Richard Eichhorn, owned by Brenda Lott and handled by Holly Leftwich. He is Number 3 in his breed this year, the same position he held at the close of 2012.
Moving on to the Terrier Group, Catherine Rogers breeder/owner-handled Norwich Terrier GCh. Camio’s Educated Exemplar to second. ‘Eddie’ placed in the Group the first time he was shown as a special, less than a week after he earned his fourth major and his championship last summer, and has won several Owner-Handler Group Firsts since then.Third under Mrs. Grosso was Westie GCh. Devonshire Out of the Starting Gate, handled by Courtney Kniola for breeder/owner Tracy Pancost. This young dog is a multiple Group winner.
Fourth was Lakeland Terrier Ch. Delzar Sweet Sin-sation, a bitch handled by her breeder, Tracy Szaras, for owner Patricia Harbison. Tracy handled her sire, Ch. Tuscaroran Champ Luna, in the Group for Gabriel Rangel at Montgomery County in 2009, and Peter Green awarded the Lakeland dog second to the Gabriel-handled Scottie bitch, Ch. Roundtown Mercedes of Maryscot. Sweet Sin-sation is really just starting her career and has just turned 2 years old.
In the Non-Sporting Group, it’s worth mentioning that the judges must be finding a lot to like among their Best of Breed winners. Standard Poodle GCh. Jaset’s Satisfaction, last year’s Number 1 Non-Sporting dog and Best in Show at AKC/Eukanuba in 2011, handled by Ann Rairigh, has been Best of Variety both days, but not placed in the Group.
On Friday judge Lloyd used one of the winners from the previous day, placing Chinese Shar-Pei GCh. Shine’s Deck The Halls third. Her second place was Tibetan Terrier Ch. Rinchen’s Blazing Illusion by Dzine, just beginning her specials career handled by Lynn Meyer, who owns her with breeder Claire Coppola, Pat Bernardo and Mary Lou Laffler. ‘Jersey’ is currently the Number 1 TT, while her litter brother, Ch. Rinchen’s Blazing Black Icon, is Number 2, and also a multiple Group winner.
Lowchen Ch. Sweetmeadow’s Don’t Make My Brn I’s Blue was fourth, handled by Ginger Aubert for breeder/owner Kathy Bumiller.
In the Herding Group, judge Laurans did not have yesterday’s Group winner. There were 25 Belgian Tervuren specials in competition Friday for the American Belgian Tervuren specialty, and ‘Hazy,’ breeder/owner-handled to the breed and Group wins yesterday by Bonnie Kreider, was Select Bitch in what must be one of the largest breed entries of the year. Ch. Onyx V Moned, bred in Holland by Monique Blankevoort and owned by Lynn Brandenburg and Loretta Reeder, was Best of Breed.
Nor did the Bouvier, Puli and Icelandic Sheepdog that placed on Thursday do so under Ms. Laurans. Her second place ribbon went to the 2012 and current Number 5 Herding dog, who happens to be a bitch, GCh. Coventry Allure at Wyndstar, handled by Jenny Wornall-Rangel for owners Alex Geremia and Bill Shelton. Bill, of course, co-bred ‘Ally’ with Steve Leyerly, Beckie Williams and Kerry Kirtley.
It was a competitive Group. Third went to the current Number 1 Herding dog, winner of 24 Groups and two Best in Shows in 2012, Sheltie GCh. Grandgables The Frat Boy. ‘Brother’ was bred in Canada by Guy Jeavons and Mark McMillan, and is handled by Sarah Krickeberg for owners Pam and Andre Buckles and Jimmy Moses.
Fourth was GCh. Daybar For Your Eyes Only, a Bearded Collie bred and owned by Beverly Barton and Dana Frady and co-owned by Catherine Perron.
Cindy Scott judged Junior Showmanship, and from the Open Senior class Best Junior Handler went to Emily Goldstein, breeder/owner-handling 15-inch Beagle ‘Winston.’
Join us tomorrow for more from the Kentuckiana Cluster!