This past weekend, the Erie KC Shows were held at the Bayfront Convention Center, which overlooks Lake Erie’s Presque Isle Bay. Entries both days were in the 900s.
On Saturday judge Gary Anderson found for Best in Show the Welsh Terrier, GCh. Darwyn Esmeralda in Sanherpinc. ‘Emme’ was bred by Bruce Schwartz, longtime Welsh breeder, owner of the top-winning Welsh Terrier of all time, Ch. Anasazi Billy the Kid, and current president of Montgomery County Kennel Club, and Larisa Hotchin, whose Canadian Darwyn Welsh have been quite successful in North America the past decade or so. Emme’s sire is the Dutch multiple BIS winner multi-Ch. Bill of the New Husken. ‘Bill,’ bred by Bob and Annemiek Krautscheid, was BOB at Crufts in 2008, the 2006 and 2008 World Champion and the European winner in 2005 and 2007. Emme’s dam, Ch. Sanherpinc Paisa, is a multiple BIS winner and was Number 1 Welsh in the U.S. and Canada in 2009, bred by Santiago Pinto. Emme’s pedigree in fact traces right back to Billy The Kid, through Paisa. Handled by Santiago, Emme is owned by Judith Anspach, Mary Duafala and Pam Allen. Barbara Alderman awarded her the Group.
In the Sporting Group, Elizabeth Muthard gave first to English Springer Spaniel Ch. Cerise Dixieland Duchess. Dottie Cherry’s Cerise kennel name should be familiar to most folks in the American dog show scene, as she has had numerous winners over the past few years, often in partnership with the co-breeder on ‘Dutchess,’ Kathy Kirk. Dutchess finished her championship with Winners Bitch at the National Specialty in 2011, having been Best in Sweepstakes the year prior at the National. Her dam, Ch. Cerise Barefoot Contessa, is a daughter of ‘James,’ the 2007 Westminster Best in Show winner, Ch. Felicity’s Diamond Jim. James’ dam, Am. Can. Ch. Rendition Autumfire Poppy, is also the dam of Dutchess’ sire, Ch. Felicity’s Rendition Guardian Angel. ‘Poppy,’ who was bred by Ruth Dehmel, Maryann Stephenson and Mary Burney, was owned by Ruth and Terry Patton of Felicity. This is a very special family of Springers. Dutchess is handled by Howard Huber for Ann Summerfelt, Dottie Cherry and Kathy Kirk.
Charlie Olvis judged the Hound Group, and his blue ribbon went to an Afghan Hound that won the breed from the classes, Can. Ch. Winterbourne’s Mijkelh Amanyara, who was also Reserve BIS on the day. Bred by Jodie Allward and Stefan Boiek, who is from Germany, ‘Qi’ is owned by Sherril Wallack of Canada and handled by Will Alexander. His sire, Am. Can. Ch. Mijkelh Sikanni of Procyon, called ‘Keefer,’ was the first Afghan Hound ever to become Top Dog all breeds in Canada, which he did in 2010, and the first Afghan in 30 years to be Canada’s Number 1 Hound, an accomplishment he achieved in both 2010 and 2011. Keefer’s sire, Ch. Mijkelh That’s It That’s Tron, known to his friends and admirers as ‘Baxter,’ was a multiple Best in Show winner and Number 9 among all breeds in Canada in 2002. Both Keefer and Baxter were also owned by Sherril Wallack and handled by Will. Will Qi follow in the footsteps of his sire and grandsire?
Sam Mammano handled Barbara Alderman’s Working Group winner, Ch. Rosewood’s Royal Flush. The Newfoundland is bred and owned by Michelle Morris. ‘Charles’ is sired by Austrian import Ch. Dreamtime for Shadow’s Eternity. His maternal grandsire is Ch. Pouch Cove’s Head of State, who was handled to multiple Best in Show and specialty BIS wins by both his breeder/owner, Dave Helming, and Michelle Ostermiller Scott. ‘Jefferson’ was sired by the Helming’s 2004 Westminster Best in Show winner, Ch. Darbydale’s All Rise Pouch Cove, who was also handled by Michelle. ‘Josh’ was bred and co-owned by Carol Bergmann.
In the Toy Group, judge Jackie Rayner selected Pomeranian Ch. Babbi’s Captain of the Ship of Mtn Crest as the winner. Owned by breeders Barbara Meyer and Carlene Gilstrap, co-owned by David Gilstrap, and Connie and Dan Smith, and handled by Nina Fetter, his sire, GCh. Mountain Crest U Don’t Own Me, won five all-breed Best in Shows and 31 Group Firsts in 2009 and 2010, also handled by Nina Fetter for breeder/owners David and Charlene Gilstrap.
First in the Non-Sporting Group under Charlie Olvis went to Standard Poodle Ch. Hillwood Dassin Rock On By, bred by Ellen Charles and Joe Vergnetti, owned by Ellen with Karen LeFrak and Glen Lajeski, and handled by Joseph. ‘Twinkle’ has one of those star-studded pedigrees. Her sire, Ch. Dassin Hillwood Dancelot, is a son of the multiple BIS winner Ch. Dassin Reignon Dance Away, bred by Joseph and Janet Lange. ‘Oolah’ was a daughter of Ch. Ale Kai Mikimoto On Fifth. Dancelot is also a Mikimoto great-grandson on his sire’s side, but even more interesting is that he is a grandson of Ch. Dassin Delancy, a son of BIS Ch. Dassin Delano, son of one of the breed’s all-time top sires, Ch. Eaton Affirmed. Affirmed was the sire, by frozen semen, of the top-winning black Standard Poodle of all time, all varieties, Ch. Randenn Tristar Affirmation.
Dancelot also appears on the dam’s side of Twinkle’s pedigree, as does Mikimoto, a legend on his own, but also the son of the top-winning Non-Sporting dog of all time Ch. Lake Cove That’s My Boy. What a legacy these dogs – and their breeders, owners and handlers – created.
The last Group winner for the day, from the Herding Group, was Ch. Deja Vu Mia Cool as a Cucumber. ‘Dill’ is handled by Regina Keiter, bred by Terri Miller, Ken and Valerie Fox, and Amie Melton, and owned by Terri, Amie and Dominique Dube, and Lynn Bernard. When we talk about legacies in the sport of purebred dogs, Terri Miller’s Deja Vu Briards have to be included. Terri has bred at least 10 Best in Show Briards, more than two dozen Group winners and well over 100 champions. Among her BIS winners is Dill’s sire, Ch. Déjà vu Up Close and Personal.
And as of Sunday, thanks to judge Victoria Jordan, Terri has now bred another Best in Show winner, as Dill took home the red, white and blue rosette on day two in Erie!
The Sporting Group on Sunday, judged by Elizabeth Muthard, went to GCh. Northwinds First Reign, who I wrote about several weeks ago when he won a Group at Palm Springs. Owned by Jeff and Rebecca Arch, and Don and Nancy Keane, he was bred by Jeff and Rebecca, Lisa Sommers and Sharon Reilly, and is handled by Jeff.
Ms. Muthard also judged the Hound Group, selecting Treeing Walker Coonhound GCh. Alexanders Gold Rush Xcetera as first. ‘Xcetera’ was featured back in November on TribLive.com as the dog that is “paving the way” for his breed. He has indeed done that, as the only Treeing Walker Hound to have won multiple Groups—he won seven in 2012 – and the first to win a Reserve Best in Show, which he did last October at the Fort Steuben Kennel Association show. His owner and handler, Amanda Alexander, has also owned and shown five other coonhounds: Black and Tans, Blueticks, Plotts, Redbones and American English Coonhounds.
In the Working Group, Charlie Olvis put up Siberian Husky GCh. Snowmist’s Quicksilver Speigas, who was also Reserve BIS. He is bred by Kim Leblanc, owned by Laura Baryte and Hiroyo Shimizu, and handled by Tim Terella. Best of Winners at the 2011 National Specialty, Speigas is a son of Am. Can. Ch. Coventry’s Peace Negotiator, a Best in Show winner in both the U.S. and Canada, and among the breed’s top dogs in the U.S. 2007 through 2009. ‘Carter’ was also handled by Tim Terella for breeder/owner Jean Edwards and co-owner Vikki Jaramello.
The Welsh lass Emme had to settle for second in the Terrier Group when judge Thomas Parrotti made Cairn Terrier GCh. Dogwood Treasure Hunter his winner. Handled by Rachel Kulp for breeder/owner Pam Davis, ‘eBay’ is the son of a multiple Group winner. Pam’s Ch. Dogwood Pentium Processor was the Number 1 Cairn in 2003 and 2004, handled by the Green Team. EBay has followed in his dad’s footsteps with multiple Group Firsts. He was bred by Pam and Ken Kauffman.
Karen Mammano handled the Toy Group winner under Barbara Alderman. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Am. Can. Ch. Burbrook Storm Chaser is owned by John and Barbara Ioia, Darlene Petralia and Carol Rose, and bred by Peggy Wallace. ‘Chase’ actually finished his championship last fall with a Group First. His paternal grandsire, Maibee Montrose, was one of the breed’s top sires in the U.K. in 2009 and 2010.
The Non-Sporting Group went to the Nina Fetter-handled Shar Pei GCh. Shine’s Deck The Halls, who is owned by Deb and Robert Cooper, Linda Teitelbaum and her breeder, Rebecca Pentecost. ‘Tinsel’ is another who has been featured previously in Fancy That. Nina also handled her sire, Ch. Chaoyangs Take It To The Limit, to multiple BIS wins. He was the Number 1 Shar Pei male in 2010.