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Fancy That: Chihuahua Wins Back-to-Back BIS in Illinois

At two shows hosted by the Rockford-Freeport Kennel Club in Freeport, Ill., on September 29 and 30, 2012, judges Murrel Purkhiser and Richard Miller awarded back-to-back Best in Shows to Smooth Coat Chihuahua GCh. Stonehill Great Escape, owner-handled by Patricia Holzkopf. Billy Wheeler reported last weekend that ‘Stevie,’ who is co-owned by Tracy Potts and Randy Carr, had won his first BIS in Chattanooga, and now he’s added two more! Richard Miller comes from Chihuahuas, a breed he’s had since 1957.

Bred by Cindy Allen and Randall Carr, Stevie just turned 2 in August. His sire, Ch. Stonehill Golden Tejas, was also an all-breed BIS winner, and has sired 12 champions thus far.

Mark Bettis won the Sporting Group with Gordon Setter GCh. Buteo’s Midnight Silence, owned by Amy Johnson-Edwards and Cheryl Edwards. ‘Flash’ was bred by Susie Kilby. His great-grandsire, Ch. Bit O’Gold Class Act of Buteo, was the litter brother to Ch. Bit O’Gold Bathing Buteo, dam of the top-winning Gordon Setter of all time and three-time Westminster Group winner, Ch. Bit O’Gold Titan Treasure, who was handled by Ken Murray.

Winning the Hound Group and Reserve BIS was Bloodhound GCh. Quiet Creek’s Windfall, handled by Doug Carlson for owner Kimberly and Michael Hansen, Susan Hamil and Lori Burch. Susan Hamil’s Quiet Creek Bloodhounds have been among the breed’s top winners for many years, but it is Ch. Heathers Knock On Wood, sire of ‘Credo,’ who was the biggest winner in the immediate family.

‘Knotty’ won 145 Group Firsts, 47 all-breed Best in Shows and two National Specialties during his career with handler Ken Griffith. He was owned by Lyn Sherman and bred in Quebec, Canada, by Heather and Peter Whitcomb. His biggest wins were Group First at Westminster 2005 and Best in Show at the 2005 AKC/Eukanuba National Championship.

Knotty was a great ambassador for his breed, but also for purebred dogs in general. He had a terrific temperament and charmed everyone he met. Riding on the Animal Planet float in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade was just one of the numerous public appearances where he delighted crowds of fans. Knotty was lost in 2008 as a result of complications from a rattlesnake bite, which he received when defending his owner, Lyn, from harm.

‘Knotty’ and Ken Griffith after winning the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship show in 2005.

Knotty was also the first OFA Champion of Health, selected due to his achievements in the show ring and the fact that he passed all of the required health screening for the breed. He inspired OFA to select other Champions of Health who have had significant accomplishments in the conformation ring, field or performance events, as producers, or as working dogs, and who also have passed health screening appropriate for their breeds.

Giant Schnauzer GCh. Nightline Viking at Tanglewood was the Working Group winner. He is owned by Chris and Jean Erath and his handler, Ed Fojtik. This Giant has several famous ancestors, among them his great-great-grandsire, Ch. Ruster’s The Dark Command. ‘Koal’ won three National Specialties (2000, 2001 and 2002), 42 Best in Show awards and was among the top Working dogs in the country during his career. He also won three Group placements at Westminster. Koal was always handled by his breeder/owner Steve Fox, who co-owned him with Robin Fox, and Pete and Mary Hayes.

GCh. SNT’s Secret Weapon won the Terrier Group. The Am Staff was owner-handled by Charlie Zimmerman, who owns her with Sandra Zimmerman and Kim Witt. Her dam, Ch. Black Sport of Daft Raptors, is a daughter of Ch. Don King of Rings, the World Winner in 2011 in Paris. He was a multiple BIS winner in Europe and has sired champions around the world.

Non-Sporting Group winner GCh. Vogelflight’s Honor to Pillowtalk is another dog with an internationally famous ancestor. His sire, Am. Eng. Ch. PaRay’s I Told You So, was the Number 1 Bichon and Number 2 Non-Sporting dog in the U.S. in 2001 and 2002, winning the Nature’s Recipe Award for most Non-Sporting Groups in 2002, owned by Phyllis Sewall and Lori Kornfeld, and his breeders, Paul Flores and Tray Pittman. He was a National Specialty winner and sired BIS and Specialty BIS winners before he was sent to England, to the very successful handling duo of Geoff Corish and Michael Coad.

Geoff and Michael handled ‘Buster’ to an amazing career in England, making him Top Dog of all breeds in 2004. Then, in 2011, a Buster grandson, Ch. Pamplona Brings Me Sunshine, bred and owned by Michael and handled by Michael and Geoff, also earned the Top Dog of all breeds berth in the U.K.

Ch. PaRay’s I Told You So had a big career in the U.S., handled by Paul Flores, before going to the U.K. to become Top Dog of all breeds in 2004. Photo by Kitten Rodwell.

So, as you can see, ‘Honor’ comes by his quality naturally. He was bred by the late Lori Kornfeld, her husband Tracy, and Mary and Kathie Vogel. He is owned by Ellen Charles, M. and P. Abbott, the Vogels and Lori.

Briard GCh. La Vie Rose Dior-August-Moon CD RN won the Herding Group, handled by his breeder/owner Meryl Minor and co-owned by Roger Minor. His great-grandsire, Am. Can. Ch. Déjà Vu In Like Flynn CD PT ROM HOF, was one of the top-winning Briards of all time. He won 17 Best in Shows, 105 Group Firsts in his career, handled by Davin McAteer, and became the top specialty winning Briard of all time. He was owned by Diane Goldman and his breeder, Terry Miller. ‘Flynn’ also sired more than 25 champions.

Briard Ch. Déjà Vu In Like Flynn was handled to 105 Group Firsts and 17 Best in Shows by Davin McAteer.

Three dogs repeated their Group wins on day two: the Chihuahua, the Bloodhound and the Giant.

The Sporting Group winner on Sunday was American Water Spaniel GCh. Waterway Game Crk Hot Diggity JH. Back in June, Billy Wheeler reported that ‘Digger’ was the only American Water Spaniel to have won a Best in Show in four years. Well, as of the end of August, he now has five BIS wins and 15 Group Firsts, quite an amazing record for this breed.

Even more amazing, he won his first National Specialty when he was just 14 months old, from the Bred-by-Exhibitor class, and since then has won two more. Owned by Mr. and Mrs. John Rose and his breeders, Linda and Jon Hattrem and Pamela Boyer, Digger is breeder/owner-handled by Linda. His dam, Ch. Waterway Game Crk Mare-Z-Dotes, was the first American Water Spaniel bitch ever to be awarded an AKC Best in Show.

Staffordshire Bull Terrier Int. Ir. Ch. Am. GCh. Cumhil Hellraiser, owned by Zane and Shannon Smith, grabbed the blue ribbon in the Terrier Group on Sunday and was Reserve BIS.

‘Ollie’ was bred in Ireland by Martin Fitzpatrick. His grandsire, Ir. Ch. Brosna Sandblaster, has influenced Staffordshire Bull Terrier pedigrees all over the world. One son, Aust. GCh. Eng. Ir. Ch. Cumhil Little Mischief (littermate to Ollie’s dam, Ir. Ch. Cumhil Sandblaster Girl), was a Group winner in the U.K. and a specialty winner in Ireland, and has sired dozens of champions in Australia, New Zealand, the U.S., Sweden, Finland and his home country of Ireland, as well as BIS winners in Australia and Sweden.

Ollie will himself have the opportunity, no doubt, to contribute to American Staffy Bull lines, as his owners have been quite successful with both their Am Staff and Staffy Bull breeding programs.

Sunday’s Non-Sporting Group went to French Bulldog Ch. Otto’s Elway. Bred and owned by Jayme Stevens, he is sired by Ch. Wonderbul’s Monsieur Otto, who has earned a nice string of titles in obedience and agility, with a CD as well as Novice Agility Preferred and Novice Jumpers with Weaves Preferred titles.

Cardigan Welsh Corgi GCh. Kosmar Striking Back of Bridgelady was the Herding Group winner on Sunday. ‘Striker’s’ pedigree traces back to the unforgettable Ch. Coedwig’s Carbon Blue, a Best in Show winner bred and owned by Kim Shira and co-owned by Margaret Sullivan. Handled by Ron Buxton, the blue merle dog had a great show career, was top Cardigan in the U.S. for two years in a row, then went on to become the top Cardigan sire of all time. He sired several Group winners, including multiple-Group winner Ch. Wolfrun Coedwig’s Angelou, who was handled by Kim and Sheri Samel Hurst.

Ch. Coedwig’s Carbon Blue was the Number 1 Cardigan in the U.S. in 2000 and 2001, handled by Ron Buxton.

Billy Wheeler has lots more show results and information on Dog Show Poop, or you can find complete results from the past week at Dog Show Results on Best In Show Daily. I’ll be back next week with more tidbits about some of the week’s winners.

Written by

Christi McDonald is a second-generation dog person, raised with a kennel full of Cairn Terriers. After more than a decade as a professional handler’s apprentice and handling professionally on her own, primarily Poodles and Cairns, she landed a fortuitous position in advertising sales with the monthly all-breed magazine ShowSight. This led to an 11-year run at Dogs in Review, where she wore several hats, including advertising sales rep, ad sales manager and, finally, editor for five years. Christi is proud to be part of the editorial team for the cutting-edge Best In Show Daily. She lives in Apex, N.C., with two homebred black Toy Poodles, the last of her Foxfire line, and a Norwich Terrier.
Comments
  • Kyle Potts October 1, 2012 at 7:19 PM

    Christie, a slight correction to your Fancy That story…while we are thrilled with Stevie’s back to back Best in Show wins in Illinois…he is owner handled by Patricia Holzkopf, one of three owners on the dog. Stevie is owned by Tracy Potts, Randy Carr and Pat Holzkopf and Pat is the handler. Thanks!

  • Colleen Hines October 1, 2012 at 8:40 PM

    Patricia Holzkoph showed the BIS Chihuahua at Freeport.

  • Michelle October 1, 2012 at 9:07 PM

    There is an error in this story, the Owner/Handler of GCh Stonehill Great Escape is not Gina Schag, it is Patricia Holzkopf.

  • Christi McDonald
    Christi October 2, 2012 at 7:36 AM

    Thank you to everyone who wrote to tell me that I had the owner-handler name listed incorrectly on Stevie, the Best in Show-winning Chihuahua. We have corrected the error now. We appreciate hearing from you!

    • Michelle October 2, 2012 at 8:41 AM

      No problem!!

  • Lynda Beam (Canine Candids by Lynda) October 3, 2012 at 11:38 AM

    very nice to hear the background on some of these dogs :)

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