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Fancy That: ‘Classie’ and ‘Gryf’ Trade Places in Oregon

There were all-breed shows in no fewer than 14 locations around the U.S. this past Saturday, as well as the all-Terrier Great Western in Southern California and, in Hawaii, the Aloha State Sporting Dog Association show. Entry figures were good for several clubs on Saturday –1,622 at Central Florida KC, 1,552 at Oklahoma City’s five-day cluster, and 1,225 on day three of the Minnesota shows – but the weekend’s largest entries were at the back-to-back Clackamas Kennel Club shows in Canby, Ore.

Saturday, from an entry of 1,839, judge George Marquis selected a little dog that traveled quite a distance, from the farthest point in the southeast of the country, just north of Miami, Fla., to darn near as far as she could go northwest. Armando Angelbello handled his Min Pin bitch, GCh. Marlex Classic Red Glare, to the win after winning the Group under Kent Delaney. ‘Classie’ is co-owned by Leah Monte and bred by Carol Ann Mohr-Rio.

Now the winner of more than 80 Best in Shows, back in May Classie broke the 50-year-old record for most Best in Shows won by a Min Pin. That record was previously held by Ch. Rebel Roc’s Casanova von Kurt, better known as ‘Little Daddy’ and handled by his breeder, E.W. “Tip” Tipton. Little Daddy not only won 75 all-breed Best in Shows at a time when that number was unheard of, he won his first Best in Show at just 8 months of age. He was the 1963 Westminster Toy Group winner, and in the heyday of the Chicago International dog show won the Toy Groups there in 1960, 1962 and 1963. Following this spectacular career he sired 47 champions.

A collage of photos of the top-winning Min Pin for 50 years, Ch. Rebel Roc’s Casanova von Kurt, better known as ‘Little Daddy,’ breeder/owner-handled by E.W. “Tip” Tipton.

Classie’s pedigree traces back to Little Daddy numerous times, although, of course, many generations back. The 1974 National Specialty winner Ch. Jay-Mac’s Pat Hand, bred and owned by John McNamera and co-owned by Jack Phelan, was a double-grandson of Little Daddy’s. Pat Hand was the grandsire of Ch. Jay-Mac’s Silk Stockings, one of the breed’s all-time top dams with 25 champions to her credit. Her son, the Best in Show-winning Ch. Carlee Nubby Silk, sired 116 champions and was the great-grandsire of ‘Travis,’ Ch. Pevensey’s Wild N Bold, who was owned by Armando and was a Miniature Pinscher Club of America Sire of the Year. Travis was the grandsire of the Best in Show winner Ch. Marlex Mister Chips, Classie’s sire, who was himself an MPCA Sire of the Year. Little Daddy also figures in Classie’s pedigree through several other notable Min Pins.

It’s worth noting that Ch. Jay-Mac’s Pat Hand was a full brother to one of the most recognized Min Pins of all time, Ch. Jay-Mac’s Impossible Dream. ‘Impy’ was America’s Number 1 Toy in 1975 and 1976 and the Westminster Toy Group winner in 1975. She was bred by John McNamera, owned by Dorothy DeMaria and handled by Joe Waterman.

Reserve BIS under Mr. Marquis was Bouvier des Flandres GCh. Take Aim’s Playing for Gryffindor. ‘Gryf’ is handled by Larry Fenner for owners Terry and Penny Peterson and Anthony and Mo DiMercurio. He was bred by Mo with Sue Digiorno and Lee Calhoun. His pedigree, in five generations, has no fewer than three crosses to the great Ch. Galbraith’s Iron Eyes, the Number 1 dog of all breeds in 1990, winner of 100 all-breed Best in Shows and the first Bouvier ever to win the Group at Westminster, which he did in 1992. ‘Iron’ was handled by Corky Vroom for owners Nat and Gloria Reese. Gryf’s maternal great grandmother was the 2003 and 2004 Number 1 Bouvier Ch. Avalons Aurora, also handled by Larry for breeder/owner Sherrod McDaniel and owners Lee and David Calhoun.

Bouvier Ch. Galbraith’s Iron Eyes was America’s Top Dog in 1990, winner of 100 all-breed Best in Shows and the Group at Westminster in 1992 under Lou Harris, handled as always by Corky Vroom. Photo by John Ashby.

In the Sporting Group judge Laurence Libeu selected Field Spaiel GCh. Promenade’s Pay It Forward as his winner. Handled by Elizabeth Jordan Nelson, ‘Gideon’ was bred by Jane and William Schildman and is owned by Jane Schildman, Nicki Kuhn and the late Jane Chopson. He was Best of Winners at the National in 2011, when he was just over a year old, and the following year, before he was 2, became a multiple Group winner. A Best in Show winner in 2013, Gideon is the first Field Spaniel to take home the big rosette since 2009, when Ch. Bitterblue Here Comes Da Judge won one Best. Perhaps he’ll win another Best in Show this year to join the very few Field Spaniels to win multiple Best in Shows.

Black and Tan Coonhound GCh. Windbournes HD Ranch King of the Road was the Hound Group winner under Marci Forrester. Featured in Fancy That on May 27,‘Roy’ is the country’s Number 10 Hound through May, handled by Shea and Tiffany Skinner, who own him with Shelley Campbell and Christian Rutten. The multiple BIS winner was bred by Frances Olson and Meridith Langston.

Team Skinner also won the Working Group under Carl Liepmann, this time with Newfoundland GCh. Susitna’s Deal Me In, handled by Shea Skinner for owners Kelly and Amanda Gerrits. ‘Paden’ was bred by Amanda and Kelly with Howard Gerrits and Holly Kramer, and his pedigree is a cast of winners and top producers. To touch on just a few of these exceptional dogs, his paternal grandsire, Ch. Numa’s Had To Be Pouch Cove, was the 2000 National Specialty winner and a son of Ch. Pouch Cove’s Matter of Fact, the 1999 and 2000 Newfoundland Club of America top sire. Maternal grandsire Ch. Pouch Cove’s Goliath was the winner of the Top 20 as a veteran at the 2005 National Specialty, when his daughter, Ch. Cypress Bay See Sea Baby, was BOB and his son, Ch. Skipper’s Eminence King of Helluland, was Winners Dog. Goliath was also a multiple Group winner and the 2007 NCA top Newf sire. Goliath’s sire, Ch. Seabrook Headmaster Tabu, was a multiple BIS winner and the 1997 Number 1 Newfoundland all systems, an ROM sire and the son of the 1996 NCA top Newf sire, the BIS-winning Ch. The Bombadier. Paden’s pedigree is nothing short of proof that cooperation among breeders can produce the very best a breed has to offer. Indeed, several of the current top 10 Newfs are of varying combinations of Pouch Cove, Seabrook and Numa breeding.

Terrier Group winner GCh. Alpine’s Ring of Fire has been featured in Fancy That numerous times thanks in large part to talented breeders Ed and Karen Thomason. The Am Staff, awarded the Group by Kathy Ferris, also appeared in the May 27 edition of Fancy That. Handled by Rowan Baggenstos for owners Jennifer Mosing, Valerie Piltz and Karen and Ed Thomason, ‘Phoenix’ was bred by Karen and Ed with Dan Nechemias and Lois Claus and is Number 1 Am Staff and Number 13 Terrier.

Gary Sparschu judged the Non-Sporting Group, and his winner was Jean Gauchat-Hargis and Joshua Hargis’s breeder/owner-handled Keeshond GCh. Summerwind’s Rumor Has It. Talk about cooperation among breeders – ‘Ru Ru’ is of American, Canadian, English and Australian breeding. Ru has been the Number 1 Keeshond since 2011 and is a multiple Best in Show winner.

On Sunday judge Laurence Libeu judged Best in Show, and reversed the final result from the previous day. From an entry of 1825 Gryf, the Bouvier, was Best in Show and Classie the Min Pin was Reserve. Gary Sparschu judged the Herding Group, and Gloria Knapp oversaw Toys. Am Staff Phoenix repeated his Group win under judge Wyoma Clouss.

In the Sporting Group George Marquis made English Springer Spaniel GCh. Segre’s Brown Derby first, handled by Kelly Shane for owner/breeder Donna Larson and owner Jeannette Bruce. His sire, Ch. Ramblewood Johnny B. Goode, was the 2009 English Springer Spaniel Field Trial Association Show Sire of the Year. Bred by Linda Riedel and Theresa Miller and owned by Judy and Rich Vanderlip, ‘Johnny’ was also the winner of seven all-breed Best in Shows and was among the nation’s Top 10 Springers 2004 through 2006. Brown Derby’s grandsire, Ch. Ridgewyn Legacy, known to fanciers as ‘Lars,’ was for many years the top specialty winning Springer in history and, in addition to multiple Best in Shows, won the National Specialty in 1996 and 1997.

Tammie Wilcox handled Diane McCormack’s Hound Group winner, Longhaired Dachshund GCh. Sleepy Hollow Carolina Special, owned by Meredith Taylor and breeder Ann Wlodkowski, co-bred by Robert Wlodkowski. This dog’s grandsire, Ch. Briardach’s Uncle Sam, was a Best in Show and multiple Group winner in 2008, handled by Angela Lloyd for owner Janine Finnell and breeder/owners Paul and Monika Martin. ‘Sam’ was sired by Ch. Walmar’s Casanova, the Best in Show winner that was handled to Number 1 Longhaired Dachshund in 2001 by Carlos Puig, bred by Walter and Mary Jones and owned by Polly Savage and Marciedene Sartor.

Akita GCh. Ruthdale’s Candy From a Baby was the Working Group winner under Bill Stebbins. Featured in Fancy That last week when she won a Group in Idaho, the Number 1 Akita bitch, through May, is handled by Laurie Fenner for Dick and Linda Stark.

Kent Delaney judged the Non-Sporting Group on day two, selecting Shiba Inu GCh. San Jo Jay-Z as his winner. Bred by Leslie Ann Engen and owned by Cheryl Mamiya, it looks like this was the first Group win for ‘Jay-Z,’ but neither Leslie or Cheryl are strangers to winning in the Shiba ring. Both have had dogs in the breed’s Top 10 under their San Jo and Mamiya kennel names.

For more on what happened around the country this past weekend, as well as news about who the top dogs are, visit Billy Wheeler on Dog Show Poop. See you next week!

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.
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  • Christi June 24, 2013 at 8:36 PM

    A fancier has emailed to tell us that Shiba Inu Ch. San Jo’s Jay-Z did indeed win his first Group this weekend. This was his first weekend as a special and on Friday at back-to-back specialties of the Evergreen Shiba Inu Club he was BISS twice, then Group Second on Saturday before winning his first Group on Sunday! Congratulations to Leslie Ann Engen and Cheryl Mamiya.

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