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Fancy That: ‘Classie’ Takes Two and ‘Dora’ Scores One in Ocala

Three all-breed shows took place in Ocala, Fla., this past weekend as part of the long Florida circuit, and although many of the winners were the top contenders from 2012 and very familiar to us, a couple of dogs will be new to Fancy That readers, and we’ll take a look at where they’ve come from and also tell you about which of the familiar faces took home the big prizes.

On Friday at Tampa Bay KC, from an entry of 1,134, last year’s Number 1 dog of all breeds had to take a back seat in the Best in Show ring to his kennel mate. The Phil Booth-handled German Wirehaired Pointer GCh. Mt. View’s Ripsnorter Silver Charm, owned by Victor Malzoni, was judge Jay Richardson’s Reserve Best in Show to the Giant Schnauzer handled by Amy Booth, GCh. Kenro’s Witching Hour. Owned by Robin Greenslade, Luke Norton and Doug Hill, ‘Dora’ is a daughter of the multiple Best in Show and National Specialty BIS winner Ch. Kenro’s Keeping Time, who was handled by her breeder, Robin, and Phil to Number 1 Giant in 2005, 2006 and 2007. ‘Tempo’ was owned by Robin and Ken Greenslade, and Karen and Jim Mancini, who, of course, bred Dora.

Giant Schnauzer GCh. Kenro’s Witching Hour was Best in Show on Friday in Ocala, Fla., under judge Jay Richardson.

Giant Schnauzer GCh. Kenro’s Witching Hour was Best in Show on Friday in Ocala, Fla., under judge Jay Richardson.

Desi Murphy judged the Sporting Group and Garry Newton, the Working Group.

The Terrier Group winner under Judy Webb, GCh. J’Cobe Broxden Danea was part of our 2012 AKC/Eukanuba coverage when she placed in the Bred-by-Exhibitor Terrier Group, handled by Amy Booth for breeders William Dalling, Stacy Turner, and Phil and Amy Booth, and owners William Dalling, Victor Malzoni and the Booths. Toy Group winner GCh. Marlex Classic Red Glare, now the top Best-in-Show-winning Min Pin bitch of all time, has been written about often in Fancy That, thanks to her amazing winning record the past year. ‘Classie,’ Number 6 among all breeds in 2012, is handled by owner Armando Angelbello, co-owned by Leah Monte and bred by Carole Mohr-Rio. Armando has a particular interest in Classie, since her sire is from quite a few generations of his breeding.

In the Hound Group, judge Dale Simmons awarded first to GCh. Charwin Fairmont Sweet Society Blue Snuff. BISD first featured ‘Snuffy’ in Fancy That in August 2012 when judge Bill Cunningham awarded her the first AKC Best in Show ever for her breed. Owned by Chuck Woods and Tena Kastner and handled by Shawn Von Pressentin, she was bred by Nick and Kate Chappell. Snuffy finished last year as Number 1 Bluetick with six Group Firsts and two all-breed Best in Shows, quite a nice record!

In the Non-Sporting Group, judge Jim Reynolds chose Tibetan Spaniel GCh. Kan Sing’s Tenzin as his winner, handled by Diego Garcia, who co-bred him with owner Martha Feltenstein. He appeared in Fancy That when he was second in the Group at AKC/Eukabuna on Day One. But his sire and dam deserve a little expansion to what I told you then. His dam, Ch. Ambrier’s Nanda Devi, was bred by Mallory Driskill, owned by Martha and also handled by Diego. Prior to ‘Nanda’s career, her grandmother, the Best in Show-winning Ch. Ambrier Boda Zelicious Zima, was the Tibbie bitch that had won the most Non-Sporting Groups in a year. Nanda shattered her record when she won more than three times the number of Firsts in 2008, with 18. Tenzin’s sire, Ch. Lorac’s Yeshe Wongchhu, also shown by the Martha Feltenstein-Diego Garcia team, was a multiple Group winner, with 10 blue ribbons in 2009 alone.

Sally Wheat’s Herding Group winner is a genuine new face to Fancy That. GCh. Copperridge’s Sugar N Spice is bred by John and Sheree Miller, owned by Jasmine Hanigan and Stephen Blanco, and handled by Jane Myers. Her great-grandsire, Ch. McMatt’s EZ Going, won the Stud Dog class at the U.S. Australian Shepherd Association National Specialty an amazing three years in a row, in 2003, 2004 and 2005. ‘Cruiser’ was owned by Becky McDaniel and besides being a terrific sire he was handled by Jamie Orr to 16 Group Firsts during his show career.

Min Pin GCh. Marlex Classic Red Glare won the two weekend Bests in Ocala under judges Terry Stacy and Jim Reynolds. Photo by Jeffrey Hanlin.

Min Pin GCh. Marlex Classic Red Glare won the two weekend Bests in Ocala under judges Terry Stacy and Jim Reynolds. Photo by Jeffrey Hanlin.

On Saturday at the Clearwater KC show, Classie the Min Pin was BIS from an entry of 1,405 under judge Terry Stacy. Reserve BIS was last year’s Number 1 Working dog, Doberman Pinscher GCh. Protocol’s Veni Vidi Vici. ‘Fifi’ was most recently featured here when she was Best Bred-by-Exhibitor in Show at AKC/Eukanuba in December. She is bred and owned by her handler, Jocelyn Mullins, co-bred and co-owned by Kevin Mullins and also owned by Suzy and Dick Lundy.

‘Oakley’ the Wire Pointer and Phil Booth repeated their Sporting Group win under Jay Richardson, Ruth Zimmerman sent Classie to the final from the Toy Group, and Phil Willhauck judged the Working Group and sent Fifi forward. Terry Stacy oversaw the Terrier Group and selected Welsh GCh. Shaireab’s Bayleigh Maid of Honor. ‘Jennie’ is another one who was featured on BISD back in December, when she was third in a very competitive Terrier Group at AKC/Eukanuba. She is handled by Luiz Abreu and Tracy Szaras for breeder/owners Keith Bailey and Sharon Abmeyer, and owners Tony Lee and Xie Xiangyu.

The Non-Sporting Group winner under Sally Wheat was Bulldog GCh. Mytoys Epic Against the Wind. ‘Ralph’ was bred by Dennis and Terri O’Connor, Ann McDearmon and Dan Haley, and is owned by Dennis, Terri and Ann with Linda Scott. He is handled by Dennis. A multiple Best in Show winner, Ralph was the August 2012 OFA Champion of Health and last year received a normal certification when tested for the OFA’s Trachael Hypoplasia database. His sire, GCh. Cherokee Legend Rock, was also a BIS winner and is a Bulldog Club of America Hall of Fame sire. ‘Rock’ was bred and owned by Cody Sickle and Connie Chambers, and won 89 specialty Best in Shows in his career, including the 2007 National Specialty. He was the Number 1 Bulldog (Dog News Top 10 List) in 2007. Ralph’s dam, Ch. Mytoys Mighty Colors of the Wind, was also a specialty BIS winner.

Now to Sunday’s (relative) newcomers. The Hound Group winner under judge Jim Reynolds was Greyhound Ch. Grand Cru Caymus. Caymus, owned by Rita Rice, Traci Hilbert and his handler, Rindi Gaudet, is a son of the great brindle bitch Ch. Grand Cru Clos Erasmus, America’s Number 4 Hound in 2010, Number 5 in 2011. ‘Era’ was bred by Melanie Steele, Rindi Gaudet and Clint Livingston, owned by Melanie and Rindi, and handled by Rindi. Aside from her amazing career in the ring, Era is the dam of nine champion offspring from one litter, which was sired by two different dogs. At just two years of age, two of her offspring are already Group winners, and I have little doubt that they will go on to do great things in the ring.

Wendy Willhauck awarded the Herding Group to Puli Cordmaker Topsy Turvey. ‘Charlotte’ is handled by Mike and Linda Pitts for owners Sue Huebner and Penny Kelly. She may be new to Fancy That, but this Puli is not new to the winner’s circle, as she was the Number 1 dog of all breeds in Australia in 2009, Number 2 all breeds in 2010 and still the Number 1 Herding dog and among the Top 10 all breeds in 2012. She was shown just sparingly in 2011 to make room for her kennel mate, Cordmaker Field of Dreams, to rise to the top, and in spite of that she was Number 2 Herding dog! She was handled by her breeder, Sue Huebner. I suspect, like many previous Cordmaker Pulis, she’ll have a lovely career here.

Sunday at the Pasco Florida Kennel Club judge Jim Reynolds chose Classie the Min Pin for Best in Show, with Charlotte the Puli, Reserve BIS. Doberman Pinscher Fifi and Tibetan Spaniel Tenzin were the other repeat Group winners that day, under Jay Richardson and Jackie Stacy, respectively. FYI, the Wire Pointer Oakley was absent from breed competition on Sunday.

Winning the Sporting Group under Steven Herman was Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever GCh. Pikkinokka’s Lightning Bug. Bred by Wayne McCarthy and Mathilde Niquidet of Canada, and owned by Stacy Einck and Nancie Mages, ‘Flash’ is handled by Donald Powell. He is one of the breed’s few American Best in Show winners, having earned that distinction in 2011 after winning three Groups that year.

The Hound Group winner, under Barbara Pepper, was Whippet GCh. Sporting Fields Bahama Sands, bred by Debbie Butt and Jesse Martin, and owned by Jane Cooney-Waterhouse and Debbie. ‘Tawny’ has been shown throughout her career by Debbie’s daughter, Amanda Giles. Her sire’s side of the pedigree goes back to two beautiful dogs, Ch. Sporting Fields Jazz Fest and Ch. Sporting Field’s Rock On, perhaps different type dogs, but both exceptional all the same.

‘Rory’ eventually became Am. Can. Fin. Nor. Swed. Ch. Sporting Field’s Jazz Fest, with coursing titles and an ROMX on the end of his name. He won 10 Best in Shows during his career, handled by Debbie. He was a grandson of my favorite Sporting Field Whippet, Ch. Sporting Field’s Kinsman. ‘Luke’ won a National Specialty, 59 Bests and was a Number 2 Hound and Number 7 among all breeds in the early 1990s.

Ch. Sporting Field’s Kinsman was Number 2 Hound and Number 7 among all breeds in the early 1990s, breeder/owner-handled by Debbie Butt. He was also owned by Bill and Tina Truesdale, and Debbie’s mother, Mrs. James (Donnie) Butt, who also bred ‘Luke.’

Ch. Sporting Field’s Kinsman was Number 2 Hound and Number 7 among all breeds in the early 1990s, breeder/owner-handled by Debbie Butt. He was also owned by Bill and Tina Truesdale, and Debbie’s mother, Mrs. James (Donnie) Butt, who also bred ‘Luke.’

‘Trent,’ Sporting Field’s Rock On, was shown more recently, to a National Specialty win under Anne Rogers Clark in 2005, as well as specialty Best in Shows at the American Whippet Club’s Eastern, Midwest, Southern and Western specialties. He also won the Top 20. He was bred by Debbie with Owen Light and handled by Debbie, who owned him with Dan Black and Bruno Gideon of Canada.

Lakeland Terrier Ch. Northcote Delzar Serious Riot was Best in Show at Montgomery County Kennel Club in 2004 under Walter Goodman, handled by Gabriel Rangel.

Lakeland Terrier Ch. Northcote Delzar Serious Riot was Best in Show at Montgomery County Kennel Club in 2004 under Walter Goodman, handled by Gabriel Rangel.

The Lakeland Terrier that was Glenda Dawkins’ choice for first in the Terrier Group was bred by Maripi Wooldridge, Jennifer Stevens and Haley Keyes, and is owned by Walter and Barbara Bates. ‘Kody’ is handled by Larry Cornelius and Marcelo Veras. His dam, Ch. Hikel Terrydale Memoirs of a Geisha, is a daughter of the 2004 Montgomery County Best in Show winner Ch. Northcote Delzar Serious Riot, who was shown by Gabriel Rangel for Mickey and Linda Low. ‘Austin’ was bred in Canada by Terri Alloway and was the Number 2 Terrier in 2004 as well. Kody’s littermate, Ch. Nanhall’s Chiyo Hikel Terrydale, recently went to Germany with Maripi and Jennifer, and was Best in Show at the Gothenburg show, from an entry of 4,000, and BIS-2 at Stockholm International.

So that wraps it up for these shows and the winners in Florida. See you next Monday!

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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.