Exhibitors and handlers who were at Westminster and also entered at the Rocky Mountain Cluster in Colorado had a fairly small window of time to recover from the Garden before going at it again at Friday’s all-breed show in Denver. But many made the trip to these shows that draw more than 2,000 dogs per day and majors in many breeds.
On Friday Jon Cole was the Best in Show judge, and his winner was Chow Chow GCh. Dreamland’s Wanna Be A Billionaire. Bred and owned by Linda and Michael Brantley and also owned by Bob and Love Banghart, ‘Forbes’ began his specials career last fall. His sire, Ch. Dreamland’s American Revolution, was the breed’s 2011 National Specialty winner and a Group winner as well. Forbes was finished by the Bangharts and is being specialed by Mike Brantley.
Reserve BIS and the Toy Group winner under judge Norman Patton was another newcomer, Pomeranian Ch. AC Dynasty Dream Works, call name ‘Pako.’ His sire and maternal great-grandsire, Am. Can. Thai Ch. Starlight Dream Come True, is a son of ‘Parker,’ Ch. Pufpride Sweet Dreams. Parker was handled by Noble Inglett to 42 all-breed and 14 specialty Best in Shows to become the breed’s top Best in Show winner of all time. He is also the top sire of champions. He was bred by Virginia Dimick and was also the 2004 National Specialty winner. Pako was bred in Hong Kong by Abel Choi and is owned by Fernando Almeida and Sidney Freitas.
The Hound and Working Group winners were very familiar faces. Alberto Berrios’ Group winner was Harrier GCh. Downhome HiTech Innovator, last year’s Number 2 Hound. ‘Chet’ is handled by Susie Olivera for owner Joe Sanchez. Judith Brown did the Working Group and selected the Number 2 Working dog for 2011 and 2012, Kuvasz GCh. Szumeria’s Wildwood Silver Six Pence. ‘Tanner’ is handled by Diana Wilson for owners Mercedes Vila, Lynn Brady, Connie Townsend and Claudia Muir.
The Sporting Group, judged by Eva Berg, went to Brittany GCh. Rainbow Splash’s Ruggedly Handsome, bred by Kathy Hogan and Elud Archuleta Cressler, and owned by Carolee Douglas, Kathy and Jerry Hogan, and Amanda Cone. ‘Beckett,’ handled by Karen and Clint Livingston, was the 2012 National Specialty winner and is a grandson of the two-time National winner, two-time Westminster Group winner, in 2002 and 2003, and top Sporting dog Ch. Magic Sir-ly You Jest, also handled by Clint. ‘Jester’ was bred by Nicole Otterson and owned by her with Carolee Douglas, Jane Bates and Billie Collier. Will Beckett have a career as successful as his grandsire’s?
The Oliveras also won the Terrier Group, under Bob Hutton, with Miniature Schnauzer GCh. Kruse’s High Interest. ‘Banks’ is bred and owned by Brian Kruse and co-owned by Marilyn Lande. Already a multiple Specialty BIS winner, he is Brian’s first home-bred champion! His pedigree is comprised of very successful Miniature Schnauzer lines – ToMar’s, Ruedesheim’s and Minuteman – and he seems to be living up to that legacy.
And the Herding Group winner was ‘Swagger,’ Bugaboo’s Picture Perfect, who made such a big splash in New York by winning the Herding Group and Reserve Best in Show at the Garden from the Bred-by-Exhibitor class. He is bred and owned by Colton and Heather Johnson, and handled by Colton. Swagger earned his first major by winning an all-breed Best in Show. I believe this Thursday show was just his fourth outing, so he’s having quite a career so far. He is from big-winning parents. We’re looking very much forward to seeing how his career progresses.
Saturday’s entry was in the 2,200 range, and the only repeat Group winner for the day was the Chow, who was awarded the blue ribbon by Eva Berg. Best in Show was Cardigan Welsh Corgi GCh. Aubrey’s Tails of Mystery, who edged out the Old English in the Group under Jon Cole. ‘Libby’ was the Number 2 Herding dog last year, with eight BIS and 57 Group Firsts. Bred by Cynthia and Vincent Savioli, and Shawn Michael, and owned by the Saviolis, she is handled by Sherri Samel Hurst.
Reserve BIS went to Westminster’s Hound Group Second winner, Basset Hound GCh. Topsfield-Sanchu Eenie Meenie Miney Moe. Awarded the Group by Gene Blake, ‘Tiger’ was the Number 7 Hound last year, also winning eight BIS and taking home 48 blue ribbons for the year. Bryan Martin handles him for breeder/owners Claudia Orlandi and Kitty Steidel. Tiger’s dam, Ch. Topsfield-Sanchu Teeter Totter, goes back twice to the 2001 Number 1 Hound and 2000, 2001 and 2002 Number 1 Basset Ch. Topsfield Bumper Cars. ‘Bumper’ won 250 Groups, 45 Best in Shows and 23 Specialty BIS, including the 2003 National, during his career. He holds the record for the most Hound Group Firsts in one year of any Hound breed, with 117.
The Sporting Group winner under Norm Patton was Clumber Spaniel GCh. Clussexx Collaboration With Traddles, who was Group Third at the Garden a few days earlier. ‘Seymour’ is bred by Doug Johnson, Jamie Hubbard and Sheila Masaeus, who is Traddles in Denmark, and is owned by Bill Holbrook, Beth Dowd, Missy Capone, Jeanne Haverick and Patricia and Adriana Jaramillo. He’s handled by Jorge Olivera.
Bill Shelton’s Working Group winner also earned a Group placement in New York. Rottweiler GCh. Chancellor Flirt’s High Flyin’ Gladiator was the 2012 Number 10 Working dog. Handled by Perry Payson, last year’s National Specialty winner is bred and owned by Wendi Lewellen. ‘Pilot’ won 28 Groups and a BIS last year, and was Group Four at Westminster.
The Terrier Group winner under Gay Dunlap was the 2012 Number 1 Terrier, Group Second at the Garden, Wire Fox Terrier GCh. AfterAll Painting The Sky. The ginger bitch was, of course, Best in Show at AKC/Eukanuba in December, and is currently Number 1 of all breeds, according to our Billy Wheeler’s Dog Show Poop. ‘Sky’ is handled by Gabriel Rangel for owners Victor Malzoni, Torie Steele, Diane Ryan, and Scott and Mary Olund, bred by Al Pertuit and Betty Seton.
Pom Pako was second on Saturday under Bob Hutton to Maltese GCh. Scylla’s Small Kraft Re-Lit, last year’s Number 3 Toy dog. ‘Hank’ is owned by Debbie Burke and Ron Scott, and is breeder/owner-handled by Tara Martin Rowell. Tara’s mother, Vicki Abbott, co-bred him. He is sired by Tara’s last big winner, Ch. Bhe-Jei’s Pinball Wizard, who was Number 1 Maltese and Number 9 Toy in 2006, owned by Tara and Martha Feltenstein. In 2005 ‘Tommy’ was owned by Roger Rechler and amassed 35 Group Firsts and four Best in Shows, handled by Tara.
On Sunday the Number 1 dog of all breeds, Sky, was Best in Show under Karen Wilson, who also traveled to Denver from New York after judging the Sporting Group at the Garden. Reserve BIS was Cardigan Corgi Libby, who won the Group under Edie Dykstra-Blum.
Tiger the Basset repeated his Group win under Sulie Greendale-Paveza. Sky won her Group under judge Joe Walton. Then we had four Group winners different from the first two days.
The Sporting Group under Mary Ann Alston went to Golden Retriever Ch. Forever’s Quest For Atlantis. ‘Epic’ is bred by Candy and Jennifer Nee, and Suzie Jordan, and owned by the Nees with Jennifer Rullo. Handled by Candy Nee, he is by a Best in Show sire, GCh. Rush Hill’s All Fools On Deck, also known as ‘Ocean.’ Ocean is a grandson of two BIS winners, his paternal grandsire Am. Can. Ch. Rush Hill Watz Cook’n Good Look’n and his paternal granddam Am. Can. Ch. Goodtime’s Run For the Roses.
In the Working Group, judge Jeanne Zuver chose Greater Swiss Mountain Dog GCh. Calypso V Alex Raven Moon as the winner. ‘Moon’ is owned by Amy and Chris Wilson, and Terry and Bev Brown, bred by Terry Brown and Holly Nagler, and handled by Todd Thornton. He’s just beginning his specials career.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel GCh. Miletree Northern Star at Shirmont was the Toy Group winner under Margaret Reed. Bred in the U.K. by Peter and Ruta Towse, and owned by Bruce and Shirley Henry, ‘Teddy’ is handled by Clint Livingston and was Number 1 Cavalier in 2011 and 2012. Clint has handled several Number 1 Cavaliers for the Henrys, including the 2006 Number 6 Toy and 2005 Number 7 Toy, Ch. Hurleaze Bristol Blue, and before that Ch. Hurleaze Birthday Boy at Shirmont. The Henrys have successfully incorporated beautiful British Cavaliers into their breeding program for more than a decade.
In the Non-Sporting Group, Bulldog GCh. Mytoys Epic Against The Wind was the winner under Richard Camacho. I’ve written about him before, but ‘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’s always handled by Dennis. His sire is the, well, legendary Ch. Cherokee Legend Rock, the Number 1 Bulldog in the U.S. from 2006 through 2008 and the breed’s top sire in 2007 and 2008. ‘Rock’ won 89 – yes, that’s 89 – specialty Best in Shows, including the 2007 National, and 13 all-breed Bests. He’s sired more than 60 champions. Rock is owned by Connie Chambers and his breeder/owner-handler Cody Sickle.
Ralph’s dam ‘Windy,’ Ch. Mytoys Mighty Colors of the Wind, was also a National Specialty winner, in 2006, under another Bulldog legend, Jean Hetherington, handled by Dennis O’Connor. That year at the National, Best of Opposite Sex went to Windy’s sire, Ch. Cherokee Legend Pretty Boy. Windy had been BOS the previous year. What a wonderful legacy these dogs, and their breeders and owners, are creating.
There’s a show in Denver today as well, and I’m certain the results will be as exciting as they were the first three days. You can read all about them on Dog Show Poop or on our Dog Show Results. See you next week!