Two all-breed shows hosted by the Evergreen Colorado Kennel Club and held in Greeley this past weekend drew entries of more than 1,500 dogs each day. Two of the country’s top four dogs of all breeds duked it out for the final spot each day, but only one took home a Best in Show ribbon.
On Saturday judge Betty-Anne Stenmark awarded Best in Show to the Springer, GCh. Wynmoor Champagne Supernova, the Number 2 dog among all breeds in official stats through the end of July. ‘Peyton’ and handler Robin Novack have been trading the Number 1 spot back and forth for the past few weeks with the Phil Booth-handled Wire Pointer, Oakley, and only the most diligent numbers nerd could tell you where each stands after this past weekend. Thankfully, the country’s top numbers nerd is part of our Best in Show Daily staff, so Billy Wheeler will no doubt have posted his predictions about who is ranked where before the day is out.
Best in Show on Sunday under Lawrence Terricone and winner of both Hound Groups was Afghan Hound GCh. Thaon’s Mowgli. ‘Mowgli’ has won three National Specialties, in 2009, ’10 and ’11, in addition to his success in the all-breed arena. His sire, Ch. Thaon’s Wannadance, was also a National Specialty and multiple all-breed Best in Show winner, and, like Mowgli, was breeder/owner-handled by Jay Hafford.
The Wire Fox Terrier, GCh. Afterall Painting the Sky, currently top Terrier and Number 4 among all breeds, won both Groups and was Reserve BIS on Saturday. Gabriel Rangel, of course, handles ‘Sky.’ This is the fourth Number 1 Terrier Gabriel has handled in the past eight years: in 2005 Sealyham Terrier Ch. Stonebroke Right on the Money; in 2009 Scottie Ch. Roundtown Mercedes of Maryscot, who was also Number 1 all breeds; in 2011 Wire Fox Terrier GCh. Steele Your Heart; and now Sky.
The Toy Groups were won by Brussels Griffon GCh. Cashnross’ First Griff Tina Fey, handled by Jenny Wornall. Tina’s sire, Ch. Hilltop’s The Great Houdini, was also a multiple BIS winner. He won his first two handled by Paul Catterson, then, after Paul moved to the Midwest, added several more Bests to his record handled by Wood Wornall. Tina’s pedigree includes several more BIS winners, including her grandsire, Houdini’s sire, Ch. Hilltop’s Special Zinger, who was handled by Amy Rutherford and was an all-breed and National Specialty Best in Show winner. ‘Zinger’ was also the top Griffon sire in 2000 and 2001.
The rest of the Groups had different winners each day. The first Working Group went to Greater Swiss Mountain Dog GCh. Derby’s X Marks the Spot, handled by Wendi Brown. ‘Ditto’s’ sire, Ch. Red Fern’s Beau Derby was a National Specialty winner and only the third Swissy ever to win an AKC all-breed Best in Show. He was bred by Kristin Kleeman, and Debbie and Jerry Kennedy, and owned by Debbie Echols and Alan McFadden, who also own Ditto.
Sunday’s Working Group winner was GCh. Szumeria’s Wildwood Silver Six Pence. Yes, ‘Tanner’ is the top-winning Kuvasz of all time, and on top of that, in a breed where Best in Show wins are pretty elusive, his sister, GCh. Szumeria’s Sing a Song of Six Pence, is also a BIS winner. That was quite a litter for breeders Lynn Brady, Connie Townsend, and Beatrice and Clay Page.
Lynn and Connie have really dedicated themselves to breeding top quality dogs in a breed that is relatively rare around the world. They belong to the Hungarian Kuvasz club in the breed’s native country, and have used Hungarian lines in their breeding program. They’ve produced dogs that have excelled not just in conformation, but also in performance events and as therapy dogs.
Two different Keeshonden took home the blue ribbons from the Greeley Non-Sporting Groups. On Saturday Ch. Jen N’ Di’s Lyrical Dreams for Jo-lyn was the winner. ‘Lyric’ finished his championship with a big win at a specialty in conjunction with the National in 2011, and by September had already earned his grand championship. His grandsire, Ch. Jen N’ Di’s Top Notch, was an all-breed and specialty BIS winner, has an agility title in addition to his conformation title, was an ROM sire and is a Keeshond Club of America Hall of Fame dog.
Day two Keeshond GCh. Windrift’s Money Maker won the Group. ‘Bear’ is owner-handled by Terri and Roy Gum and is their first show dog. His breeder, Joanne Reed, is not in any way new to the sport, however. She was the 2010 Breeder of the Year for the Non-Sporting Group and has bred seven National Specialty BIS winners, nine all-breed BIS winners and 15 Hall of Fame Keeshonden, among other accomplishments. Bear was Reserve BIS on Sunday.
Another AKC Breeder of the Year team was involved with one of this weekend’s Group winners. Bouvier GCh. Rocheuses Me and My Shadow of Cornus won the Herding Group on Saturday. ‘Casper’ is handled by Colton and Heather Johnson, and was bred by Doug Johnson and Karen Brown. Doug and his wife, Michaelanne, were the recipients of the 2006 AKC Breeder of the Year award from among the seven Group appointees that year. The Johnsons have been in dogs since the mid-1970s and have bred numerous all-breed and National Specialty-winning Old English Sheepdogs and Bouviers.
Sunday’s Herding Group went to the German Shepherd bitch GCh. Lonestar’s Margarita Rose, handled by Karen and Clint Livingston. She is a daughter of Ch. Kismet’s Sight For Sore Eyes, America’s top Herding dog in 2001 and 2002, and top dog among all breeds in 2002, handled, naturally, by Jimmy Moses. ‘Dallas’ is also the top German Shepherd Dog sire of all time.
Results from the plethora of clusters and shows for the weekend can be found on Billy Wheeler’s Dog Show Poop blog. See you next week!