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Fancy That: Joplin, Mo., Hosts Top Winners

The Tri-State Kennel Club held back-to-back shows this past weekend in Joplin, Mo., with interesting results. Entries each day were just over 1,000 dogs.

Saturday judge Dana Cline awarded Best in Show to the current Number 2 dog of all breeds, the Springer, GCh. Wynmoor Champagne Supernova. ‘Peyton’ and handler Robin Novack, pushing as hard as they can to take over Number 1, were in Fort Wayne, Ind., the three days prior, defeating their chief rival, German Wirehaired Pointer GCh. Mt. View’s Ripsnorter Silver Charm, in the Group and scoring one Best in Show and one Reserve BIS. They made a quick trip to Joplin (650 miles, over 11 hours by car, although I’m guessing the pair caught a plane) to win under Mr. Cline, then trekked back to Fort Wayne for the Sunday show, to win another Sporting Group, but that was their last victory for the weekend.

Not incidentally, in the Springer’s absence, ‘Oakley,’ the current Top Dog, handled by Phil Booth, went Best in Show in Fort Wayne on Saturday from an entry of more than 1,500 dogs. I imagine the race has tightened up considerably, but to confirm I’m sure our Billy Wheeler will have the figures available today as to who is in the lead at this moment. I’d bet that there’s some serious strategizing going on in the Peyton and Oakley camps as we speak.

But back to the rest of the results in Joplin. The Hound Group winner on Saturday was Bloodhound Ch. Houndwalkers Sebastian of the Groves, handled by Clint Livingston for owners David and Marlene Groves. ‘Sebastian’ was bred by Judy Walker, Carrie Roy and Susan Hamil, she of the Quiet Creek Bloodhounds and breeder/owner of two of the current Top 10 Bloodhounds (Number 1 and Number 3) and the Number 5 Hound, GCh. Quiet Creek’s Kiss and Tell. Three Bloodhounds bred by Susan are now in the breed’s Top 10, including Sebastian.

Clint finished the Hound as a puppy back in 2010, with a little help from handler Carol Carizzo. Sebastian’s pedigree is gorgeous; on his sire’s side, both his grandsire and granddam, Ch. Badger Creek Druid and Ch. Heathcliffe Lady Bernadette, were all-breed BIS winners. Druid was imported from Switzerland by Susan and was the sire of the 2001 Westminster Hound Group winner, Ch. Ridge Runner Unforgettable. Sebastian’s grandsire on his dam’s side, Ch. Churchils Treasured Moon, was a two-time National Specialty winner, in 2006 and 2008, and also won the Canadian National in 2008.

Working Group winner GCh. D’s Remember When also comes from a beautiful pedigree. ‘Jackson,’ winner of Reserve BIS as well, is handled by Gwen DeMilta for owners Tony and Sheila DiNardo. The red Doberman Pinscher is sired by multi-Ch. Alex de Akido San. Bred and owned in Argentina by Andrea Laruccia and also owned by Natalia Colombo and the DiNardos, ‘Alex’ earned champion titles in Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, Chile, Peru and Mexico, as well as International and Latin American titles. In 2009 he finished his championship in just one weekend in the U.S., handled by Ann Ramsbottom White. Handled during the rest of his career by Miguel Alejandro Vera, Alex won more than 100 Best in Shows, and in 2010 represented Argentina in the Eukanuba World Challenge, which he won. He has been the top sire in Argentina on numerous occasions and at the 2010 American National he won the Stud Dog class.

The Argentinian Doberman Pinscher multi-Ch. Alex de Akido San was the Eukanuba World Challenge winner in 2010, handled by Miguel Alejandro Vera.

Jackson’s dam had as dramatic a show career here in the U.S. Handled by breeder Ann White, who owned her with the DiNardos, Ch. Cambria’s Victoria Secret won 20 Groups and one Best in Show in 2007. In 2008 she was the Number 2 Working dog in the U.S., with 49 Group Firsts and 13 Best in Shows.

Winning the Terrier Group was Smooth Fox Terrier GCh. High Mountain Everso In Command. ‘Cameron’ is owned by his breeders, Carolyn and Richard Snavely, and handled by Doug Carlson. His sire, GCh. High Mountain River Run, won the 2008 American Fox Terrier National in Louisville, handled by Gabriel Rangel. He then went to Brazil under the ownership of Victor Malzoni and became a top dog. Cameron’s dam, Ch. High Mtn Everso Fine, was a Group winner and among the Top 20 Smooths in 2009.

Owner-handler Amy Greenway won the Toy Group with her Toy Manchester Terrier from the classes, their first Group win. Doubletree’s Kick It Like Cricket is co-owned by Pam Gaskin. ‘Cricket’s’ sire, Ch. Heaven Hi’s Cornerstone, owned by Bradley Jenkins, was a Group winner and the 2011 Westminster BOB winner. Cricket’s paternal great-grandsire, Am. Can. Ch. Fwaggles Tap Man at Burmack, was the Number 1 Toy Manchester and National Specialty winner in 2008, handled by Jesse Sutton.

Shar-Pei GCh. Jade East Do You Know the Way to San Jose won the Non-Sporting Group, handled by David Williams for breeder/owners Loretta Anders, Karel Nijholt and Esmae Minne. ‘Jose’s’ sire, Ch. Sundried’s Wrinkled One So True, was a multiple Best in Show winner, won more than 40 Group Firsts and was the 2007 National Specialty winner, handled by Frank Murphy for owner Marilyn Curry. Jose’s maternal grandsire, Ch. Jade East Mission to Mars, was the top Shar-Pei sire in 2009 and 2010. He was a Dutch, German, Belgian, Mexican, Brazilian and Americas champion.

Amazingly, even more of the winners from the Saturday show had Best in Show-winning ancestors. Rough Collie GCh. Arrowhill Sword Held High was the Herding Group winner. ‘Egan,’ the 2010 National Specialty Winners Dog, is bred and owned by Laurie Jeff Greer and Clarence Lee, handled by Jeff, and is sired by Ch. Gentry’s Braveheart, the 2010 top Rough Collie and the Number 10 Herding dog, also handled by Jeff. ‘Ivan’ sired the 2008 National Specialty Winners Dog and Best Puppy, Gentry’s About Face, so Egan was his second son to attain this honor. Ivan was bred and owned by Patti Gordon of Gentry Collies.

Rough Collie Ch. Gentry’s Braveheart was the Number 1 Rough Collie and Number 10 Herding dog in 2010, handle by Jeff Greer.

On Sunday under judge Sonny Ambrosio, the Doberman, Jackson, was Best in Show.

The Sporting Group winner on day two was Golden Retriever Ch. Dogwoods Bright Morning Star. ‘Kira,’ another product of a BIS winner, is handled by Carrie Rosenkoetter, who owns her with Coleen Maddox. Her sire, Ch. Morningstar Must Be Dreaming, also known as ‘Moses,’ was handled by Janice Hayes to his red, white and blue win. Kira’s maternal grandsire, Ch. Nautilus Joe Millionaire, also a BIS winner, was breeder/owner-handled by Julie MacKinnon.

Irish Wolfhound Taryn Hickory Hollow, bred and owned by Gary and Brenda Fairbanks, won the Hound Group. This young dog’s pedigree traces back to Ch. Taryn Toby of Limerick, the 2003 Number 1 Irish Wolfhound, and his sire, Ch. UR Limerick of Kilmara, an all-breed Best in Show winner handled by Linda Souza, who, with her mother Janet and daughter Jamie Souza Bartlett, have bred and shown Wolfhounds for more than 30 years under the Limerick banner.

Sunday’s Terrier Group winner was Norwich Terrier GCh. Skyscot’s Texas Hold ‘Em. ‘Decker’ has been a subject for “Fancy That” in the past, as he and handler Brenda Combs have had a good year. Like his sire before him, he is gradually making his way up the rankings ladder, and I predict that, assuming his campaign continues, 2013 will be an even better year for him. He was Reserve BIS on Sunday.

The Toy Group winner, English Toy Spaniel GCh. LTO Prosperity, is another that has appeared before in the “Fancy That” narrative. Owned by Ray Cole and breeder Mark Landers, the King Charles and Ruby Spaniel is handled by Jeff Wright

A Chinese Shar-Pei was again the victor in Group Six, but this time it was GCh. Vajes Jethrene Bodine, who we wrote about here last Monday. She and her sister, Jayne Hathaway, have both had terrific careers. It’s interesting that both Clint Livingston, her handler, and David Williams, who won the Saturday Group, are from Texas and both have had such great and continued success nationally with this breed.

GCh. McMatts Autumn Breeze was the final Herding Group winner. The Australian Shepherd is owned by Flo McDaniel and Vicki Wherle, and handled by Paul Catterson. ‘Breezy, ’ was a champion and Group winner before she turned 2 years old. Her maternal granddam, Ch. Bayouland’s Dazzle Me Razz, was also owned by Flo McDaniel of McMatt’s Aussies, and her daughter Becky McDaniel, who handled ‘Razz’ to an all-breed Best in Show win. Razz’s sire, Ch. Broadways Blaze of Glory, is also the sire of all-breed Best in Show winners Ch. Windypine Winter Willow, Ch. Bayouland Flamin Glory and Ch. Bayouland’s Crème Brulee, among others. ‘Blaze,’ clearly an invaluable sire, is owned by Nora Porobic and Jane Firebaugh of Paradigm Aussies.

I hope you’ve enjoyed learning something about the ancestors of the winners from the Joplin shows this past weekend. Visit Best In Show Daily’s Dog Show Results and Billy’s blog to learn about who won at the other shows around the country this past weekend.

 

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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.