This will be my last Fancy That, at least for a while, and today I’ll cover the two Lorain County KC shows held in Oberlin, Ohio, this past weekend, August 10 and 11, 2013. Entries were 937 and 940 for the two days.
On Saturday Whitney Coombs judged Best in Show and selected Ramon Podesta’s Hound Group winner, Afghan GCh. Exlysta Aries Ciel Noir, as the recipient of the final award. ‘Ryder’ is owner-handled by Phil Schafmayer and also owned by Sharon Ferraro and his breeders Perry Rooks and Christine Anderson-Smith. Through June this year, he had four Bests and 16 Group Firsts. Ryder began his specials career in December last year with several specialty wins and a Group First, then was the breed winner at Westminster in February under Jerry Klein. His career has really taken off, and he’s Number 2 in the breed and Number 9 Hound.
Reserve BIS went to Cardigan Welsh Corgi GCh. Aubrey’s Tails of Mystery following her Group win under Sharon Newcomb. ‘Libby,’ who has been featured several times in Fancy That, is handled by Sherri Samel Hurst for breeder/owners Cynthia and Vincent Savioli, and owner Shawn Michael. She’s the Number 2 Herding dog for this year, the position she also held at the close of 2012. Libby’s grandsire, Am. Can. Ch. Rhys Sunday With George, was a multiple Group and specialty BIS winner, owner-handled by Kathy Schwabe, co-owned by Lisa Rhyner and bred by Beverly Johnson.
In the Sporting Group, judge Stephen Dainard’s winner was Gordon Setter GCh. Sastya’s Eleven Eleven. ‘Teddy’ is bred and owned by Mary Ann and Bill Leonard, and was co-bred by Sally Gift. A multiple Group winner 2011 through this year, he was Number 1 in the breed in 2011 and won his first Best in Show earlier this year. He is a grandson of Am. Can. Aus. Nz. Ch. Triseter Ebonie Nirvana, the Australian Best in Show winner that came to the U.S. in 2002 and won the National Specialty in 2003, handled by Kristin Karboski. ‘Nirvana’ also became a top sire in the U.S.
Tim Terella handled the Working Group winner under John Ronald, Siberian Husky Ch. Snowmist’s Quicksilver Speigas, bred by Kim Leblanc of Canada, and owned by Laura Baryte of Lithuania and Hiroyo Shimizu. ‘Fizzy’ is the Number 1 Siberian this year with multiple BIS wins. His sire, Ch. Coventry’s Peace Negotiator, won several dozen Groups and a Best in Show from 2006 through 2009 for breeder/owner Jean Edwards. His pedigree is largely Innisfree and carries multiple lines back to the BIS Am. Can. Ch. Innisfree Fire and Frost and Westminster BIS winner Ch. Innisfree’s Sierra Cinnar.
In the Terrier Group, Ramon Podesta chose Smooth Fox Terrier GCh. Broxden Waybroke Halstan Heritage as the winner, handled by Phil Booth for Victor Malzoni. ‘Roy’ was bred by Madison Weeks and Hubert Thomas of the very old Waybroke Smooth Fox Terrier kennel, along with Stacy Turner and Amy Booth. His sire, Ch. Waybroke Wallstreet, is a son of ‘Tux,’ Ch. Broxden Rio Oso Best Dressed, among the nation’s top Terriers 2002 through 2004 and Number 6 among all breeds in 2003. Tux became the top breeder/owner-handled Terrier of all time in the U.S. during his career, handled of course by Amy Rodriguez, now Booth, and won the Quaker Oats award for most Terrier Group wins in 2004. He won 68 career Best in Show awards.
Alissa Welling owner-handled Senor Podesta’s Toy Group winner, GCh. Qbin’s Strictly Confidential at Enginuity, a multiple Group winner last year. Bred by Candy Gaudry, the Havanese is also owned by Arlene Liebing. His grandsire, Ch. Starkette Famous Amos of Qbin, was the chocolate parti-colored 2002 National Specialty winner, handled by Joe Vergnetti.
Another dog that’s been featured several times in this column is Judy English Murray’s Non-Sporting Group winner, Shar-Pei GCh. Shine’s Deck the Halls. Handled by Nina Fetter for owners Deb and Robert Cooper, Linda Teitelbaum and breeder/owner Rebecca Pentecost, ‘Tinsel’ is Number 4 in the Group through June. Her sire, Ch. Chaoyangs Take It To The Limit, won more than 50 Groups and nine BIS from 2009 through 2012, making him the top Best in Show-winning male Shar-Pei of all time. ‘Mossimo’ was also handled by Nina and was bred by Linda Cosier and Lisa Myers.
Smooth Fox Terrier Roy was the only repeat Group winner on Sunday, a feat he accomplished under judge Jerry Klein. Best in Show under judge John Ronald went to the Working Group winner, Rottweiler GCh. Avatar Cosmac Storm. (A different Rottweiler won the breed, and was in John Ronald’s Group, on Saturday.) Whitney Coombs judged the Sunday Working Group.
‘Mac’ was bred by Geri Bidgood and Roxanne Robertson, is owned by Geri with Marilyn Brennan and Otterhounders Andy and Jack McIlwaine, and is handled by Johann Emedi. Just 2 years old on August 2, he’s already a multiple Group winner and among the breed’s top dogs this year. Do readers remember the beautiful Rottweiler that Michael Grossman and Clara Hurley owned, and Carol Grossman showed back in the late ‘80s early ‘90s, Ch. Nelson VH Brabantpark? Mac’s dam, GCh. Avatar Storm Spirit Sheshalby, goes back multiple times to ‘Nelson,’ who was not only the Number 1 Rott in 1989 and 1990, but also sired more than 50 champions. Nelson was bred in the Netherlands by Toni Huijskens and Brabantpark has contributed to the quality of Rottweilers worldwide. Another of that kennel’s Rotts, Ch. Lodewijik VH Brabantpark, was Number 1 in the breed in 2000 and 2001, handled by Bob Busby for owners Steve and Christina Sims. ‘Hanns’ was also among the Top 20 Working dogs in 2001.
Reserve BIS was Dalmatian GCh. Folklore Celtic Crossfire, handled by Dave Slattum for breeder/owners Diana Skibinski, and Jim and Michelle Boyd, and co-owner Robert Skibinski. ‘Rafe’ began his specials career last year, when he won nine Groups and a Best in Show, and he’s the top male Dal this year. His dam, Ch. Folklore Celtic C&C All About Me, won a Best in Show in 2010 and earned an Award of Merit at the National Specialty, handled by Jim Boyd. She was a granddaughter of the specialty and all-breed Best in Show winning Ch. Tuckaway Augusta, sire of more than 120 champions. ‘Augie’ was bred by Janey Radlett and owned by Sid and Fran Remmele, and sired two of the breed’s all-time top winners, Ch. Tuckaway Winged Foot and Ch. Spotlight’s Spectacular.
For those who love Dals, Augie was a son of the Best in Show-winning Ch. Fireman’s Freckled Friend, bred and owned by Rob and Shari Peth, and handled by Bill Busch to many BIS wins, Group First at Westminster in 1985 and four National Specialty wins. ‘Spotty’ was also among the breed’s all-time top sires. Granddaughter ‘Penny,’ the aforementioned Spotlight’s Spectacular, won the Groups at the Garden in 1996 and 1997, and was top Non-Sporting dog for two years, bred by Connie Wagner and handled by Dennis McCoy for Isabel Robson.
In the Sporting Group, Sid Marx made the 16-month-old owner-handled Irish Setter, Ch. Shadowmere’s Storm Chaser, his blue-ribbon winner. Handled by Coleen McGee, ‘Twister’ is also owned by Joan Fiser and his breeder, Karren Harrison. He is a son of the current Number 1 Irish Setter and Number 7 Sporting dog, GCh. Northwinds First Reign.
Sid also judged the Hound Group and found another owner-handled winner there in the Irish Wolfhound, GCh. Ansa Mo Caoimhin Modigliani, with Saturday’s Best in Show winner earning the red ribbon. Bred and owned by Kimberly and Ashley Schaffter and handled by Ashley, the Wolfhound is a multiple Group winner this year and was Reserve BIS at Terre Haute KC in April.
Sharon Newcomb’s Toy Group winner was Chinese Crested GCh. Stillmeadow Solo In the Spotlight, handled by Christy Collins for breeder/owners Mary Lou Patti and Jennifer Patti. ‘Barbie’ finished her championship owner-handled from the 6-9 Puppy class with four majors and Best of Breed wins, and hasn’t looked back since. She’s a multiple Group winner this year.
And last but not least, in the Herding Group Ramon Podesta placed Saturday’s Reserve BIS winner second to the Number 1 Bouvier and Number 10 Herding dog GCh. Stonepillar’s Steel Blu, handled by Elaine Paquette for Julianna and Daniel Garrison, with whom she co-owns ‘Blu.’ Bred by Bruce and Diane Ham of Canada and M.J. Sears, this dog is out of Canada’s Number 1 Bouvier bitch in 2005 Ch. Stonepillar’s Special Jewel, and his sire, is many generations of breeding from the very successful Quiche Bouviers that the Paquette family has cultivated for decades in Canada.