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Fancy That: New Faces Join Familiar Ones in Washington

I love reporting on the backgrounds of the country’s top winning dogs, learning where they came from and sharing those stories with Best In Show Daily readers. But as I scanned the show results today, I realized anew that so many of this past weekend’s Group and Best in Show winners are dogs that you’ve read about in Fancy That and also on Billy Wheeler’s Dog Show Poop many times over, the big winners who’ve dominated the show rings the over past year, and sometimes longer. I’m delighted to have shared their stories, but it’s also fun to be able to bring you information about some fresh faces along with the news about those with which we’re more familiar.

This past weekend in Tacoma, Wash., the Non-Sporting Group winner both Saturday and Sunday, under judges Ruth Zimmerman and Don Sutton, was a familiar face. I’ve written about ‘Ally,’ the 2012 Number 1 Non-Sporting dog GCh. Brighton Lakeridge Encore, numerous times and am delighted to report that she was the Best in Show winner on Sunday at Sammamish KC under Jose Luis Payro, in from Mexico to judge.

Another familiar face that won both of her Groups, under judges Jim Reynolds and Gloria Geringer, was the 2012 Number 4 among all breeds, Wire Fox Terrier GCh. AfterAll Painting the Sky. ‘Sky’ was Reserve BIS on Sunday. Number 2 Hound GCh. Downhome HiTech Innovator won the Hound Group on Saturday, and you’ve learned a lot about ‘Chet’ if you’re a regular Fancy That reader.

Reserve Best in Show on Saturday, and the Group winner under Gloria Geringer, was GCh. Clussexx Collaboration With Traddles, the Jorge Olivera-handled Clumber Spaniel that I wrote about on December 16, 2012, when he was second in the Group at AKC/Eukanuba. Doug Johnson, who has bred champion Clumbers, Sussex Spaniels, Welsh Springer Spaniels and English Toy Spaniels under the Clussexx banner, was the 2005 AKC Breeder of the Year in the Sporting Group and is one of a very exclusive club of people who have bred more than one Westminster Best in Show winner. Clumber Ch. Clussexx Country Sunrise was BIS at the Garden in 1996, handled by Jane Alston-Myers, and Sussex Ch. Clussexx Three D Grinchy Glee won the big prize in 2009, handled by Scott Sommer.

The Working Group winner under Joan Luna is familiar to BISD readers. Giant Schnauzer GCh. Lowdown’s Remys Girl v Ardenhout was fourth in the Group at AKC/Eukanuba in December and won the Group in Palm Springs. Handled by Gabriel Rangel for owners Mickey and Linda Low, I am certain we’ll hear a lot more from ‘Abbey’ this year.

But there were a few less familiar faces winning in Washington this weekend. Best in Show on Saturday under Steve Keating, after winning the Group under Vicki Abbott, was Chinese Crested GCh. Dejavu I Want’a Talk About Me, handled by Tammy Miyagawa for owners Roy and Jo-Ann Kusumoto. ‘Tobie’ was the top Crested last year, with four Best in Shows and 25 Group Firsts. Bred by Karla Matlock, Ann Freeman and Sharon Jacobson, he is following in the footsteps of both his sire and dam. His sire, Ch. Dejavu B Careful What U Wish For, was a Group winner, owner-handled by Sharon Marotto and also bred by Karla Matlock. Tobie’s dam, Ch. Patsy Cline By Jove, was a multiple Best in Show winner, handled by Ryan Wolfe for owners Karla Matlock, Ann Freeman, Stan Voje and Amy Donnell. She was bred by Marian Blackman. As a youngster, ‘Patsy’ was Best Puppy at the National Specialty in 2004. She is also the dam of at least half a dozen champions.

Beauceron Ch. Arco du Chateau Rocher, the first of his breed to win a Group placement, on the day the breed was first eligible to be shown at AKC shows on June 28, 2007.

Beauceron Ch. Arco du Chateau Rocher, the first of his breed to win a Group placement, on the day the breed was first eligible to be shown at AKC shows on June 28, 2007.

Saturday’s Herding Group winner is a face brand new to Fancy That. Beauceron GCh. De Joie Du Chateau Rocher, selected by Doug Taylor for the Group First, was Number 4 in all-breed points last year with two Group Firsts. ‘Gideon’ is owned by Marlene Palmer and was bred by Karla Davis. He is a certified search and rescue dog in the state of Oregon. Handled by Tyler Crady, he was Best of Breed at AKC/Eukanuba in December. His sire, Ch. Arco du Chateau Rocher, was BOB for a 4-point major and went on to Group Third on the first day that the breed was eligible for regular competition at AKC shows, on June 28, 2007. ‘Arco’ was also the breed’s first Best of Breed winner at Westminster and a Group winner, owned by his breeder Karla Davis.

On Sunday at the second Sammamish KC show, as mentioned, Standard Poodle Ally was Best in Show, and Wire Fox Terrier Sky Reserve BIS. The Clumber repeated his Group win, with Pluis Davern judging the Sporting Group, as did the Crested, under judge Jim Reynolds.

In the Hound Group, another new face was the victor under judge Celeste Gonzalez. Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen Ch. M&M’s Fear the Beard is bred and owned by Donna Moore and co-owned by his handler, Janice Hayes. Janice recently moved from Texas to Northern California, where I understand she is quite happy. This was the first Group win for ‘Mr. Wilson,’ but Janice handled his sire, Ch. Gebeba’s Texas True Grit, also owned by Donna, to Number 1 PBGV (breed points) in 2008, BIS at the National Specialty in 2009 and multiple all-breed BIS wins. ‘John Wayne’ also won numerous PBGV Club of America regional specialties.

Full brother and sister Eng. Am. Ch. Afterglow Woody Woodpecker and Am. Ch. Soletrader Maggie May.

Full brother and sister Eng. Am. Ch. Afterglow Woody Woodpecker and Am. Ch. Soletrader Maggie May.

But there’s more. Mr. Wilson’s dam, the English import Ch. Soletrader Maggie May, was bred in the U.K. by Gavin Robertson and Paul Sparks. The alliance between Donna and Janice has been a happy one. Janice handled ‘Maggie,’ under Donna’s ownership, to two Best in Shows, 16 Group Firsts and Number 1 PBGV in 2012. Maggie’s sire, Eng. Ch. Soletrader Dunc’n Disorderly, was the top CC-winning PBGV in England in 2004, and her dam, Eng. Ch. Afterglow Penelope Pitstop, was the Number 1 PBGV in the U.K. in 2003 and then the top brood bitch in the breed in 2007. Even better, ‘Penelope’ was the only sister of Am. Eng. Ch. Afterglow Woody Woodpecker, the top-winning male PBGV of all time in the United States, the 2005 Number 1 Hound in the U.S. and the 2002 Top Hound in the U.K. ‘Woody’ was only the second PBGV ever to win a BIS in the U.K., handled by Gavin Robertson, who co-bred him with Michael Gadsby. Woody was handled in the U.S. by Clint Livingston for owners Helen Goldberg, Caroline Woods, and Gavin and Sara Robertson. This is just the tip of the iceberg regarding the top-winning and producing dogs that both Gavin and Mike Gadsby have shared with American fanciers.

The Working Group winner on Sunday under Steve Keating was Rottweiler Ch. Parisans Stingray of Riverridge. Owned by Rod Ramsour, Suzanne Eikanger-Stoops and Todd Johnston, and handled by Todd, ‘Ray’ is a son of the German dog Elvis von der Muhlbachstrasse bred to Parisans Coral Sea, a daughter of the Best in Show-winning Am. Can. Ch. Ravenscrest The Alchemist, better known as ‘Burton.’ A BIS winner in the U.S. and Canada, Burton was the Number 2 Rottweiler in the U.S. in 2008, all systems, handled by Tony Carter for owners Pamela Boles, Andrew Schroeder and Jason Ough.

And last but never least, the Herding Group winner on day two, Pembroke Welsh Corgi GCh. Coventry Allure at Wyndstar, has been featured in Fancy That on previous occasions. ‘Allie’ is a daughter of Ch. Coventry Vanity Fair, the 2007 Number 2 Herding dog and 2008 Number 1 Herding dog bred by Bill Shelton, Steve Leyerly, Beckie Williams and Lisa Weiss, and owned by Deborah Salow, Kevin Foist, Bill Shelton and Kerry Kirtley. Bill handled ‘Carly’ to the top owner-handled Pembroke Corgi of all time. Allie is owned by Alexandra Geremia and Bill Shelton.

There’s a show today in Washington as well, and you can find results from this show and all the others from this weekend at Dog Show Results or on Dog Show Poop. I’ll do my best to bring you information about more new faces this year. See you next week!

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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.

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