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Fancy That: No Limit For ‘Sky’ at KC of Palm Springs

We reported yesterday on the winners around the country, but in particular at the Kennel Club of Palm Springs, which will no doubt be among the biggest shows of 2013 with more than 3,400 dogs entered both days. The Sunday results were just as interesting as those on Saturday.

Toy was the first Group judged, and Janice Pardue selected GCh. Victory Spencer for his second blue ribbon of the weekend. The Japanese Chin is handled by Joe Berkau, bred by Victor Cohen and Leslie Ann Engen, and owned by Maurine Cooley, Toni Bonnar and Marji McCormick.

The Working Group winner on Sunday under judge Marjorie Martorella was Alaskan Malamute GCh. Catanya’s Latin Lover. I wrote about ‘Ricky’ when he won the Group at AKC/Eukanuba in December. He is handled by Mike Stone, bred and owned by P.J. Hendrick, and also owned by Alisa Syar and Armando Martinez. Ricky was the Number 1 Malamute in 2012 and is obviously starting this year with a bang.

Jon Cole judged the Terrier Group, and Saturday’s Best in Show winner, GCh. AfterAll Painting the Sky, was the winner again. I’m told that Sky will make a run for Number 1 dog of all breeds in 2013, and the ginger Wire Fox Terrier is certainly getting an ideal start toward that goal. Handled by Gabriel Rangel, she was bred by Al Pertuit and Betty Seaton, and is owned by Victor Malzoni, Torie Steele, Diane Ryan and Scott and Mary Olund.

This is a group very familiar with winning. Gabriel handled the 2009 Number 1 dog of all breeds, Scottie Ch. Roundtown Mercedes of Maryscot. In 2011 Torie Steele bred and owned, with Mary Ann Roma, the Wire Fox Terrier that Gabe handled to Number 1 Terrier, GCh. Steele Your Heart. In 2012, when Sky was Number 1 Terrier, Victor Malzoni also owned the Top Dog of all breeds, German Wirehaired Pointer GCh. Mt. View’s Ripsnorter Silver Charm, handled by Phil Booth.

The team of Gabriel Rangel and Torie Steele has been successful in the past. Gabriel handled Torie’s Wire, GCh. Steele Your Heart, to Number 1 Terrier in 2011. ‘Eira’ won the Group at AKC/Eukanuba in 2011. Gabriel has also been successful with other dogs for Victor Malzoni.

The team of Gabriel Rangel and Torie Steele has been successful in the past. Gabriel handled Torie’s Wire, GCh. Steele Your Heart, to Number 1 Terrier in 2011. ‘Eira’ won the Group at AKC/Eukanuba in 2011. Gabriel has also been successful with other dogs for Victor Malzoni.

Next up in Indio was the Herding Group, where Jan Paulk chose Bouvier des Flandres GCh. Stonewall I-Zak de la Salsa as her winner. ‘Zak’ is bred and owned by Judith Abramsohn and Pamela Anderson, co-owned by Rodger Bishop and Sheryl Brockett and handled by J.R. Alcantara, who we usually see with a Shepherd at the end of his lead. Zak carries multiple lines back to Am. Can. Ch. Quiche’s Some Like It Hot, the Number 7 dog of all breeds in Canada in 1996 and in 1999 the top Bouvier sire in the U.S. Some Like It Hot was a grandson of the great Ch. Galbraith’s Iron Eyes, handled to Number 1 among all breeds in the U.S. in 1990 by Corky Vroom.

The Sporting Group was judged by Joy Brewster. First was Irish Setter GCh. Northwind’s First Reign, handled by Jeff Arch, who bred and owns him with Rebecca Arch and Sharon Reilly, co-bred by Lisa Summers. He is a son of ‘Windy,’ Ch. Jewelset’s Up Up N Away, the multiple Best in Show and National Specialty winner that was Number 3 Sporting dog in 2006, also handled by Jeff. She was second in the Sporting Group at the Garden in 2006.

Windy came from a remarkable litter, by Ch. Saxony’s Snow In August out of Ch. Jewelset’s Special Attraction, from which eight of 11 puppies finished their championships. Her sire, known to his friends as ‘Fonzie,’ was a multiple Best in Show winner, placed in the Group at Westminster twice, is the top specialty winning Irish Setter of all time and has sired more than 50 champions. Interestingly, another Fonzie daughter, Ch. Beaubriar’s Expose of Kinloch, who was handled by Phil Booth, was the Number 2 Sporting dog the year that Windy was Number 3. Fonzie was bred by Jean Roche, owned by Mary Ellen Thomas and co-owned and handled by Shelly DeChambeau.

Irish Setter Ch. Saxony’s Snow In August, owner-handled by Shelly DeChambeau, was a top winner and has also sired numerous Best in Show winners. He is pictured winning one of his two Group placements at Westminster, this one under judge Jeannette McGinnis. Photo by John Ashbey.

Irish Setter Ch. Saxony’s Snow In August, owner-handled by Shelly DeChambeau, was a top winner and has also sired numerous Best in Show winners. He is pictured winning one of his two Group placements at Westminster, this one under judge Jeannette McGinnis. Photo by John Ashbey.

On Sunday, Standard Poodle GCh. Brighton Lakeridge Encore repeated her Group First win from Saturday evening under judge Sari Brewster Tietjen. Handled by Tim Brazier for owners Toni and Martin Sosnoff, ‘Ally’ has had a truly spectacular career since she won Best of Variety at Poodle Club of America from the classes in 2010 and then went on to Best of Breed.

The last Group to be judged was Hounds. Judge Susan Carr found for the blue ribbon the 2012 Number 2 Hound, Harrier GCh. Downhome HiTech Innovator. Handled by Susie Olivera for Joe Sanchez, ‘Chet’ was bred by Susan Lowder of Downhome Harriers and Miriam and Kenneth Neil. According to my calculations Chet stands second only to his sire as the top Best-in-Show-winning Harrier of all time. Ch. Downhome Family Tradition, ‘Coda,’ won 29 BIS in 2007 and 2008. In 2011 and 2012 Chet won 26, so he will undoubtedly surpass the record that Kim Pastella Calvacca set with Coda, who was owned by Bill and Tina Truesdale and Susan Lowder.

Ch. Downhome Family Tradition still holds the record as the top Best-in-Show-winning Harrier of all time.

Ch. Downhome Family Tradition still holds the record as the top Best-in-Show-winning Harrier of all time.

Ally was the only repeat Group winner on Sunday other than Saturday’s Best in Show and Reserve Best in Show winners, the Wire Fox Terrier and the Japanese Chin. Judge Paolo Dondina of Italy, who is familiar to Americans as the 2011 Westminster Best in Show judge, officiated this final in Indio as well, and made it repeat wins for the Wire and the Chin. What a terrific way for Sky to begin the new year, as the current Number 1 dog of all breeds.

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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.