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Fancy That: Northern California and Houston

Although not the largest shows in the country this past weekend, the winners from the Sierra-Tuloumne Kennel Club shows, held on Friday and Saturday, July 20 and 21, 2012, were a fascinating lot. Many of the Group First winners have National Specialty and all-breed Best in Show winners in their pedigrees.

The entries at these shows, held at the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds in Stockton, Calif., were 726 on Friday and 988 on Saturday, pretty average-sized shows today. Best in Show both days went to the Boxer dog, GCh. R and G’s Mystical Dancer. BIS judges were Jeannette McGinnis and Patricia Nemirovsky de Alsina of Buenos Aires.

I’ve had an interest in Boxers for many years and am somewhat familiar with the history of the breed over the past couple of decades. When I looked at the pedigree for ‘Danny,’ I realized that it is chockfull of famous names, starting with his sire, Ch. Capri’s Woods End Spellcaster, who won the National Specialty in 2006 and was also Best Stud Dog at the American Boxer Club show that year. He also won 22 all-breed Best in Shows, handled by Diego Garcia.

Spellcaster’s sire, Ch. Woods End Crown Sable, was bred and owned by Pat Billhardt and sire of 28 champions. His pedigree is filled with some of the breed’s legendary names. His great-great-grandfather, Ch. Salgray’s Ambush, carries four crosses to Ch. Barrage of Quality Hill, the two-time National Specialty winner (1955 and 1957), who was sired by the 1951 Westminster Best in Show winner, Ch. Bang Away of Sirrah Crest.

Also found on the sire’s side of Danny’s pedigree is one of my personal favorite Boxers of all time, Ch. Hi-Tech’s Arbitrage. ‘Biff,’ bred and owned by Bill and Tina Truesdale, was handled by Kim Pastella (now Calvacca) to many Best in Show wins, as well as the American Boxer Club Top 20 in 1992 and Best of Breed at the National Specialty in 1994.

Danny’s dam, Ein-Von’s Kiss N’ Tell, goes back to Biff at least twice as well, through the Truesdale’s Ch. Hi-Tech’s Johnny J of Boxerton, the three-time National Specialty winner (1997, 1998 and 2000), also handled by Kim Pastella.

Kimberly Steele-Gamareo’s Boxer roots run deep. Her parents have been involved in the breed for decades, and Kimberly has been showing dogs since she was a child. Her father, Gary Steele, had great hands on a Boxer, perhaps as good as any handler ever had. Gary handled many of the country’s top Boxers of the past 30 years, including the beautiful Ch. Heldenbrand’s Jet Breaker (ABC BOB 1990), Ch. Turo’s Futurian of Cachet (ABC BOB 1996) and his most recent winner Ch. Brookwood’s Mystic Warrior (ABC BOB 2003).

First in the Sporting Group on Friday went to Brittany GCh. Britt’s Ramblin The Perfect Cut, a bitch, breeder/owner-handled by Jenelle Larson to back-to-back Best in Shows in April this year.

The Hound Group winner, GCh. Quiet Creek’s Kiss and Tell, is bred and owned by Susan LaCroix Hamil and Heather Whitcomb, and handled by Bruce and Tara Schultz. Susan, who is from California, finished her first champion in 1972 and has since had more than 60 titleholders, including several National Specialty winners. Susan owned the top-winning Bloodhound bitch of all time and 2001 Westminster KC Group winner, Ch. Ridge Runner Unforgettable. ‘Fanny’ was sired by Ch. Badger Creek Druid, a dog that Susan imported from Switzerland and that has sired more than 25 champions.

GCh. Rockledge McCallen of Meath topped the Terrier Group. The Irish is bred and owned by Linda Honey, another California breeder who has been successfully breeding dogs for many decades. McCallen’s maternal great-grandfather, Ch. Rockledge’s Mick of Meath, was Best in Show at Montgomery County – one of the most prestigious Terrier events in the world – in 1998, one of only two Irish Terriers to go Best in Show at Montgomery in the past 60-plus years. His dam goes back to the Merrymac Irish Terriers in Sweden.

The Toy Group winner, Ch. Dejavu I Want a Talk About Me, is the current Number 1 Chinese Crested, handled by Tammy Miyagawa. Her dam, Ch. Patsy Cline By Jove, was a multiple Best in Show winner in 2006 and 2007, handled by Ryan Wolfe and Lisa Bettis.

Frenchie GCh. Lebull’s New Hope Wooly Bully, the Non-Sporting Group winner, is another who has National Specialty purple and gold in his pedigree. His great-great grandfather, Ch. Bandog’s One in a Million, was the 1993 French Bulldog Club of America winner, handled by his breeder Patty Sosa. He also won three Best in Shows and was the Number 7 Non-Sporting Dog in 1994. ‘Wooly’ is the current Number 1 Frenchie, handled by Wood Wornall.

Mr. Wornall’s daughter Jenny handled the Herding Group winner Pembroke Corgi GCh. Coventry Allure at Wyndstar, who was also Reserve BIS. ‘Allie’s’ dam, Ch. Coventry Vanity Fair, won 47 all-breed Best in Shows and is the top breeder/owner-handled Pembroke in history, shown by Bill Shelton.

In a practically unheard of turn of events, the Boxer was the only repeat Group winner on Saturday.

Topping the Sporting Group on Day 2 was the lovely English Setter bitch GCh. Oakley’s B’Dazzled, handled by Bruce and Tara Schultz and bred by Paula Dempsey and Jim Jannard. Jim was the founder of the well-known eyewear and apparel company, Oakley Inc., and after the pair joined forces in the late 1980s to breed English Setters, they named their kennel after his company. ‘Dazzle’ is one of four Sporting dogs currently in the Top 20 of all breeds.

Saturday’s Hound Group winner, Whippet GCh. White Roses on Nysa Hill, handled by Beep Lee, was also Reserve Best in Show. ‘Sofi Rose’ has famous roots too; her dam, Am. Can. Brushwood’s Moxi of Endeavor, was a three-time U.S. National Specialty winner, the first time from the classes in 2004. ‘Moxi’ also won 14 all-breed Best in Shows and was the Number 1 Whippet and a top Hound in the U.S. in 2006 and 2007. She was handled by Mandy Clevenger and her breeder, Ray Yurick. Ray also handled her to win the Canadian National Specialty. Moxi was co-bred by Dennis Sumara and Linda Stewart.

Terrier Group winner GCh. Friendship Hill Stars and Stripes, a Best in Show winner handled by Amy Rutherford, has two big-winning parents. The Scottie’s sire, Ch. Friendship Hill Dr. Watson, won the National Specialty in 2001, as well as multiple all-breed Best in Shows, handled by Ernesto Lara. His dam, also handled by Amy Rutherford, was herself a specialty and all-breed Best in Show winner.

Pomeranian GCh. CR Chase What Matters was the Toy Group winner on Saturday, handled by Noble Inglett. Of course his pedigree includes many wonderful dogs, but back four generations is one of my favorite Poms of all time, and one of the dogs I most coveted when I was young. The sable dog Ch. Bev-Nor’s Toasted Fudge was handled by Susie Fisher in the early 1980s, owned by Ed Jenner and his breeder, Bev Norris. Toasted Fudge sired 31 champions, and several of his sons were top sires for the breed as well, including Ch. Bev’Nor’s Toastmaster and Ch. Southland’s Toasted Fudge.

Brown Standard Poodle Ch. Sweet O’Grady Anabel’s Annie came away with the Non-Sporting Group win on the second day. In her pedigree you’ll find several names that Poodle people around the world would recognize, two of them among the most famous ever: Ch. Whisperwind On A Carousel, Best in Show at Westminster in 1991, handled by Dennis McCoy, and multiple BIS-winner Ch. Eaton Affirmed, for many years the all-time top Standard Poodle sire, handled during his show career by Tim Brazier.

Canaan Dog GCh. Pleasant Hill Magnum of Samara, handled by Tara Schultz, won the Herding Group on Saturday. His sire, Ch. Lahat Me ShaarHagai, is from the ShaarHagai kennel of Myrna Shiboleth in Israel, where the breed originated. Myrna has had Canaan Dogs since 1967, and was personally acquainted with and learned about her breed from Professor Rudolphina Menzel, who is credited with capturing wild Pariah Dogs in the deserts of the Middle East and developing the Canaan Dog breed.

Hot in Houston

I can’t help but mention that at the biggest shows in the country this past weekend, those in Houston, the black Great Dane bitch Ch. Longo Miller N Lore Diamond Lil won the first Best in Show, on Friday under Bob Stein.

In an entry of 2,381, she was competing with a number of the country’s top dogs, but she seems to now have serious momentum behind her. The current Top Dog of all breeds through June, German Wirehaired Pointer GCh. Mt. View’s Ripsnorter Silver Charm, was Reserve Best in Show, handled by Phil Booth.

The Dane bitch won the Group again on Saturday, but the Wire Fox Terrier, GCh. Afterall Painting the Sky, was Best in Show under Edd Bivin. The Wire Pointer took second in the Group to the Springer, GCh. Wynmoor Champagne Supernova, handled by Robin Novack. ‘Peyton’ is really pushing the Wire Pointer for the Number 1 Dog of all breeds spot, and on Sunday he was BIS under Honey Glendinning.

Victor Malzoni is the owner of the Top Sporting dog and Top Dog of all breeds, Wire Pointer ‘Oakley,’ and also of the Wire Fox Terrier ‘Sky,’ the country’s Number 1 Terrier. Lest you should think that Mr. Malzoni only “backs” dogs, I hasten to point out that his homebred Chinese Crested, GCh. Hampton Court’s Party Time at Legend, placed in the Group two days in Houston, handled by Larry Cornelius and Marcelo Veras. He has also, of course, had recent top-winning homebreds in the Cairn and Wire Fox Terrier rings.

We had many positive comments on our first installment of “Fancy That” last week. Reporting on the details surrounding the winners at shows across America is a fun, if challenging, task. Although we can’t, of course, take an in-depth look at every winner each Monday, we’ll do our best to cover a lot of different dogs and people, and we welcome any information you want to share with us. I would be more than happy to hear from you about the pedigrees, breeders, owners or handlers of the dogs that win, and you can email me at Christi@bestinshowdaily.com.

If you haven’t already visited Billy Wheeler’s Dog Show Poop, be sure to check out the results and analysis from these and other shows this past weekend. See you next week!

Written by

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.