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Fancy That: Old Dominion and Baltimore County

Event statistics for last year have been released, and the Number 25 show, the February Central Indiana Kennel Club held in Indianapolis on the weekend before Westminster (which, in and of itself, is another story), had 2,085 dogs competing. Old Dominion KC of Northern Virginia came in at 30th, with 2,043.

Back in the day, Old Dominion was one of the country’s biggest shows every year. The last year the show was in the top 25 as far as the entry size was in 2000, when 2,629 dogs competed. It fell to its lowest ranking in more than two decades in 2004 when it was ranked 71st, and since then the club’s spring show has risen steadily up the chart again.

On November 2, 1987, the New York Times Sports page included this note: “Bearded Collie Is Best: Ch. Ha'Penny Moon Shadow, the top-winning Bearded Collie in the history of the breed in the United States, was selected as best in show yesterday at the all-breed fixture of the Union County Kennel Club in Dunn Sports Center in Elizabeth, N.J. It was the 20th major award for the dog, who is owned by Robert Greitzer and Richard Schneider of New York and handled by Cliff Steele. On the way to the victory, the charcoal and white 6-year-old won his 96th Group.” Photo by John Ashbey.

On November 2, 1987, the New York Times Sports page included this note: “Bearded Collie Is Best: Ch. Ha’Penny Moon Shadow, the top-winning Bearded Collie in the history of the breed in the United States, was selected as best in show yesterday at the all-breed fixture of the Union County Kennel Club in Dunn Sports Center in Elizabeth, N.J. It was the 20th major award for the dog, who is owned by Robert Greitzer and Richard Schneider of New York and handled by Cliff Steele. On the way to the victory, the charcoal and white 6-year-old won his 96th Group.” Photo by John Ashbey.

On Friday, at least a dozen specialty shows, along with Columbia Terrier Association of Maryland, preceded Old Dominion’s 2013 show at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium. Columbia Terrier found 437 dogs competing, quite an impressive number in an era when Terrier Groups are often fewer than 100 dogs. Christine Erickson was in from Arizona to judge the final and selected Welsh Terrier GCh. Shaireab’s Bayleigh Maid of Honor as her winner. Owned by Tony Lee, Xiangyu Xie and her breeders, Sharon Abmeyer and Keith Bailey, ‘Jennie’ is handled by Luis Abreu and Tracy Szaras, and has moved up to Number 5 Terrier through March rankings.

At Old Dominion on Saturday, Carolyn Herbel awarded Best in Show to a Whippet bitch that was unfamiliar to me. GCh. Artemis Hypnotic Opium is among the breed’s Top 10 in all-breed systems and won her first Group in February under sighthound breeder-judge Christopher Neale. Her Group First Saturday was awarded by Beverly Capstick. ‘Poppy’ is bred and owned by Rhonda Gold and Michael Small, and is owner-handled by Laura Kieffer. Her sire, GCh. DC Ableaim Patent Pending, was Winners Dog at the 2010 National and finished his championship with a Best of Breed over specials and a Group First. Perhaps this is the beginning of good things for Poppy and Laura.

In the Sporting Group, Michael Faulkner gave first to another bitch, Gordon Setter GCh. Hollyhunt Take a Chance On Me. ‘Winnie’ is the Number 1 Gordon so far this year. She’s owned by her breeders, Chris and Mary Hunsinger, co-bred by Alison Rosskamp and handled by Kristyn McCartney. The pair won the National Specialty just last Wednesday under Sam Houston McDonald from 43 specials. Two weeks ago I wrote about ‘Nike,’ Am. Aust. Ch. Brodruggan Black Knight, the Australian import that became Number 1 Gordon in the U.S. for 2006 through 2008 (although in that Fancy That I inadvertently switched up ‘Nike’ and his sire, the National Specialty winning Am. Can. NZ. Aust. Ch. Triseter Ebonie Nirvana) and indeed Winnie is a Nike granddaughter. Esther Joseph’s Australian Triseter Gordons have certainly impacted the breed in the U.S.

In the Working Group, Boxer GCh. Lazy K’s Dulce De Leche defeated 310 comers under judge Francine Schwartz. Also of the fairer sex, ‘Molly’ is handled by Debbie Struff for breeder owners Annette Clark and Sue Gubernatis, and co-owner Larry Gubernatis. A multiple Group and BIS winner last year, she is among the breed’s Top 10 so far this year as well. Her sire, GCh. Raklyns The Bronx MVP, was breeder/owner-handled by Debbie to multiple Group and Specialty BIS wins and was among the breed’s Top 20 in 2008 and 2009. Her maternal granddam, Ch. Denbar’s Dolce Vita, was a Group and Best in Show winner in 2004.

Jennie the Welsh bitch won the Terrier Group under Ken McDermott, making all of the Best in Show contenders so far girls. The trend continued in the Toy Group when GCh. Smash JP Sakura was the winner under Al Ferruggiaro. Handled by Kaz Hosaka for owners Ron Scott and Debbie Burke, the white Toy Poodle was bred in Japan by Toshi Omura and is the current Number 3 Toy after finishing last year at Number 11 in the Group. She was also Reserve BIS.

In 2009 her sire, Jap. Ch. Smash JP Close Up, was Reserve Winners Dog at Poodle Club of America in puppy trim when the kennel practically swept the entire variety, with his sire, Ch. Smash JP Moonwalk, Best of Variety; Ch. Smash JP Rock’N Roll, BOS; and the beautiful black Jap. Ch. Smash JP Mamamia, Best of Winners. Then, at just 18 months of age, he went to the World Show in Slovakia and won the Group and BIS 3, handled by Toshi. That same year he won the National Specialty in France.

At the World Show in Bratislava, Slovakia, in 2009, judge Hans Mueller awarded BIS to Pharaoh Hound Northgate’s As You Like It, Reserve BIS to Westie Drum ‘N’ Bass Sunshine Celebration, and BIS 3 to Toy Poodle Smash JP Close Up. Photo by Karl Donvil.

At the World Show in Bratislava, Slovakia, in 2009, judge Hans Mueller awarded BIS to Pharaoh Hound Northgate’s As You Like It, Reserve BIS to Westie Drum ‘N’ Bass Sunshine Celebration, and BIS 3 to Toy Poodle Smash JP Close Up. Photo by Karl Donvil.

The winning streak for the females ended with the Non-Sporting Group. Bev Capstick’s winner here was Tibetan Spaniel GCh. Kan Sing’s Tenzin, a dog that’s appeared often in Fancy That. He’s handled by Diego Garcia, who bred him with owner Martha Feltenstein. Through March he had won 14 Groups and a Best in Show, making him Number 4 in the Group ratings. No Tibbie has been in the Group Top 10, never mind the Top 5, since at least 2001, and truthfully I doubt that there has ever been one in the Top 10, although records are not readily available by which I can verify that. This little dog, which also won a placement at Westminster this year, is going to break many records for his breed.

Kimberly Cavanna judged the Herding Group and selected GCh. Ha’Penny Mirimar The Fab Fawn as her winner. Bred by Dorothea Matthews and owned by Mrs. Richard “Dot” Schneider and Michele Marini, the Beardie is handled by Greg Strong. The late Dick Schneider began Ha’Penny Bearded Collies more than 40 years ago, back when the breed was brand new to AKC. The bitch he imported from England, Brambledale Blue Bonnet, was the dam of Ha’Penny’s foundation dams, Ch. Ha’Penny Blue Blossom and Ch. Ha’Penny Lucy Locket. ‘Blossom’ was Number 1 Beardie, but she exceeded her show ring performances in the whelping box, where she became the dam of 21 champions, including nine Group and three Best in Show winners, a record that has never been equaled by any other dam in the breed.

Cliff Steele handled many of the early Ha’Penny winners, including one of the top Herding dogs of the late 1980s, Ch. Ha’Penny Moon Shadow. This dog became the breed’s trailblazer, setting the stage for others to win at the Group and Best in Show level, and Cliff Steele will, for many fanciers, always be associated with top-winning Beardies. Indeed he handled the current all-time top winner Ch. Tolkien Raintree Mister Baggins, a great-great-grandson of Moon Shadow.

On Sunday at Baltimore County KC, there were 1,554 dogs in competition and judge Rick Beauchamp chose theNumber 2 dog among all breeds, GCh. Marlex Classic Red Glare, as Best in Show. ‘Classie’ needs no introduction, as her owner Armando Angelbello handled her to Number 6 among all breeds last year, and she’s been a star on the Best in Show Daily stage countless times. Bev Capstick gave her the Group win.

Gordon Setter Winnie was the sole repeat Group winner from Saturday, an award she received from judge Betsy Horn Humer. Nat Horn did the Hound Group, and his winner was Otterhound GCh. Scentasia’s End of an Era, handled by Kitty Burke for breeder/owners Elizabeth Conway, Donna Emery and Jessica Moyer. It’s déjà vu, as last week I wrote about this fellow winning at Harrisburg. I reported previously that he was handled by Guy Fisher, but this week Kitty, who has often handled for the Conway-Emery team previously, is listed as his handler.

Ms. Capstick’s Working Group winner, and Reserve BIS, was again a Boxer, but this time Jap. Can. Ch. Am. GCh. Hi-Tech The King of Sherry Shoot JP, handled by Diego Garcia for Mrs. Jack “Pat” Billhardt and Sergio Tenenbaum. ‘King’ was the 2012 National Specialty winner, then owned by his breeder Shinryo Teragaki, and Dr. and Mrs. Bill Truesdale, handled by Maso Hanabusa. His dam, Ch. Dramatic Story of Sherry Shoot, won 66 Groups and 11 Bests in 2007 and 2008, handled by Kim Pastella Calvacca for the Truesdales, SergioTenenbaum and Maso Hanabusa. His sire, Ch. Capri’s Woods End Spellcaster, won 88 Groups and 23 Bests from 2003 through 2005, handled by Diego for Mrs. Billhardt, Mr. Tenenbaum and breeder/owner Barbara Bachman.

In the Terrier Group, the Swedish import Wire Fox Terrier Ch. Crispy Legacy, also featured in our Harrisburg Fancy That column, was Pamela Bruce’s winner. ‘Sparky’ is handled by Ernesto Lara for John and Daphne Eggert, and his breeder/owner, Agnetta Åström. He won a Best in Show on the way to his championship here in March, at none other than the Detroit KC.

In the Non-Sporting Group, Monica Canestrini chose Tibetan Terrier GCh. RinChen’s Blazing Black Icon as the winner. Handled by Mark Desrosiers for breeder/owner Claire Coppola, co-breeder Katherine Coppola and co-owner Erica Coppola, ‘Michael’ was among the breed’s Top 10 last year and seems to be reaching his stride now, as he is currently Number 1 in the breed. His litter sister is Number 2 TT. Ch. Rinchen’s Blazing Illusion by Dzine is also a Group winner, handled by Lynn Meyer, who owns her with Mary Lou Laffler, Claire Coppola and Michael Allway.

And in the Herding Group, judge Gary Sparschu’s winner was Border Collie bitch Ch. Kensington’s Image of Bon-Clyde, handled by Greg Strong – who as a handler dominated this Group in Timonium! – for owner Bonnie Buchanan and breeders Lisa Waldo, Frank Baylis and Caroline Woods. Her sire, Ch. Brackenhill Toucho Bon-Clyde, was the 2008 Border Collie National Specialty winner, handled by Nick Joines for owner Bonnie Buchanan. His pedigree is Australian Trumagik and Clan Abby, along with a bit of British breeding.

That wraps up the results for two of the biggest shows in the country this past weekend. For complete results from the weekend, be sure to check out Billy Wheeler’s Monday Morning Mop Up at Dog Show Poop.

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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.