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Fancy That: Pennsylvania’s Blue and Gray Cluster

Although they weren’t the largest shows of this past weekend, the three-day cluster in Harrisburg, Pa., had a very interesting variety of Group and Best in Show winners. Just as a basis of comparing numbers at the largest events in the country this past weekend, on Saturday the Atlanta KC had more than 2,400 dogs, Harrisburg had 2,004, Sacramento KC found 1,678 entered, and Terry-All KC in Brighton, Colo., drew 1,540, all good-sized entries. The entry at Harrisburg, I’m told, was up this year from last.

On Friday at Lebanon County KC, Ken Buxton’s Best in Show winner was the Pug, GCh. Hill Country’s Tag I’m It, the Number 2 Toy dog in the country through March 21, according to AKC. ‘J.J.’ is handled by Barry Clothier for owner Carolyn Koch. He doesn’t even turn 2 years old until this coming week, and is having a terrific year.

The only dog to win all three Groups in Harrisburg was Samoyed GCh. McMagic’s Mojo, sired by Ch. Pebbles’ Run Hammy Davis Jr., pictured. ‘Hammy’ was a multiple BIS winner in 2009 and 2010, owned by Amy Kiel-Green and handled by Andrew Green. Photo by Jeffrey Hanlin.

The only dog to win all three Groups in Harrisburg was Samoyed GCh. McMagic’s Mojo, sired by Ch. Pebbles’ Run Hammy Davis Jr., pictured. ‘Hammy’ was a multiple BIS winner in 2009 and 2010, owned by Amy Kiel-Green and handled by Andrew Green. Photo by Jeffrey Hanlin.

The black-and-tan Norfolk dog, GCh. Yarrow Venerie Ticket to Ride, was Reserve BIS after winning the Terrier Group under Rod Herner. Another one who’s been featured here a number of times this year, ‘Ryder’ is bred by Pam Beale and Beth Sweigart, owned by Pam and her husband John, and handled by Roxanne Sutton. This little fellow, as we’ve mentioned before, is a grandson of the legendary ‘Coco,’ Eng. Am. Ch. Cracknor Cause Celebre, the Number 1 dog of all breeds in 2003. Ryder is another youngster… He doesn’t turn 2 years old until May, and he’s already a Best in Show winner.

The Sporting Group winner under Phyllis Wolfish is a dog new to Fancy That, but a kennel and background that’s very familiar. ‘Sebastian,’ GCh. Cerise Sentinel, is bred and owned by Dottie Cherry and Kathy Kirk, and has a star-studded pedigree. His paternal great grandfather is the great Ch. Salilyn’s Condor, who won, among other things, Best in Show at Westminster in 1993 and sired the 2000 Westminster BIS winner ‘Samantha,’ Ch. Salilyn‘N Erin’s Shameless. ‘Robert’ was handled by Mark Threlfall for breeder/owner Julie Gasow and owners Donna and Roger Herzig. Sebastian’s dam, Ch. Cerise Barefoot Contessa, is a daughter of another legendary Springer, Ch. Felicity’s Diamond Jim, the 2007 Westminster BIS winner, handled, like Samantha, by Kellie FitzGerald. Last year three Cerise Springers occupied the breed’s Top 5, and through February this year two occupy the Top 10. I’m sure Sebastian will soon join them, if he hasn’t already. He’s handled by Howard Huber.

The Hound Group, judged by Dale Simmons, went to last year’s Number 1 Hound GCh. Kiarry’s Pandora’s Box, who also occupies that exalted position through the third week of March this year. No other American Foxhound has ever achieved what ‘Jewel’ has: Top Hound two years running, a Group First at Westminster and more than four dozen Best in Show wins. She’s handled by her breeder, Lisa Miller, who owns her with the very generous Ellen Charles, who’s been involved with so many top winners the past few years.

Judy Harrington’s Working Group winner was Samoyed GCh. McMagic’s Mojo. ‘Mojo’ is breeder/owner-handled by Patti McCallum. What’s so cool is that Mojo’s half-sister, GCh. McMagic’s Candied Ham of Pebbles Run, who was also bred by Patti, was Best in Show on Thursday down at the Perry, Ga., shows and won the Group again on Saturday there, making it a great weekend for McMagic Sammys. Both dogs are sired by Ch. Pebbles’ Run Hammy Davis Jr., and ‘Candy’ is owned by Patti with Amy and Andrew Green. Amy, of course, bred and owned ‘Hammy,’ and Andrew handled Hammy and is now showing Candy to a very successful career. She was among the Group’s Top 10 the past two years. Hammy was a multiple BIS winner in 2009 and 2010.

Non-Sporting Group winner GCh. Kan Sing’s Tenzin’s amazing ancestry has been detailed here before. The Tibbie, who placed in the Group at Westminster this year, is from a top-ranked sire and a top-ranked dam. He’s bred and owned by Martha Feltenstein and is handled by Diego Garcia, who co-bred him. He’s currently the Number 5 Non-Sporting dog.

Charlie Olvis’s Herding Group winner was Belgian Tervuren GCh. Hillside Special and Hamazing, who we featured when she won a tough Group the first day of Louisville. ‘Hazy’ is bred, owned and handled by Bonnie Kreider. She started the year off with Best of Breed at the Garden and has just added to her awards since then. It is really great to see an amateur breeder/owner-handler winning.

The Harrisburg KC on Saturday found a new crop of dogs standing in first, with Sammy Mojo the only repeat Group winner, under Joan Luna. Best in Show judge Marion Ward-Fanning awarded the big rosette to the Swedish import Wire Fox Terrier Ch. Crispy Legacy.

Agneta Åström’s Crispy kennel has been among Scandinavia’s top Wire kennels since the early 1980s. ‘Sparky’ first came to the U.S. last fall, when Agneta showed him at AKC/Eukanuba. Ernesto Lara began Sparky’s specials career here earlier this year with, among other wins, a Best in Show at Detroit Kennel Club. Agneta has called Sparky’s dam ‘Emma,’ Se. Dk. Ch. Crispy Fair Catch, her “very best producer” ever. Emma is a granddaughter of Eng. Ch. Louline Pickled Pepper, who is sired by the great English dog, the top Wire Fox Terrier sire of all time, Eng. Am. Ch. Sylair Special Edition. The rest of Sparky’s pedigree is filled with Blackdale, Galsul, Louline, Travella and Fairwyre… another formidable line of ancestry indeed. Sparky won the Group under Terrier breeder Ken Kauffman. I’m anxious to see how his year plays out. He’s owned now by Agneta, and Daphne and John Eggert.

Reserve BIS went to GCh. Deja Vu Cool As a Cucumber. ‘Dill’ was, of course, bred by Terry Miller, whose 275 champion Briards include the breed’s top sire and dam and top-winning dog and bitch of all time. March statistics showed three Deja Vu Briards in the breed’s Top 5: Dill at Number 1, Ch. Deja Vu Mia Chain of Fools Number 2, handled by his owner Karen Holava, and Ch. Deja Vu Pomme Despair Came Knocking at Number 5. Dill, handled by Regina Keiter, is also Number 7 in the Herding Group through March 21. Cool!

The top Briard sire of all time, Ch. Deja Vu Up Close and Personal, was handled to multiple Group wins and a Best in Show in 2008 and 2009 by Regina Keiter for breeder/owner Terry Miller. His son is the current top dog in the breed.


Briard Ch. Deja Vu Up Close and Personal, call name ‘Udo,’ was handled to multiple Group wins and a Best in Show in 2008 and 2009 by Regina Keiter, for breeder/owner Terry Miller. Udo and his son, Ch. Popsakadoo Deja Vu Bono, have been the breed’s top sires the past few years. Udo’s sire, Ch. Deja Vu In Like Flynn, is the breed’s all-time top producing sire.

Judy Harrington oversaw the Sporting dogs and awarded the Group to Shorthair GCh. Stelor’s Royalty Remembered. ‘Roy’ is bred and owned by Dee Stelmach, co-bred by Kay Ames and handled by Melissa Lynn Foehrkolb. The Stelor’s dogs behind Roy have been terrific winners at the breed level, with sweeps and futurity wins and other impressive achievements, but it’s also interesting to note that he’s sired by Ch. Star K’s Mile Hi Carlos Stardust, who is also the sire of the current Number 1 Shorthair and Number 5 Sporting dog GCh. Dogwdcreek’s La Vita E Belle. ‘Carlos’ is the son of Westminster BIS winner Ch. Kan-Point’s VJK Autumn Roses. Looks like he got his dam’s good genes and is passing them along. (Of course there are also other great genes in both pedigrees that have also contributed to the quality of both dogs.)

In the Hound Group, Jewel was second under Eric Liebes to Otterhound Ch. Scentasia’s End of an Era. Guy Fisher handled this guy for owners Elizabeth Conway, Donna Emery and Jessica Moyer. ‘Rufus’ is another dog with a pedigree that is beautiful to peruse. Of particular note is his grandsire ‘Louie,’ Ch. Scentasia’s Howlaway Semper Fi, the National Specialty winner in 2005, 2006 and 2007, who was also Number 5 Hound in 2006. Not too many Otterhounds make it to the top rankings in the Group.

The white Toy Poodle bitch GCh. Smash JP Sakura, currently Number 4 Toy, was Phyllis Wolfish’s Toy Group winner, handled by Kaz Hosaka for owners Ron Scott and Debbie Burke. She was bred in Japan by Yuki Omura and was the top Toy Poodle last year also. Actually this is the eighth year in a row that one of Toshi and Yuki Omura’s white Smash Toy Poodles has been Number 1 in the variety, all handled by Kaz. From 2008 through 2011, it was GCh. Smash JP Moon Walk, and in 2006 and 2007 it was ‘Vikki,’ Ch. Smash JP Win a Victory, who was also Number 1 Toy and Number 5 among all breeds that first year and culminated a spectacular career by becoming Number 1 of all breeds in 2007. Of course, Toshi’s Toys, both white and black, win all over the world, but certainly they’ve dominated that top spot in the Toy Poodle rankings in America for an impressive number of years.

Dale Simmons judged the Non-Sporting Group and his winner was Lowchen Aust. Am. Ch. Paceaway Play It Again. ‘Bogart’ was bred Down Under by Fran Darling, and is owned by Trish, Lenora and Julian Dyer. He earned his supreme title in Australia in July 2012 and then came to the U.S. to go Winners Dog at the National Specialty. From there he won the breed at the Garden in February, and now seems to be well on his way with handler Greg Strong.

Sunday was the Mason and Dixon Kennel Club show, and again we had some different winners. Mojo became the single dog to win all three Groups at the cluster, this one under Eric Liebes. Wire Fox Terrier Sparky and Tibetan Spaniel Tenzin won their second Groups of the circuit, under judges Cindy Meyer and Ralph Ambrosio, and the Tibbie was Reserve BIS under judge Alice Inman. But it was Ron Scott and Debbie Burke who took home the red, white and blue rosette, this time for their Maltese instead of their Toy Poodle. Ron and Debbie own GCh. Scylla’s Small Kraft Re-Lit with breeder/handler Tara Rowell, and Vicki Abbott co-bred him. ‘Hank’ began his career with a Best in Show and eight Group wins in 2011, and then rose to Number 1 Maltese and Number 3 Toy last year. So far this year, he’s Number 6 Toy. These are hometown shows for Ron and Debbie, so it was a nice win for them. Ron did a magnificent job for many years at running the Harrisburg cluster.

Dale Simmons’ Sporting Group winner on the final day was Black Cocker GCh. Mario N Beechwoods Midnight Express. ‘Ace’ is owned by Frank and Cathy Charest and Pam and Mark Ragusa, and for some is best remembered as the dog that beat Beckham, the 2011 Top Dog of all breeds, in the breed at the Garden in 2012. But there’s much more to him than that. Indeed he was the Top Dog all breeds in Canada in 2012 after being Number 7 among all breeds the prior year, and was a multiple Group winner both years in the U.S. as well. Ace was bred by the Ragusas, who live in Connecticut, and is handled by Marlene Ness. His sire, Ch. Beechwood’s Expressing It Best, was a Best in Show winner whose dam, Ch. Beechwood’s Starlight Express, was as well. The Charests are Beechwood Cockers and bred both dogs.

Mrs. Wolfish judged the Hound Group and put up Afghan Hound GCh. Exlysta Aries Ciel Noir. ‘Ryder’ started his specials career last fall, and was this year’s breed winner at the Garden. He’s owner-handled by Phil Schafmayer, who owns him with Perry Rooks, Christine Anderson Smith and Sharon Ferraro. He’s a multiple Group winner already this year, so we’ll keep an eye on this one.

Last but not least, the Herding Group winner on Sunday was the current Number 1 Herding dog, Sheltie GCh. Grandgables The Frat Boy. I’ve told you all about ‘Brother’ in past columns because he’s been winning so much! Bred in Canada by Guy Jeavons and Mark McMillan, he’s owned by Pam and Andre Buckles and Jimmy Moses and handled by Sarah Karger-Krickeberg.

Another successful Blue and Gray Cluster has come to a close. You can learn more about all of this past weekend’s winners at Billy Wheeler’s Dog Show Poop, or by clicking on the Dog Show Results button on the Best In Show Daily homepage. I’ll be back next Monday with more about the winners at this coming week’s shows. If you’re out there showing, good luck

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.
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  • Judy Silker April 16, 2013 at 5:14 AM

    Since I attended two of the three shows in this cluster, I thought I’d let you know that the group winning Otterhound at the Saturday show was handled by Kitty Burke. It was her first weekend showing this dog.

    • Dan Sayers
      Dan Sayers April 16, 2013 at 3:08 PM

      Thank you, Judy, for sending the correction. Kitty was indeed handling the Otterhound as you’ve mentioned. Everyone at BISD congratulates her and everyone associated with this hound for the wonderful Group win on their first weekend together!

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