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Fancy That: The Innovator Takes Washington State

Two shows in Washington this past weekend drew entries over 1,700 dogs, quite a nice figure since there were also two sets of shows in California. I was so pleased to find that several of the Group winners at the Greater Clark County KC shows were dogs that haven’t yet been featured in Fancy That.

Although he’s had quite a good year, I don’t think I’ve yet had the pleasure of writing about Saturday’s Best in Show winner under judge Chuck Winslow. Harrier GCh. Downhome Hitech Innovator is handled by Susie Olivera for owner Joe Sanchez. ‘Chet’ is the Number 2 Hound in America, and his sire, Ch. Downhome Family Tradition, was the Number 1 Hound in 2008. ‘Coda,’ bred by Susan Lowder, Jeff and Barbara Fox, and Linda Johnston, owned by Susan and Dr. and Mrs. Bill Truesdale, and handled by Kim Pastella-Calvacca, is the top-winning Harrier in breed history.

Coda’s potential became abundantly clear when he won a Group First from the Bred-by-Exhibitor class for a 5-point major, and then a few weeks later was Best of Winners at the National Specialty. When he later was Best of Breed at the National, he became the third generation to attain that honor. In 1999 at the very first HCA National Specialty, Anne Rogers Clark awarded Coda’s granddam, Ch. BlueHills Pacific Harmony, Best of Breed. She won again the following year, a third time in 2002 and an amazing fourth time in 2004. In 2007 Pacific Harmony’s daughter ‘Daphne,’ Ch. Blue Hills Harmony in Two Parts, won the National, and in 2008 Daphne was Best of Opposite Sex to her son, Coda. That’s quite a family.

Harrier Ch. BlueHills Pacific Harmony won the National Specialty four times, in 1999, 2000, 2002 and 2004. She is pictured winning the Harrier Club of America inaugural National under Anne Rogers Clark. Photo by Rich Bergman.

Saturday’s Sporting Group winner was Irish Setter GCh. Mi Jeans Reason to Believe. ‘Oscar’ is owned by Andy Middleton and Jennifer Holmberg, bred by Jean Johnson, Jaime Johnston, and Jennifer and Joanne Holmberg, and is handled by Jennifer. His grandsire, Ch. Meadowlark’s Vindicator, is from the legendary kennel established in 1970 by Rose Marie Ross. Meadowlark Irish Setters has produced more than 140 champions, numerous Register of Merit sires and dams, and at least eight Best in Show winners, including Vindicator.

One Meadowlark Setter that made history, whose pedigree includes several of the same dogs as does Oscar’s, was Ch. Meadowlark’s Anticipation. ‘Dennis’ was shown in the classes by Jane Forsyth, and in 1981, when AKC made the new rule that dogs that finished their championships on one day could be “moved up” to the Best of Breed class the following day, Janie did just that. Dennis finished one day, and the next day, after she moved him to Best of Breed, he became the first dog in AKC history to finish his championship one day and go Best in Show the next. Dennis went on to have a very successful career with Elliott Weiss, winning the National Specialty in 1983 and the Group at Westminster in 1984, owned by Judi Boston-Payne and Cindy Trefrey.

Elliott Weiss handled Irish Setter Ch. Meadowlark’s Anticipation to many Best in Show wins in the early 1980s, as well as a National Specialty win in 1983 and the Group at Westminster in 1984.

Winning the Working Group was Siberian Husky GCh. Karnovandas Tenzing. Handled by Randy Schepper, Tenzing is owned by breeder Judith Russell with Sarah Hubbach and Lee Cera, D.V.M. He was co-bred by Donna Beckman. His grandsire, Can. Am. Ch. Karnovanda’s Niklas Wolf, was the Number 1 Working dog and Number 2 among all breeds in Canada in both 2004 and 2005, and is the top-winning Siberian of all time in Canada. He won 99 all-breed BIS in Canada, and two in the U.S., all handled by Colin Brownlee. He was also the BOB winner at Westminster and AKC/Eukanuba in 2006.

The Terrier Group winner is a dog familiar to Fancy That readers. American Staffordshire Terrier GCh. Alpine’s Ring of Fire, is the litter brother to GCh. Alpine’s Highwayman. Both boys are all-breed Best in Show winners and occupy the Number 1 and 2 spots in the breed this year. Both dogs won multiple BISs last year as well. ‘Phoenix,’ owned by Jennifer Mosing and Valerie Piltz with his breeders, Ed and Karen Thomason, was handled during much of his career by Brian Livingston, but seems to be back with Ed in the Pacific Northwest. The two dogs were co-bred with Ed and Karen by Dan Nechemias and Lois Claus. Their dam, Ch. Alpine’s Jamaica Me Crazy, produced 10 champions in just two litters.

Can. Am. Ch. Karnovanda’s Niklas Wolf is the all time top-winning Siberian Husky in Canada. He is pictured winning a Best in Show under Richard Beauchamp. Photo by Alex Smith.

Pomeranian GCh. CR Chase What Matters was featured in my November 19, 2012, Fancy That//LINK “November 19, 2012, Fancy That” to http://www.bestinshowdaily.com/blog/2012/11/fancy-that-ally-scores-back-to-back-wins-in-california/. He was the Toy Group and Reserve BIS winner on Saturday. Noble Inglett has done a lovely job with ‘Chase’ for owner Margo Koga, and the two have made a good team. Margo also owned the 2011 Number 1 Pom, GCh. CR Simply Irresistible, and the 2009 Number 1 Pom and Number 6 Toy dog, Ch. Velocity’s Shake Ur Bon Bon. ‘Bon’ was also handled by Noble and won the National Specialty in 2008 and 2009. He was the Number 1 Pom and Number 9 Toy in the U.S. in 2008, and before his American campaign was Number 1 Pom in Russia.

Winning the Non-Sporting Group was Keeshond GCh. Ruttkay Chance, bred by Stewart and Doris Wert and Mae Evans, and owned by Megan McLoughlin. He is handled by his breeder, Mae Evans.

Herding Group winner GCh. Mariel’s Harvest Moon is bred and owned by Marian Mizelle, co-bred by Helen Jones and co-owned by Jeannette Bruce. His dam, Ch. Myrddin Scotch Mist, is by Ch. Joseter Grassanmore, a dog of English breeding. Peter Clifton has bred the Joseter Cardigan Welsh Corgis in the U.K. since 1952, and has won the breed at Crufts and Best in Show at the Cardigan Welsh Corgi Association, equivalent to our National Specialty, on numerous occasions. Indeed, the pedigree of our Group winner goes back to Eng. Ch. Pharaoh of Joseter, who was the Crufts BOB winner in 1976, ’77 and ’78. Clifton has sent a few dogs to the U.S. over the years, and judged the Cardigan Welsh Corgi Club of America, both sweeps and regular classes, on several occasions since the 1970s.

On Sunday Best in Show judge Adrian Woodfork made it back-to-back wins for the Harrier, and Chase the Pom was again Reserve BIS. The Am Staff and the Keeshond both repeated their Group wins as well.

In the Sporting Group, GCh. Whistlestop’s Fire and Ice was the victor. I’ve written several times about this National Specialty winner and her two sisters, who I’m now officially referring to as “the Magnificent Three.” These littermates, bred by Stacy Duncan and Colleen McDaniel, occupy the top three spots in breed rankings. The same day this sister was winning the Group in Washington, another, GCh. Whistle Stop’s Wind on the Water, was doing the same in Woodland, Calif. Want more? OK, the third sister, GCh. Whistlestop’s Riley On Fire, won the Group in Winston-Salem, N.C., the same day. All I can say about these girls is what I’ve said before…wow!

Standard Schnauzer GCh. Charisma Maxim von Diable was the Working Group winner. He’s bred by Connie Adel, owned by Linda and John Adiletti, and handled by Tiffany Skinner. I’ve mentioned before that ‘Max’ is the grandson of one of my favorite show dogs ever, Ch. Charisma Jailhouse Rock, handled by Brenda Combs to two Group Firsts at Westminster and Number 1 Working dog, Number 2 among all breeds, in 2001. Max’s dam, Ch. Charisma Jackie-O, was a Top 10 Standard Schnauzer in 2005 handled by Brenda. She was a Rocky daughter. A Rocky son, Ch. Charisma Utopia v Rocky, was a multiple BIS winner and the Number 1 Standard in 2008.

The Herding Group winner on Sunday was Belgian Tervuren GCh. Sky Acres Flying Solo. This bitch is the first and only female ever to reach the ranking of Number 1 Belgian Tervuren, which she first did in 2011. Her maternal great-grandsire, Am. Can. Ch. Sky Acres Chaz de Snowflower, is the top-winning Terv in the history of the breed, based on dogs defeated, and won seven Best in Shows in the U.S. and two in Canada.

Are you still astonished that almost all of the Group and Best in Show winners each weekend trace back to other big winners? I am.

For more on this past weekend’s winners visit Best In Show Daily’s Dog Show Results, or check out Billy Wheeler’s 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.

2 Comments to “Fancy That: The Innovator Takes Washington State”

  1. Donna Johnston says:

    FYI Meadowlarks Anticipation was originally shown by Jane Forseyth. It was Jane on the other end of the leash when Dennis was moved from the classed to BOB then onto BIS. Elliott Weiss was handed Dennis’ leash when Jane retired.

  2. Christi McDonald Christi says:

    Donna, thank you for that information! I did not know that, and very much appreciate the correction.

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