I hope all of our readers enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving. I know many fanciers, owner-handlers and professionals alike, sat down for a traditional holiday dinner like most of the rest of the nation, only to jump up as soon as dinner finished to get in their vehicles and head off for a dog show. Only one show was held on Thanksgiving Day, the Holyoke KC show in West Springfield, Mass., which kicked off the four-day Thanksgiving Classic. The Best in Show dog that day, Doberman Pinscher GCh. Protocol’s Veni Vidi Vici, defeated 768 dogs, so a fair number of fanciers opted for the dog show over a day at home with family on Thursday.
Today we’re going to look at three shows held in West Friendship, Md., on Friday, Saturday and Sunday following Thanksgiving. The shows were hosted by the Northeastern Maryland, Chesapeake and Upper Marlboro Kennel Clubs.
On Friday Carol White-Moser awarded Best in Show to American Foxhound GCh. Kiarry’s Pandora’s Box. ‘Jewel’ is handled by her breeder/owner Lisa Miller, was co-bred by Lisa’s husband Harry, and is also owned by Ellen Charles, who is better known for her Poodles, but so generously has sponsored a few dogs that she’s taken a special fancy to.
Jewel is the current Number 1 Hound. The last time an American Foxhound was the top Hound in the U.S. was back in 1969, when Ch. Vaught’s John Paul earned the distinction. John Paul was owned by Dr. and Mrs. Fred Vaught of Hartsville, Tenn., and handled by Dick Cooper. He won 19 Best in Shows and the Group at Westminster in 1969. Jewel has shattered John Paul’s Best in Show record, with 26 through the end of October this year.
Rough Collie GCh. Milas Latin Lover won the first Herding Group and the first Reserve BIS of the weekend. He is bred and owned by Lynn Butler and Lotta Hedman. ‘Fidel’ is sired by Ch. Windhaven Stranger in Paradise, call named ‘Macho,’ bred in Brazil by Antonio Costa DallePiagge. Macho is the sire of two of the country’s Top 10 Collies, Fidel, currently at Number 3, and the Number 2 Ch. Devinwood A Perfect Stranger, both multiple Group and all-breed Best in Show winners.
The Sporting Group went to Victor Malzoni’s German Wirehaired Pointer, GCh. Mt. View’s Ripsnorter Silver Charm. ‘Oakley’ and handler Phil Booth are still in a close race for Number 1 all breeds with ‘Peyton,’ the English Springer Spaniel GCh. Wynmoor Champagne Supernova. After winning this Group on Friday in Maryland, he and Phil made the six-and-a-half hour trip (by land, anyway) up to the Massachusetts shows to go head-to-head with Peyton, with each dog winning one Best each over the next two days.
Ch. McMagic’s Mojo was the Working Group winner on Friday in Maryland. Bred and owned by Patricia McCallum, the Samoyed is sired by the Best-in-Show-winning Ch. Pebbles’ Run Hammy Davis Jr. ‘Hammy’s’ litter sister, Ch. Pebbles’ Run Love Actually, was a multiple Best in Show winner too, and the Number 1 Sammy 2007 and 2008, and Number 10 in the Working Group in 2008. Hammy and ‘Lovey’ were both bred and owned by Amy and Andrew Green, handled mostly by Andrew.
GCh. Yarrow Venerie Ticket to Ride was the Terrier Group winner, handled by Roxanne Sutton for owners John and Pam Beale. Pam co-bred the black-and-tan Norfolk dog with Beth Sweigart. He is a son of Ch. Cause For Celebration, ‘Dickie,’ the top Norfolk in the U.S. 2006 through 2008 and the first American-bred Norfolk to become an English champion. Dickie is one of the celebrated sons of ‘Coco,’ the top-winning Norfolk Terrier of all time and Crufts Best in Show winner Ch. Cracknor Cause Celebre.
Coco was bred by the late Elisabeth Matell and owned by Elisabeth with Pam Beale, Beth Sweigart and Stephanie Ingram. She was the Top Dog of all breeds in the U.S. in 2003, the same year she was BIS at Montgomery County and AKC/Eukanuba. She also won two Groups at the Garden. She was shown by Beth Sweigart to almost all of her wins, save the ones at Crufts, when Peter Green handled her. The dynamic little show dog will long be remembered by her many fans around the world.
Pug GCh. Hill Country’s Tag I’m It won the Toy Group, handled by Barry Clothier. Owned by Carolyn Koch and bred by Kristy and Kevin Ratliff, ‘JJ’ was Best of Breed from the classes over specials at his very first show, then finished his championship at just 7 months of age.
The partnership of Carolyn Koch and Barry Clothier has been a formidable one in the past in the Pug ring, and when the pair signed on to campaign JJ earlier this year, the magic began immediately. JJ and Barry won back-to-back Best in Shows their first two times in the ring together, all at just 13 months of age. What a start!
Dalmatian GCh. Spotlight’s Ruffian, handled by Michael Scott, won the Non-Sporting Group. ‘Ian’ is owned by Jim and Barbara Lyons and was bred by Connie Wagner. Spotlight is a familiar name in Dalmatians, in part because Connie bred the breed’s all-time top winner, Ch. Spotlight’s Spectacular. ‘Penny’ was a three-time National Specialty winner and won the Groups at Westminster in 1996 and 1997, handled by Dennis McCoy for Mrs. Alan R. Robson.
But Ian’s pedigree traces back to another memorable Dal, Number 1 in his breed 1997 through 1999, Number 4 Non-Sporting dog in 1998 and Number 6 in 1997 and 1999, Ch. Tuckaway Winged Foot. ‘Jack’ was handled by Mike Stone and was as beautiful a dog to watch in the ring as any I’ve ever seen. He was a great show dog, and he and Mike had a great rapport. Jack won 38 specialties, including the 1999 National, and was twice the DCA Top 20 winner.
On Saturday judge James Noe gave Best in Show to Alaskan Malamute GCh. Tugar’s America’s Most Wanted, bred and owned by Kathy Hausner and also owned by Sanjib Das Jr. ‘Falcon’ is a grandson of Ch. Nanuke’s Revolutionary (‘Ben’), a fourth generation all-breed and specialty Best in Show winner from Sandy D’Andrea’s very successful Nanuke Malamutes. Ch. Nanuke’s A Rushin Revolution, Ch. Nanuke’s Winter Magic and Ch. Northeast’s Lucan make up the three generations ahead of Ben to have won Best in Show awards.
The Norfolk Terrier was Reserve BIS on day two.
The Sporting Group went to German Shorthaired Pointer GCh. Stelor’s Royalty Remembered, bred and owned by Dee Stelmach, co-bred by Kaye Ames. ‘Roy’ is sired by Ch. Star K’s Mile Hi Carlos Stardust, a son of the 2005 Westminster Best in Show winner Ch. Kan-Point’s VJK Autumn Roses. ‘Carlee’ was handled by Michelle Ostermiller-Scott.
And speaking of Michelle, she handled Saturday’s Hound Group winner, Rhodesian Ridgeback GCh. Whirlaway’s Ida Belle’s a Ringing. ‘Ida Belle’ is owned by Lynn Fitzgerald, Christine Kitsch and Jen Lazowski. Her sire, GCh. Karhiba N Adili’s Winning Hand, who incidentally also has a coursing title, was Best of Winners at the National Specialty in 2009. Ida Belle herself had an impressive career in the classes, finishing her championship from the Puppy class, in <em>just four shows</em>, with three 4-point majors and a 5-point major. Seems to have been a pretty good indication of how the rest of her show career would go.
The Pug and the Collie repeated their Group wins on Saturday, while the Non-Sporting Group went to Lhasa GCh. Xeralane’s Kid Rock. Handled by owner Susan Giles, ‘Kid’ is also owned by breeders Earl Takahashi and Adrian Agard of the Xeralane kennel in Hawaii, along with Wendy Harper, Muriel Wolverton, Michael Santora and Alan Loso. He is a grandson of ‘Pete,’ the Best in Show-winning Ch. Ta Sen Victory Peyote, who Susan also handled. Pete won, among other things, the Group at the January 2006 AKC/Eukanuba National Championship.
On Sunday judge Sally Wheat selected Puli GCh. Cordmaker Rumpus Bumpus for Best in Show, with the Ridgeback bitch Reserve. Rumpus Bumpus, known to his friends as ‘Ziggy,’ is owner-handled by Jackie Beaudion and is co-owned by Franco Licciardi and his breeder, Sue Heubner. He is from Sue’s world-famous Cordmaker kennel in Australia, whose Pulik have won more than 300 Best in Shows around the world.
Ziggy’s sire, Ch. Bokar Artful Dodger, was also sire of Can. Am. Aust. Grand Ch. Cordmaker Mississippi Mud, America’s Number 1 Puli and a top 10 Herding dog 1999 through 2001. ‘Amish’ was handled by Linda Pitts to become the top-winning Puli of all time, a record he held until his son, Ch. Cordmaker Field of Dreams, bested it. The combination of Sue’s Cordmaker lines with Carolyn Nusbickel’s American Bokar dogs produced many of the world’s top winning Pulik.
A new Sporting Group winner appeared on day three when Golden Retriever Ch. Pennylane Yankee Renegade snagged the blue ribbon. ‘Damon’ is bred and owned by Beryl Scaggs and handled by Jamie Campbell. His maternal grandsire, Ch. Goodtime’s Best Case Scenario, is the sire of over 100 champions and was an all-breed and specialty BIS winner himself.
GCh. Rivergrove’s Trump This, the Working Group winner, is another dog that comes from a family of big producers. Rivergroves Great Pyrenees has produced more than 340 champions, including at least six all-breed BIS winners. Perhaps their most memorable was Ch. Rivergroves Run For the Roses, shown in the mid-1980s to 48 Best in Shows, Number 1 Working dog and Number 2 of all breeds. ‘T.R.’ also won the 1989 National Specialty. ‘Trump’ is bred and owned by Rivergroves’ Jean Boyd, co-bred by McKee Cox and Marcia Stewart.
The Norfolk and the Pug became the only two dogs to win all three of their Groups in Maryland.
The last Group winner to report on for the weekend is the Xoloitzcuintli GCh. Bayshore Georgio Armani, who won Sunday’s Non-Sporting Group. ‘Armani’ is bred and owned by Frank Bayliss, co-owned by Lynda Hylton and Traci Johnson, and handled by Doberman Pinscher maven Gwen DeMilta. Armani was the breed’s first American BIS winner. Ch. Bayshore Mole, a brother to Armani from an earlier breeding, is the only other Xolo to have won Best in Show awards in the U.S.