This week we’re going to go south and check in with some dogs that are new to Fancy That, although in no way new to the show scene. The shows in Little Rock, Ark., this past weekend, both hosted by the Arkansas Kennel Club, weren’t the largest in the country, but with entries around 900 each day they drew a respectable number of dogs.
On Saturday judge Doris Werdemann selected for Best in Show the Bichon Frise, GCh. Glenleigh Gang’s N Roses. ‘Governor’ is owned by Renee Lauer and Sophie Bernard and handled by Ellen Akers-Perry. Through June he had won a couple of Groups, but it looks like this is his first Best in Show. The Bichon was Best of Winners at the 2011 National Specialty to finish his championship, and he became a multiple Group winner in 2011 as well.
Governor, by Ch. Belle Creek’s Me and My Gang out of Ch. Glenleigh Rose Medallion, is bred and owned by Karen Tormey, M.D., and Lorrie Carlton and Larry Letsche, D.V.M., the couple behind the successful Belle Creek Bichons. Lorrie is a second-generation dog show person and has bred Bichons for 33 years. Her kennel name originated as the name of her mother and father’s boarding kennel in Livonia, Mich., which they opened in the 1960s.
Lorrie and Larry met 26 years ago when Lorrie took a litter of puppies in to see her veterinarian. He wasn’t in, so the litter and their owner saw Dr. Letsche instead. Three years later, they married. Over the years, Belle Creek has bred more than 150 champions, with success in both the breed and Best in Show ring.
In another first on Sunday, Best in Show judge Bill Cunningham made history when he selected the Bluetick Coonhound bitch, Ch. Charwin Fairmont Sweet Society Blue Snuff, as his winner. ‘Snuffy’ is the first Bluetick ever to win an AKC Best in Show. “She is just gorgeous, and a great mover,” says Bill. “She just floats around the ring.” Owned by Chuck Woods and Tena Kastner and handled by Shawn Von Pressentin, she was bred by Nick and Kate Chappell. Both her sire, Stines Blue Power Hoss, and her dam, Chestnut Ridge Annabelle, are UKC Grand Champions.
Blueticks began competing in the Hound Group at AKC shows on January 1, 2010. Snuffy was Best of Breed at AKC/Eukanuba 2011, won her first pair of Group Firsts in 2011, and was Best of Breed at Westminster 2012. The Bichon, Governor, was Reserve BIS to her on Sunday.
Six of the Groups in Little Rock were won both days by the same dogs. The Sporting Group victor was the Pointer, GCh. Penpoint in Dress Blues. ‘Arthur’ was one of the trio that won the Sporting Group at the 2011 Eukanuba Breeder Stakes for breeder Lee Ann Stagg of Penpoint Pointers. Lee Ann was the 2004 American Pointer Club Breeder of the Year.
Arthur’s sire, Ch. Calais of Solivia, bred by Susan Thompson of Solivia Pointers and Gaby Arizmendi and George Becker of Mexico, is one of the breed’s all-time top sires. Among his 53 champions are those that have been Best Puppy at the National, Best in Sweepstakes and Best in Maturity at the National, and won Best in Shows in the U.S., Australia and Scotland. Arthur is himself a sire of champions.
Samoyed GCh. Glacier’s N Rowdy’s Czargent Trouble won both Working Groups. ‘Sarge’ was his breed’s first grand champion and is also the son of a noteworthy sire. Ch. Polar Mist Here Comes Trouble, bred and owned by Lynette Blue, was the breed’s top sire in 2009 and 2010. He is the sire of, among others, two Grand Futurity and a Grand Sweepstakes winner at the American National Specialty, and Best of Winners and Grand Sweeps winner at the Canadian National.
Sarge, the country’s Number 1 Sammy (breed points) through June 2012, was Reserve BIS on Saturday.
Terrier Group winner Ch. Devonshire Out of the Starting Gate is a product of a host of important Westies from the U.S., Canada and Great Britain, including at least three BIS winners. One of his most successful ancestors is his paternal great-grandmother, Ch. Camcrest Andsurely Trouble. ‘Puppy Do’ is the only Westie bitch ever to have won the National Specialty at Montgomery County three times. Her first win was from the Bred-by-Exhibitor class in1994, handled by her breeder Sandy Campbell; the second in 1996 handled by Bill McFadden, where her son, Ch. Camcrest Niles McNaughty, was Best of Opposite Sex to her; and the third from the Veterans class in 2000, also handled by Sandy.
Puppy Do was among the top Westies in the country from 1993 through 2000, and in the middle years also among the nation’s top Terriers. The Monday after she won the breed at Montgomery from the Veterans class, she earned her Master Earthdog title. She also earned her Tracking Dog title, and in 2001 at age 8 received the Most Versatile Westie in Specialty award from the West Highland White Terrier Club of America.
And as if that isn’t enough, her son, Ch. Camcrest Andsurely Mr. Fortune, was a multiple Best in Show winner. He was bred and owned by Sandy and Carol Greenwald, who co-owned Puppy Do.
Winning both Herding Groups was the Old English Sheepdog, GCh. Lambluv Cambolon Blue Thunder, one of the top OES and a top Herding dog the past few years. ‘Elvis’s’ dam, Ch. Lambluv’s The Divine Miss M, won the 2005 National Specialty, the year that the parent club celebrated its centennial. Of course, Jere Marder’s Lambluv dogs have been among the country’s top-winning Old English for decades, all breeder/owner-handled.
The Toy Group on Saturday was won by English Toy Spaniel GCh. LTO Prosperity. An LTO sire and an LTO dam were among the breed’s top sires and dams in 2010. On Sunday the ETS was second in the Group to Papillon GCh. Fenice Le Beaudreaux. Owned by longtime AKC judge Dr. Richard Greathouse with Matthew Perry, ‘Beaudreaux’ was bred by Ellen Akers-Perry and Robert Perry. Matthew was second in the Junior Showmanship finals at Westminster this past February showing a Papillon, and Beaudreaux has won multiple Groups this year as well.
For more results from shows around the country this past weekend, visit Billy Wheeler’s Dog Show Poop. See you next Monday!