For the second time the breed judging at Westminster Kennel Club was held at The Piers 92/94, and all reports confirm that Monday’s judging went wonderfully at Piers 92/94 on Manhattan’s west side. But it was back to the Garden for the Group judging on Monday evening, with the Hound, Toy, Non-Sporting and Herding Groups.
The Hound Group
The evening began with the Hound Group, judged by Mr. Douglas Johnson of Bloomington, IN, Mr. Johnson has produced two Westminster Best in Show winners and is the only breeder to have bred Westminster BIS winners in two different breeds. In 1996, the Clumber Spaniel Ch. Clussexx Country Sunrise “Brady”, and in 2009 the Sussex Spaniel, Ch Clussexx Three D Grinchy Glee “Stump”. Stump is the oldest dog (10) to ever win the coveted Westminster Best in Show award.
Sadly, because of potential conflict of interests, no Harriers were shown this year.
After examining his 30 Best of Breed winners judge Johnson cut eight dogs: The Bloodhound GCH Flessner’s International S’Cess, 15″ Beagle GCH Tashtins Lookin For Trouble, Basset Hound GCh. Topsfield-Sanchu Eenie Meenie Miney Moe, Irish Wolfhound, Ch Kuriann Of First Avenue Norwegian Elkhound GCH Vin-Melca’s The Norseman, Greyhound GCH Grandcru Phelps Insignia, Whippet, GCH Sporting Fields Bahama Sands and Wire Dachshund GCH Del Prado’s Bar Code W.
Bloodhound Nathan Handled by, Heather Helmer Finished his Championship from the Bred by Class at 14 months and finished out 2013 as the #10 hound and #1 Bloodhound in the Breed. He was bred by Bryan & Chris Flessner & Heather Buehner, who own him with Shirley VanCamp & Heather Buehner & Zack Helmer. Judge Mr. Elliott B. Weiss sent him to the Group.
Whippet ‘Tawny’ The 2012 Number 1 Hound, Tawny came out of retirement after having puppies about 3 months ago to win Group 2 tonight at WKC she is Handled by Amanda Giles, bred by Debbie Butt, Jesse Martin and co-owned by Jane Cooney-Waterhouse. Tawny came to the Group today from the Ring of Mr. Elliott B. Weiss.
Basset Hound ‘Tiger’ was a top Hound last year as well, holding the Number 8 spot at the end of the year. Handled by Mike Stone for Suzanne Sukey Shor, Claudia Orlandi and Claire Steidel, Tiger is just one of numerous Topsfield-Sanchu Bassets who’ve appeared on the green carpet at the Garden. However, only three Bassets have ever won the Group at the Garden: Ch. Moonbeam’s Astronomer in 2000, Ch. Lil’ Creek Briarcrest Top Gun in 1992 and Ch. The Ring’s Banshee in 1960. Judge Bonnie Threlfall sent Tiger to the group.
Irish Wolfhound ‘Belgium’ Ch Kuriann Of First Avenue handled by Hailey Griffith, bred by Regine Vandamme and owned by Judith P. Ryan. Belgium was the top Irish Wolfhound for 2013 in Canada and #3 All Breed AKC for 2013.
When all was said and done, Nathan the bloodhound came away with the group becoming the seventh Bloodhound ever to take home a blue ribbon from the Group judging at Westminster. Second went to “Tawny” the Whippet, third to “Tiger” the Basset and fourth to “Belgium” the Irish Wolfhound.
The Toy Group
Judging The Toy Group is Ms. Keke Kahn of Sarasota, FL. Mrs. Kahn started judging in 1972 and today is one of a handful of judges licensed for all breeds. This is her sixth judging assignment at the Garden. She previously judged the Toy Group in 2002 and 1987.
The Number One Toy Breed, and two of last year’s Top 10 Toy dogs made Mrs. Kahn’s cut after she examined and moved her worthy breed winners. Min Pin GCh. Marlex Classic Red Glare; Cavalier King Charles Spaniel GCh Grantilley Galaxy Moon; Pomeranian GCh CR Chase What Matters; Pekingese Ch Yakee Easily Persuaded. Joining them: the English Toy Spaniel GCH Lto Prosperity, The Pug GCh Caper’s Sirius Endeavor, The Affenpinscher GCh Yarrow’s Hi-Tech Ben There Done That – sired bylast year’s BIS Joey , The Shih Tzu Ch Hallmark Jolei Rocket Power.
Min Pin “Classie” the Number 1 Toy with over 100 Best In Shows is no stranger to the green carpet, and is the winningest Min Pin in history. Always owner-handled by Armando Angelbello, co-owned by Leah Monte and bred by Carole Mohr-Rio. Min Pins have won the group 5 times prior to last night’s judging.
English Import Cavalier King Charles Spaniel GCh Grantilley Galaxy Moon “Jet” is a lovely veteran of nine years. Bred by D. Cooper and owned by Dr. David & Milley Talley; he is #7 in the breed and #6 All Breed. No Cavalier has ever won group at the Garden.
Pomeranian GCh CR Chase What Matters, “Chase” bred by Robert and Celeste Solano, and handled by Noble Inglett for owners Pamela Fielder & David B. Ford, was Number #1 All Breed and Breed, and a Top 10 Toy for 2013.
Pekingnese Ch Yakee Easily Persuaded “ Rodger “ is the Number 3 Toy and Number One Breed and All Breed. Bred by Albert Easdon, owned by Sandra M. Middlebrooks and owner handled by Pekingese expert David Fitzpatrick – 2012 Westminster Kennel Club Best In Show Winner with “Malachy”.
Out of the beautiful dogs presented to Mrs. Kahn, she made Classie, the 2013 Top Toy, the Group winner this year, and Jet the Cavalier was second place. Third went to Pomeranian Chase and fourth to Rodger the Peke.
The Non-Sporting Group
Standing in for Mrs.Virginia Lyne to judge Non-Sporting was Mrs. Jacqueline L. Stacy of Chapel Hill, NC. Well known for her Tamarin Affenpinschers, Mrs. Stacy and her husband and fellow judge, Terry Stacy, have produced over 70 champions, owning or breeding seven national-specialty winners, eight all-breed Best in Show winners, the top-winning American-bred Affen in breed history, and 2008’s number-one toy dog.
Mrs. Stacy’s cut included: Standard Poodle GCh. Brighton Lakeridge Encore “Ally”, Bichon Frise ‘Bingo,’ GCh. Saks Winning Card, Dalmation GCh Spotted Bliss Oreo Delight, French Bulldog GCh Lionheart’s Fortune Five Hundred, Tibetan Spaniel GCh Kan Sing’s Tenzin, Shiba Inu GCh Dragon House Mr. Jones, and Miniature Poodle GCh Bellefleet’s Living In The Fast Lane.
Standard Poodle GCh. Brighton Lakeridge Encore “Ally” was bred by L’Dyne Brennan and Debra Ferguson-Jones, is owned by Toni and Martin Sosnoff, who live in Manhattan, and handled by Tim Brazier. ‘Ally’ has a pedigree full of Westminster winners; both her sire, Ch. Ale Kai Mikimoto on Fifth, and her double-grandsire, Ch. Lake Cove That’s My Boy, won multiple Groups at the Garden. Her great-great grandsire is the aforementioned Westminster Best in Show winner, Ch. Whisperwind On A Carousel. Ally finished 2013 as the #1 Non-Sporting Dog with 25 Best In Shows and 63 Group Wins.
Tibetan Spaniel “Tenzin” was bred by M. Feltenstein & D. Garcia and owned by Martha Feltenstein, and handled by co-breeder Diego Garcia. His sire was BOB at the Garden in 2008 and 2009, and his dam in 2006 and 2007, so it runs in the family! Like Ally, Tenzin was also playing to his home town of New York. He is the top winning Tibbie in breed history and the Number Three Non-Sporting Dog of 2013.
Miniature Poodle “Laney” was bred by Sally Jordan, owned by William Lee and Alysia Reichertz and handled by Chrystal Murray. She finished 2013 as a Top 20 Toy. Dalmatian “ O.D.” was bred by Daniel Brumfield, Kevin Smith & Cheryl Worden Coe, handled by Michael Scott. O.D. was the 2013 Number Two All Breed and Number One in the Breed.
When it was all over, Standard Poodle Ally stood in first place, Tibbie Tenzin Second, Laney Third and O.D was fourth.
The Herding Group
Judge Mr. Walter Sommerfelt of Lenoir City, TN adjudicated the final Group of the evening. Along with his wife Carol, he has bred over 75 AKC Champions including Group, Best in Show and Specialty Winners, dual Champions and multiple performance titled dogs.
Into the ring and making Mr. Sommerfelt’s cuts were Bouvier GCh Stonepillar’s Steel Blu “Blu”; Canaan Dog GCH Pleasant Hill Magnum of Samara; Cardigan Welsh Corgi GCH Riverside Telltail Coco Posh; German Shepherd GCh Wolf Creek Galaxy of Merivern; Old English Sheepdog GCh Bugaboo’s Picture Perfect; Pembroke Welsh Corgi GCh Aubrey’s Moon River; Puli GCh Cordmaker Topsy Turvey; Pyrenean Shepherd GCh La Brise Sun Bear
Bouvier “Blu” is owner handled by Elaine Paquette and co-owned with Julianna & Daniel Garrison. ‘Blu’ was co-bred by Bruce & Diane Hamm & M.J. Sears. Canaan Dog “Magnum” is owned by Pamela Stacey Rosman, bred by D. Dodson and handled by Bruce & Tara Schultz. Border Collie GCh. Tang Dynasty Rocky “Rocky” was bred by Tang Nan and owned by Tan Nan & Henry Su.
Canaan Dog GCh. Pleasant Hill Magnum of Samara has also represented his breed in the Group at Westminster before. In fact, this is the fourth year in a row that ‘Magnum’ has won the breed here. Handled by Tara Schultz for owner Pamela Stacey Rosman, he was bred by Donna Dodson.
Cardigan Welsh Corgi GCH Riverside TellTale Coco Posh “Coco” was bred by Julie & Bill Divens & Deb Shindle. She will make history tonight.
German Shepherd Ch. Wolf Creek Galaxy of Merivern “Fritz” was bred by Pat Walker & Mary Ann Imhoff and owned by Edward Farrell & Pat Walker. He is handled by Scott Yergin. Fritz is the Number One All Breed German Shepherd Dog with 13 Bests and 70 Group 1’s.
Pembroke Welsh Corgi GCh Audbrey’s Moon River “Rebecca” was bred by Cynthia & Vincent Savioli and Roberta M. Lord and owned by Cynthia & Vincent Savioli. She’s a Top 10 Corgi All Breed.
Old English Sheepdog “Swagger” is owned by Ron Scott, Debbie Burke, Heather & Colton Johnson. ‘Swagger’ is the son of the 2010 Number 2 Herding dog GCh. Bugaboo’s Georgie Girl, by Ch. Bugaboo’s Big Shot, who was Group Third at the Garden in 2012 and won the Canadian National in 2010, among other impressive awards. The only Old English to have won the Group at the Garden since the Herding Group split off from the Working Group in 1983 was Ch. Bugaboo’s Big Resolution, the winner in 2006 also handled by Colton. Prior to the split, however, seven OES won eight Groups, beginning in 1932 with Snowman, then Snowflake in 1934. Ch. Fezziwig Raggedy Andy won the Groups in 1966 and 1967, handled by Bob Forsyth. Now with impressive statistics of his own, Swagger is a 2013 Top 10 Dog and the Number One Herding Dog.
Australian Import Puli GCh. Cordmaker Topsy Turvy “Charlotte” was bred by Sue Huebner and owned by Jacquelyn Beaudoin, Sue Huebner & Penny Kelly. The Topsy Turvy Kennel is well known for their Puli’s making frequent groups appearances on the green carpet. She is the Number 4 Herding dog last year.
Pyrenean Shepherd “Sunny” is owned and bred by Patricia Princehouse and co-owned with Kathryn Lanam. A relatively new breed to the Garden, it was the first time a Pyrenean Shepherd has made the cut.
In what was perhaps the upset of the day, Judge Summerfelt selected the Cardigan Welsh Corgi for his Group 1 toppling the 2013 Number One Herding Dog and making history in one point: a Cardigan has never won Group at the Garden. Second in the Herding Group went to the Puli, third to the German Shepherd and fourth to Swagger.
We’ll be back tomorrow to tell you the rest of the story…