The Memorial Day holiday inspired many dog shows all over the United States, and most clusters are still going strong today. There are Monday shows in Alaska, Idaho, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Wyoming, and Northern and Southern California. In Washington state, however, folks attending the Spokane Kennel Club’s Saturday and Sunday shows get to celebrate Memorial Day at home or with friends away from the dog show. It’s been months since Fancy That has covered shows in the western states, so today I’ll tell you a little bit about what happened at those two shows, which drew over 1,200 dogs apiece.

Saturday’s Best in Show winner under judge Jim Frederiksen is the white Standard Poodle who has often been featured in Fancy That. ‘Ally,’ GCh. Brighton Lakeridge Encore, was Number 1 in her Group in 2011, Number 2 in 2012 and currently reigns at the top again this year. Handled by Tim Brazier, she was Best of Breed at Poodle Club of America in 2010 from the classes, so a successful career was portended early on. Ally was bred by L’Dyne Brennan and Debra Ferguson Jones and is owned by Toni and Martin Sosnoff. She was awarded the Group First under Marcie Dobkin.

The multiple Group winner Ch. Windbourne Ace of Spades, bred by Meridith Langston, was part of the foundation of the very successful Windbourne Black and Tan Coonhound breeding program. A sire of Best in Show winners, ‘Ace’ is pictured with the late, great Corky Vroom and judge Cynthia Sommers. Photo by Kitten Rodwell.

Reserve BIS went to Dr. Al Krause’s Sporting Group winner, Irish Setter GCh. Abbeylane Tramore Above The Limit. ‘Kristopher’ is another whose performances early on indicated that he would be a star in the ring, although perhaps somewhat more modestly than Ally’s. He earned championship points as a puppy at the very first two shows where he was shown, and won a Best of Breed before he was out of the Puppy class. His pedigree is a nice mix of the highly regarded American Meadowlark Setters, the Australian Gwyndara line and a sprinkling of other lines. Bred and owned by Dale Michaelson and co-bred by Ginny Swanson, he is Number 4 in the breed through April.

Beverly Capstick was charged with selecting the Hound Group winner, and her choice was Black and Tan Coonhound GCh. Windbourne Ranch King of the Road. ‘Roy’ is Number 9 among all Hounds currently, with three all-breed Best in Shows through the end of April, handled by Shea Skinner. Shea and his wife, Tiffany, own Roy with Shelley Campbell and Christian Rutten, and he was bred by Frances Olson and Meridith Langston.

Shelley Campbell’s Windbourne kennel has been very dominant in Black and Tan Coonhounds for many years. In 2005, for instance, four of the top five dogs in the breed were Windbourne, in 2008 five of the top six and in 2009 five of the top 10. Indeed since 2002, four years there were four Windbourne-bred dogs in the breed’s top 10, three years there were five and one year there were six! Yes, I’d say that this kennel has been quite dominant in the breed. Campbell’s 30-acre farm in Oregon is also home to sport horses.

In the Working Group, judge Bob Vandiver selected GCh. Paragon’s You Had Me at Merlot as the winner. Bred, owned and handled by Terri Erickson, the Siberian Husky is co-owned by Lori Wilson. Talk about destined for the winner’s circle… ‘Maguire’ is sired by the multiple BIS-winner GCh. Kontoki’s Isaiah Little Prayer For You, bred, owned and handled by the infamous Tommy O, out of the 2009 Number 1 Siberian and also a multiple BIS winner, Ch. Paragon’s Red Red Wine, who was also bred and owned by Terri Erickson. A nice little legacy behind this lovely dog.

Judy Webb’s Terrier Group winner, GCh. Terriwood MVP, is from a line of winners as well. Tom and Karin Godwin co-bred the Cairn Terrier with John and Carol Woodman and co-own him with Bill and Nancy Doyle. A multiple Group winner, MVP is a repeat of the 2009 Number 1 Cairn bitch Ch. Terriwood Mojo, who was also a multiple Group winner. Their sire, Ch. Terriwood Grand Slam, was Number 1 Cairn and the National Specialty winner in 2005. ‘Casey’ was four generations of Tom and Karin’s breeding, and his pedigree traced back numerous times to the multiple BIS winner Ch. Cairmar Fancy Dresser as well as to the Westminster Group winner Ch. Tidewater Master Gold. Tom owner-handles all of the Terriwood Cairns.

Ch. Terriwood Grand Slam was breeder/owner-handled to Number 1 Cairn and a National Specialty win under breeder-judge Mildred Bryant in 2005. Photo by John Ashbey.

The Toy Group winner, selected by Leslie Hiltz, was Miniature Pinscher GCh. Risingstar Off the Hook, bred and owned by Carol Dry and co-owned by Deborah Stumm, who shows him. ‘Ozzie’ is a great-grandson of the multiple Best in Show winner Ch. Flashfires Pretty Boy Floyd. Bred in the U.S. by Kim Swilling, ‘Floyd’ won three Bests here before going to Canada to live with his new owners, Bonnie and Steve Foster, who handled him to a Group win there before he retired. Perhaps Ozzie will follow in Floyd’s footsteps.

In the Herding Group, Norm Kenney’s winner was Belgian Tervuren GCh. Sky Acres Flying Solo, bred, owned and handled by Michelle Edling. ‘Solo,’ the top-winning bitch in the history of the breed, has also been mentioned in Fancy That on previous occasions, as she was the Number 1 Terv in 2011 and 2012, with 27 Group Firsts and a BIS during those two years, and she is still Number 1 this year and has already won a Best in 2013. Her dam, Ch. Sky Acres Piper Pawnee, was the 2004 National Specialty winner.

On Sunday there was only one repeat Group winner, Standard Poodle Ally, awarded the Group by Sandy Wheat. Best in Show under Al Krause went to Beverly Capstick’s Working Group winner, Boxer Am. Can. Ch. Berlane-N-Jems Just One Look. ‘Magic’ was bred in Canada by Ron and Sharon Berry and is owned by Cheryl Jennings and Dianna Emmons of Canada’s Jem’s kennel. Magic’s sire, Am. Can. Ch. Jems Rock the House, was the 2008 Canadian National Specialty winner, Canada’s Number 4 Working dog in 2006 and Number 3 Working dog in 2007, and a multiple Best in Show winner in Canada.

Reserve BIS under Dr. Krause was Leslie Hiltz’s Hound Group winner, the Ridgeback GCh. Bakari’s Lor Vitra Caymus, handled by Andy Linton for owners Nicole and Gordon Ballantyne. Bred by Julie Eschilling, ‘Caymus’ is out of a dual champion dam, Bakari’s Fabled Katana, who in addition to being a field champion and conformation grand champion, has her Herding Instinct Certificate. Caymus’s sire, GCh. Paradigm Aariel’s Undisputed, also has his HIC title and both parents are ROM producers. Caymus, already a Group winner this year, comes from a very versatile family!

Bob Vandiver selected Sporting Group winner GCh. Rushhill’s Drama’geddon, bred, owned and handled by Tony Struble, co-bred and owned by Mark Struble. ‘Willis’ was Best of Winners at the National last year and wasted no time winning his first Best in Show this year. He’s currently Number 2 in the breed with one Best and five Group wins through April. His sire is the Best in Show winning GCh. Rush Hill Run’n Amuck at Abelard, the 2009 and 2010 National Specialty winner.

Bred, owned and handled by Ed Thomason, GCh. Alpine’s Highwayman was a multiple National Specialty and all-breed Best in Show winner and is the top-winning male American Staffordshire Terrier of all time.

In the Terrier Group, Jim Frederiksen’s winner was Am Staff GCh. Alpine’s Ring of Fire, handled by Rowan Baggenstos for owners Jennifer Mosing, Valerie Piltz, and Karen and Ed Thomason. ‘Phoenix’ is half of the dynamic duo of litter brothers that, from 2010 through 2012, won 158 Group Firsts and 31 all-breed Best in Shows. In 2012 Phoenix was Number 2 in the breed only to brother ‘Jelly,’ GCh. Alpine’s Highwayman, and this year he occupies the top spot. Incidentally, while Jelly was sweeping the rings in the U.S. in 2010, Phoenix was being shown in Europe to become Hungary’s top Terrier that year. The boys were bred by Karen and Ed with Dan Nechemias and Lois Claus, and Jelly is now the top-winning male Am Staff in breed history.

Marcie Dobkin judged the Toy Group, and her choice for first was Pug GCh. Moonstruck’s Smooth Sailing, handled by Shea and Tiffany Skinner for owner Randy Brewer and breeder Melissa Standish. ‘Sailor’ is a son of Diana Hedstrom’s Ch. Fantasy’s Timeless Smooth Operator, who has championship titles in the U.S., Canada, Latin America and Argentina, as well as an FCI International title. ‘A.J.’ was handled to Number 1 Pug and Number 2 Toy in Argentina by Michael Meyer. Sailor is now a multiple Group winner.

Jim Frederiksen also judged the Herding Group, finding Norwegian Buhund GCh. Jotunn Bella Binna was his winner. Handled by Amie McLaughlin for breeder/owners Vali Eberhardt and John Bradstreet, ‘Binna’ was the only Buhund to have won a Group this year as of April 31, and according to my calculations now becomes the only one of her breed in AKC history to have won more than one Group in a year! Will she take home more blue ribbons as the year progresses? Stay tuned to find out.

I hope all of our readers are enjoying a pleasant Memorial Day. I am personally grateful for the many men and women who serve in the U.S. military, and for those who have sacrificed their lives so that we can live freely in this great nation.