Gray Summit, Mo., was the location this past weekend for two shows hosted by the Spirit of the Heartland KC and the Jefferson County KC of Missouri. The shows drew a respectable entry of just over 1,000 dogs each, with a number of heavy hitters vying for the top prizes each day.

On Saturday judge Michael Sosne selected GCh. Hallmark Jolei Bells Will Be Ringing for Best in Show. ‘Willy’ was handled by his breeder/owner Luke Ehricht, who co-owns the Shih Tzu with his wife, Diane. This dog comes from illustrious parentage. His dam, Ch. Hallmark Jolei Jezebel, won 18 all-breed Best in Shows and was the Number 1 Shih Tzu in 2005 and 2006. His sire, Ch. Hallmark Jolei Raggedy Andy, is the top Best in Show-winning Shih Tzu of all time, a record previously held by his sire ‘Joey,’ Ch. Charing Cross Ragtime Cowboy. Ragtime Cowboy was bred and owned by the late Mr. Gilbert Kahn, who also owned Raggedy Andy and Jezebel.

But that’s not all. Joey was the Number 1 Toy in both 1999 and 2000, and Number 2 among all breeds in 2000 behind the Bichon Ch. Special Times Just Right. Andy was Top Toy and also Number 2 among all breeds, behind the German Shepherd Dog Ch. Kismet’s Sight For Sore Eyes, in 2002. Both dogs were handled, of course, by Luke. Luke and Diane have done a terrific job of breeding top-winning Shih Tzu for many years.

Reserve Best in Show went to the Herding Group winner, Old English Sheepdog GCh. Lambluv Gambolon Blue Thunder, owner-handled by Jere Marder. Jere co-bred ‘Elvis’ with Gail Radke and co-owns him with Kay Richardson. Like the Ehrichts, Jere has done a phenomenal job with her breed. She was named the Old English Sheepdog Club of America Number 1 Kennel from 2000 through 2010, and in 2003 was selected the AKC Herding Group Breeder of the Year. Her Lambluv OES have been Number 1 in the breed for 15 years, and she has bred and/or owned 13 all-breed Best in Show winners.

Owner-handled by Ken Schlecht, the Sporting Group winner was Golden Retriever Faera Confetti Hytree A Family Affair, who is only 7 months old! Ken co-owns her with his wife, Judy. Her sire, Ch. Hytrees Ryd N Out the Storm, has sired 40 champions and was a Top 20 Golden in 2006. Her dam, Ch. Hytree’s Faera From This Moment, also won a Best of Breed over specials on the way to her championship, and her great-great grandsire, Am. Can. Ch. Asterling’s Wild Blue Yonder, not only finished from the Puppy class in six shows, but also won his first Sporting Group as a puppy. He then went on to win 146 Group Firsts and 51 all-breed Best in Shows, breeder/owner-handled by Mary Burke.

The Swedish-bred Pharaoh Hound, Ch. Faouziah’s Faramir, won Saturday’s Hound Group. Handled by Brian Livingston, ‘Qiwi’ came to the U.S. having already been the top Pharaoh Hound and Number 3 among all breeds in Sweden in 2010. He was bred by Anna Larsson and Tanja Sadelheim, and is owned in the U.S. by Jennifer Mosing and Jenny Hall.

We’ve written several times in the past about the Working Group winner, Kuvasz GCh. Szumeria’s Wildwood Silver Six Pence. ‘Tanner’ has broken so many records, including being the only Kuvasz ever to be among the nation’s top Working dogs and top dogs of all breeds – which he accomplished in 2011 and has done again this year – but he’s also the only Kuvasz ever to win four National Specialties, which he did in 2009, 2010, 2011 and again this year. Bred and owned by Lynn Brady and Connie Townsend, he is also owned by Mercedes Vila and Claudia Muir, and handled by Diana Wilson.

Terrier Group winner Ch. Barnstable Bold Over is handled by Judi Hartell for breeder/owner Sandra Stemmler. The Norfolk’s pedigree includes several famous kennel names, including Max-Well’s in the U.S., and Nanfan and Jaeva in England. But Sandy Stemmler of Barnstable Norwich and Norfolk Terriers has also bred numerous top winners and top producers over the past 40 years. Perhaps the best known was her Norwich Ch. Barnstable Barney Jayco J, a multiple BIS winner in 1990, handled by Brenda Combs, and sire of 17 champions. Another was Ch. Barnstable Duncan Donut, a Best in Show winner in 2000 handled first by Mary Beecher and later by Mark Bettis for owners Mary and Wes Jones. Sandy also owned Ch. Ronnell’s Applause Applause, handled by Billy Kamai to multiple BIS wins, who sired 21 champions, many of them for Barnstable.

Finnish Spitz Ch. Jayenn’s Archer won the Non-Sporting Group on Saturday. Owned by Joan Grant and Leslie Carlson, ‘Archer’ is a grandson of the 2002 American National Specialty and 2003 Canadian National Specialty winner Am. Can. Ch. Pikkinokka’s Norsick Niccolite. ‘Nicc’ was also the first Finnish Spitz to complete two advanced AKC agility titles.

Number 1 BIS on Sunday

On Sunday under judge Dr. Roger Pritchard, Best in Show went to the current Number 1 dog among all breeds, English Springer Spaniel GCh. Wynmoor Champagne Supernova. ‘Peyton’ and handler Robin Novack officially moved into the Number 1 position as of August 31, 2012. Bred by Billie, Charlie and Erin Kerfoot and Ruth Kirby, he is owned by Celie Florence, Delores Streng, Beth Fink, Ken Goodhue-McWilliams and Erin Kerfoot.

Robin has handled so many top-winning Springers, the most recent Ch. Telltale Salute, the Number 1 Sporting dog and Number 5 among all breeds in 2005. R.B. was owned, with Robin, by his breeders, Delores Streng and Celie Florence.


In 2005 Robin Novack handled English Springer Spaniel Ch. Telltale Salute to Number 1 Sporting dog and Number 5 among all breeds. She now handles the current Number 1 dog of all breeds, GCh. Wynmoor Champagne Supernova.


Tanner the Kuvasz won the Working Group again on Sunday, and was Reserve Best in Show. Old English Elvis also repeated as the Herding Group winner on Sunday.

Otterhound GCh. Aberdeen’s Under the Influence won the Hound Group on day two. Bred and owned by Jack, Andy and Jason McIlwaine and handled by Jack, ‘Dui’ is a great-grandson of Ch. Aberdeen’s Caveman. Caveman sired 16 champions, including the 2002 National Specialty winner Ch. Scentasia’s Howlaway Prince Valiant. He was also the grandsire of two dogs that won multiple National Specialties: Ch. Scentasia’s Hostile Takeover (2003 and 2004) and Ch. Scentasia’s Shake Rattle N Roll (2009 and 2010). Both Hostile Takeover and Shake Rattle N Roll were also multiple all-breed BIS winners, an amazing feat in a breed that is so rare.

Paula Fox owner-handled Kerry Blue Terrier Ch. Krisma’s Risky Business to Group First on Sunday. ‘Romeo’ was Best in Sweepstakes at Hatboro 2011 on the Montgomery County weekend.

Non-Sporting Group First on Sunday went to Bulldog GCh. Imperious Hamitup Double Vision, bred by Kelly and Rick Franz and Suzanne and Rick Glover, owned by Landon Jordan and handled by Brian Livingston.  His pedigree includes some of the most famous names in Bulldogs, including Ch. Cherokee Legend Pretty Boy, winner of the G.M. Beckett Award for most champions sired in a five-year period and BOS at the 2006 National Specialty from the Veteran class; and Ch. Little Pond’s Chief, sire of 141 champions, including the two top specialty winning bitches in the history of the breed, Ch. Helfyre Little Ponds Promise (55 SBIS wins) and Ch. Cherokee Legend Donna (50 SBIS wins).

Results from the dozens of other shows across the country this past weekend are detailed on Dog Show Poop Billy Wheeler’s very informative blog. I’ll be back next Monday for more on the winners at next weekend’s shows. See you then!