Three locations had shows with nice-sized entries this past weekend. The Tar Heel circuit in Raleigh, N.C., opened on Wednesday, March 20, 2013, with 1,121 entries, and with a high for the five days of 1,892 on Saturday. Three days in Vallejo, in California’s Bay Area, had entries of 1,606, 1,880 and 1,794. But the biggest shows of the weekend were two all-breeds at the Fort Worth Kennel Club shows in Texas.

From Saturday’s entry of 2,227, judge Donovan Thompson awarded Best in Show to Mastiff GCh. Willow Ridges Risky Business. ‘Kruz’ is handled by Collette Livingston for owner Jill Swarts, and was bred by Anna Page and Cole Harvey. Kruz was owner-handled to his championship, including a Best of Breed over specials and Best Senior in Sweepstakes at the National Specialty. He also had Group placements handled by Jill. At less than 2 years of age, he was a multiple Group winner in 2012. He was awarded the Group by Bill Sahloff.

Kruz comes by his quality naturally. The BIS-winning ‘Ivan,’ Ch. Lazy D’s Family Tradition, appears twice in the first three generations of his pedigree, and the memorable Ch. Ironhills Ivana is his maternal great-great-granddam. Ivan was bred by Nancy Walker and Mary Alexander, owned by Cole Harvey and handled by Laura King to National Specialty wins in 2006 and 2007. He was a multiple BIS winner in 2006 and 2007 and Number 1 in the breed in the latter year. His grandmother, Ivana, won the National in 2002 and 2003, and in 2003 won 45 Groups and 14 BIS to become Number 1 Mastiff and Number 7 in the Working Group. Ivana was also handled by Collette Livingston, and was bred and owned Mary Alexander, and also owned by Nancy Walker. She holds the record as the top winning bitch in breed history. We’ll have to watch and see whether Kruz can win as much as his pedigree hints that he can.

Reserve BIS, and Herding Group first under Linda Robey, went to Cardigan Welsh Corgi GCh. Aubrey’s Tails of Mystery, a bitch I’ve written about numerous times. ‘Libby’ is handled by Sheri Samel-Hurst for breeder/owners Vincent and Cynthia Savioli. She was co-bred by Shawn Michael and was Number 4 Herding dog in 2011, Number 2 in 2012 and is Number 2 so far through February of this year.

Saturday’s Hound and Non-Sporting winners are also familiar to “Fancy That” readers. Saluki GCh. Sandstorm Blue Nile Bubbles of Jatara is handled by Erin Roberts for owners Sandra Middlebrooks, Jackie Harrington and Sara Winsted, and won the Group under Donnelle Richards. She was bred by Kathleen Morton and was Number 5 Hound last year and is again so far this year. She won her first Groups in 2008 and her first two BIS in 2009, then owned by Jackie and Sara.

Judge Peggy Haas found for first in the Non-Sporting Group Shar-Pei GCh. Jade East Do You Know The Way to San Jose. ‘Jose’ is handled by David Williams for breeder/owners Loretta Anders, Esmae Minne and Karel Nijholt. This is a breed currently dominated by bitches. Last year the top three in the breed were of the fairer sex, and all three were among the top 14 in the Group: Clint Livingston’s GCh. Vaje’s Jethrene Bodine as Number 9; Jose, Number 12; and Nina Fetter’s GCh. Shine’s Deck The Halls, also known as ‘Tinsel,’ Number 14. Tinsel and Jose are going to be the players this year, with Shine Number 3 in the Group and Jose, Number 12, through February.

I’ve also written previously about Tonia Holibaugh and her Maltese, including ‘Ohso,’ the recent Group winner GCh. Rhapsody N Cherub’s Oh So Henry, a son of the multiple BIS winner GCh. Rhapsody’s Regarding Henry. ‘Henry’ was the 2010 and 2011 Number 1 Maltese, a top 15 Toy both years and won the National in 2010. Robert Hall’s Toy Group winner in Fort Worth was Ohso’s sister, GCh. Rhapsody’s Someone Like You. ‘Adele’ was bred by Tonia and is owned by her with Katherine Kasten, Paula Bailly, William Warke and Craig Emmerson. Adele was also the National Specialty Grand Sweepstakes winner. Two Group winners from one breeding says something!

I don’t believe I’ve written before about Bruce Schwartz’s Terrier Group winner, GCh. High Mountain Everso In Command. ‘Cameron’ is currently Number 3 Smooth Fox Terrier and had multiple Group First wins through the first two months of this year, after winning nine Groups and a Best in Show last year. He’s handled by Doug Carlson for breeder/owners Carrie and Richard Snavely, and was bred by Carrie and Stefanie Perrine.

The Sporting Group winner, judged by Linda Riedel, is new to me. Irish Setter GCh. Militza’s Glamorous Attire has been handled by several people, including Laura King, Christopher Keith and Joel Fisher, who bred and owns him. ‘Ty’ is currently in the hands of David Harper, who put the first Best in Show on the dog last weekend in Houston. Ty was bred by Nancy Godbey, Ken Wall, Joel Fisher, and Tracy and Roger McNeal, and Tracy, Joel and Ken own him with Bruce and Mary Foote. His dam, Ch. Pin Oak Starburst, is a daughter of the BIS-winning Ch. Pin Oak Vicksburg, who also became an ROM dam. Ty’s sire, Ch. Militza’s Honor Thy Mother, was out of BIS winner Ch. Militza’s Tell Me No Lies, Tracy and Roger McNeal’s first BIS winner who was handled by Joel Fisher.

Indeed our Irish Setter was the only repeat Group winner on Sunday, when Betty-Anne Stenmark chose him for first. Best in Show under Al Krause went to Lakeland Terrier GCh. Hi-Kel Terrydale Fortune Forward, handled by Scott Sommer for breeder/owners Beth Dowd, Ceil Ruggles and Terrydale Kennel’s Maripi Wooldridge and Jennifer Stevens. Michael Dougherty awarded ‘Dru’ the Group, and placed Smooth Cameron second. Co-bred by Kathy McIndoe, Dru was Number 2 Lakeland last year with three BIS and 16 Groups. His dam, Ch. Hi-Kel Terrydale Soldier of Fortune, was Number 3 Terrier in 2009, handled by Scott.

Reserve BIS went to the Boxer bitch that was third in the Group at the Garden, GCh. Winfall I Dream of Style. ‘Macey’ is handled by Michael Shepherd for owners Cheryl and Keith Robbins, George and Barbara Adkins, Jorge Pinson and breeders Tina Porter and Lee Stanton, and she’s currently the Number 5 Working dog. She won the Group under judge Bill Stebbins. Saturday’s Group and BIS winner, Kruz, was second in the Group.

Sid Marx’s Hound Group winner GCh. Starline’s Oxford Victim of Love has also appeared here before. The Whippet is owned by Lori and Carey Lawrence, and Lori Wilson, who shows him, and was bred by Angel Worden and Dianne Bowen. ‘Hartley’ is a grandson of Ch. Starline’s Reign On, the breed’s all-time top sire, and the BIS bitch Ch. Starline’s Sweet Sensation. He’s really just beginning his specials career and is already Number 9 Hound.

Carolyn Herbel judged the Toy Group, placing another Saturday winner, Maltese Adele, second, to Brussels Griffon GCh. Hilltop’s GQ Cover Boy. ‘Giorgio’ is handled by Shari Lee for owner Pat Brown. He was bred by Carole Ross and Sharon Tadlock, and is a grandson of the multiple BIS winner, in 2007 and 2008, Ch. K Dee’s B’s Short Stack.

And another day one winner had to settle for second on Sunday when Shar-Pei Jose was second to Chow Chow GCh. Jidi The Great One at Rebelrun, under Betty Leininger. Bred by Diana and James Hillygus, and owned by Bob and Love Banghart, ‘Gretzky’ is handled by Bob. The pair won three Groups in 2012. The Bangharts also own the Number 1 Chow, GCh. Dreamland’s Wanna Be A Millionaire, who is handled by his breeder/owner Mike Brantley.

It really was a day for the Saturday blue ribbon winners to take home red, because it happened again in the Herding Group. Cardigan Corgi Libby was second under Del Richards to Old English Sheepdog Ch. Lambluv The Show Must Go On Four Ewe, handled by Brian Livingston for owners Cynthia Reidinger and Jere Marder, who bred him with Gail Radke. This dog, just starting out, is from a repeat breeding of GCh. Lambluv Gambolon Blue Thunder, who Jere breeder/owner-handled to Number 4 Herding dog in 2010, Number 3 in 2011 and Number 6 in the Group in 2012.

Such an interesting bunch of winners in Texas! We’re always happy to hear from you if you were at the shows we cover, or if you have anything to add about the week’s winners, so please feel free to leave comments. For complete results from the weekend, be sure to check out Billy Wheeler’s Monday Morning Mop Up at Dog Show Poop.