At the Speedway Classic of the Carolinas, four all-breed shows and a passel of specialties held in Concord, N.C., Thursday, March 28, through Sunday, March 31, one Working dog dominated by winning three of the four finals, and another from the Group took home the big rosette on day four.

From Friday’s entry of 830, the 2013 Westminster Group winner GCh. Claircreek Impression De Matisse was Best in Show under judge William Rodriguez of Costa Rica. ‘Matisse’ is handled by Michael Scott for owners Milan Lint, Peggy Helming and breeder Donna Gottdenker, and is currently Number 1 Working dog and Number 6 among all breeds through February.

Michael also handled Matisse’s grandmother, Ch. Pouch Cove’s Monkey Business, to Best of Breed at the National in 2006. Her litter brother, Ch. Pouch Cove’s Monkey See Monkey Do, was a multiple BIS winner handled by Corey Krickeberg and owned by Milan and Peggy with Allan and Denise Robins.

Reserve BIS went to Shih Tzu GCh. Krissy’s Savvy Jasper, who also won the Group under Mr. Rodriguez. ‘Jasper,’ owned by Sarah Lawrence, is handled by Jennifer Miller, who co-bred him with Jill Petillo. Jennifer also breeder/owner-handled Jasper’s sire, GCh. Krissy’s Malibu Dreams, to multiple Group Firsts and a Best in Show in 2010 and 2011. His sire, Ch. Krissy’s Tybee Dream Machine, bred by Karen Bay and owned by Jo Ann White, was the 2010 National Specialty winner handled by Jennifer.

In the Sporting Group, judge Michele Billings found for her winner Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever GCh. Pikkinokka’s Lightning Bug, who was recently featured in Fancy That. ‘Flash’ was bred in Canada by Wayne McCarthy and Mathilde Niquidet, and is owned by Stacy Einck and Nancie Mages. He was one of only three Tollers to win Groups in the U.S. last year, and in 2011 was one of only two to win a Best in Show, the other being Ch. Javahill Surf N’ Aloha Sun.

Jerry Watson’s Hound Group winner was Whippet GCh. Karasar’s Remberence, daughter of the 2008 Number 1 Whippet Ch. Karasar’s Artistry. ‘Britanee’ is breeder/owner-handled by Kerrie Kuper, as was her dam, and is owned by Azalea and Manuel Alvarez, Karen Mlynar, Bill Othick and Neil Barthelette. She has a sister, Karasar’s Minuet, who was a Group winner from the classes.

Another frequent subject of Fancy That, GCh. Shaireab’s Bayleigh Maid of Honor was Mrs. Billings’s choice for first in the Terrier Group. The Welsh lass is handled by Luiz Abreu and Tracy Szaras for breeder/owners Keith Bailey and Sharon Abemeyer and owners Tony Lee and Xie Xiangyu. ‘Jennie’ is Number 4 among the nation’s Terriers through February.

Carolyn Herbel judged the Non-Sporting Group, and her winner was Frenchie GCh. Lionheart’s Fortune Five Hundred. Although new to me, ‘Bobby’ isn’t new to the show ring, as he is already among the breed’s Top 10 for this year. He is bred and owned by Milan and Jana Miklos and handled by Milan. Bobby is the fourth generation of the Miklos’s Lionheart breeding and both his parents are grand champions as well.

Mrs. Billings also judged the Herding Group, with first going to Puli Am. GCh. Aust. Sup. Ch. Cordmaker Topsy Turvey. As mentioned previously in Fancy That, ‘Charlotte’ was the 2009 Number 1 dog of all breeds in Australia, Number 2 in 2010, and Number 1 Herding dog in 2012. Since beginning her campaign in the U.S. earlier this year, she is top Puli and among the top 15 Herding dogs. Labeled the “winningest Puli bitch of all time worldwide,” Charlotte was bred by Sue Huebner, who owns her with Jackie Beaudoin, and she’s handled by Linda Pitts.

Mrs. Billings awarded Matisse his second Best at Columbia Kennel Club’s second show, on Friday, and chose Frenchie Bobby as her Reserve BIS. He won the Group under Robert Dawson, who is from the Philippines. These were the only two dogs with repeat Group First wins from the previous day.

In the Sporting Group, Jerry Watson chose English Setter GCh. Stargazr’n Wingfield Time Will Tell as the winner. Breeder/owner-handled by Eileen Hackett, ‘Trevor’ is owned by Pat and Don Coller, and bred by Eileen, Pat Skol, Kate Hanlon and Lois Biedron. He is Number 1 English Setter and Number 10 Sporting dog through the first two months of the year.

In the Hound Group, the Swedish Afghan Hound GCh. Tells Matrix Reloaded was Robert Dawson’s winner. ‘Matrix’ is handled by Chris Manelopoulos for owner Missy Galloway. He was a Fancy That topic when he won the first Hound Group in Louisville in March. Mr. Dawson also judged the Toy Group, where Pekingese GCh. Oakhill’s Two Times the Dragon triumphed. Bred by Kaesi Cook and owned by Joey Franklin and Brenda Royer, ‘Deuce’ is owner-handled by Joey and is a multiple BIS winner. Interestingly, there are currently two other Oakhill’s Pekes in the breed’s Top 20, both bred by Kaesi and Michael Cook – Ch. Oakhill’s Caught Red Handed and Ch. Oakhill’s Prince of Darkness. All three are from different breedings.

William Rodriguez judged the Terrier and Herding Groups. Australian Terrier Ch. Temora Ri Diercc was the winner in the first. Shown selectively last year, ‘Mac’ was nevertheless among the Top 10 in the breed, handled by his breeder/owner Julie Seaton, Leonardo Garcini and then Kellie Dahlberg. Now owned by Zane Smith, he’s been handled by Kellie to Number 1 in the breed so far this year. The past three years young Kellie has handled the now top-winning Australian Terrier of all time, GCh. Kambara’s Zebulon, who is bred and owned by Anne and Craig Mitchell. In 2010 ‘Zeb’ became the first Aussie to win an all-breed BIS in 10 years, and in 2011 he broke the 37-year-old BIS record held by ‘Joey,’ the Australian import Ch. Tineetown Talkback, who won 29 Group Firsts and four Best in Shows, three in 1972 and one in ’74. Joey was handled by Charles Deer for Mrs. Milton Fox, who was instrumental in the breed gaining AKC recognition in 1960. The first Aussie bitch ever to win a Best in the U.S. was Ch. Tinee Town Talented, in 1988. Zeb ultimately added another Best to his record, retiring with six.

The Herding Group winner was German Shepherd Dog GCh. Wolf Creek Galaxy of Merivern. ‘Galaxy’ is handled by Scott Yergin for owners Ed Farrell and Pat Walker. Pat bred him with Mary Ann Imhoff. This is Galaxy’s third year to be among the breed’s Top 10, and he won his first Best in Show last year.

On Saturday for the Greater Monroe KC show, the entry shot up to 1,329, and BIS judge Johnny Shoemaker made Matisse three for three. Afghan Matrix won the Group under Celeste Gonzalez, and he was Reserve BIS.

English Setter Trevor won the Sporting Group under Mr. Dawson, who also judged the Working Group. Mrs. Billings did the Non-Sporting Group and first was Shar-Pei Ch. Jade East Is This The Way to Amarillo, a new contender in the hands of Frank Murphy. ‘Amarillo’ is owned by her breeders, Loretta Anders, Karel Nijholt and Esmae Minne, who also bred and owned her littermate, the Best in Show winning GCh. Jade East Do You Know The Way to San Jose. ‘Jose’ is handled by David Williams and is currently Number 2 in the breed. Their sire, Ch. Sundried’s Wrinkled One So True, was a multiple BIS winner in 2009, bred and owned by Marilyn Curry.

The rest of the Groups on Saturday were judged by Carolyn Herbel. The Terrier Group went to Russell Ch. Goldsand’s Billie Jean, half-sister to the current Number 2 Terrier GCh. Goldsand’s Columbus, both out of the bitch Brosing Australian Ivory. Billie Jean was, of course, bred in Sweden by Madeleine Sandell Bark and is owned by her with Maripi Wooldridge, Jennifer Stevens, Rachel Corbin and Chris Manelopoulos. Chris and Rachel show her, and she’s the top bitch in the breed this year. I believe this was her first Group win.

In the Toy Group, Smooth Coat Chihuahua GCh. Grannycreek’s One and Only Wild Bill scored blue. ‘Billy’ was bred by Debra Merz, and is owned and handled by Junko Guichon. He was the Number 1 Smooth last year in breed points, having defeated almost 300 more dogs in the breed ring than his nearest rival. But Billy isn’t just proving himself in the ring… his puppies have won points, majors and Best of Variety awards from the Puppy classes.

Another newcomer won the Herding Group when Sheltie GCh. Homespun Casual Blues PT NA OAJ NF VCX caught Mrs. Herbel’s eye for first. The blue merle is bred and owned by Julie Iverson, D.V.M., and handled by Katie Grohowalski. As you can see, in addition to a grand championship, ‘Calvin’ has multiple titles on the other end of his name, proving he’s not just a multiple Group and Specialty Best in Show winner, he can work as well. Those titles are Pre-Trial Tested in Herding, Novice Agility, Open Agility Jumper, Novice FAST and Versatile Companion Excellent. That he’s earned all those titles and also had a successful show career is impressive.

The Salisbury KC show on Sunday had an entry of 1,099, and the Portuguese Water Dog wasn’t in contention for Best in Show, as he was second in the Group under judge Pete Gaeta. Doberman Pinscher GCh. D’s Remember When won the Group and went on to Best in Show under Helen Stein. ‘Jackson’ is handled by Gwen DeMilta for breeder/owners Tony and Sheila DiNardo and co-breeder Ann White. Ann breeder/owner-handled his dam, Ch. Cambria’s Victoria’s Secret, to Number 1 Dobe and Number 2 Working dog in 2008, including Group Second at Westminster in 2007. Jackson was Number 1 Doberman dog and Number 5 Working dog in 2012.

After winning the Group under William Rodriguez, Frenchie Bobby was again Reserve BIS. Other repeat Group winners were Trevor, the English Setter, under Mr. Rodriguez; Afghan Hound Matrix, under Mrs. Billings; and German Shepherd Galaxy under Terry DePietro.

In the Terrier Group, judge Dawson put up GCh. Sharob’s Commander In Chief. Bred and owned by Robert and Sharon Lindgren, the Irish was co-bred by Peter and Marilyn Shaw of the decades-old Donedaire kennel in California, and is handled by Susie Kipp. His grandsire, Ch. Donedaire’s Army of One, is a two-time National Specialty winner, in 2004 and 2006, handled by Robert Milano, and both his dam and sire, Ch. Donedaire’s Defoxy Lady and Ch. Donedaire’s He’s The Boss, were among the breed’s Top 10 in 2009 and 2010, respectively.

Johnny Shoemaker’s Toy Group winner was GCh. Pem We-Syng Perfect Pitch at Sirius, owned by Dave and Gail Christensen, handled by Dave and bred by Leanne Bertaini and Nanette Wright. He was one of four Pem We-Syng Chins among the top 16 in the breed last year, and this year is already among the Top 10. His sire, Eng. Ch. Lanceian Pleasant Abi at Dekobras, bred in the U.K., is of English and Irish breeding.

That wraps up another successful Speedway Classic Cluster. I’ll see you again next Monday with more on this week’s winners.