I haven’t reported on shows in my home state of Texas for some time, but shows there this past weekend drew my attention, so here we go.

Belton, Texas, about 60 miles north of Austin, was the location for four all-breed shows, Thursday through Sunday, hosted by the Stephenville KC of Texas and the Bell County Kennel Club. The BCKC shows have been added to the calendar since I stopped actively showing dogs in Texas about 10 years ago, so it is a relatively new club.

When I began studying the winners from this weekend, I was really astonished at how much “muscle” – that is genetic muscle – there is behind so many of the winners. I think you’ll be fascinated by it too, so keep reading.

Judge Keith Simmons of New Zealand judged Best in Show on day one and selected the Boxer bitch, GCh. Winfall I Dream of Style, for Best in Show. Handled by Michael Shepherd, ‘Macey’ was bred in Canada by Tina Porter and Lee Stanton and is owned by Cheryl and Keith Robbins, George and Barbara Adkins, Jorge Pinzon, and her breeders.

Macey’s littermate, GCh. Winfall Brookwood Styled Dream, was the Number 1 Working dog in 2010 and 2011, Number 4 among all breeds in 2010 and Number 3 among all breeds in 2011, handled by Diego Garcia. ‘Scarlett’ won American Boxer Club National Specialties in 2009, 2010 and 2011. She was second in the Group at Westminster four times, and of course won countless Best in Shows and Specialty Best in Shows. That was quite a breeding to result in two bitches as nice as Scarlett and Macey.

Reserve BIS went to the Sporting Group winner, Weimaraner GCh. Doc N Camelot’s Heaven Can Wait. ‘Nash’ is owned by Susan Thomas and is handled by Derek Beatty. His sire, GCh. Camelot’s Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door, also owned by Susan, was the top Weim sire of 2011 with 12 champions. Susan actually handled ‘Stewie’ to a Group Second in Massachusetts on Sunday, so the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

Whippet GCh. Starline’s Oxford Victim of Love won Thursday’s Hound Group. ‘Hartley’ is owned by Lori and Carey Lawrence and handler Lori Wilson. Her sire, Ch. Starline’s Sovereign, also known as ‘Ashton,’ is another that was the top sire in his breed in 2011, with 11 champions. Ashton’s sire, Ch. Starline’s Reign On, is the top sire in the history of the breed, with 128 American champions. ‘Reign’ was a specialty BIS winner and, for me, one of the most beautiful Whippets I’ve been fortunate to see. He was bred and owned by Lori and Carey Lawrence, as was Ashton.

But there’s more. Reign’s dam, Ch. Starline’s Claim to Fame, was handled by Mary Dukes to seven all-breed BIS and 50 Hound Group Firsts. Lori owner-handled her to her first National Specialty win in 1994, and in 2000, with Mary, she won the National again from the 10-Years-and-Over Veterans class.

Lori and Carey Lawrence’s Whippet bitch, Ch. Starline’s Claim to Fame, was a multiple Best in Show winner handled by Mary Dukes.

I’ve written before about the Terrier Group winner, the Norfolk GCh. Barnstable Bold Over, who is handled by Judi Hartell for owner Sandy Stemmler, but there’s more that comes to mind on him too, especially just a few weeks after the Montgomery weekend. His sire, Ch. Tenterra Dance Man, was Best of Winners at Devon, followed by Winners Dog at Montgomery County, handled by Ernesto Lara… when he was just 7 months old! ‘Freddie’ is bred and owned by Nan Anderson.

Shih Tzu GCh. Lohona Zephyr I Can’t Look Away won the Toy Group, owner-handled by Dan Haley. Her sire, Ch Wenrick’s Caught You Looking, was among his parent club’s top sires in 2011 and 2010 with six new champions in 2011 and five in 2010. ‘Looker’ is another in a long line of winning and producing Shih Tzu bred and/or owned by Wendy and Richard Paquette’s Ontario, Canada-based Wenrick kennel. Of course, their daughter Jody is a very successful handler here in the U.S. Strong pedigrees for both dogs and humans!

Tibetan Spaniel GCh. Shilo Time For a Good Time won the Non-Sporting Group, handled by Christopher Keith for breeder/owner Shirley Carroll. This Tibbie is enjoying his second year in the breed’s Top 10, and as of the end of September has won 10 Group Firsts, quite nice for the breed.

And speaking of rankings, Sherri Samel-Hurst handled Cynthia and Vincent Savioli’s Cardigan Corgi, GCh. Aubrey’s Tails of Mystery, to Thursday’s Herding Group First. Sherri has had such success with this little-recognized breed. She has handled ‘Libby’ to the Number 3 Herding dog position this year after finishing Number 5 in the Group last year.

Back in 2005 and 2006, Sherri also had a very successful run with GCh. Kingsbury’s I’m Harry P. ‘Harry Potter’ was Number 5 in the Group both years. Owned and bred by Jacque Schatz, in 2012 he won the National Specialty from the Veterans class at age 12! How fun it must have been for Sherri to get to show Harry again. Libby was Best of Opposite to him.

Best in Show rosettes on Friday, Saturday and Sunday went to one very lucky – and very handsome, of course – dog, Standard Poodle GCh. Jaset’s Satisfaction. ‘London’ is handled by Ann Rairigh for owners Michele Molnar and Jamie Danburg. Best in Show judges were Nancy Simmons, John Booth and Ann Hearn.

I’ve written previously about London’s pedigree, as it is beautiful to look at, going back in just three generations to three of the major winners of the past two decades: Ch. Ale Kai Mikimoto On Fifth, Ch. Lake Cove That’s My Boy and Ch. Whisperwind’s On a Carousel (incidentally all white, although London is black). But his sire had an impressive career as well. Ch. Jaset Sparks Will Fly was handled by Terri Myers to seven Best in Shows and more than 30 Group Firsts in 2005 and 2006. He was owned by breeders Sandy Tompkins and Chris Bailey.

Reserve Best in Show on Friday went to Australian Shepherd GCh. Harmony Hill’s Money Talks, owner-handled by Leon Goetz. ‘Cash’ is a multiple BIS winner, but his most impressive achievement, in my opinion, is that for four years, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012, he has been the sire of the Winners Dog at the USASA National Specialties. What a record that is!

Repeat Group winners on Friday were the Weimaraner, the Whippet, the Boxer and the Shih Tzu.

The Terrier Group went to Kerry Blue Terrier GCh. Dornick’s El Capitan, handled by Scott Sommer for owners Nick and Doreen Fletcher. His sire, Ch. Torum The Spaniard, call name ‘Ted,’ was imported from England by the Fletchers and, handled by Scott Sommer and Klayton Harris, was a multiple Group winner in 2011. Ted’s sire, Eng. Ch. Torum’s Tunde Bayou, bred and owned of course by Ron and Carol Ramsay, was the Number 1 Terrier in England and the Crufts Group winner in 2001, handled by Geoff Corish. ‘Tunde’ is a full brother, from a repeat breeding, to the Crufts and Westminster Best in Show winner, Eng. Am. Ch. Torum’s Scarf Michael.

Kerry Blue Terrier Eng. Ch. Torum’s Tunde Bayou was the U.K.’s Top Terrier and the Crufts Group winner in 2001, handled by Geoff Corish.

Saturday saw only two repeat Group winners, the BIS and RBIS winners from the previous day. Winning the Sporting Group was Brittany GCh. Dual Lane’s Cam JH, owned by Chris and Leslie Robinson and Katherine Sullivan. His great grandsire, Ch. Chilcote’s Credit Line, was a multiple Group and an all-breed Best in Show winner, bred by Shirley Chilcote.

Bloodhound Ch. Flessner’s International Space Station at Honi won the Hound Group, handled by Jill Bell for owner Judy McDonald. His sire, Ch. Flessner’s International Harvester, proved his mettle as a specialty competitor. When he was 13 months old, he was the Grand Sweepstakes winner at the American Bloodhound Club Eastern Regional. At 15 months, he again won the Grand Sweeps and was Winners Dog and Award of Merit at the ABC North Central Regional. He was then Grand Sweeps winner at the Southwest Regional before finishing his championship as Best of Winners at the 2008 National Specialty. ‘Harvey’ went on to win multiple specialty Best of Breeds, and later earned his Mantrailer (MT) title from the American Bloodhound Club.

Working Group winner Ch. Lazy D’s Charmed N Dangerous is handled by her breeder, Colette Livingston. ‘Piper’ was co-bred by Nancy Walker of Lazy D Mastiffs and is owned by Tara Smith. Her dam, Ch. Lazy D’s Bonnie Blue, was a multiple Best in Show winner and National Specialty winner, bred and owned by Nancy and Jimmy Walker and handled by Colette.

Ch. Ironclads Ironhill Ivana is the top-winning Mastiff bitch of all time. She was handled by Colette Livingston for owners Nancy Walker and Mary Alexander.

Once again, there’s more. Her sire, Ch. Lazy D’s Southern Gentleman, is a grandson of Ch. Ironclad’s Ironhill Ivana, the top-winning Mastiff bitch of all time, winner of two Nationals, 14 Best in Shows and 56 Group Firsts. ‘Ivana’ was also handled by Colette, and owned by Nancy with Mary Alexander.

Miniature Schanuzer GCh. Rockyhill Icees Raisin’ the Bar was the Terrier Group winner on Saturday, breeder/owner-handled by Shirley Fry. His sire, Ch. Regency’s Twist of Fate, is another dog that is among the most beautiful I have ever known. Next time you’re on the West Coast and you run into Bev Verna, ask her to tell you the story about why ‘Twister’ is named as he is. It’s a great tale of very good fortune.

But I’ll tell you the result of her good fortune. Bev had been breeding for more than 20 years when Twister was born, and he became the top-winning Miniature Schnauzer in history, with 11 all-breed BIS, 78 Group Firsts and 27 Specialty Best in Shows, including SEVEN Nationals. Yes, seven! Bred by Bev, he was co-owned with her by Barbara Baymiller.

But Twister’s value really lies in his accomplishments as a sire. He has sired more than 80 champions so far.

The top-winning Miniature Schnauzer of all time, Ch. Regency’s Twist of Fate, is also the sire of more than 80 champions.

The Toy Group on day three went to Italian Greyhound GCh. Everafter’s Best Bet Yet, handled by Erin Roberts for owners Sandra Middlebrooks, Jason Maleck and A. Brooks. Her dam, Ch. Everafter A Rose Is A Rose, was the Number 1 IG in 2006 and 2007, and Number 10 Toy in the latter year, also handled by Erin for owners Iris Love and Cheryl Velasco.

On the final day, London took home the red, white and blue again, and Reserve BIS went to Colored Bull Terrier GCh. Glentom’s You Were Mint for Me, owned by Terri and Mike Cournoyer and breeder Glenna Wright, handled by Jill Bell.

‘Maeve’ was bred by Glenna and her husband, Tom Wright, who began breeding Bull Terriers in 1990 with the fortuitous acquisition of a bitch from Winkie Mackay-Smith of Banbury, who, with Mary Remer, bred the legendary Ch. Banbury Benson of Bedrock. ‘Benson’ won two Group placements at Montgomery County – a rarity for the Bull breeds – and was the 1982 Westminster Group winner. Ch. Banbury Bittermint became the foundation for Glentom’s very successful line of Bullies, and all of the Glentom’s, naturally including Maeve, trace back to her.

Only one of the dogs repeated a Group win from the earlier shows, when the Shih Tzu again took the Toy Group.

The Sunday Sporting Group winner was Vizsla GCh. Regal Point Pinnacle of Kilauea JH, handled by Karen Newman. ‘Mason’ is owned by Deborah Verret, Susan Rushing and Debbie Sullivan, and his great-grandmother is probably one of the best remembered dogs of her breed of the past 20 or more years, at least where I come from. Ch. Russet Leather Caveat Calla was shown by Diana Ball, and later by Andy Linton, to multiple Best in Shows and specialty wins. ‘Calla’ produced two more generations of BIS-winning Vizsla bitches, when her daughter, Ch. Kizmar Caveat Spellbound, and granddaughter, Ch. Kizmar Pagliacci Simply Witchy, both won multiple Bests.

Saluki GCh. Sandstorm Blue Nile Bubbles of Jatara, handled by Erin Roberts, was the Hound Group winner. ‘Bubbles’ is enjoying her third year among the top five in her breed, this year holding the spot as Number 1 Saluki with ease and reaching Number 4 Hound so far.

The Working Group went to the Mastiff, Woebegone Chitlins Con Carne, breeder/owner-handled by Christine Duncan. Herding Group winner Ch. Grandgables Jolie Victor Ludorum was bred by Leslie Muhlhahn and is owned by Paul and Karen Hannah. He is sired by Guy Jeavons and Mark McMillan’s lovely Am. Can. Ch Grandgables The Frat Boy, a Group winner from the Puppy class in Canada. ‘Brother’ then came to the U.S. to finish his championship, and today is the Number 1 Sheltie, owned by Pam and Andre Buckles and James Moses, and handled by Sarah Karger-Krickeberg.

Results from other shows around the country are available on Billy Wheeler’s Dog Show Poop. Be sure to check him out, and look for Fancy That again next Monday.