Among the largest shows in the country this past weekend were the three days of the Carolina Foothills cluster in Greenville, S.C., on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 27 to 29, 2012, following a day of specialties at the same location.

On Friday, Spartanburg KC had 1,781 dogs competing, with 2,047 on Saturday at Hendersonville KC. On Sunday at Greenville KC, there were 1,903 dogs in competition.

Winning all of the Sporting Groups, the first two Best in Show awards and Reserve BIS on Sunday was English Springer Spaniel GCh. Wynmoor Champagne Supernova. ‘Peyton’ is by Ch. Autumfire Park Avenue out of Ch. Gilchrist Wynmoor Lexus and was bred by Billie, Erin and Charlie Kerfoot and Ruth Kirby. He is owned by Celie Florence, Delores Streng, Beth Fink, Ken Goodhue-McWilliams and the Kerfoots, and handled by Robin Novack.

On both his sire’s and dam’s sides, Peyton’s pedigree traces to the legendary Ch. Telltale Royal Stuart. ‘Stuart’ is one of the Sporting dogs that I most remember from back in the day when I was really learning about dogs. I had worked for Houston and Toddie Clark and been exposed there to Julie Gasow’s Salilyn Springers. Stuart was a grandson of the great Ch. Salilyn Aristocrat and Ch. Salilyn Private Stock, with a pedigree that was almost exclusively Salilyn breeding.

Springer Ch. Telltale Royal Stuart was the country’s top Sporting dog in 1986, handled by George Alston for owners Celie Florence and Delores Streng.

Stuart made a name for himself both in the show ring and as a sire. His show career was notable from day one; he won three majors from the 6-9 Puppy class, another from 9-12, and finished his championship with a Best of Opposite Sex win at the Chicago International show over five of the top specials of the day. Handled by George Alston, he went on to win 67 Best in Shows and three National Specialties, the last from the Veterans class in 1990. As an encore, he became the sire of more than 100 champions and was the parent club’s Sire of the Year for three years.

Peyton may surpass the record of his illustrious ancestor. In his first year as a special, he won 16 all-breed and 17 specialty Best in Shows, including the National, and so far this year he has won 27 all-breed Bests.

Handler Ernesto Lara had a terrific weekend, winning all three Toy Groups and all three Terrier Groups. His Toy Group winner, the Affenpinscher GCh. Banana Joe v Tani Kazari, was Best in Show on Sunday.

’Joey’ is an import from Holland, but he is out of American and Finnish breeding. He is owned by Tina Truesdale and co-owned by his breeder, Mieke Cooymans of the Netherlands. He’s had many impressive wins in the U.S., including a National Specialty, and he was Reserve Best in Show at the 2010 World Show in Denmark, the only Affen ever to achieve this award at a World Show.

Triple-Terrier-Group-winner GCh. Lomondview Clementina is enjoying her second big winning year handled by Ernesto. The Scottish import is sired by Raglan Royal Connection with Brio, the top Scottie sire in the U.K. for several years, where he is owned by Miss J. Miller. Royal Connection was bred by Dan Ericsson of Sweden, a popular international judge whose Raglan kennel is known worldwide.

Dan has bred more than 130 champions, including the 2001 Top Dog of all breeds in Sweden, the Scottie bitch Ch. Raglan Rory. Raglan Scotties have been Top Terrier seven times, and his Ch. Raglan Rose Maiden was Top Terrier in England in 2003, as well as Reserve BIS at Crufts.

Swedish Ch. Raglan Rory, Top Dog of all breeds in Sweden in 2001, bred by Dan Ericsson. Photo by Asa Lindholm.

The Hound Group was topped by a different dog every day. On Friday it was Rhodesian Ridgeback Ch. Whirlaways Ida Belle’s Ringing, handled by Michelle Scott, whose parents seem to have both beauty and brains. Her sire, Ch. Karhiba N Adili’s Winning Hand JC, was the 2009 National Specialty winner and has a Junior Courser title. Her dam, DC Whirlaway’s Jubilee Song SC, finished her championship with two four-point and a five-point major, and now has a dual championship and a Senior Courser title.

On Saturday the 15-inch Beagle, GCh. Torquay Be Nice to Me, won the Hound Group handled by Marcelo Chagas. He is a litter brother to the top-winning 15-inch Beagle of all time, Ch. Torquay Midnight Confession. ‘Lola’ won the National Specialty, as well as 138 Group Firsts and 44 all-breed Best in Shows.

Sunday’s Hound Group winner was Greyhound GCh. Rubicon’s He’s So Fine, handled by Jaki and Jamie Clute. ‘Duncan,’ a brindle dog, is sired by Eng. Ch. Mistweave Manamana, bred in the U.K. by Ian and Barbara Savage, Best of Breed at Crufts in 2007. From a litter of 11, Duncan’s dam died shortly after delivering the puppies via C-section, and all of the puppies survived thanks to the heroic efforts of their owner, Pam Rubinstein. Five of Duncan’s littermates have been successful in the ring as well.

There were also three different Working Group winners in Greenville. The first day went to Giant Schnauzer GCh. Skansen’s Holy Knight, handled by Tracy Szaras. ‘Knight’ is from the world-famous Skansen kennel of Sylvia Hammarstrom, who has bred more than 1,000 American champions. His sire, Ch. Skansen’s December to Remember, combines her line with the De Pichera and De Campos De Oro lines from Spain, which has proven a very successful combination for Skansen. Knight’s dam combines the Skansen line with pedigrees from Russia’s Gloris kennel and Sweden’s Kennel Zantana.

On Saturday the Group went to Great Dane Ch. Creeks Perlwin Summerset’s Reaching for the Skye. This was the first Group I for the blue bitch, who turned 2 years old the day before her win and just finished her championship in March. Sunday’s winner was a relative newcomer as well. Doberman Pinscher GCh. Tiburon Ariel Bella Donna, handled by Esteban Farias, finished her championship last October, started her specials career in April, and has won seven Groups and numerous placements since then. She is of Ravenswood and Aquarius breeding, two very familiar names in the Doberman world.

The first Non-Sporting Group blue ribbon went to Bulldog Ch. Itsa Brix, handled by Jay Serion. The white dog is by Ch. Hetherbull Tmar Double-R-Nothin, who carries multiple lines back to another of my all time favorite show dogs, the memorable Ch. Hetherbull Bounty’s Frigate. ‘Frigate’ was owner-handled by Jean Hetherington to Top Dog of all breeds in 1989 when he was less than 2 years of age! He was a terrific show dog and a beautiful Bulldog.

The 2012 Westminster Group winner, Dalmatian GCh. Spotlights Ruffian, was Group First on both Saturday and Sunday, handled as always by Michael Scott. ‘Ian’ is impressive for a variety of reasons, among them that he was the Canine Health Information Center “Champion of Health” for April 2012. He not only met, but exceeded, the parent club’s CHIC health screening requirements, including normal hearing, hips, elbows, thyroid and eyes. Ian’s sire and dam are also CHIC dogs, and he has sired several CHIC offspring.

Sheltie Ch. Pop Star SS of Northern Farm, a Japanese import, was the 2007 National Specialty winner. Photo by Tom Coen.

The lovely tri-colored Sheltie, GCh. Jesstar Nirvana, won the Herding Group on Friday and Saturday. ‘Noah’ is a grandson of the equally lovely tri-colored Japanese import, Ch. Pop Star SS Of Northern Farm ROM. ‘Musashi’ was a multiple Best in Show winner and won the 2007 National Specialty. He was owner-handled by Tom Coen.

On Sunday the Sheltie was second to Cardigan Welsh Corgi GCh. Aubrey’s Tails of Mystery. ‘Libby’ is handled by Sheri Samel Hurst. Fanciers may remember her grandsire Ch. Rhys Sunday With George, who was an all-breed and specialty Best in Show winner owned by Kathy Schwabe and Lisa Rhyner.

For results from other shows this past weekend, be sure to visit Billy Wheeler’s Dog Show Poop.  See you next week with more on the week’s winners.