Another Montgomery County has come and gone, and fanciers are making their way home. This year the weather was more like what we think of as “Montgomery weather,” with a little rain and a little chill and some sunny skies as well.

Naturally, since many National Specialty shows take place for Terrier breeds on Sunday, the entries leading up to that show are quite impressive, and the competition is stiff in the breed and Group rings. A win at the Hatboro or Devon shows carries nearly as much weight as a Montgomery win in many breeds.

Since Billy Wheeler has already reported on the results of the three all-breed shows leading into Montgomery, and my main interest today is what most people went to Pennsylvania to see this past weekend, I’ll just recap what happened in the Terrier rings.

Hatboros I and II

At Hatboro I on Thursday, judge Kerry Lee, one of several Australians on the panels, awarded the Group to the current Number 1 Terrier, GCh. Afterall Painting the Sky, handled by Gabriel Rangel for owners Victor Malzon, Torie Steele, Diane Ryan, and Scott and Mary Olund. Wire Fox Terrier ‘Sky’ went on to Best in Show under Neville Hodgkins, also in from Australia. Sky has become quite a favorite around the country since she began her specials career, but even prior to that she had finished her championship with some very nice wins in California, and then won the Terrier Group at the 2011 World Dog Show in Paris. Now she is the Number 4 dog of all breeds in the U.S. (All rankings in this article are based on AKC records through August 2012.)

Second in the Group on Thursday was Russell Terrier GCh. Goldsand’s Columbus, the first of his breed to win a Best in Show in the U.S. since breed recognition this year. A Swedish import, ‘Columbus’ is handled by Allison Sunderman and owned by Mark Ulrich and Christina Areskough. His half-sister out of Goldsand’s Billie Jean picked up several majors during the four days. ‘Billie Jean’ is owned by Maripi Wooldridge, Jennifer Stevens, Chris Manelopoulos, Rachel Corbin and her breeder, Madeline Sandell-Bark, who of course also bred Columbus. Columbus won the breed all four days in Pennsylvania.

Third went to John and Valeria Rickard’s homebred Airedale Terrier, Joval It’s My Time. Just 15 months old, he is also part of Gabriel’s string, and won the breed from the Open class. The Joval Airedales were wildly successful during the circuit. On Saturday, this young dog was Reserve Winners to 12-18 Months dog Joval Arily Chariotz of Fire, while Joval Angel’s Pearl was Winners Bitch, and GCh. Joval Angel’s Whisper was Best of Opposite Sex. On Friday, Joval Angel’s Irish Mist was Winners Bitch and Angel’s Whisper was again BOS.

At Montgomery County, the Airedale National Specialty, Joval Sweet Time, was Best Junior in Sweeps, GCh. Joval Angel’s Kiss was Best Veteran in Sweepstakes, It’s My Time was once again Winners Dog and Best of Winners, and GCh. Joval Angel’s Whisper was Best of Breed, handled by Adam Bernardin. ‘Wispa’ went on to third in the Group at Montgomery. What a terrific weekend for the Joval Airedales!

Fourth in the Group at Hatboro I went to Norwich Terrier GCh. Skyscot’s Texas Hold ‘Em. ‘Decker,’ owned by Sharon Esposito, is handled by Brenda Combs. He won all four Best of Breeds, a tough task in very nice competition in the Norwich ring. Decker’s sire, Ch. Skyscot’s Poker Chip, was of course the top Norwich Terrier for a number of years and himself placed in the Group at Montgomery County.

There were a few surprise winners on Thursday, as there always seem to be on the major show weekends. In Sealyham Terriers, the Bred-by-Exhibitor bitch Efbe’s Goodspice Special Agent was the breed winner over the specials. Bred and owned by handler Margery Good and France Bergeron, she is a daughter of Ch. Efbe’s Hidalgo at Goodspice. ‘Charmin,’ probably the most familiar name in the breed ever, was BIS at Montgomery in 2008, BIS at Crufts 2009, the World Show in 2008, AKC/Eukanuba in 2007, and America’s Top Dog of all breeds in 2007. Margery’s current special, GCh. Efbe’s Goodspice Fergus Pepper, is a Charmin son, and he was Select to his half-sister on the day.

Another winner from the Bred-by class that day was the Skye Terrier, Cragsmoor Good Fellow, bred and owned by Gene Zaphiris and Matt Stander. His sire, Ch. Finnsky Oliver, won the National Specialty on two occasions and was also the 1996 Terrier Group winner at Westminster, handled by Gene.

On Friday at Hatboro II, Mary Jane Carberry judged the Terrier Group. Russell Terriers have only been in regular AKC competition since June this year, so this was the first Montgomery weekend ever that the Russell Terrier was in the Group. Columbus took home the blue ribbon on Friday, marking another first for the breed. Second went to another import, the Scottie bitch GCh. Lomondview Clementina. Brought over from Scotland, ‘Phoebe’ is owned by John and Daphne Eggert, and handled by Ernesto Lara.

Wire Fox Terrier Sky was third, and Joan Weiskopf’s breeder/owner-handled Bedlington, GCh. Peremi Roll The Dyce, was fourth. ‘Dyce’ also has foreign connections; his co-breeder, Lise-Lotte Nilsson, owns the successful Velvety kennel in Sweden, and Dyce is of Velvety breeding for many generations. He was also BOB at Montgomery County.

Devon Dog Club

The Terrier Group on Saturday was judged by Cindy Vogels, who was the Best in Show judge at Montgomery in 2008. She selected for first in the Group the Scottie bitch, Phoebe, who is the current Number 3 Terrier in the U.S.

Second went to the Finnish import Skye Terrier, GCh. Of Skyeline Captain Hook, handled by Larry Cornelius for owners Victor Malzoni, Matt Stander and Gene Zaphiris. ‘Barrie’ is currently the Number 7 Terrier in the U.S. He’s no stranger to success on the Montgomery weekend. In 2008 Barrie won the breed from the classes, handled by Scott Sommer, at both Hatboro shows, and was third in the Group both days. Then, as a move-up in the BOB class, he won the breed at Devon and Montgomery, and was third in the Group at Montgomery County. He then went back to Europe and earned his Finnish, Estonian, Russian and International championships before coming back to the U.S. for a specials career.

Third in the Hatboro II Group was Border Terrier GCh. Meadowlake Simply Sinful. ‘Maya’ is breeder/owner-handled by Karen Fitzpatrick, and she is also owned by Kiki Courtelis and Joyce Wilkinson. She was among the Top 10 Terriers in 2011 and is currently Number 9 Terrier in the U.S. In 2011, she was Best of Breed at the World Show in Paris.

Group Fourth went to Lakeland Terrier Ch. Hi-Kel Terrydale Fortune In My Eyes, bred and owned by Alex Geremia, Felicia Cashin, Maripi Wooldridge and Jennifer Stevens, and handled by the Wornall team. She is fairly new to the specials ring. Her dam, Ch. Saredon For Your Eyes Only, won National Terrier in the U.K. before coming to America, where she became a Best in Show winner. ‘Ginger’ was owned in the U.K. by her breeder, Judy Averis, and Dave Scawthorn. Alex Geremia and Felicia Cashin owned her during her American campaign, and she was handled by the Wornalls. Ch. Hi-Kel Terrydale Fortune Seeker, sire to Fortune In My Eyes, was the 2011 Westminster BOB winner, handled by his breeder, Maripi Wooldridge.

Another BOB winner at Devon that was bred by Maripi and Jennifer was the Airedale, Ch. Traymar Terrydale HK Affair of the Heart. Also bred by Margo Dupre and Debbie Adkinson, and owned with these four ladies with Elizabeth Bishop, this not-quite-2-year-old dog is by the great sire Ch. Terrydale’s Int’l Affair. ‘Felix,’ bred by Mary Clark and owned by Maripi and Jennifer, has sired more than 50 champions and was the Top Terrier sire in the U.S. in 1998, 2000 and 2001. He was also a two-time Best of Breed winner at the Airedale Terrier Club of America at Montgomery County.

Montgomery County

Quite a number of the breed winners from the previous few days were toppled on Sunday at Montgomery, but when Paolo Dondina of Italy sent the winners around the Group ring in the late afternoon, the quality was certainly evident.

Winning the Group was the Belgian import Lakeland Terrier from kennel Foliny, GCh. Iron van Foliny Home. ‘Aston’ was the 2011 World Winner, is a French champion, was a specialty winner in Italy and is a multiple Group winner here in the U.S. Bred by Rony Demunter and Dieny Uiterwijk, his sire, Eng. Ch. Nujax My Way, was the 2011 Crufts CC winner whose sire is Saredon-bred and whose dam is of Spanish Chelines breeding. Aston’s dam, Int. Eng. Ch. Burned Rose Van Foliny Home, is of British and French breeding.

Gabriel won his first Montgomery County in 1995, with the Sealyham Terrier Ch. Fanfare’s Goodfellow, bred and owned by Laurie and Carl Prather. His next BIS there was in 2004 with Lakeland Terrier Ch. Northcote Delzar Serious Riot, owned by Mickey and Linda Low. Two years later, he took another of the Lows’s dogs and another Sealyham to the top at the all-Terrier show when Ch. Stonebroke Right On The Money was Best in Show. His fourth Montgomery BIS was in 2009 with the Scottie bitch, Ch. Roundtown Mercedes of Maryscot, who was owned by Amelia Musser. This year marked Garbriel’s fifth win.

Second in the Group were Scottie Phoebe and Ernesto Lara. She is one of only a handful of dogs who were Best of Breed all four days. As previously mentioned, third went to the Rickard’s Airedale bitch, GCh. Joval Angel’s Whisper.

Fourth in the Group went to the black and white Smooth Fox Terrier dog, GCh. Wedigit Paparazzi, handled by Matt Mato for breeder/owner Trudy Haines. He was co-bred by Lesli Smith and Jamie Smith. Before Matt began showing Paparazzi, Trudy had already handled him to some impressive breed and Group awards. His paternal grandsire, Ch. Lil’Itch Game On, was the 2010 Top Terrier sire who is also the sire of the 2010 Number 1 dog of all breeds and the top-winning Smooth Fox Terrier of all time, Ch. J’Cobe Kemosable Vigilante Justice.

It was another exciting year in Blue Bell, Pa. Complete results can be found here. For Billy Wheeler’s take on the series of shows, visit Dog Show Poop.

By Christi McDonald