Of the eight sets of shows taking place around the country this past weekend, three drew entry numbers fewer than 900. Entries at the four shows in Georgia ranged from 600 to 850, and Kankakee, Ill., and south Florida drew about 500 each. Shows in Yuma, Ariz., Texas and Massachusetts drew just over 1,000 dogs, and Belleville, Ill., a suburb of St. Louis, Mo., drew 1,200. The largest shows of the weekend, whose winners we’ll look at today, were hosted by the Ingham County Kennel Club and held in East Lansing, Mich. They drew in the 1,600 range.
On Saturday in Michigan, judge Beverly Vics awarded Best in Show to ‘Peyton,’ the Springer GCh. Wynmoor Champagne Supernova, handled by Robin Novack for owners Celie Florence, Delores Streng, Beth Fink, Erin Kerfoot and Ken Goodhue-McWilliams. All year we’ve been reporting on the race for Top Dog between Peyton and Oakley, the German Wirehaired Pointer, and after this weekend the contest has become even tighter, with Oakley still holding on to the lead.
Peyton’s mother, Ch. Gilchrist Wynmoor Lexus, was the parent club’s Runner-Up Show Dam of the Year in 2007 and 2009, and is the dam of 12 champions. ‘Lexi’s’ offspring almost all finished with specialty majors and many with wins at the National Specialty and Spaniel Club. Peyton had an illustrious career in the classes himself, going Best of Winners and Best Bred-by-Exhibitor at the 2008 National, and then finishing his championship with a Sporting Group First.
Reserve BIS went to Bichon Frise GCh. Glenleigh Gangs ‘N Roses. He is handled by Ellen Perry and owned by his breeder, Karen Tormey, with Lorrie Carlton, Larry Letsche, Renee Lauer and S. Bernard. ‘Governor’ just won his first all-breed BIS in August, but Lorrie handled him to Best of Winners at the National Specialty in 2011. His grandsire, Ch. Belle Creek’s Double the Fun, also sired the 2007 National Winners Bitch Ch. Belle Creek’s I Love Lucy, later a multiple Best in Show winner.
The pedigree of the Hound Group winner, GCh. Starline’s Oxford Victim of Love, will be familiar to regular Fancy That readers. The Whippet, bred by Angela Worden and Dianne Bowen, and owned by Carey and Lori Lawrence and Lori Wilson, is sired by Ch. Starline’s Sovereign, and son of the BIS bitch Ch. Starline’s Sweet Sensation. ‘Ashton’ was the Number 1 Whippet sire in 2011 with 11 champions for the year, and he’s had at least 10 champions so far in 2012. Among his offspring are a National Specialty Futurity winner and Winners Bitch, as well as all-breed and specialty BIS winners. This young dog promises to be a significant sire, just like his own father Ch. Starline’s Reign On, who is the breed’s all time top sire with 126 champions.
The Working Group winner, Doberman Pinscher GCh. Protocol’s Veni Vidi Vici, has a pretty solid hold on the Number 3 among all breeds ranking. ‘Fifi’ is sired by Ch. Foxfire All Star, a dog that comes from one of the most successful lines of breeder/owner-handled dogs of any breed in this country. Michelle Santana has handled several of her dogs to top rankings and all-breed and specialty BIS wins, and even more importantly has bred numerous top sires and dams.
Proving the value of Michelle’s breeding program, All Star, called ‘Jet,’ was Best in Show in 2010 at the Eukanuba Breeder Stake, and is the sire of more than 50 champions. Jet was also tied as the top Working Group sire in 2009. Fifi, of course, follows in the vein of successful breeder/owner-handled dogs, as she is handled by her breeder Jocelyn Mullins. She is also owned by co-breeder Kevin Mullins, and Suzy and Dick Lundy.
And speaking of top sires, the Terrier Group winner, Smooth Fox Terrier GCh. J’Cobe Broxden Danea, is sired by another dog that’s made a mark as a sire. Ch. Lil’Itch Game On was tied for Number 1 Terrier sire in 2010, with 13 champions for the year. His most famous son is the 2010 Number 1 dog of all breeds ‘Dodger,’ GCh. J’Cobe Kemosabe Vigilante Justice. The top-winning Smooth of all time, Dodger was also a multiple BIS winner in Brazil under the ownership of Victor Malzoni, who owns Danea with Phil and Amy Booth, and William Dalling. She is bred by the Booths, Mr. Dalling and Stacy Turner.
Toy Group winner GCh. Stratford’s Diamond Jim is owned by his breeder, Barbara Scott, and handled by Luke Ehricht. ‘Jimmy’ has already won multiple National Specialty Best of Breeds. He is a great-great grandson of the Scotts’ Ch. Stratford Magic, who in the late 1980s won 48 Group Firsts and 199 placements. Also a Best in Show winner, he became the sire of numerous champions.
The Herding Group on Saturday went to Bouvier des Flandres GCh. Quiche’s Grand Finale. The ladies of Canada’s Quiche Bouviers, Christine Paquette and her daughters Louise and Elaine, have also been written about in Fancy That. They have bred Bouviers since 1975 and are arguably the most successful Bouvier kennel in history. In Canada they have had a dog in the top rankings nearly every year since 1990, and bred and owned the Top Dog of all breeds there in 2003, Am. Can. Ch. Quiche’s Zena Warrior Princess, and in 2008, Am. Can. Ch. Quiche’s Demetrius.
Quiche Bouviers have also been successful south of the border. Demetrius was a two-time U.S. National Specialty winner, and in 2003 the kennel had Winners Dog, Winners Bitch and Best of Breed at the American National. Am. Can. Ch. Quiche’s Voltaire was the Number 1 Bouvier in the U.S. in 2001, and Am. Can. Ch. Quiche’s Ivanhoe was top Bouvier in the U.S. 1987 through 1989 and Number 1 Herding dog in 1989.
On Sunday Best in Show judge Evie Sullivan selected Fifi for Best in Show, with Peyton Reserve. The only other repeat Group winner for the day was the Bouvier.
The 15-inch Beagle, GCh. Torquay Be Nice to Me, won the Hound Group for breeder/owners Marcelo Chagas, Marco Flavio and Alessandra Botehlo. ‘J.R.’ is sired by the multiple Best in Show winner ‘Eric,’ Ch. Torquay Central Station, Number 1 Beagle in the U.S. in 2006 and just 115 points shy of being Number 10 Hound. Eric was, like J.R., handled by Marcelo Chagas.
The Terrier Group went to a little guy who has made history for his breed in the past year, GCh. Goldsand’s Columbus. Bred in Sweden by Madeleine Sandell-Bark, ‘Bosse’ is owned by Mark Ulrich and Christina Areskough of Sweden. He’s handled by Allison Sunderman, who made him the first Russell Terrier to win a Best in Show in the U.S. If you want to fall in love with Russells, just take a peek at Christina’s website for her Duckling’s Kennel, where you’ll find her reading “The Australian Twelve Days of Christmas” to seven very intent little faces. Bosse’s pedigree is a blend of Australian and Scandinavian lines. In those countries, of course, they are called Jack Russell Terriers.
Sunday’s Toy Group winner was Japanese Chin GCh. Pem We-Syng Lucky Mi, bred by Patricia Mushrush, owned by James Dalton, John Turjoman and Marsha Bullard, and handled by Nancy Martin. ‘Mimi’ is sired by Ch. Kelaury Good Luck from We-Syng, a multiple Group winner and the Number 1 Chin in 2009.
And last, but not least, the Non-Sporting Group on Sunday went to Chinese Shar-Pei GCh. Shine’s Deck the Halls. Her name gives you a little hint that ‘Tinsel’ was born on Christmas Eve. What a lovely present for her breeder/owner Rebecca Pentecost! Also owned by Deb and Robert Cooper and Linda Teitelbaum, and handled by Nina Fetter, Tinsel is sired by Ch. Chaoyangs Take It To the Limit, the dog Nina handled to multiple Best in Show wins in 2009 and 2010. He is by Margem’s Just a Gingerbread Man out of Asias She’s a Whippersnapper, a breeding that also produced, in the same litter, the multiple Best in Show winner GCh. Chaoyang Chick Magnet at Asia (handled by David Williams), and from an earlier litter the multiple Group winner, handled by Chris Moore, GCh. Chaoyang Best of My Love at Asia.
These three dogs were among the top six in the breed in both 2010 and 2011, quite an accomplishment for one sire and dam. They were bred by Lisa Myers. And one other note: a litter sister to Best of My Love, Chaoyang Tequila Sunrise at Asia, won the Brood Bitch class at the 2010 National and is the dam of at least eight champions, including a Best in Show winner. Now that’s a breeding that clicked.