The biggest shows in the country this past weekend were out west, at “Woofstock” in Northern California, with really remarkable numbers for weekday shows of 1,616 on Thursday and 1,885 on Friday, jumping to more than 2,400 on the weekend. These terrific entry figures prove that if clubs go the extra mile to provide something special for exhibitors, they will come.

BISD’s Billy Wheeler spent the past four days in Vallejo and gave us eyewitness accounts of the happenings at Woofstock beginning on Thursday, with all the final results on Dog Show Poop, so I’ll report on the results at the third largest shows for the weekend, the Asheville Kennel Club shows held in Fletcher, N.C. Incidentally, second in size were the Puyallup Valley Dog Fanciers Association shows in Washington state, where Scottie GCh. McVan’s Be Bop Baby and Dogue de Bordeaux GCh. Evergreen’s Rub My Belly at Rising Star were the Best in Show winners.

Best in Show on Saturday in Fletcher, N.C., was Welsh Springer Spaniel GCh. Trystyn Statesman Cactus Blue, breeder/owner-handled by Meghen Riese-Bassell.

On Saturday in Asheville, judge Joan Scott’s Best in Show winner from an entry of 1,356 was GCh. Trystyn Statesman Cactus Blue, breeder/owner-handled by Meghen Riese-Bassell, also owned by Susan Doss and co-breeder Sandra Holmes. ‘Maddux’ is a beautiful example of international cooperation in a breed that is relatively rare the world over. The pedigree of his sire, Ch. Trystyn’s Blue Rodeo, Winners Dog at the National, includes the Benton WSS in Finland, which go back to the American-bred bitch Fin. Est. Ch. Statesman’s Unbridled, as well as the Swedish Don’s and Merry One’s kennels and American lines. His dam, likewise, combines successful American lines with those from the U.K.

Meghen is no stranger to winning Welsh Springers… they’ve been part of her life since the day she was born. She’s the daughter of Susan and Gary Riese, who began breeding WSS in the 1970s and have bred in the neighborhood of 80 champions, including National Specialty, Group and Best in Show winners, under the Statesman prefix. Meghen, like her mother, also judges, and in fact has judged the WSSCA National Specialty. Maddux is a Top 10 Welsh Springer this year, and won the Group under Sporting dog authority Michael Faulkner.

Reserve BIS went to the Number 4 Terrier through April, Welsh GCh. Shaireab’s Bayleigh Maid of Honor, who won the Group under Charlotte Patterson. ‘Jennie’ has been a frequent topic in Fancy That, most recently when she was BIS at Columbia Terrier and the Group winner at Old Dominion at the end of April. Handled by Luis Abreu and Tracy Szaras, Jennie has steadily climbed in the Group ratings since the first of the year, no doubt making owners Tony Lee and Xiangyu Xie and breeder/owners Sharon Abmeyer and Keith Bailey proud. Of course, Sharon and Keith have been breeding winning Welsh for decades, but I know they’re very excited about the winning Jennie and Luis are doing this year.

In the Hound Group, the 2012 and 2013 Number 1 Hound, GCh. Kiarry’s Pandora’s Box, was the victor under Karen Wilson. ‘Jewel’ is, of course, handled by her breeder/owner Lisa Miller, co-bred by Harry Miller and Connie Petrich, and owned by Ellen Charles. She’s the top-winning American Foxhound of all time.

Judy Smith awarded the Working Group to a dog that is new to me, Boxer GCh. Silverland’s Take No Prisoners. ‘A.J.’ is Canadian-bred and -owned by Lyle Pearce and also owned by Brad Redrow. His sire, Am. Can. Ch. Berland’s Causin’ An Uproar, was Number 1 Working dog and Number 4 among all breeds in Canada in 1999, Number 1 Boxer 1998 through 2000, owned by breeders Sharon and Ron Berry, and Karen Deschambault. In 2012 Allison Foley handled A.J. to Group and Best in Show wins in Canada. He is now handled in the U.S. by Jorge Pinzon.

In the Toy Group, John Ioia chose Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Ch. Orchard Hill Only Human as the winner, handled by Michelle Jones for owners Rodger Brasier and Gary Bill. ‘Frankie’ was bred by Erica Venier and Rachel Venier, whose GCh. Orchard Hill Play For Keeps is also among the breed’s top five this year. The Veniers have bred a whole passel of Cavalier champions, including Group and Specialty Best in Show winners, from their farm in Pennsylvania.

The Non-Sporting Group, judged by Peggy Dillard Carr, went to Bichon Frise GCh. Glenleigh Gang’s ‘N Roses, handled by Ellen Perry for breeder/owner Karen Tormey and co-owners Lorrie Carlton, Larry Letsche and Renee Lauer. ‘Governor’ was Best of Winners at the 2011 National before embarking on a specials career and finishing the year as a multiple Group winner. He won his first Best in Show the following year, and has been on an upward trajectory since then. He’s a multiple Group and BIS winner this year.

German Shepherd Dog Ch. Karizma’s Ike of Edale was Janina Laurin’s Herding Group winner. Handled by Lenny Brown, he is owned by Pam Buckles, Pam Stern, Jimmy Moses, Stuart and Sharon Birch ,and Sheree Moses, and bred by Iza Kabuska and Carlos Arguimau. ‘Ike’ is another that is no stranger to Fancy That. He was the Grand Victor at the Canadian National Specialty in 2011, handled by Jimmy, and in 2012 became a multiple BIS winner. He’s currently Number 8 among all Herding dogs.

On Sunday Charlotte Patterson was assigned to judge Best in Show, finding for her winner, from an entry of 1,374, Jennie, the Welsh Terrier, who won the Group under Karen Wilson. Reserve BIS went to Jewel, the Foxhound. Edward Hall awarded Jewel the Hound Group.

Sunday’s Asheville KC Best in Show winner was GCh. Shaireab’s Bayleigh Maid of Honor, handled by Luis Abreau. Photo by Gay Glazbrook.

Karen Wilson judged the Sporting Group and made it two-for-two for the Welsh Springer, Maddux. Joan Scott did the same for Governor, the Bichon, in the Non-Sporting Group to make four repeat winners on day two.

In the Working Group, Joan Scott’s choice for first was Siberian Husky GCh. Huskavarna’s King of the Winter Sky. ‘Orion’ was bred by Glen and Paula Marcy, and is owned by Sandra Squires, Mark Garner and Paula Marcy. In the fourth generation of his pedigree you’ll find two of the breed’s well-known Best in Show winners, Ch. Karnovanda’s Gray Spirit and Ch. Innisfree Fire and Frost. Indeed his pedigree carries more lines than I can count back to the Westminster Best in Show winner, Ch. Innisfree’s Sierra Cinnar, also the top sire in the history of the breed, owned by Kathleen Kanzler and handled by her daughter, Trish. The Siberians USA website lists Orion as the Number 4 owner-handled Siberian in the U.S. so far this year.

Peggy Carr’s winner in the Toy Group was GCh. Warpug Black and Blue Reme. Owned by Joy and Gary Cupp, the 2-year-old Pug was bred by Charlotte and Ed Patterson, and J.T. and Carol Black, and is among the breed’s Top 10 so far in 2013.

In the Herding Group, judge Sharon Newcomb’s winner was Australian Shepherd Brookridge Pop Rocks. ‘Roxy’ is a relative newcomer to the conformation winner’s circle, as she just finished her championship on Saturday before being moved up to the Best of Breed class on Sunday! However, last year, as a 9-month-old puppy, she began earning legs toward rally titles and now has all kinds of fancy letters behind her name. She is bred by Susan and Reggie Moorehead, owned by Angelica DeMont and Susan, and handled by Reggie.