Thursday, December 13, 2012
Yesterday’s Space Coast Kennel Club Of Palm Bay show was a wild rollercoaster ride, and I am expecting more of the same at today’s Brevard Kennel Club show. The entries are up despite the competition from the Richland County Kennel Club day one show in Cleveland OH. Once again I began my day with Judge Lawrence Stanbridge to watch Irish Water Spaniels. Three of the four dogs he saw were littermates, all bred by Colleen McDaniel & Stacy J. Duncan. Colleen was at ringside, and she told me that a fourth littermate was the Number One Sporting Dog in Europe, and a fifth is the Number One Gundog and Number Three All Breeds in the UK. Amazing. Today the breed went to GCH CH Whistlestop’s Riley on Fire, who was Group Three yesterday in the toughest Sporting Group I have see in the last five years.
Next I headed for Polly Smith’s ring to watch her go over 30 Italian Greyhounds, 17 in the Best of Breed competition. There was even a pied IG among the group. As the owner of a pied Iggy and as a Terrier guy, I don’t understand the aversion to a pattern that would look good on a racy Smooth Fox, but the judges seem to gravitate toward the Irish pattern, and where the judges go, most breeders will follow. I kinda think it should be the other way around. The dog that judge Smith liked wore a broken Irish pattern, GCH CH Everafter’s Best Bet Yet.
While the Orange County Convention Center is one of my favorite venues, like many show halls the lighting is not flattering. Patricia Anne Keenan’s 13 West Highland White Terriers seemed to change colors as they moved around the ring. It was an illusion as all 13 were presented in pristine condition. Her Best of Breed was GCH CH Skyrhigh’s MKC Bonaparte, the breed winner at October’s Montgomery County Kennel Club show.
I had anticipated Lakeland Terriers would be among the most competitive breeds here in Orlando, and today’s entry did not disappoint. Judge Keenan’s breed winner was CH Hi-Kel Terrydale Fortune in My Eyes.
After a quick dash To Cecilia’s Tortillas, one of the many high quality food vendors here in the Orange County Convention Center, I sought out June Penta’s Standard Poodle ring. I’ve long been impressed with the depth of quality in Standard Poodles, and today’s judging bore that out. In addition to the 2011 AKC/Eukanuba National Champion, GCH CH Jaset’s London, judge Penta had the 2012 Poodle Club of America National Specialty winner, GCH CH Dawin Hearts on Fire, and our DOG2WATCHs, muliple BIS winners GCH CH Penndragon Owain and GCH CH Dacun Kaylen He’s A Heartbreaker, to consider. The one she chose was the Number Eight Dog All Breeds, 2011 AENC winner, London.