I grew up with Great Danes my entire life. My mom, Karla, got her first show dog from Nancy Simmons of Shoreline Kennels. One thing led to another and they became business partners in breeding and showing Danes. I got my first show puppy when I was ten; a brindle bitch named Ch. Seventh Heaven’s VZTop Mystery Lady of Shoreline “Gia”. With the help of Nancy and my mom, I trained and handled her to her championship myself. A few months after beginning showing in breed, I started Junior Showmanship. Eventually, I got involved with German Shorthaired Pointers, a breed I had always been interested in. We met Lynn Rhodes of Starfield Shorthairs. I had the honor of showing her special girl, Ch. Rijaro’s Wyndswept Fantasy “Faye”. We instantly clicked and I took breed with her over an entry of 60. I later showed Faye in Juniors at Westminster and made it to the Finals. We ended up with a Faye daugher, whom we love dearly! Through Lynn, I met Gayle Prescott of Chatawey Weimaraners. I showed a few of her dogs, and fell in love with them as well. I currently show one of her Weimaraners, Ch. Chatawey’s Best Dressed 1st Lady “Reagan”, in Juniors, but also occasionally show a Dane or Shorthair.
A few major accomplishments include a total of 40 Best Junior Handlers. This includes Best Junior at the 2007, 2009, and 2010 Great Dane National. As mentioned above, I made it to the Finals at Westminster in the year of 2010. I qualified for Eukanuba in 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2012. I also qualified to show in Juniors at Westminster in 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2013. Below are some rankings for the past few years:
- 2008- #2 Dane, #8 Working Group
- 2009- #2 Dane, #20 Working Group
- 2010- #1 Dane, #7 Working Group, #27 All-Breed
- 2011- #2 Dane, #8 GSP
- 2012 (current as of May 31)- #1 Weimaraner, #5 Dane, #12 GSP, #28 Working Group, #30 Sporting Group
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- fayefinalist.jpg- John Ashbey
- BestJuniorNational.jpg- Amy Johnson, GreatDanePhotos
- giabestjunior.jpg- Rob Gerity
- JoshBestJunior.jpg- John Ashbey
- MireyaBestJunior.jpg- Dave McCurley
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- SullyBestJunior.jpg- John Ashbey
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