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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

4:30 p.m.
With a field of 100 juniors in their rings, the two judges were clearly impressed by the future of our sport standing before them. When it came time for the cut, judge Mrs. Barbara A. Gilchrist said, “This is the hard part. You are all winners. I wish I could take all of you home with me. I would hire you all.” Earlier, judge Mr. William Salhoff said, “I am proud of each and every one of you. Let’s clap for everyone.”
Kayla Bertagnolli, DFR Blogger and Photographer

3:15 p.m.
The Hard Workers
Working breeds were also judged on Tuesday at the Garden.

In Boxers, judge Judy Harrington awarded BOB to the odds-on favorite, GCh. Winfall Brookwood Styles Dream, handled by Diego Garcia for Debbie McCarroll, Mark Fagan, Mrs. Jack Billhardt and Serio Tenebaum. Her Bernese Mountain Dog winner was GCh. Alpenspirit Who’s On First, owned by Anne and Greg Summers and handled by Cindy Gorath.

Clay Coady sent Doberman Pinscher GCh. Protocol’s Veni Vidi Vici on to the final for breeder/owner-handler Jocelyn Mullins, also owned by Kevin Mullins and Suzy and Dick Lundy. BOB in German Pinschers went to GCh. Oakwood V Kaitlers Revival, owned by Judy Vandervort, handled by Luke Bagenstoss.

Rick Gschwender judged Akitas and found Ch. Hikay’s Witch With Attitude, owned by Keith Venezia and handled by Paul Levesque, for Best of Breed. In Alaskan Malamutes, Mike Stone took GCh. Catanyas Latin Lover to BOB for owners P.J. Kendrick, Armando Martinez and Alisa Syar. BOB in Anatolian Shepherds was GCh. Carpe Diem’s Old School, owned by Sarah Rollins Wykle.

Also under Gschwender, David Harper handled GCh. Zilya’s Chicago Blues Fusion at Runes to BOB in Black Russian Terriers for owner Donna Patterson. Bullmastiff BOB went to GCh. Highpoint’s Fifth Wheel Don’t Blink, handled by Kellye St. John for owners Debbie and Rhom Saunders. GCH Danka’s Emerald Eyes won the breed in St. Bernards, handled by Jennifer Bittner for owners Deanna and Ronald Kaemerer.

In Great Danes, Marie Somershoe handled GCh. Lobato’s Jitterbug Man, owned by Mary Ellen Thomas, Joy Lobato and Glenda Cole, to BOB under Judy Harrington. She also awarded BOB in Siberians to GCh. Topaz Silver Lining, the bitch handled by Lauren House for owner Cheryl French.

Great Pyrenees GCh. Pyrless No-Brainer was BOB under Coady, owned by Rebecca and Sean Garvin, handled by Sue Capone. BOB in Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs was GCh. Nox’s George Bailey’s Irish Crème, handled by Jessy Sutton for owners Nancy Kechner, Julie Comer and Colleen Robson.

BOB Rottweiler GCh. Chancellor Flirt's Hi Flyin' Gladiator

In Rottweilers, Coady awarded BOB to GCh. Chancellor Flirt’s Hi Flyin’ Gladiator, owned by Wendi Lewellen and handled by Perry Payson.

Judge Terry Hundt found Leonberger GCh. A. Feiner Eros for BOB, owned by Lisa Bazlen. Owner-handled Newfoundland GCh. Cypress Bay JI Snazzy Story at Avalon Bey was BOB for the team of Laura Rader, Julie Fitser and Debra Thornton.
Christi McDonald, Senior Editor

11:10 a.m.
Getting Here
Sometimes the story of getting to the Garden is as memorable as what takes place inside those venerable rings. I was told of one woman from Florida who was delayed getting herself and her dog to New York due to mechanical difficulties at the airport. With stress levels rising, she was booked on a flight several days later, arriving just in time to take BOS in her breed.
Dan Sayers, Editor in Chief

10:45 a.m.
Stopping Traffic
It’s slow going back in the benching area, especially when there’s a Leonberger holding court. Surrounded by a dozen admirers, I watched a Leo doing what the breed does best – astounding those who meet the breed for the first time. Few are the dogs as capable of stopping traffic and dropping jaws!
Dan Sayers, Editor in Chief

10:10 a.m.
Tuesday Breed Ring Highlights
It’s a beautiful day in New York City and Tuesday’s Westminster Kennel Club judges are busy with the Terrier, Sporting and Working breeds. Let’s take a look first at some of the Terriers…

Judge Bob Hutton started with Border Terriers, where Karen Fitzpatrick breeder/owner-handled GCh. Meadowlake Simply Sinful to BOB. She is owned by Kiki Courtelis and Joyce Wilkinson. From a large and competitive entry in Cairns, he put the Geoff Dawson-handled GCh. Maverston Double Dutch, owned by Tammy Erickson and breeder Marly Lucier, through to this evening’s final.

In Peter Green’s ring, the all-time top-winning Australian Terrier, Craig and Anne Mitchell’s GCh. Kambara’s Zebulon, went to the BOB marker handled by Kellie Dahlberg, as did the Montgomery County Best-in-Show-winning American Staffordshire Terrier, GCh. Castle Rock’s Sbigstaff Mad About You, handled by Kim Rudzik for owners Genoa Brown, Ruth Sampson and breeder Dayna Pesenti. In Irish Terriers, Tony Barker’s GCh. Kells Touch of Fleet St., handled by R.C. Carusi, was BOB.

In Norfolk Terriers, Jon Cole put GCh. Max-Well’s Valley Girl, bred and owned by Barbara Miller and Susie Kipp and owner-handled by Derek Glas, BOB. Norwich BOB was won by GCh. Waiterock Jack Falstaff, handled by the Wornall team for owner Candice Harper.

In what is no doubt one the major upsets of the day, the Wire Fox Terrier under Bob Hutton went to Clint and Altha Graham’s GCh. Graycottage Santeric Fyrestorm, handled by Leonardo Garcini. With just three entries, Gabriel Rangel showed to Best of Opposite Sex the 2011 Number 1 Terrier, who claimed that title by defeating just over 300 more dogs for the year than the Eddie Boyes-handled Smooth Fox Terrier.

In Scotties, Bob Hutton sent Ernesto Lara and GCh. Lomondview Clementina to BOB for owners John and Daphne Eggert, while Welsh went to the Tracy Szaras-handled GCh. Bayleigh Shaireab’s Pinball Wizard, owned by Michele Steuer, Keith Bailey and Sharon Abmeyer.

In Smooths, Hutton put Jim Smith’s GCh. Slyfox Sneaks A Peek through to the Group, handled by Boyes. He awarded BOB in Dandies to GCh. Clossongrey Spider Web, owned by Amy Judge, Janice Judge and Miriam Couto.

Over in Virginia Latham Smith’s Manchester Terrier ring, Trina Taylor and Victoria Herbert’s GCh. Toria Royalty in the Making won the Variety. R.C. Carusi handled the Lakeland Terrier, GCh. Larkspur Acadia Save Me a Spot, owned by Tony Barker, Susan Fraser and Maria Sacco, to BOB. In Airedales, she gave BOB to Jean Surfus’ GCh. Darbywood’s Unstoppable, handled by Leonardo Garcini.

Back in Green’s ring, the Kerry Blue bitch, GCh. Perrisblu Kennislain’s Chelsey, won the breed handled by Bill McFadden for the Yingling family and Phil Davies. Mini Bull Terriers were won by Alexander and Deb Guerrero’s GCh. Cambria’s Kid N Play.

Cole put Parson Russell Terrier bitch GCh. Foxbend Colour Me More, handled by Dana Bryson for Jane Gardner and Doug Rapport, BOB.

Now for the sporting breeds.

Ken Murray judged today in the Arena, awarding BOB in Pointers to GCh. Tahari’s To Wild to be Serious for owners Frank Depaulo, who owner-handles, and Linda Cayton and Deeann Ying. In English Setters, GCh. Oakley’s B’Dazzled was BOB, handled by Tara Schultz for owners Don and Georjean Jensen and Erik and Jennifer Strickland.

Murray awarded BOB in Gordon Setters to Lisa Summers’ Ch. Sastya’s Twelfth Night by NCM, handled by Will Alexander. Irish Setters went to GCh. Shadagee Caught Red Handed, handled by Adam Bernardin for Debra Burke and Nancy Lee Conner.

Golden Retrievers under judge Robert Ennis went to GCh. Sweetlea’s Follow Me, owned by Susan and Robert Lee. In Vizslas, the owner-handled GCh. Artisan Grouse Point Pink Panther won for the foursome of Corinne Miklos, Sue Lonabaugh, Robin Bernstein and Joan Toepke.

BOB Irish Water Spaniel GCh. Whistlestop's Riley On Fire

Flat-Coat Retrievers under Walter Sommerfelt went to GCh. Blacklace Magic Mocha Sapphire, handled by Tony Carter for owners Cathy and Ken Johnson. He then sent Irish Water Spaniel GCh. Whistlestop’s Riley On Fire to the Group, owner-handled by Greg Siner, also owned by Tom and Bethany Urban.
Christi McDonald, Senior Editor

9:45 a.m.
Bigger Dogs, Bigger Rings
Today’s Sporting and Working breeds are enjoying those larger Westminster ring sizes. Yesterday saw five rings in the arena, whereas today exhibitors are enjoying four equally spacious rings. Goldens, Irish Setters and Swissies now have ample room to show everyone what they’re made of. Whew!
Dan Sayers, Editor in Chief

BOB Cairn Terrier GCh. Maverston Double Dutch

8:30 a.m.
Those Tenacious Terriers
This morning, Peter Green and Robert Hutton started their day judging Terriers in the Theater. They’ll be busy sorting through sizable entries in several breeds including Borders, 15; Cairns, 14; Smooth Fox, 11; and Staffordshire Bulls, 10. Ringside is already several spectators deep!
Dan Sayers, Editor in Chief

8:20 a.m.
The Talk of the Town
This morning sees the Sporting, Terrier and Working breeds on the floor in both the Arena and in the Theater. As the dogs are getting readied, the hot topic among exhibitors is the 2013 show. The predictions for next year are mixed. Some say the new location at the Piers is going to have its logistical challenges. Others welcome the idea of a 3,500 dog Westminster, with Bred By and Open classes. Whatever your opinion, next year’s show is sure to be one we’ll all remember.
Dan Sayers, Editor in Chief

Monday, February 13, 2012

11:46 a.m.
Monday Breed Ring Highlights
Let’s recap a few of the Best of Breed and Variety winners from Day One of Westminster Kennel Club 2012.

In the Toy breeds, Judy Webb started the morning awarding BOB to the Min Pin bitch from Florida, GCh. Marlex Classic Red Glare, owner-handled by Armando Angelbello. In Japanese Chins, she went with GCh. Kelaury Good Luck from We-Syng, owned by Nanette Wright, Leanne Vertani and Abigale Free, bred by Nanette Wright, Benji Speight and Wall Crumpler.

BOB GCh. Oakhurst Best Of The Vine

The Italian Greyhound BOB winner under Jon Cole, GCh. Everafter’s Best Bet Yet, owned by Sandra Middlebrooks, Jason Maleck and A. Brooks, and bred by Iris Love and Cheryl Velsaco, is out of the 2007 Number 1 IG, Ch. Everafter’s A Rose is a Rose. Keke Kahn found for BOV in Smooth Coat Chihuahuas GCh. Ayrwen Star Kissed Delight, breeder/owner-handled by Gloria Johnson. In Cavaliers Keke sent GCh. Full of Malarkey Miles of Aisles, bred and owned by Tamara and Patrick Kelly, to the top.

Ron Scott and Debbie Burke’s Ch. Scylla’s Small Kraft Re-Lit, handled by breeder/co-owner Tara Martin Rowell, won Maltese, while the BOB in Shih Tzu was GCh. Ista’s Hurricain Chaser, bred by Greg and Tammarie Larson and owned by Greg with Debora Wheeler. Both wins were under Judy Webb. In Long Coat Chihuahuas Keke Kahn found GCh. Roseland Eli for BOV.

Norman Patton judged Pugs and Pomeranians today. His Pug BOB was GCh. Kenshei And That’s The Way It Is, owned by Marth Feltenstein, bred by Patt Kolesar and Sheila Kessler. In Poms the top award went to Ch. Starlight’s Sugar Daddy, bred by Suradej Ekviriyakit, owned by Douglas Stratton and Rachel Johnson.

BOB GCh. Lomapoint Huckleberry

The Chinese Crested bred by Karla Matlock, Ann Freeman and Sharon Jacobson, GCh. Dejavu I Want’A Talk About Me, was BOB for owners Roy and JoAnn Kusumoto under Sari Tietjen. In English Toy Spaniels (Blenheim and Prince Charles) Sari sent GCh. Royalist Ready To Reign on to the Group. She awarded BOB in Griffons to Ch. Cashnross’ First Griff Tina Fey, bred and owned by Felicia Cashin, co-owned by Carole Ross.

The Ernesto Lara-handled Affenpinscher, GCh. Banana Joe V Tani Kazari, was BOB for owner Tina Truesdale and breeder/owner Mieke Cooymans. In Doris Cozart’s ring, last year’s Number 2 dog of all breeds, GCh. Palacegarden Malachy, was BOB in Pekingese. In Toy Poodles she awarded BOV to Ch. Tinkilees Drama Queen, bred and owned by Marion Usher, co-owned by Liz Morgan and Kirk Harrmann.

BOB GCh. Belcanto Flags A'Flyin

Perhaps the biggest upset of the day also occurred in Mrs. Cozart’s ring when two current top winners were bested by the black Standard Poodle bitch GCh. Vetset Kate Winsit, bred and owned by Dr. Elly Holowaychuk.
Christi McDonald, Senior Editor

BOB Ch. Hum'Nbird Ice Lily

11:30 a.m.
Crowd Control: Plan Ahead
I just returned to the Theater from a visit upstairs to the main Arena. Whereas there was plenty of room to roam at 8 a.m., the aisles — and the benching area — are packed to the gills. Be sure to allow plenty of time to get to and from the rings today and tomorrow!
Dan Sayers, Editor in Chief

11:15 a.m.
Toys Enchant
Papillons, and Toy Fox and Chins, oh my! Plenty of competition today in most every Toy breed. The crowds have arrived and you can hear plenty of “oohs” and “aahs” coming from the Theater seating.

11 a.m.
It Takes a Thief
Have you ever wanted to take a dog home with you? Today I fell in love with a Smooth Coat Chihuahua bitch. Blond, playful, even beguiling, and just small enough to fit into my camera bag.
Dan Sayers, Editor in Chief

10:50 a.m.
Good Call, Westminster Staff
Whoever decided that the Toy dogs would be judged in the Theater knew what they were doing. With 27 Cresteds, 25 Cavaliers, 22 Yorkies and 20 Pugs, the rings are getting smaller with each exhibit. Aah, but what a beautiful sight!
Dan Sayers, Editor in Chief

BOB Pug GCh. Kenshei And That's The Way It Is

10:15 a.m.
A Theatrical Release
This year, the Toy and Terrier breeds are being judged in the Theater, a mid-sized venue where the stage and backstage have been transformed into a pair of rings and a makeshift benching area. Although separated from the main arena by two floors and a 10-minute walk, the room is decidedly intimate, with open sight lines and even balcony seating. Ring sizes are adequate for the breeds being exhibited and there is plenty of room for spectators to watch the action. With dramatic lighting in and around the rings, a win here is very dramatic indeed.
Dan Sayers, Editor in Chief

Best of Variety Smooth Coat Chihuahua GCh. Ayrwen Star Kissed Delight

9:00 a.m.
This Venue Rocks!
The Toy dogs look spectacular under the Theater lights. Every hair seems to glisten and every eye sparkles. The temperature feels just about right for dogs and handlers, and the spectators seem a bit more relaxed. There aren’t as many people yelling, “Down in front!” as in past years.
Dan Sayers, Editor in Chief

8:30 a.m.
Let the Games Begin
Judging has begun. Jon Cole in Ring 6 with IGs and Judy Webb in Ring 7 with Toy Manchesters. The entries in Toys vary from 27 Cresteds to five Chins and five Affenpinschers. Stay tuned…
Dan Sayers, Editor in Chief

8:25 a.m.
Oh, That’s How You Get to the Theater
Finding the Theater to watch the Toys proved a bit of a challenge first thing this morning. A shortcut to the main arena by escalator was soon discovered and getting from floor to floor shouldn’t be as difficult as originally feared. The National Anthem is playing and the Toys are ready and waiting!
Dan Sayers, Editor in Chief

7:40 a.m.
Next Year’s Entry to Include Non-Champions
Westminster 2013 will host 3,200 dogs, after a 20-percent cut in this year’s entry limit.

However, not all of the dogs entering will be champions, a break from a 20-year tradition.

“We love the Garden and we want to be here forever,” says David Frei, WKC’s director of communications. However, due to the multi-year refurbishment of the facility, “we’ve lost so much space we’re not able to have the same kind of benching setup.”

As all dog fanciers know, Westminster is one of just a handful of dog shows that still requires dogs to remain in the arena all day. This is important for spectators, Frei says.

He pointed out that the Piers were renovated a couple of years ago, and in the past specialties were held there over Westminster weekend, so it won’t be an untried venue for many exhibitors.

Thus far, the decision to hold the breeds at the Piers is only for 2013. The WKC staff has more research to do before making a commitment for 2014.
Susan Chaney, Editor

7:30 a.m.
Breed Judging to Move in 2013
As we checked in for the day at the WKC pressroom at the Garden this morning, we learned that next year’s show will have another completely different setup. Breed judging and benching — for all breeds — will be at Piers 92/94 at West 55th and the West Side Highway. Group and Best in Show judging will remain at the Garden in the evenings. We’re not sure for whom this is going to be hardest: exhibitors or the WKC staff. The daytime venue will be more than 25 blocks, including five long “avenue” blocks, from the Garden. Can anyone say, “Time for a new hotel?”
Susan Chaney, Editor

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