All the happenings in and around the Westminster Kennel Club dog show breed rings at Piers 92/94 from Best In Show Daily’s editorial team.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

4:11 p.m.
Great Sports, One and All
It comes as no surprise that last year’s Top Dog of all breeds, German Wirehaired Pointer GCh. Mt. View’s Ripsnorter Silver Charm, won the breed today, courtesy of judge Elliott Weiss. In Shorthairs, his BOB winner was GCh. Dogwdcreek’s La Vita E Belle, bred and owned by Lynne Duncan. Handled by Valerie Atkinson, she is the granddaughter of the 2005 Westminster Best in Show winner ‘Carlee,’ Ch. Kan-Point’s VJK Autumn Roses through her sire, Ch. Star K’s Mile Hi Carlos-Stardust. Valerie, who co-owned Carlee, started her out on her show career. She was also owned by Dick and Linda Stark, and Carol Cronk. Elliott found another Carlos-Stardust offspring for his Best of Opposite Sex in GCh. Stelor’s Royalty Remembered, bred and owned by Dee Stelmarch, co-bred by Kaye Ames.

In the Pointer ring another offspring of a famous bird dog was the BOB winner. Judge Jason Hoke selected Ch. Seasyde Fashion Avenue the purple and gold ribbon. Bred by Helyne Medeiros, and Sean and Tammy McCarthy, and owned by Helyne with John and Hailey Griffith, she is a daughter of the 2008 Number 1 Sporting dog, Number 2 of all breeds, Ch. Cookieland Seasyde Holly Berry. ‘Holly’ was handled by Michael Scott to Best in Show at AKC/Eukanuba in 2008 as well as 117 all-breed Best in Shows, a record for the breed, and three National Specialty wins.

In Black Cockers, the 2011 Group winner, GCh. Casablanca’s Thrilling Seduction, came back today to repeat his BOV win under judge Jamie Hubbard. We’ll be eager to see if he can repeat the Group win as well. ASCOB Cockers went to Ch. Trinity’s Tucked Under His Wing, bred and owned by Susan Gray and Stacy Dobmeier, and co-bred by Cheryl Wittlinger. His sire, Ch. Foley’s Hold Your Heart, is in the American Spaniel Club Hall of Fame as the sire of 17 champions.

Best of Variety in Parti-color Cockers was GCh. Seemarnan It’s Time to Party at Maroxys, bred by Nancy Miller and Marion Valasco, owned by Elizabeth Mulvey, who shows him, and Janet and Fred Langley. ‘Lance’ was the variety winner at the 2011 summer National Specialty.
Christi McDonald, Senior Editor

9:24 a.m.
Day 2 Begins

We’re back at Piers 92/94 this morning to bring you up-to-the-minute results from ringside.

Dorothy Collier presided over an entry of 22 Boxers and chose GCh. Winfall I Dream Of Style as her Best of Breed winner. The 5-year-old bitch was handled by Michael Shepherd for owners C. and K. Robbins, G. and B. Adkins, T. Porter, L. Stanton and J. Pinson. Best of Opposite went to the Diego Garcia-handled dog, GCh. Hi-Tech The King Of Sherry Shoot JP, bred in Japan by Shinryo Teragaki, and owned by Mrs. Jack Billhardt and Sergio Tenenbaum. Congratulations!
Dan Sayers, Editor in Chief

10:40 a.m.
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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

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Monday, February 11, 2013

5:12 p.m.
More Hounds!
GCh. Sandstorm Blue Nile Bubbles Of Jatara topped the entry of 20 Salukis in judge Espen Engh’s ring. ‘Bubbles’ is handled by Erin Roberts for owners Jackie Harrington, Sara Winstead and Sandra Middlebrooks.

The Borzoi breed winner, under judge Doug Johnson, was GCh. Majenkir Bookstor Glamour Girl, bred and owned by Karen Staudt-Cartabonna and Karen Spey.

Beagles are always a crowd favorite, and the spectators lined up to watch the entry in both varieties. Ch. Encore’s Rerun Of Roirdan dominated the entry of 13″ Beagles, and GCh. Bridgehill’s Mr. Mason’s Misbehavin’ came out on top in the 15-inch variety.

A pair of Blueticks was entered under Jeffrey Pepper and his Best of Breed was GCh. Charwin Fairmont Sweet Society Blue Snuff, owned by Charles Woods and Tena Kastner, and handled by Shawn Von Pressentin.
Dan Sayers, Editor in Chief

2:59 p.m.
Hunting Down a Win
Elegance and determination were on display this afternoon as the sight and scent hounds dazzled the mid-afternoon audience at the piers.

Dr. Jerry Klein assessed an entry of 25 Afghan Hounds and found his Best of Breed winner in GCh. Exlysta Aries Ciel Noir, owned by Perry Rooks, Christine Anderson-Smith, Phil Schafmayer and Sharon Ferraro.


The best of eight Bloodhounds entered today in Jeffrey Pepper’s ring is the 4-year-old bitch GCh. Quiet Creek’s Kiss and Tell, handled by Tara Schultz for owners Susan Lacroix and Heather Whitcomb.

Stay tuned to find results for Borzoi and Saluki, as well as Bassets, Beagles and Blueticks…
Dan Sayers, Editor in Chief

1:41 p.m.
In the Toy Rings
Debbie Campbell started the day in ring 1 with entries of seven Affenpinschers and 10 Brussels Griffons. In Affens her BOB winner was the 2012 Number 1 Toy ‘Joey,’ GCh. Banana Joe v Tani Kazari, bred in Holland by Mieke Cooymans who owns him with Tina Truesdale of HiTech Boxer fame. Westminster watchers will remember that Joey, handled as always by Ernesto Lara, was second in the Toy Group at last year’s show under judge Tim Catterson. In first was, of course, the Best in Show winner, Pekingese ‘Malachy.’

In Griffons, the breed winner from Progressive on Friday repeated his victory. Ch. Paragons Sharp Dressed Man at Greengates, handled by Christian Rangel, is owned by Felicia Cashin, Mary Gale and Kathy Fleener, and bred by Kathy.

Debbie also judged Silky Terriers, where the Friday BOB winner at Progressive triumphed again. GCh. Snow Glen’s Tesoro Cover Story is bred by Debra Caselli, Judi Carson and Bernadette Fletcher, owned by Diane Adamcik, Debra Caselli and Pam Laqerruque, and handled by Pam.

And in Toy Fox Terriers another of Friday’s BOB winners repeated under Debbie. GCh. Barbary’s That’s So Raven is usually handled by Wendy Bettis. On Friday she was handled by Carlos Puig for owners Linda Smith and Paula Nieto and breeder Denise Monette.

In Pekingese, judge Doug Johnson made David Fitzpatrick a repeat winner from last year, although this time with a different dog. English import Ch. Yakee Easily Persuaded was bred by Albert Easdon and is owned by David with Sandra Middlebrooks, whose dogs, of course have had their share of success at the Garden. Among others, her Sealyham Terrier, Ch. Efbe’s Hidalgo at Goodspice, who she owned with Richard Good and his handler, Margery Good, was Group First here in 2008.


In Italian Greyhounds, judge Shirley Limoges of Canada selected GCh. Deerfield’s Jackson Cage as her winner. He is bred and owned by Darlene Wallace, also owned by Peter and Graceann Dimaggio. Anne Bowes judged Pugs and awarded BOB to GCh. Hill Country’s Tag I’m It. ‘JJ’ won two specialties at the Meadowlands this past weekend as well as the breed and fourth in the Group at Progressive on Friday. He’s handled by Barry Clothier for owner Carolyn Koch.
Christi McDonald, Senior Editor

1:15 p.m.
In the Hound Rings
In Ring 9 Charlie Olvis judged his Basenji entry first thing this morning and selected for Best of Breed GCh. Jasiri-Sukari Win Tin Tin. ‘Winston’ is breeder/owner-handled by Julie Jones, who has handled him to several all-breed Best in Show wins in California in recent weeks. Julie and Winston also won the Basenji National back in July 2012. He is co-bred and co-owned by Kathy Jones, the other half of the “Basenji sisters,” and co-owned by Chau Ming Kok of Thailand.

Next in Mr. Olvis’ ring was an entry of 12 Norwegian Elkhounds. BOB here went to GCh. Daggarwoods Bjorn Star, bred and owned by Nicole Casevechia. Talk about consistency in judging… Best of Opposite Sex to Best of Breed was Bjorn Star’s littermate, Ch. Daggarwoods Bombshell Babs, also owned by Ms. Casevechia.

Norway’s favorite son Espen Engh judged Greyhounds in ring 11 at 10:45. His eventual winner is also Scandinavian. GCh. Epic Impassioned was bred in Sweden by Annalena Almgren and Johan Rosengren and is owned by Jimmy Cabailo. The past two years she has been Best of Opposite Sex at the Garden, so for her the third time was certainly the charm.

In Otterhounds, Mr. Engh pointed to GCh. Aberdeens Under the Influence for BOB. ‘Dui’ is bred and owned by Jack, Andy and Jason McIlwaine and has been handled during a successful career by Jason, Jack and Andy’s son. The family has been very successful with this rare breed, producing several multiple Best in Show winners.

Eight Basset Hounds were entered in Jamie Hubbard’s ring, and his breed winner was found in the handsome GCh. Topsfield-Sanchu Eenie Meenie Miney Moe, owned by Claudia Orlandi and Claire Steidel, and handled by Bryan Martin.


Judge Paula Nykiel had an entry of 50 Rhodesian Ridgebacks first thing this morning, the largest entry for the day. Her winner was GCh. Whirlaways Ida Belle’s A Ringing, bred by Christine and William Kitsch, and Jennifer Lazowski, who own her with Lynn Fitzgerald. ‘Ida Belle’ is handled by Michelle Ostermiller Scott.
Christi McDonald, Senior Editor


12:03 p.m.
Breed Winners Emerge
The breed winners are emerging here at Piers 92/94. Spectators were five deep at Charlotte Patterson’s Poodle ring, and GCh. Brighton Lakeridge Encore, handled by Tim Brazier for Toni and Martin Sosnoff, emerged as her BOB winner from an exceedingly tough collection of Standards. Miniatures went to the stylish black GCh. Surrey Sugar Baby, handled by Kaz Hosaka for Ron Scott and Debbie Burke, and BOB was awarded to the Toy from Texas, GCh. Donnchada Angel Wings At Dulcinea, owned by Sue Talkington and Elizabeth Brown.
Dan Sayers, Editor In Chief

10:56 a.m.
Well, so far, so good.
Exhibitors are making their way with ease from the benches to the rings and from pier to pier this morning. Wide aisles and ample holding areas seem to have erased the collective memory of the congested benching areas at Madison Square Garden. Judging is proceeding at a steady clip, and Best of Breed rosettes are already being hung with pride back at the set ups.

Despite the rain and overcast skies, the lighting in Piers 92/94 is bright enough to showcase the dogs for the pleasure of the crowd standing three and four deep around the rings. The Garden green carpet in the rings is familiar to all, but the Westminster purple carpet everywhere else is a wonderful touch. Show Chair Tom Bradley and his team are to be commended for the wonderful job they’ve done transforming the cavernous halls into a genuine show place.

Stay tuned…
Dan Sayers, Editor In Chief

8:53 a.m.
Good Morning from New York!
The rain is falling in Manhattan as exhibitors make their way over to Piers 92/94 for the first day of judging at the 137th Westminster Kennel Club dog show. Yellow taxis are depositing devoted dog lovers under a white canopy of tents along the West Side Highway, as a caravan of buses unloads fanciers with their Bichons, Briards and Bulldogs.

Spirits are as high as expectations, as the fancy finds its way in the uncharted territory of the piers. Maps are available to help guide exhibitors to their benching and their rings, and an army of pleasant young greeters can be found at strategic locations ready to assist the weary and sleep-deprived find their way.

We’ll be reporting to you throughout the day on the Hounds, Toys, Non-Sporting and Herding dogs competing today, so be sure to check back with us frequently to find out how your favorites are doing.
Dan Sayers, Editor In Chief