GCH CH Wynmoor Champagne Supernova,
the winner of four Reserve Best in Shows in July.
Photo by Jeffrey Hanlin.

When the Reserve Best in Show award was first proposed, I heard a lot of enthusiasm about it. After all, it was another way to get your moment in the spotlight. There were a few naysayers. At least one amateur owner/handler was certain the RBIS was designed as a consolation prize for her. Well, we have now completed a full month with the Reserve award. Let’s see how it’s going. Before I begin, let me emphasize that while I have most of the results from the past month, I do not have all of the results. If any of you can fill in the blanks, I am more than willing to add them to this report.

One would think that our Top Ten Dogs All Breeds would be frequent winners of the Reserve award, seeing as how many times they are in consideration for the top award, and seven of our Top Ten have added a runner-up ribbon to their collection of awards. What I find interesting is that of 16 RBISs earned by our Top Ten, eight were earned by three Sporting Dogs, one by the Black Cocker Spaniel, GCH CH Casablanca’s Thrilling Seduction; three by the German Wirehaired Pointer, GCH CH Mt View’s Ripsnorter Silver Charm; and four by the English Springer Spaniel, GCH CH Wynmoor Champagne Supernova. Two of the Toy Dogs account for another six of the Reserve awards. With three each are the Affenpinscher, GCH CH Banana Joe V Tani Kazari, and the Miniature Pinscher, GCH CH Marlex Classic Red Glare. The Boxer, GCH CH R and G’s Mystical Dancer, and the Standard Poodle, GCH CH Jaset’s Satisfaction, round out the 16.

The distribution of RBISs by group was very interesting. Not surprisingly, the Terriers were tied for the fewest awards. This was expected as we only have one Terrier in the Top Twenty Dogs All Breeds. What did surprise me was that only four Working Dogs managed to make it to the runner up spot…and two of those dogs are not yet in the Top 50. The rest of the awards were more or less statistically even with the Herding Group collecting 11; the Sporting Group taking 12 awards; the Hound Group, 13; the Non-Sporting Group, 14; and the Toys, 16. I’ve yet to come up with a plausible explanation of the Working Group’s under-representation. The Working Group entries are usually a close second to the Sporting Group. Working Dogs represent 20 percent of our Top Ten.

As for our worried owner/handler…the Reserve Best in Show has not become an amateur consolation prize. Professional handlers picked up 75 percent of the RBISs in the first month, roughly on par with the BISs. I do find encouraging the fact that 29 percent of the awards went to dogs not yet in our Top 100. I hear rumors of revising the award to include additional points beyond the group win. One of the more intriguing is the Reserve getting credit for all the points in the show, excepting those of the group from which the BIS came. It’s an idea whose time has come, and I think the fancy will come to love it. And that’s today’s Back Story.