One of the season’s biggest weeks is now in the record books, and I suspect when the dust settles, we will see its influence in some subtle ways.
Traditionally the Kentuckiana Cluster in Louisville is a game changer, serving as a springboard for multiple dogs going forward. Last year the Doberman Pinscher, GCH CH Protocol’s Veni Vidi Vici, catapulted to Number One on the strength of two BIS in Louisville. However, this year the big rosettes went to four separate dogs, including this year’s Number One Dog All Breeds, the Wire Fox Terrier, GCH CH AfterAll Painting the Sky. Sky took the opener, the Mid-Kentucky Kennel Club show. The MKKC’s 2012 show was one of Sky’s earliest BIS wins.
Friday’s Louisville Kennel Club show was won by the Nation’s Number Two Dog All Breeds, the Miniature Pinscher, GCH CH Marlex Classic Red Glare. Classie had also scored a BIS at the 2012 Kentuckiana Cluster where she was BIS at the biggest of the four shows, the Evansville Kennel Club show. Sunday’s Louisville Kennel Club show went to last year’s Number One Dog, currently this year’s Number Four Dog, the German Wirehaired Pointer, GCH CH Mt View’s Ripsnorter Silver Charm. The win, together with the big points from his Sporting Group placements this week, will move him into the number three all breeds spot.
The biggest winner of the set was the Russell Terrier, GCH CH Goldsands Columbus. Bosse started the week in York PA where he picked up a BIS at Friday’s York Kennel Club show. Bosse, the only Russell to have won an AKC BIS, not only got the biggest number of points, he did it by besting what is one of the most dominant Terriers we have seen in the last decade. Sky has won 26 of the 31 Terrier Groups in which she has competed this year. In three of those groups she was bested by Bosse.
Another dog that had a game-changing week was the Portuguese Water Dog, GCH CH Claircreek Impression de Matisse. Matisse was also in York PA where he added two BIS, one RBIS, four Group Ones & a Group Two to his resume. The week was worth better than 4,000 points for Matisse and should be good enough to give him a top five berth.
The season goes forward with Sky around 5,000 points ahead of the field, that’s about the same margin by which the English Springer Spaniel, GCH CH Wynmoor Champagne Supernova, trailed the aforementioned Doberman. By the end of the year, the Springer, Peyton, had gone from being down 5,000 points to being up 28,000, a 33,000-point turnaround. In other words, it’s still early in the year. And that’s today’s Back Story.