At first look one might think that the 2013 show season is a runaway. The Number One Dog All Breeds, the Wire Fox Terrier, GCH CH AfterAll Painting the Sky, has maintained a better than 10,000-point lead over the field for the last two months. However, a look at the past few seasons leads me to think it is a little early to be icing the champagne. Three of the five past seasons have come down to the wire.
We all remember last year’s race between the German Wirehaired Pointer, GCH CH Mt View’s Ripsnorter Silver Charm, and the English Springer Spaniel, GCH CH Wynmoor Champagne Supernova. Decided the last weekend of the year, the GWP, Oakley, finished out the year 2,156 points ahead of the Springer, Peyton. In 2010 the Smooth Fox Terrier, GCH CH J’cobe Kemosabe Vigilante Justice, held off the late charge by the Pekingese, GCH CH PalaceGarden Malachy, by a slim margin of just 722 points. In 2008 the Giant Schnauzer, CH Galilee’s Pure Of Spirit, and the Pointer, Cookieland Seasyde Hollyberry, finished a razor-thin margin apart, 725 points, made even more astonishing by the fact that each had more than 117,000 points. All of these races started heating up in the last half of the year and stayed competitive until the end.
This past week is a good an example of the level of competition between our top two. The PWD, GCH CH Claircreek Impression de Matisse, has collected six BIS in the last eight days. The Wire Fox, Sky, swept all three shows at the big weekend in Ventura CA. At the end of May, Sky had collected 28 BIS to Matisse’s 26, giving Sky a lead of 10,937 points. Since then Sky has collected an additional eight BIS, and Matisse has picked up another 15. Nonetheless, Sky has been winning the big ones and leads Matisse by more than 11,000 points as of yesterday. Is it an insurmountable lead? I don’t think so. Matisse has a built-in advantage over Sky. A Working Group win is worth two and half times a Terrier Group on average. Also there are more big shows in the East than in the West during the second half of the year. I look for a closer finish than many suspect.
While Sky and Matisse accounted for seven of this week’s BIS, three other dogs in the Top Ten posted all-breed Bests. The Number Three Dog, the Miniature Pinscher, GCH CH Marlex Classic Red Glare, spent the weekend in Monroe MI where she was BIS at Saturday’s Ann Arbor Kennel Club show. Number Seven, the American Foxhound, GCH CH Kiarry’s Pandora’s Box, was in Maryland where she was Best In Show at Friday’s Northeastern Maryland Kennel Club show. The Number Nine Dog, the Great Dane, GCH CH Longo Miller N Lore’s Diamond Lil, picked up her BIS on Sunday at the Ann Arbor Kennel Club’s day two show.
Collecting multiple BIS this weekend was the Saluki, GCH CH Sandstorm Blue Nile Bubbles of Jatara, who took two of the three Bests in Sedalia MO, Friday’s Jefferson City Missouri Kennel Club show and Sunday’s Sedalia Kennel Club show. The Norfolk Terrier, GCH CH Yarrow Venerie Ticket To Ride captured both of the big rosettes at the hometown Huntington Kennel Club shows in that West Virginia town.
There continues to be lots of excitement this season. Are you ready for a throwdown? And that’s today’s Back Story.