Friday, July 3, 2015

GODSPEED JANE FORSYTH



Jane and Bob Forsyth
(photo by Dan Sayers)

AKC judge and dog show icon Jane Kamp Forsyth, Mrs. Robert S. Forsyth, passed last night.  Jane literally spent a lifetime in dogs, more than three quarters of a century.  Jane’s dedication to the sport began in childhood.  When she married Bob in 1967, she was already among the most famous handlers of her day.  Jane’ stellar handling career included a Best In Show at the 1970 Westminster Kennel Club with the Boxer, CH Arriba’s Prima Donna, making her only the fifth woman to win at The Garden.   Bob and Jane remain the only married couple to have both won a BIS at Westminster.

When she retired from handling in 1981 to begin judging she had won the Kennel Review Handler of the Year three times and the Gaines Award three times, including Woman of the Year.  Jane’s judging career has been equally impressive.  She judged Best In Show at the inaugural AKC/Eukanuba National Championship in 2001 and was scheduled to judge the 2015 Morris and Essex Kennel Club show in October.

She and her husband, Bob Forsyth, are two of the most influential dog people ever. When we began showing our Maltese forty plus years ago, Bob and Jane Forsyth were the most famous couple in dogdom, dominating every show we went to on the east coast.  Jane was not only an accomplished handler, she was a role model for every young woman that wanted to succeed.  I remember her showcased on the front of one of the leading women’s magazines of the day as one of the most successful small business women in the US.  Both Bob and Jane were very kind to us and other newbies in the sport.  I would probably not still be here in the game 47 years later if not for the consideration they showed us. 

Thank you, Jane, for all of us you leave behind.  Godspeed.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

THURSDAY IN MARYLAND



GCH CH Gala Brighton Lakeridge Reflections of Me

Mid-Atlantic exhibitors are in West Friendship MD for a four day weekend.  The Catoctin Kennel Club kicked off the Independence Cluster, choosing judge Barbara Wood to put in the final ring.  Joining her were the Black Cocker Spaniel, GH CH Ashdown’s Time to Thrill, the Basenji, GCH CH C-Quest Jokuba No Matter What, the Great Pyrenees, GCH CH Rivergroves Enough Said, the Welsh Terrier, GCH CHC Teritail’s Loyal Knight, Pekingese, GCH CH Pequest General Tso, the Standard Poodle, GCH CH Gala Brighton Lakeridge Reflections of Me, and the Old English Sheepdog, GCH CH Shaggeybark Will I Am.

GCH CH Pequest General Tso 
(photo by Rhonda Cassidy)

The two she chose were her BIS, the Standard Poodle, Roxy, and the Peke, The General.  It was the eighth BIS in 24 final appearances this year for Roxy and handler Kaz Hosaka.

DAY TWO IN MASSACHUSETTS



GCH CH Bagatelle Rolling Moon Stone

Donna Buxton had the day two final in West Springfield MA.  The seven dogs that made it to her final at today’s Holyoke Kennel Club show were English Springer Spaniel, GCH CH Legacy Random Titleist, the Whippet, GCH CH Sporting Fields Shameless, the GCH CH Pebbles' Run Play It Again Ham, the Skye Terrier, GCH CH Cragsmoor Goodtime Charlie, the Shih Tzu, GCH CH Hallmark Jolei Rocket Power, the Boston Terrier, GCH CH Sabe’s Simply Invincible, and the Old English Sheepdog, GCH CH Bagatelle Rolling Moon Stone.

GCH CH Sabe’s Simply Invincible 
(photo by Sharon Carvalho)

Her top two were the OES, Jagger, and the Boston, Vinnie.  It was the first for three year old Jagger.  Congratulations to breeders/owners Bernard & Joanne Charest, owner Roberta Corbett, and handler Clifford Steele.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

WEDNESDAY IN MASSACHUSETTS

GCH CH Sporting Fields Shameless 

New England fanciers are first in the show ring this week with today’s Naugatuck Valley Kennel Club show in West Springfield MA. Dr Joan Ioia took the day one final. The seven dogs that made it all the way through to the week’s first final were the Weimaraner, GCH CH Doc's Greyborn North Star Of Acadia, the Whippet, GCH CH Sporting Fields Shameless, the Great Dane, GCH CH Sweet's Firenrain V Saravilla BN RN CGC, the Skye Terrier, GCH CH Cragsmoor Goodtime Charlie, the Shih Tzu, GCH CH Hallmark Jolei Rocket Power, the Coton de Tulear GCH Mi-Toi's Burberry At Just Incredible, and the Bearded Collie, GCH CH Classical’s My Turn. 

GCH CH Cragsmoor Goodtime Charlie 
(photo by Michael McGuire)

The two taking the top awards were the Whippet, Brazen with the BIS and the Skye Terrier, Charlie. Brazen is the country’s Number One Hound with nine BIS and 33 Hound Groups.

Monday, June 29, 2015

MONDAY IN RICHMOND VA

GCH CH Mephisto’s Speak of the Devil 

The Tidewater Kennel Club of Virginia wrapped the four day weekend in Richmond VA with judge Randy Garren in the final ring. Exgtending their weekend with him were the Black Cocker Spaniel, GCH CH Ashdown’s Time to Thrill, the Afghan Hound, GCH CH Regime’s Thriller of Elmo, the Boxer, GCH CH Mephisto’s Speak of the Devil, the Welsh Terrier, GCH CH Sharieab’s Bayleigh Wolverine, the Pekingese, GCH CH Pequest General Tso, the Standard Poodle, GCH CH Gala Brighton Lakeridge Reflections of Me, and the Border Collie, GCH CH Majestic Elite Clever Endeavor PT. 

GCH CH Gala Brighton Lakeridge Reflections of Me 

Taking home the week’s last prizes were the BIS, the Boxer, Devlin, and RBIS, the Standard Poodle, Roxy. Devlin is the nation’s Number One Working Dog and Number Ten Dog All Breeds with nine BIS and 31 Working Groups this year.

SUNDAY IN MOUNT VERNON WA

GCH CH Affinity’s 3-Sheets to the Wind 

Our final Sunday report comes in from Mt Vernon WA where the Bell Vernon Kennel Club hosted two shows this week. The seven dogs that stayed to the end to try their luck with BIS judge Janet Leslie Buchanan were the Chesapeake Bay Retriever, GCH CH Snowy River’s Black Diamond, the Basenji, GCH CH Nelson’s Friendship of Magnificent 7 in Flight, the Bullmastiff, GCH CH Affinity’s 3-Sheets to the Wind, the West Highland White Terrier , GCH CH Camcrest Andsurely Mr. Glenbrittle CD BN RA NAP NJP NFP SE, the Toy Poodle, GCH CH North Well Vivian Jp Rose Queen, the Miniature Poodle, GCH CH Penhurst Careful What You Wish For, and the Bouvier des Flandres, GCH CH Aristes Bronze Judo Star. 

The two that packed up the top prizes were the Miniature Poodle with the BIS and the Bullmastiff with the RBIS. It was the first BIS for the two year old dog. We hope to have a photo for you soon.

SUNDAY IN REDMOND OR

GCH CH Derby’s Toast with Gusto 

Ken Buxton had the final at Sunday’s Mount Bachelor Kennel Club show in Redmond OR and his choice of the Labrador Retriever, GCH CH Trendmaker’s Make You Wish, the Whippet, GCH DC Orion’s The World Is Not Enough MC, the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog, GCH CH Derby’s Toast with Gusto, the Bedlington Terrier, GCH CH Pineriver’s Show Me the Money, the Pug, GCH CH Chelsea’s Fantasy Dressed to Impress, the French Bulldog, GCH CH Qazara Ti Amo, and the Belgian Tervuren, GCH CH Sky Acres Maximum Altitude. 

GCH CH Qazara Ti Amo 

He chose the Swissy, Gus, as his Best, and the Frenchie, Sweetheart, as his Reserve. It was the second BIS of the set for Gus and his seventh in 36 final appearances this year.

SUNDAY IN LONG BEACH CA

GCH CH Round Town Queen of Hearts of Maryscot 
(photo by Diana Han)

We like to remind those who have a casual association with our sport that the purpose of the show ring is to get feedback on breeding stock. That’s why only non-neuters/spays may be shown in conformation. So we are always happy to see the off spring of the great show dogs of yesteryear in the ring. We are especially happy when they do well. It means someone is doing something right. The Scottish Terrier, GCH CH Round Town Queen of Hearts of Maryscot, Daughter of 2009’s Number One Dog All Breeds, CH Roundtown Mercedes of Maryscot, took the top prizes at both Saturday’s Kennel Club of Beverly Hills and Sunday’s Long Beach Kennel Club shows. 

GCH CH Quiet Creek's Limited Edition 

Judge Wayne Burton gave Sunday’s top prize to Queenie after considering the Clumber Spaniel, GCH CH Clussexx Over The Legal Limit, his RBIS, the Bloodhound, GCH CH Quiet Creek's Limited Edition, the Kuvasz, GCH CH Casablanca’s Vakmero Pandur, the Shih Tzu, GCH CH Wenrick’s Don’t Stop Believing, the Bulldog, CH Big Boss, and the Australian Cattle Dog, GCH CH Kokopelli's SoBe It. 

Despite a late start this year, Queenie has wasted no time climbing up the rankings. She is currently the Number Two Terrier with 14 BIS and 28 Terrier Groups to her credit this year, including two Group Ones at last weekend’s Great Western Terrier Association of Southern California shows and five all breed Bests this month.

SUNDAY IN OKC

GCH CH Lockenhaus Rumor Has It v Kenlyn 

The nation's Number One Dog All Breeds, the German Shepherd Dog, GCH CH Lockenhaus Rumor Has It v Kenlyn, showed everyone that it is going to be a long, hot summer for fanciers as she closed the Oklahoma City Summer Classic with another BIS at Sunday’s Lawton Dog Fanciers Association show, finishing the week with four BIS and five Herding Groups. 

GCH CH Hitimes What the Inferno 
(photo by Vicki Holloway)

Judge Polly Smith also liked the Pomeranian, GCH CH Hitimes What the Inferno, after considering the Brittany, GCH CH Rainbow Splash’s Ruggedly Handsome, the Pharaoh Hound, GCH CH Farao Anubis Inferno BN RN SC, the Great Dane, GCH CH Neet’s Whirlwind Romance, the Wire Fox Terrier, GCH CH Hampton Court’s Monte Cristo, and the French Bulldog, GCH CH Iacta Alea Est De La Bete. 

The five shows garnered Rumor around 6,200 points, putting her more than 20,000 points ahead of the rest of the field. Like we said, it’s going to be a long, hot summer.

SUNDAY IN WEST BEND WI

GCH CH Taliesin Twice As Nice 

Our next stop is West Bend WI where the Kettle Moraine Kennel Club hosted two shows this weekend. Sunday ended with judge Jon Cole naming the Norwich Terrier, GCH CH Taliesin Twice As Nice, his Best and the Rottweiler, GCH CH Gamegard’s I’ll Have Another V Braeside RN, his Reserve. 

GCH CH Gamegard’s I’ll Have Another V Braeside RN 
(photo by Lynda Beam)

Rounding out his seven were the English Cocker Spaniel, GCH CH Edgewood Devilish Design, the Afghan Hound, GCH CH Thaon’s GMan, the Toy Poodle, GCH CH Lomar Swags One Tin Soldier, the Standard Poodle, GCH CH Targa Aurora, and the Bouvier des Flandres, GCH CH Margaux’s Va Voom. 

It was the first all breed Best In Show for the Norwich, Tanner. Congratulations to breeder/owner Lisa Sons, co-breeder John Sons, owner Joan Eckert, and handler Susan Kipp.