The Florida Classic II cluster continues to be an Equal Opportunity dog show circuit. Today two of Judge Robert Forsyth’s final seven had been in the BIS ring the day before, the Airedale Terrier, CH Stirling Cool Hand Luke, and the King Charles & Ruby English Toy Spaniel, CH Southdown Nonetheless. The Irish Wolfhound, CH Dun Myrica Speaker Of Eagle, had been there two days earlier.
Only the Rough Collie, CH Sylvan Argent Simply Irresistible, had won a BIS this year. The Tibetan Terrier, CH Araki Tinckle Winckle of Dialynne, had a Group One back on 5 January, but it was the first Group First this year for the Labrador Retriever, CH Casbar’s Heart To Heart. The Doberman Pinscher, CH Phillmar Sobe Monster, had been battling a super competitive group of Dobies for the last two weeks including yesterday’s BIS winner. He had finished BOS several times in the last week, but this was his first breed win in the last eight shows.
So, we were likely to see a dog win his/her first BIS this year and we did. The Airedale, CH Stirling Cool Hand Luke, collected his first BIS of 2009. “Lucas”, bred by Shirley R Good & Susan S Rodgers, owned by Frank Pulice, and handled by Ernesto Lara, finished 2008 as the number one Airedale, with four BIS and 22 Group Firsts. Congratulations to Lucas and his whole team.