Ch Braeburn's Close Encounter with handler, George Ward
The Terriers always get a good look at Westminster. As a matter of record, Terriers have won BIS 44 times, three times more often than any other group. Wire Fox Terriers have won BIS 13 times, twice as often as the second most successful breed…Scottish Terriers with seven. One of the top winning dogs in AKC history was the 1985 BIS winner, the Scottish Terrier, Ch Braeburn's Close Encounter, who won a incredible 214 all breed Best In Shows.
No one knows Terriers better than this year’s Terrier Group Judge, Peter J. Green. Peter Green is one of two people to win BIS both Westminster, which he has done four times, and Crufts, the giant (20,000 dogs plus) British dogo show. He also was the handler of five number one all breed dogs. He judged the FCI World Show in Sweden in 2008 and will judge Best in Show at Crufts in March this year.
CH Efbe’s Hidalgo At Goodspice
One of Green’s Westminster wins came with the Sealyham Terrier, CH Dersade Bobby's Girl, and 2008’s best Terrier, the Sealyham, CH Efbe’s Hidalgo At Goodspice, is the winningest one ever, with a lifetime 91 BIS, including four this year. “Charmin”, the 2007 AKC/Eukanuba National Championship winner and the 2008 Westminster Terrier Group winner, was bred by Frances Bergeron and is owned by handler Margery Good, Richard Good, and Sandra Middlebrooks.
Last year‘s Terrier Group runner up and the 2008 number two Terrier is the Scottish Terrier, CH Roundtown Mercedes of Maryscot. “Sadie” won 24 BIS last year and has won two this year. Sadie was bred by Mary O'Neal & Anstamm Kennelss (2008 Terrier Breeder of the Year), is owned by Amelia Musser, and handled by Gabriel Rangel. However, last Sunday, Rangel won a BIS over the number one dog in America, the Giant Schnauzer, CH Galilee's Pure Of Spirit, with a West Highland White Terrier, CH Arbroath’s Rosewood Rise ‘N’ Shine.
CH Hi-Kel Terrydale Soldier of Fortune
The Lakeland Terrier, CH Hi-Kel Terrydale Soldier of Fortune, returns to Westminster hoping to better her breed winning performance last year and the odds are good that “Ranger” will do so. She finished 2008 twelfth over all and third among the Terriers, with 24 BIS. She is well ahead of that pace with five BIS already. Ranger was bred by Maripi Wooldridge & D Hull McIndoe, owned by Carol Dowd & B Dowd & C Ruggle & Terrydale Kennels, and is handled by Scott Sommer.
Westminster is often a coming out party for dogs beginning a national campaign. One such dog is the young Smooth Fox Terrier, CH J'cobe Kemosabe Vigilante Justice, who last month took three out of four rounds with the Sealyham, Charmin, winning three Terrier Groups and a BIS along the way. “Dodger” was bred by William Dalling & Stacy Turner, is owned by William Dalling and Phil & Amy Booth, and handled by Amy.
CH Sanherpinc Paisa
Another new kid on the block is the Welsh Terrier, CH Sanherpinc Paisa, who came out of the classes in December to win the Terrier Group at the Shoreline DFA of Orange County, beating the Scottish Terrier, Sadie. Since that time, she has never looked back winning the group on both days of the Palm Springs, Kennel Club, the country’s largest shows and snagging his first BIS She capped off January with her first BIS on 18 January. “Paisa” was bred by Santiago Pinto, is owned by Bruce Schwartz & Larisa Hotchin, and is handled by Terrier expert Wood Wornall.
Next, the Toy Group.