Michael Dachel had the BIS book at Salina Kennel Club show in Valley Center KS. Friday Group winners returning for a second look were the Pharaoh Hound, Northgate's As You Like It, the Wire Fox Terrier CH Dalriada's Mystic, & yesterday’s BIS winner, the Shih Tzu, CH Hallmark Jolei Austin Powers. They were joined by the a 8-month-old Golden Retriever from the puppy classes, Goldrush Troubador, the Samoyed, Ch. T-Snow Star's Journey of the Heart, the French Bulldog, CH Robobull Fabelhaft I'm On Fire, and the Australian Sheperd, CH Clemwood's Nobel Laureate.
Best went to the Swedish import, the Pharaoh Hound, Qing, his first AKC BIS, Also from the classes, but hardly a newbie, Qing, was the top dog in Sweden in 2007, BIS at the 2007 World Dog Show, and winner of the Hound Group at Crufts in 2009 & 2010. Congratulations to breeder Hanna Ukura, owners Jennifer Mosing & Jenny Hall, and handler Brian Livingston.
The show also featured a special Junior Handler competition in memory of Walter Bebout, who grew up in Wichita KS. Walter started his career in dogs as a junior handler sand went on to become a professional handler and an AKC judge. He also served as an AKC conformation field representative and AKC Director of Canine Legislation before retiring in 2008. The Sunflower Cluster shows and the Central Region Top Junior Handler Competition are dedicated to Walt's memory. The scholarship winner was Kelli Denton showing her 2-year-old Keeshond. Kelli will receive a prize of at $1,500. The other finalists were Jennifer Nocker with her English Setter, Alyssa Grosnickle with her Golden Retriever, Chandler Coon and his Rottweiler, Ciara Cassell, showing her Basenji, Breanne Kuehler with her Shiba Inu, and Colston Couch and his Australian Cattle Dog.. The finalists came from a 15-state region and had to win at least two Open wins with competition. Congratulations to them all. With kids like these our beloved sport has a bright future. Our thanks to Nickie Flynn for bringing this special competition to our attention.