GCH CH Alpine’s Highwayman
If there is a more unfairly maligned breed in AKC than the American Staffordshire Terrier, we don’t know what it is. We wish more of the public would make it to an AKC show and meet some of the AmStaffs we see, the vast majority of which are sweet, loving animals. One of the breed's most successful ambassadors, GCH CH Alpine’s Highwayman, was in Anchorage AK this weekend, picking up back2back BIS at the Tanana Valley Kennel Club and the Alaska Kennel Club shows. Sunday's win was Jelly's 27th career BIS, tying the breed record.
Joining Jelly and breeder/owner/handler Ed Thomason in Darryl Vice’s BIS ring on Saturday were the Irish Setter, GCH CH Willowbrook At Harvard, the Rhodesian Ridgeback, CH Studios Coldfoot Campaign By Freedom SC, the Siberian Husky, GCH CH Tamarak’s Just Jammin, the Maltese, CH Maltangel Heavenly Vision, the Standard Poodle, CH Brighton Meadow At Lakeridge, and the RBIS, the Australian Shepherd, GCH CH Melody Hit The Jackpot PT.
Sunday Jelly would return to see Gloria Kerr, along with the same Rhodesian, Maltese, & Standard Poodle, the Reserve winner, the Labrador Retriever, GCH CH Double Dutch Raised On Rock N’ Roll, the Newfoundland, CH Black Watch’s Timbucktoo RN, the Rough Collie, CH Highcroft Hush Hush.
The first AmStaff to win a Grand Champion title, Jelly can also boast five Limited Breed BIS and 15 Bests In Specialty Show, including the 2010 and 2011 Staffordshire Terrier Club of America national specialties. Our congratulations to Ed, breeders Karen Thomason, D Nechemias, & L Claus, and owners Zane Smith & Karen Thomason.