Sunday, November 17, 2013


GCH CH Whistlestop’s Riley on Fire

To the general public today’s Kennel Club of Philadelphia show must seem anticlimactic.  Certainly yesterday’s event had all the glitz and glamor, to be immortalized on thousands of DVRs across the nation on Thanksgiving Day. 

However, for those who spend most of their weekends at dog shows, today’s final was a real treat.   Calling the Best In Show was one of the most recognizable of our judges, Clay Coady.  Seeking his favor were the Irish Water Spaniel, GCH CH Whistlestop’s Riley on Fire, the Afghan Hound, GCH CH Exlysta Aries Ciel Noir, the Akita, GCH CH CR-Wicca’s Trade Secret, the Kerry Blu Terrier, GCH CH Class Act by Hallsblu, the Pekingese, GCH CH Yakee’s Easily Persuaded, the Bichon Frise, GCH CH Vogelflight’s “Honor” to Pillowtalk, and the Bearded Collie, GCH CH Ha’Penny Mirimar The Fab Fawn. 

GCH CH Yakee’s Easily Persuaded

Picking up the BIS was the IWS, Riley.  Collecting the RBIS was the Peke, Rodger.   The win broke a breed record held by CH Oaktrees Irishtocrat,who collected his 34th and last BIS at the 1979 Westminster Kennel Club show.  Riley’s record this year includes 21 BIS, 73 Sporting Groups, and a BISS at the 2013 National Specialty of the Irish Water Spaniel Club of America.  Congratulations to breeders Colleen McDaniel & Stacy Duncan, owners Tom & Bethany Urban & Gregory M Siner, and handler Richard Krieger.


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