GCH CH Flessner’s International S’cess
Whom to Watch at Westminster (WWW), the Hound Group. We love the Hound Group for its diversity and are happy to see both sighthounds and scent hounds among the contenders this year. Leading the pack is last year’s Number One Hound, the Bloodhound, GCH CH Flessner’s International S’cess, finished last year with 24 BIS and 87 Group Ones. Nathan is out to a quick start this year with four BIS and 14 Group Ones to lead the Hounds again this year. Nathan was bred by owner handler Heather and Bryan & Chris Flessner and is co-owned by Shirley VanCamp & Zack Helmer.
GCH CH Tashtin’s Lookin’ for Trouble
(photo by Kayla Bertagnolli)
Another scent hound, the 15” Beagle, GCH CH Tashtin’s Lookin’ for Trouble, actually won more Hound Groups (91) in 2014, but trailed Nathan in BIS (19). Miss P was bred by Lori D Crandlemire, is owned by Lori, Eddie Dziuk, & Kaitlyn Crandlemire, and handled by Will Alexander.
GCH CH Sporting Fields Shameless
(photo courtesy of AKC)
Leading the sighthounds last year and this year is the Whippet, GCH CH Sporting Fields Shameless. Brazen already has three BIS and nine group wins this year. Brazen, the latest BIS winner from the legendary Sporting Fields Kennel, was bred by owner/handler Amanda Giles and co-owner Dionne Butt, and is co-owned by Barbara Call & Jane Cooney-Waterhouse.
GCH CH Tells Matrix Reloaded
(photo by Gay Glazbrook)
First into judge Betty-Anne Stenmark’s ring Monday night will be the Afghan Hound. Last year’s Number Four Hound, GCH CH Tells Matrix Reloaded is the favorite in the breed, after finishing 2014 with 17 BIS and 69 Hound groups. Matrix was bred by Jorgen Collinge & Camilla & Marie-Louise Tell Collinge, is owned by Missy Ann Galloway, and handled by Christian Manelopoulos.
GCH CH Agha Djaris Eye Candy Of Sura CGC
However we expect the Afghan ring to be one of Monday’s most competitive. We are watching the current Number One Afghan Hound, GCH CH Agha Djaris Eye Candy Of Sura CGC, who won the Hound Group all four days at the huge Rose City Classic cluster in Portland OR in January. Katy was bred by Stefan Boieck and is owned by James Dalton, Suzanne J Neill, Dr A John Turjoman, & Jamie Souza Bartlet, and handled by Alicia Morrison Jones.
GCH CH Bayaway Jersey's Due Process of Law
For those of you who like a long shot, our dark horse is the Black & Tan, Coonhound, GCH CH Bayaway Jersey's Due Process of Law, who is currently the Number Six hound with one BIS and three Hound Groups so far this year. Moses was bred by and is owned by Debra & George Rezendes & Jinnie-Ann Stora and handled by Zach Helmer, the co-owner of the group leading Bloodhound.
Next up is the Working Group.