GCH CH Rainbow’s Splash’s Ruggedly Handsome
(photo by Derek Glas)
With over 3200 entries in the regular classes, today’s Space Coast Kennel Club Of Palm Bay, one of three all breed warm ups to the weekend’s giant AKC/Eukanuba National Championship, will go down as one of the season’s largest shows. Most of AKC’s Top 100 Dogs are entered. Conspicuously absent is the Nation’s Number One Dog, the German Shepherd Dog, GCH CH Lockenhaus Rumor Has It v Kenlyn.
GCH CH Sabe’s Simply Invincible
(photo by Gay Glazbrook)
However being a front runner in a field of over 3,000 is not a walk in the park. While the Number One, Five, and Seven Sporting Dogs, the Brittany, GCH CH Rainbow’s Splash’s Ruggedly Handsome, the German Shorthaired Pointer, GCH CH Vjk-Myst Garbonita's California Journey, and the English Springer Spaniel, GCH CH Legacy Random Titleist, all advanced to the group competition, the rest of the Sporting Top Ten failed to make it out of the breed. The Number Three was absent because of a judging change, but the others fell to the strong competition. In the other groups the Number One Hound, the Whippet, GCH CH Sporting Fields Shameless, was not entered, but the Number One Working Dog, the Boxer, GCH CH Mephisto’s Speak of the Devil, the Number One Terrier, GCH CH Cragsmoor Good Time Charlie, the Number One Toy Dog, GCH CH Hitimes What the Inferno, and the Number One Non-Sporting Dog, the Boston Terrier, GCH CH Sabe’s Simply Invincible, all showed up in their respective groups as expected.
GCH CH Baghdad Eleganza Extravaganza
The first group completed today was the Hound Group. Seven of the Top Ten Hounds were in competition today. Judge Sari Brewster Tietjin named the Saluki, GCH CH Baghdad Eleganza Extravaganza, the 15” Beagle, GCH CH Torquay Midnight Victory, the Greyhound, GCH CH GrandCru Giaconda, and the Black & Tan Coonhound, GCH CH Bayaway Jersey’s Due Process of Law, her Number One, Two, Three and Four, respectively.
GCH CH Dunhill Steeler Nation
Next up was Dr Steve Keating’s full of surprises Herding Group topped by the Bearded Collie, GCH CH Dunhill Steeler Nation. The Beardie was followed by the Puli, CH Cordmaker Mr Blue Sky, the Old English Sheepdog, GCH CH Lambluv Sultry Sensation, and the Canaan Dog, GCH CH Caliente Dangerous Gale Force Winds. Judge Jon Cole’s Toy Group was more predictable with the Nation’s Number Two Dog All Breeds, the aforementioned Pom, Danny, taking the top spot. Finishing two, three, and four were the country’s Number 14 Dog All Breeds, the Smooth Coat Chihuahua, GCH CH Sonnus Filho (Sanchez), the Number Eight Dog All Breeds, the Shih Tzu, GCH CH Hallmark Jolei Rocket Power, and the Toy Poodle, CH Foxmore Boxwood Bodeen. The above named Boston Terrier, Vinnie, was the expected winner in the Non-Sporting Group and the Number Four Dog, the Chow Chow, GCH CH Eastern-Magic Fly Me Safe, was no surprise either. However, the Number Two Dog, the Keeshond, GCH CH Ashbrook’s Easy Rider, and Number Three Dog, the French Bulldog, GCH CH Qasar Ti Amo were less predictable.
GCH CH Cragsmoor Good Time Charlie
Judge Judith Daniels tagged the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog, GCH CH Derby’s Toast with Gusto, as her Number One Working Dog over the previously mentioned group leader, the Boxer, Devlin, whom she gave the group Two. Rounding out her Top Four were the Cane Corso, GCH CH Italica’s Fifty Shades of Grey and the Samoyed, GCH CH Polar Mist Midnight Delight. Last year’s AENC winner, the Sky Terrier, GCH CH Cragsmoor Good Time Charlie, was judge Thomas Yates’ Number One Terrier. His runners up were the Norwich Terrier, GCH CH Talisen Twice As Nice, the Scottish Terrier, GCH CH Round Town Queen of Hearts of Maryscot, and the. Judge Karen Wilson chose the Brittany as her Number One Sporting Dog and the GSP, CJ, as her runner up. The Irish Setter, GCH CH Vermillon’s Sea Breeze, took the Number Three Ribbon, and the Part-Colored Cocker Spaniel, Galaksi This Is Me was fourth.
GCH CH Derby’s Toast with Gusto
Judge Gabriel Valdez of Brazil had the final call and he name the Brittany, Beckett, his BIS and the Boston Terrier, Vinnie, his RBIS. It’s just day one Orlando and already we can see that anything can happen. Check in with us tomorrow for more.