Showsight January 2021

GCH CH QUANTUM SET'R RIDGE'N BRASSWINDS FIRE AND ICE

GCH CH QUANTUM SET'R RIDGE'N BRASSWINDS FIRE AND ICE

Bred and Owned by TRACY WILES, NANCY ALEXANDER & MELISSA NEWMAN

Handled Exclusively by CARLOS CARRIZO

ANNA...REVIVING

eloquence and style

© David Gebhardt

...out of CH Brasswinds Sonrise Ahhmen... (London - only English Setter Best in Futurity...1999 followed by Best of Breed at the 2000 National) & GCH Set'r Ridge'N Creekscrossing How Great Thou Art (Carrie)

SETTER (ENGLISH)

MALE

2020

BOB WINNER

2020 AKC BREEDER OF THE YEAR TOY GROUP HONOREE

*AKC ALL BREED STATS AS OF 12/31/20

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MALTESE

MALE

2020

BOB WINNER

2020 AKC BREEDER OF THE YEAR TOY GROUP HONOREE

*AKC ALL BREED STATS AS OF 12/31/20

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MALTESE

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AFFENPINSCHER

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* AKC breed stats 12.31.20

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GCHB CLARITY REACH THE SKY VJK-MYST

This beautiful CJ daughter is ready to represent his legacy into the New Year. A great start on the highly competitive FL circuit, Jade wins big, picking up over 100 breed points in just two weeks.

Assisted by: ANTONIO VIDMAR

Owned & presented by: VALERIE NUNES-ATKINSON

Owned by: CARLEY SIMPSON, YVONNE HASSLER-DETERDING & CLAIRE MALCOLM

Bred by: CLAIRE MALCOLM & MARIAH DUPUY

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POINTER (GERMAN SHORTHAIRED)

Group Winning GCHB CLARITY REACH THE SKY VJK-MYST

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CHINESE CRESTED, SPANIEL (COCKER) PARTI-COLOR

GCH iLove Rhapsody Always Zen

Owner/Breeder: iLove Maltese Cynthia Chan Lee www.facebook.com/iLovemaltesecr/ www.ilovemaltese.com

Handlers: Rhapsody Legados Kennel Tonia Holibaugh Edgar Cruz Guevara

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MALTESE

GCH iLove Rhapsody Always Zen (CH Rhapsody’s Stairway To Heaven ROM* x Multi CH Am GCHG Always Pearl ROM*) Thank you judge Mr. Johnny Shoemaker for recognizing Zen at the AKC National Championship Show.

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POMERANIANS & BIEWER TERRIERS T riple C rown

Congratulations TO THE BIEWER TERRIER FOR MOVING TO THE TOY GROUP. TRIPLE CROWN HAD MANY “FIRSTS” OF THE MAJOR WINS AND GROUP PLACEMENT IN THE TOY GROUP OF THE BIEWER TERRIERS!

ZINAIR ROSSITA, CM4 Tasha

2021 Best of Breed Nolan River KC, 2021 Best of Op- posite Corpus Christi KC, 2 5 Point majors. Thank you to judges Ms. Denny Mounce and Mr. John Booth. 2018 BTCA designated National Specialty Best of Breed, Group 4 AKC FSS Best in Show Multi AKC FSS Best in Show and AKC Best in Miscellaneous Bred by Daniel Konti Kennels Owned by Michele Lyons and Daniel Yona

Donny RUS. CH IRISH JAZZ DZHAGA-DZHAGA, CM7

2021 Corpus Christi KC Best of Breed and Best of Opposite, 2 5 point majors. Thank you to judges Mr. John Booth and Ms. Gloria Kerr. Highest winning record of any AKC Biewer Terrier in AKC FSS 2020 AKC US Royal Canin National Championship Best of Breed and Best in Miscellaneous

2017 BTCA Designated Specialty Best of Breed and Best in Show

Multi FSS Best in Show and AKC Best in Miscellaneous Bred by Irena Belova Owned by Michele Lyons and Daniel Yona

WWW.TRIPLECROWNPOMERANIANS.COM

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BIEWER TERRIER

POMERANIANS & BIEWER TERRIERS T riple C rown

RUS. CH OLA DE GRAS VERY WONDERFUL WINS, CM4 Win

ALL BREED STANDINGS * 2021 #1 BiewerTerrier

2021 Nolan River KC 2 Best of Breed 5 point major wins and Group 4. First Biewer Terrier to win a Toy Group placement and Best of Breed Major win. Thank you to Judges Mrs. Inge Semenschin and Mr. Timothy Robbins. 2020 Orlando Cluster Best in Breed 2019 AKC US Royal Canin National Championship Best of Breed and Best of Miscellaneous Bred by Olga Ptichenko Owned by Michele Lyons, Cindy Iken, Daniel Yona and Theresa Tafoya All Biewer Terriers shown exclusively unless Owner/Handled by Tonia Holibaugh and Edgar Cruz Guevara

*AKC stats as of 1/25/21

WWW.TRIPLECROWNPOMERANIANS.COM

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LOOK FOR KIKI & PAUL IN 2021

& PAUL

OWNED BY JAYME LEMAIRE, CAROL URICK & ROBERT E. LAYNE BRED BY

CAROLINE MCNAMARA EXPERTLY PRESENTED BY PAUL LEVESQUE

DIVINE ACRES LEMAIRE KIKI DO U LOVE ME

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GREAT DANE

WHAT A TEAM! LOOKING FORWARD TO 2021

& PAUL

OWNED BY JAYME LEMAIRE BRED BY CYNDI HARDY EXPERTLY PRESENTED BY PAUL LEVESQUE

MULTIPLE GROUP PLACING GCHB KMA LEMAIRE’S GLADIATOR GCH CH MJM N MA I T AU BE T T ER BE L I EVE I T CGC x KMA BEDROCK WI L L NVR B DA SAME

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SPANIEL (ENGLISH SPRINGER)

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*AKC BREED STATS 2019 & AS OF 12/31/20

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AMERICAN FOXHOUND *AKC STATS AS OF 12/31/20

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*AKC STATS 2019

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MBIS SBIS GCHB CHARTEROAK TRAXX OF Grandeur

“Look Inside Yourself Simba, You Are More than What You Have Become…”

…quote by Mufasa from the “Lion King”

“SIMBA” resting under a laurel tree with his “lions share” of awards from his first shows of the year! Simba has amassed a momentous record of 18 Hound Group Firsts that resulted in 9 Best in Shows Our appreciation to these judges for their recent awards on the Florida circuit: Mr. Eugene Blake Mr. Jon Cole Mr. Robert Hutton Dr. Eric Liebes Mr. George Marquis Ms. Elizabeth Muthard Mr. Charles Olvis Mr. Jeffery Pepper Mrs. Jacqueline Stacy Mrs. Patricia Trotter Mr. John Wade

Grandeur – Evelyn and Bill Rechler

CHARTEROAK – Gene and Shelly Vaccaro

Exclusive Handler – Teri Tevlin

AFGHAN HOUND

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MBIS SBIS GCHB CHARTEROAK TRAXX OF Grandeur

“SIMBA” STARTS OUT THE NEW YEAR AS ONE OF THE “TOP DOGS ALL BREEDS” WINNING A “LIONS SHARE” ON THE HUGELY COMPETITIVE FLORIA CIRCUIT

Pictured with Judges Eric Liebes and Jacqueline Stacy

Pictured with Judges Patricia Trotter and Charles Olvis

Grandeur – Evelyn and Bill Rechler

CHARTEROAK – Gene and Shelly Vaccaro

Exclusive Handler – Teri Tevlin

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MULTIPLE GROUP WINNING

2019 NATIONAL SPECIALTY WINNER

TRIPLE CROWN BISS NATIONAL SPECIALTY WEEK

ALL BREED BEST IN SHOW

MULTIPLE ALL BREED RESERVE BEST IN SHOW

MULTIPLE REGIONAL SPECIALTY BEST IN SHOW

© HAN 2020

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B I S, M R B I S, M B I S S, G C H G SilverLakes C G C A, T K A THERE’S NO BUSINESS LIKE SHOW BUSINESS

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POINTER (GERMAN SHORTHAIRED)

BREEDER/OWNER/HANDLERS: BARBARA & DR. GARY MCNEILL

BREEDERS OF MERIT OKLAHOMA CITY, OK 405-833-1774 SILVERLAKEGSPS.COM

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THANK YOU J UDG E S MR . R ANDY E . GA R R E N AND MS . K ATHRYN A . COWS E RT FOR AWA R D I NG OU R B OY

OWN E R : K A R E N P I PK I N • B R E E D E R S : K A R E N P I PK I N & JAN E G E NT Z E N • HAND L E R : DY L AN K I P P

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RHODESIAN RIDGEBACK

GRACERIDGE COURAGE S I R L ANC E L OT O F C J S R ANCH silver grand champion

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CARDIGAN WELSH CORGI

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HILLWOOD HOT CHILD IN THE CITY MULTIPLE ALL BREED BEST IN SHOW & MULTIPLE RESERVE BEST IN SHOW WINNING

BEST IN SHOW–MR. DANA CLINE

GROUP FIRST–MRS. PATRICIA TROTTER THANK YOU JUDGES! OUR SINCERE APPRECIATION TO EVERYONE WHO HAS RECOGNIZED THE QUALITY OF THIS OUTSTANDING BICHON BITCH.

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BICHON FRISE

ALWAYS BREEDER/ OWNER HANDLED

BREEDERS/OWNERS ELLEN M. CHARLES, LISA BETTIS, PAULA & MATT ABBOTT

BREEDER PAULA HENDRICKS

HANDLER LISA BETTIS

ASSISTED BY NATALIE TAYLOR

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G C H C H C H E F ’ S B O U R B O N S T R E E T

P R I N C E S S O F G O L D S H I E L D S

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FRENCH BULLDOG

HANDLERS DIEGO & EVE GARCIA

BREEDERS STEVE TERRY, PERRY PAYSON & HILARY BRANSCUM

OWNERS WAYNE KERR, PASOBUM@AOL.COM & STEVE TERRY

fiona G C H C H C H E F ’ S B O U R B O N S T R E E T P R I N C E S S O F G O L D S H I E L D S

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A S H L I E WH I T MO R E & A L F O N S O E S C O B E D O

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GREYHOUND

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...out of CH Brasswinds Sonrise Ahhmen... (London - only Eng by Best of Breed at the 2000 National) & GCH Set'r Ridge'N C

GCH CH QUANTUM SET'R RIDGE'N BRASSWINDS FIRE AND ICE

SETTER (ENGLISH)

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© David Gebhard

CONTENTS

...out of CH Brass by Best of Breed at

GCH CH QUANTUM SET'R RIDGE'N BRASSWINDS FIRE AND ICE

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Message from the Publisher AJ ARAPOVIC

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Dogs, Virtually DAN SAYERS

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Form Follows Function STEPHANIE SEABROOK HEDGEPATH

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Remembering AKC Field Representative William Harold Holbrook LINDA AYERS TURNER KNORR

180 Affenpinscher VARIOUS GUESTS

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Boston Terrier VARIOUS GUESTS

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Breeder Interview: Margaret Peat ALLAN REZNIK

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Miniature American Shepherd VARIOUS GUESTS

84

Lines From Linda LINDA AYERS TURNER KNORR

205 Russell Terrier VARIOUS GUESTS

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Breeding With Intention CELESTE M. GONZALEZ

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Saluki VARIOUS GUESTS

114

The Ring Steward WALTER SOMMERFELT

220 Biewer Terrier VARIOUS GUESTS

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Memories Captured LINDA AYERS TURNER KNORR

230 Coming Attractions

130 Sporting Group VARIOUS GUESTS

232 Index to Advertisers

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A M E S S A G E F R OM T H E P U B L I S H E R

GREETINGS, FRIENDS.

T his is a New Year, 2021! The SHOWSIGHT name has been just officially Trademarked by the United States of America and our new tag- line is “THE PLACE FOR PUREBRED DOGS WITH PURPOSE.” I am delighted to bring you the first edition of SHOWSIGHT for 2021. In this issue, our pages are overflowing with inspired and inspiring articles, irresistible stories, provocative ideas, edu- cational breed features, interviews with notable Sporting Group Judges, and a bounty of beautiful purebred dogs that will be shown from now until Westminster Week, if not all year long. In this and future editions of SHOWSIGHT , you’ll find sev- en to fourteen individual breeds featured. Each in-depth exami- nation will be compiled by a parent club working in tandem with our editorial department. For some breeds, we will publish arti- cles prepared by individual breeders and judges as well. In addi- tion to these breed features, we will publish individual stories, interviews, news and educational articles on one or two Groups. Not a month goes by that we are not told that SHOW- SIGHT’S editorial is second to none. While this makes us extremely happy, it has also added a lot of positive pressure for us to continue delivering content that informs and inspires our readers. One of the areas that we will be concentrating on this year is breed education. To that end, we have decided to bring on a few more Contributing Editors to our existing lineup of talented writers who have thousands of fans every month. At the same time, we plan to publish inspirational articles provided by various dog clubs and dog show organizations so that they can share their plans for the coming year. REACH! This is where we have excelled four-fold in a very short time. Building readerships over the past 24 months and retain- ing these relationships month after month has been the hardest thing I have ever done in business, including my first year when I came to SHOWSIGHT . In 2010, the magazine was struggling, but I didn’t quit then... and I’m not quitting now. During the past ten years, we have earned the trust of thousands of breeders, handlers, exhibitors, and judges. Thank you, to everyone who has helped us reach almost 40,000 Subscribers and over 100,000 Followers on Social Media. We were always sure that we could publish top quality con- tent, but to reach just about every single person within the dog show community in the States and in Canada we felt that it would take years. While we have been able to reach just about everyone who is part of AKC in the States, we are still hard at work when it comes to reaching many overseas fanciers and every Canadian. To accomplish this goal, it has required thousands of phone calls, emails, and text messages. As mentioned, we are on the brink of reaching 40,000 subscribers, which is more than SHOWSIGHT has gained in it’s whole 29 years of existence, and this number does not count our almost 100,000 Social Media Followers who include dog show enthusiasts, purebred dog breeders, puppy buyers, and owners of dog-related business- es such as veterinary offices, boarding kennels, grooming shops, training facilities, food brands, and more. Visits to SHOWSIGHT.com introduce dog lovers from around the world to more breeds, more clubs, more sports, more dog show organizations, and more people who care about pure- bred dog preservation and promotion. We want all of our follow- ers to visit our site daily to receive our magazine and to keep up with the latest developments within the sport.

During the pandemic, our advertising numbers fell due to a lack of dog shows, but we didn’t give up and we are glad we didn’t. Since we launched our new website in December, 2020, our online engagement has increased over 1,000 percent, which we were hoping to achieve within 12 to 24 months, not within a single month! It is astonishing how many dog show people, including judges, are reading our digital issues and breed-specif- ic articles. We have launched an educational digital publication for every single AKC Registered Breed, and there is not a day that goes by when a few hundred people, sometimes thousands, aren’t visiting our online library. The beautiful thing about digi- tal publications is that we can prove how many people actually visit our website. (In print, you can only prove how many copies are prints, not how many pages are read.) This is why we will be publishing live engagement results. In a nutshell, it is all about transparency and you will get this from SHOWSIGHT . My promise to you is: QUALITY. QUALITY. QUALITY. Everyone associated with SHOWSIGHT has purebred dogs and the best interests of the dog show community at heart. SHOWSIGHT will give the same amount of respect to every- one, no matter if you are a newcomer or someone who has helped to build the community over many years. New people should be welcomed with open arms into our community because they are a huge part of our sport’s future. They will help us to discover what types of education and support are needed. It’s simple, the way SHOWSIGHT will do things: We will learn what new breeders and exhibitors need from our community and we will be asking many successful dog show people to help us give them what they need. I will be sharing more and more details on a monthly, if not weekly, basis with proof. I have to say that just about 90 per- cent of the words that I share with you aren’t just my own. They are coming straight from genuine dog show professionals, the purebred dog breeders who have dedicated their lives to purebred dogs and the dog show community. We get on the phone day in and day out and dial the Who’s Who and the Newcomers within our community. Then, we come back and call the experts, those people whom I feel know much more than I do to help me cre- ate a plan to assist the community. My wife, Hanifa, and I are a young family (God-willing, we are expecting our third child) who have been accepted by the dog show community for 11 years now. The dog show community has enabled us to do what we have been doing over the past 4 years and, finally, we aren’t just talking anymore about what we will do... we are actually getting results. My family’s life is dog shows—purebred dogs. Please visit www.showsightmagazine.com daily to stay up to date, read top-quality editorial, and learn about every single AKC Registered Breed under our Breed Magazines Menu link. God Bless you and your family. Stay strong and stay healthy. Great times are on the way... Yours Sincerely,

AJ ARAPOVIC, OWNER & PUBLISHER

Est 1992

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*Pending AKC confirmation NORFOLK TERRIER

DOGS,

VIRTUALLY

BY DAN SAYERS CYBER CLASSROOMS CONNECT OUR COMMUNITY

T he sport of dogs and dog shows are not one and the same. Though con- formation shows have always been the most visible type of event offered by the American Ken- nel Club, their prominence has been challenged by an expanded offering of companion events and perfor- mance sports. (Of course, the global pandemic and the event cancella- tions that followed haven’t been too helpful either.) Thankfully, many hard-working show chairs, super- intendents, and AKC field reps— together with a cadre of dedicated judges, ring stewards, and volun-

AKC MoD VIRTUAL TOURS Canine historians and dog lovers the world over can visit the AKC Museum of the Dog ( museu- mofthedog.org ) from the comfort and safety of their living room or home office. The world-class institu- tion offers interactive online access to various AKC MoD collections, providing devotees of both dogs and art the opportunity to leisurely stroll through the institution’s many galleries. The current exhi- bition, Hollywood Dogs, can be viewed for a one- dollar donation. Access to previous exhibitions, including Presidential Dogs and Best in Show: Past Winners at Westminster, are free. AKC TV Most exhibitors are familiar with AKC TV ( akc.tv ) through its livestream coverage of some of the largest and most prestigious dog shows in America. Perhaps lesser known is the network’s catalog of dog-related topics that appeal to both the third-generation fancier and the green-as- grass newcomer. The site’s video library includes programs that cover everything from training tips and nutrition to a Junior Handler Spotlight and Vet’s Corner. This is television for dog people. SOCIAL NETWORKS Who hasn’t learned a thing or two from social media? Social networking services like Facebook and Instagram offer members the chance to partic- ipate freely in virtual communities that can teach and uplift—or taunt and tear-down. The choice, of course, is up to each member. Benevolent breed- ers with a penchant for education and encourage- ment use these sites to share photos of breeders and dogs of yore, and to pose thoughtful questions that may be relevant to today’s enthusiasts. The desire to teach and a willingness to learn have always been elemental to the sport’s success. Thanks to the cyber classroom, fanciers are able to continue their education—and stay connect- ed—even when the show has been cancelled.

teers—have managed to “keep the lights on” at various show sites throughout the country. For fanciers who have been able and willing to attend these events, dog shows have endured. However, for the majority of breeders and exhibitors, participation in the “sport” has been limited to home-based connectivity. Here are just of few of the online resources that have been keeping our

community connected. WEB OF WONDER

What did we do before we had instant access to websites? People may enjoy complaining about them, but there’s no denying the usefulness of a good web- site for dispensing news and information. Show results are certainly a use- ful feature, however, there’s so much more to the sport than bragging rights and boasting. To find breed-specific data, Showsight ( showsightmagazine.com ) offers a convenient and comprehensive library of digital breed magazines on a new site that has been rebranded, The Place for Purebred Dogs with Purpose. (And you don’t even need a library card.) AKC CANINE COLLEGE Can anyone pass up FREE continuing education classes? The AKC Canine College ( caninecollege.akc.org ) offers a variety of complimentary online courses designed to assist judges, exhibitors, and breeders with topics ranging from anatomy and selection to whelping and medical intervention. Several free webinars are available for review as are procedural videos that address impor- tant assessment skills, including oral examinations, chest spanning proce- dures, and the proper way to lift a Pekingese. Additional breed-specific courses are offered for a nominal fee.

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A few years ago, I wrote an article about the functioning herding dog and its move- ment. The last paragraph of that article was as follows: “Let me now state that while we are discussing a particular feature of the herding dogs—gait—let us not fall into the trap of putting too much emphasis on any one part of the dog. While movement is the proof of structure, we must always look at the dog as a WHOLE. We should not discard all of him just because we do not like one part of him, unless that one part is so faulty as to make him totally unable to perform his original purpose. Please think about this for a moment. If you have a well-bred dog of excellent overall breed type that has one glaring fault, would you discard him (or her) as a breeding animal because of that one fault? If the whole dog paints the proper picture and, overall, the dog in motion is equal or nearly equal to the picture the dog pres- ents to us when standing still, then isn’t that what we should be looking for whether for show or as breeding stock (which should actually be one and the same)? On the other hand, we may often be presented a dog with an outstanding breed characteristic, but also with several minor faults or maybe even a major fault. As judges, if we do not reward or at least somehow recognize the dog in the show ring that presents to us some magnificent feature, then we will often wind up with a dog as the winner that has no outstanding faults, but neither does he possess any outstanding virtues. What is left is mediocrity. Fault judge only when you are preparing to breed a dog, so that you know what it is you need to correct in the breeding. Look for the outstanding features of the dog when you are evaluating them in the show ring. It is the outstanding features that we want to perpetuate, not the faults! ” FAULT JUDGING BY STEPHANIE HEDGEPATH

“WHILE MOVEMENT IS THE PROOF OF STRUCTURE, WE MUST ALWAYS LOOK AT THE DOG AS A WHOLE.”

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2020 #2 ALL BREED AND #2 BREED TOY FOX TERRIER* FLYER wins Best of Breed at the AKC National Championship Show! FLASH Flyer wins BOB at 5 of the 6 Brooksvil le shows he was shown in!

*AKC breed & al l breed stats as of 12/31/20

SUSAN AND STEVE THIBODEAUX KALLMEE—HOME OF EXCEPTIONAL DOGS SINCE 1978, COCOA, FL FLYER G C H K A L L M E E T H E A E R I A L I S T g r o u p w i n n i n g , m u l t i g r o u p p l a c i n g

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TOY FOX TERRIER

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Not long after that column was sent in for publication, I learned about an incident concerning a dog in another country that was eliminated at a show because he had one missing inci- sor. ONE missing incisor! This was at an FCI show. The breed standard from the country of origin (which FCI uses for each breed) states: “Mouth—Jaws strong with perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws.” The only thing I see that would indicate that all teeth concerning the bite should be present are the words “perfect” and “complete.” However, nowhere in the standard does it state that a missing tooth or teeth is a fault in the breed. Please refer to Figure 1. I had been corresponding with the owners on another mat- ter and they told me what had happened and how shocked they were when the breed club in their country withdrew his titles earned as well as their permission to breed him due to the one missing lower incisor. He was already a champion in at least one of the European countries in which he had been shown. I was absolutely flabbergasted. I knew the dog from many photos seen on Facebook and I knew that he was a lovely representative of the breed. All I could think was how could this possibly happen that a dog could be so cavalierly dismissed from the ring and his breeders’ and owners’ hearts shattered with one callous act? I actually contacted a friend in Scandinavia to confirm that what they told me was true, and she said it was so. The size of this missing tooth is only a tiny part of the dog as a whole. What is important is how critical that one tiny part is to the proper function of the dog. The bite in a herding dog is important, depending upon the work the dog was bred to do, but one missing incisor is only 1/12 (.0833) of a full complement of incisors. Often, true working dogs lose more than one tooth in the rigors of work and continue to fulfill their duties day after day their entire working lives. I think thatwhatwe should all get out of this situation is thatwe should never become so fixated on one part of a dog that we can’t see the forest for the trees. We cannot get “hung up” on heads or tail carriage or teeth (choose your part) causing us to automatical- ly eliminate that dog from the ring—or our breeding programs.

If we do, we do a great disservice to our breed and our sport. About the only hang-up we should all have is tempera- ment, because without a good temperament a dog cannot be a good pet, much less a good show dog! For any questions or comments or to schedule a semi- nar on structure and movement, contact me by email— jimanie@welshcorgi.com. I have been pondering this situation since [the dog had its title withdrawn] and wish I could come to some conclu- sions that would make sense of this entire incident, but I simply cannot. All I can do is urge us all to look at each dog as a whole, know our standards inside and out, and know the vital breed characteristics for our own breeds so that we can guard and preserve them for the next generation. What we must not do is judge a dog 90% (or 99%!) on ONE thing. All dogs have faults. We need to understand why specific faults carry more weight than others and how these faults would endanger the hallmarks of our breed. Then what we need to do is to be aware of which faults occur in our own breeding stock and try to breed away from them. Sounds simple, but we all know this can be difficult to accomplish. Even so, we should never stop trying. As a footnote to the situation I reported on, the dog has since found a great home in another country. He will con- tinue his show career (he was doing a good bit of winning before the tooth incident) and will be able to contribute his lovely breed type to the gene pool there. “ALL I CAN DO IS URGE US ALL TO LOOK AT EACH DOG AS A WHOLE, KNOW OUR STANDARDS INSIDE AND OUT, AND KNOW THE VITAL BREED CHARACTERISTICS FOR OUR OWN BREEDS SO THAT WE CAN GUARD AND PRESERVE THEM FOR THE NEXT GENERATION.”

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LINES FROM LINDA REMEMBERING AKC FIELD REPRESENTATIVE WILLIAM HAROLD HOLBROOK 1924 - 2019 REMINISCING WITH JANINE WALKER-KEITH

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O ne of the blessings of spending time at home during the pandemic shutdown has been having time to reminisce with friends. Recently, California dog fancier Janine Walker-Keith of Incandescent Collies and I shared many old stories about one of our mutual favorites, AKC Field Rep. William “Bill” Holbrook, who passed away in 2019. During the 1992 American Kennel Club Judges Institute in Ontario, Califor- nia, I was shaken from my bed by my first earthquake experience. Having seen the movies about the great San Francisco quake too many times, I was totally terrified!!! I called my parents, Roy and Hazel Ayers, in Atlanta and they told me to find our close family friend, Bill Holbrook, and go stay with him. My husband, Jim, agreed. They knew Bill would take care of me. I ran from my room to find the male leaders of the Institute gathered for break- fast. They realized I was shocked with fear, but when I told them my parents told me to “stay” with Bill Holbrook, you can just imagine the kidding that took place. I will always remember the hysterical stories Jack Ward, Harry Smith, Dr. James Edwards, and Ted Kjellstrom continually repeated about that incident.

This close knit group of Holbrook’s Collie friends surround him at the 1992 California AKC Judges Institute. Back row L/R: Dr. Ted Kjellstrom, Helene Forthal, Mary Wells, and Al Forthal. Front row L/R: Linda Ayers Turner Knorr, Bill Holbrook, and Helga Kane.

Counting on Bill Holbrook to protect me in the event of a catastrophe. I survived the earthquake during the 1992 AKC Judges Institute in Ontario, California!

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With my insisting that she do so, Janine Walker-Keith shared a fare- well salute that she’d penned with the history of Bill’s involvement in the world of dogs. The Sport of Dogs celebrates the life of a very dedicated AKC Field Representative of twenty-nine years, Bill Holbrook of Buffington Col- lies. The kennel name was established in 1939 in Lincoln, Nebraska, by his future bride, Janet (known as Jidge). Jidge used the prefix in her first Collie’s name, Count of Buffington (Buff), the dog that sired Steve Field’s first litter of Collies in 1940. Mr. Field later developed the great and well-known Parader Collies located in Omaha, Nebraska. Teen-age Bill Holbrook met Jidge in a high school play in his home- town of Lincoln when he played a handsome young male star. Accord- ing to Bill, he knew he had made the conquest when he finally suc- ceeded in kissing Jidge goodnight without Buff trying to stand guard between them. Bill courted Jidge for seven years before marrying her in 1947 after becoming a member of The Greatest Generation by serving his country with honor, bravery, and valor from 1942 to 1946 during World War ll. In 1951, Bill entered the “World of AKC” by volunteer- ing to be the show chairman for Cornhusker Kennel Club. In 1954, the Holbrooks moved from Nebraska to sunny Long Beach, California, but soon settled in Granada Hills, just east of Los Angeles where dog shows were very competitive and Collie specialty shows drew entries of over 100 dogs with 40–50 puppies entered in futurity stakes. Bill and Judge sincerely enjoyed, and never forgot, the longtime friendships they made with many California Collie fanciers. Bill soon became a Collie Club of America District Director, CCA First Vice President, and a successful, well-known professional handler. Twenty years later, the Holbrooks moved north to the beautiful state of Washington, mainly to the town of Sequim. Without a doubt, Bill Holbrook wore many hats as he spent his entire adult life as a guardian of the Sport of Dogs, and along the way was a Collie breeder, exhibi- tor, professional handler, AKC approved judge in 1969, mentor, true friend who always did so much for others, devoted husband, loving father of Nancy and Mike, and Jenny’s adoring grandfather. In 1980, Bill became an AKC Field Representative who always worked with a fair and level playing field for the good of all. He was known for his soft-spoken guidance and opinion, patience and generosity, honesty and fairness, along with being a good listener who was filled with common sense and had a wonderful sense of humor. Gentlemen respected Bill and ladies adored him. Bill retired from being an AKC Rep in 2007 at the age of 82 and started judging once again. In 2013, he was nominated an AKC Life- time Achievement Award Finalist. While living in Southern California from 1954 to the mid-1970s, Bill and Jidge made Collies and the Sport of Dogs a true family affair by including their pretty young daughter, Nancy Jan Holbrook. With guidance from both parents, eight-year-old Nancy began obedience training her own beautiful winning Collie of that era, Ch. Blazer of Buffington CDX, bred by Bill and Jidge in 1957 and still remembered by many. To quote Jidge, “Perhaps the greatest Collie we will ever house here, both in conformation and character, is Blazer. Nancy picked Blazer from a litter of seven puppies when she was six years old and the litter was two hours old. It was a simple selection based on the white blaze on his face, like Lassie. Blazer had a bout with distemper follow- ing a live virus vaccine that prevented him from gaining enough weight until 1960 when he was finally shown in conformation, winning Best of Breed over five specials at the San Fernando KC. He finished his cham- pionship eight months later and went on to win the 1963 Southern California Collie Tournament with eleven-year old Nancy handling him, resulting in a trip to Chicago for the Holbrook family to attend the CCA National show. Nancy was the only child handler in a ring of 35

(left to right) Bill Holbrook, Glen Twiford, and Dr. William Brokken. 2001 – This historic photo was taken at the San Diego Collie Club of longtime AKC Field Representative, Bill Holbrook, acknowledging and awarding icon Glen Twiford of Wind-Call Collies for 50 years of AKC judging, with a speech from his heart, and an AKC plaque. Collie Club of America past president, Dr. William Brokken, also honored Mr. Twiford on behalf of CCA.

1965 – Koani’s Little Bo Peep. Santa Ana Valley KC, Judge Ed Myers. Handler: Bill Holbrook. Owner: Doris Koani.

1966 - Ch. Long Ridge Dark Moment. Bill piloted the tri dog under Walter Lee at Orange. Empire KC and soon finished him under Steve Field at Arz. Collie Clan show. Owner: Henry Oyama.

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specials. I must admit that my eyes were tearful when, as her turn came to gait Blazer, I saw not only ringside spectators applauding for them, but also the exhibitors inside the ring. Like father, like daughter. Bill’s outstanding handling skills were obviously passed down to Nancy. Other Collies associated with the Holbrooks and their Buffington pre- fix were Lady Dewbrook of Buffington, dam of Blazer (1957), Ch. Sir Ree Bob of Buffington (1958), Ch. Buffington Gambler O’ Walita (1963) and Ch. Buffington’s Lady Nutmeg (1960). In 1967, Holbrook’s Koani Kaper was bred to Ch. Parader’s Reflection, producing Helga Kane’s breathtaking Ch. Kanebriar Holbrook Halloo, dam of Ch. Kanebriar Keynote (1970), an outstanding winner of his era as well. Mentoring is the transfer of knowledge. Often it results in lasting friendship. Little did Doris Koani (Koani Collies) know in 1964 when she bred Koani Mokahana Button, a daughter of Ch. Blazer of Buffington CDX, to Ch. Linbairn Autumn of Clelland (a breeding based on Ted Kattell’s dog, Borco’s Roger Bright) that the sale of a handsome sable male puppy from the litter would have a profound effect on the entire Collie commu- nity for the next 50 years and form a close friendship based on mentoring. It was Al and Helene Forthal who purchased the pretty sable male puppy in 1964, naming him Shane McDuff of Koani. The couple set in motion Shoreham Collies, one of the most consistent and successful Col- lie breeding programs based on a small scale that this country has ever witnessed, which produced the top specialty-winning Collie of all time. Fortunately, along with Al’s purchase of Shane came a knowledgeable mentor and future longtime friend, Bill Holbrook, who guided Al early on into the Sport of Dogs. The charming vintage photograph of “Button” with three of her pup- pies has true historical value. It pictorially takes us back to Al Forthal’s introduction to exhibiting Collies thanks to Bill Holbrook’s friendship and mentoring. At the 2005 San Diego Collie Club specialty show, club members, spectators, friends, and exhibitors threw a huge surprise party for Al and Helene Forthal to thank them for nearly six decades of priceless contribu- tion to the Collie. When Bill Holbrook heard about the party-to-be, he sent the following letter to be publish in the SDCC catalog, followed by a shorter version that fit nicely on a catalog page. Ah, yes: Four-thal In the decade of the ‘60s in California there were a number of couples showing and enjoying their Collies: Al and Helene Forthal (Shoreham), Svend and Joyce Jensen (Valley-Hi), Jim and Pat Martin (Wonderland), The Holbrooks (Buffington), Lynn and Pete Peterson (Highland), Milt and LaVerne Walker (San Lori), Hal and Paula Dickinson of the pop- ular singing group, The Modernaires (Three Trees), Hal and Lunnette Goodrich (Lunnette’s), and Joyce and Marshal Appel. At the beginning, Al kept landing in 4th place…and we all teased him for being “Mr. Four-thal.” As his handling skills progressed, he became Mr. Third-al, Mr. Second-al and Mr. First-al. About this time, Al’s astute Collie, Shane McDuff of Koani, a grand- son of our beloved Ch. Blazer of Buffington CDX, helped him polish his handling skills all the way to the Winners markers. This enabled us to celebrate the Forthal’s first champion by changing Al’s name to “Mr. Win-all.” I remember being at Doris Koani’s home sorting through the lovely litter in which the dam, Button, was sired by our Blazer, and it con- tained Al’s first champion, Shane…So many great memories of those golden years. The Collie ringside was one of the happier places to be in the 1960s, and Al helped make it so. We cherish our fun time with you, Al and Helene. Love, Bill and Jidge Holbrook

1965 – Bill with Ch. Buffington Gambler O’Walita. Jidge with Ch. Blazer of Buffington CDX.

1962 – Blazer winning SoCal Collie Club w/Jidge handling. Nancy holds trophy with Lew Carpenter of Lewellen Collies. Judge Van Dyck (left) and Ted Kattell of Borco Collies (right).

1957 – Six-year-old Nancy Holbrook with her puppy, Blazer, whelped February 19, 1957. Blazer won his first ribbon at a So. Cal. CC match, August 18, 1957.

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1959 – Eight-year-old Nancy Holbrook with mature and beautiful Blazer.

1963 – Eleven-year-old Nancy with Blazer. She was the only child handler in the 1963 CCA specials ring.

Bill’s Collie love affair began in 1958 with Ch. Sir Ree Bob of Buffington.

1978 - At his first Collie Club of America National judging assignment, Holbrook’s choice for BOB over an entry 938 Collies was Ch. Tartanside the Gladiator, co-owned, handled, and bred by John Buddie - Tartanside Collies.

2010 Collie Club of America - Judge Bill Holbrook awarding WD to Arrowhill Swords Held High handled by Laurie Jeff Greer. Trophy presented by CCA former President Robert Futh.

Feb. 1969 - Al Forthal wins the Arz. Collie Clan Futurity Stakes with future great Ch. Shoreham Desdemona under Bill Holbrook. ”Dede” opened doors for future Collie bitches to win BOV and BOB over male specials. Al and “DeDe” were a phenomenon thanks to Bill Holbrook’s guidance and mentoring. Later in 1969, Bill was AKC licensed to judge.

CCA Best of Breed win! The total entry was 938 Collies, which was unheard of during the 1970s. Certainly no one can tell Bill’s story better than he did in the 2010 Collie Club of America catalog upon his second CCA assign- ment, held in his “old stomping grounds,” Southern California. William Holbrook, 2010 CCA—Dog Classes: “I met my first purebred show Collie, Count of Buffington, when I was a junior in high school in Lincoln, Nebraska. His mistress, Janet (call-name “Jidge”) began a long-standing love affair (that included the Collie breed). Together we owned and showed some wonderful dogs, with our first co-owned Collie being Pleasant Hill D’ Ebon Rhapsody from Billy Aschenbrener. A longtime friendship developed with Steve Field who used “Buff” to sire his first litter of Collie pups (born in 1940). I received my all-breed handler’s license from AKC in 1964. I would like to extend a big THANK YOU to all the Collie people who let me show and finish their dogs—they made me a good handler! When I stopped handling, I obtained my license to judge Collies and Shelties in 1969. I was the District Director for Southern California as well as First Vice President of the CCA. Then, in 1980, I was invited to be an Executive Field Representative by the American Kennel Club. I then had to resign as an AKC judge. I spent the next 29 years as an AKC Rep. When I retired in 2007, I again began judging. I am now approved for Col- lies, Shelties, Malamutes, Samoyeds, Siberians, and the Toy Group and Best in Show. My prior highlight in judging was the 1978 CCA where I judged dogs and intersex in Louisville, Kentucky.” He calmed my fears from a California earthquake. It seems the only thing Bill Holbrook didn’t do during his life was wear a red cape and leap tall buildings in a single bound. Instead, for nearly 70 years, he crossed our paths, touched our lives, and left a lasting impression. He is absent from our world, but will remain in our memories.

Janine recalled to me, “I met Bill Holbrook for the first time in the late ‘60s, during my teen years. He was handling and won with a rough-coated Sable and white Collie puppy bitch at Silver Bay KC, held at the corner of 6th Avenue and Laurel Street in Balboa Park near the San Diego Zoo, which is the same beautiful location where the San Diego Collie Club held their first puppy match in 1949. I attended the Silver Bay KC show that summer without an entry as it was a time in my life that I preferred to watch and study some of the best handlers on the West Coast such as Frank Sabella, Lina Basquette, Terrie McCullough Parker, Roz Durham, Patricia Craig, Tony Gwinner, Fon Johnson, Barbara Humphries, and Bill Holbrook. Bill was very gracious when I stopped him outside the ring after judging to ask him a few questions. I told him I thought his handling was “precise and very smooth” and would he please give me some pointers? With a smile he told me to always show well- trained Collies and don’t “fidget around” with the dog in the ring because judges don’t like to see “fidgety handlers.” I will never for- get that day; Bill’s smile, his good advice, and our laughter. What a treat it was, later on, to correspond with Bill and Jidge and visit with Bill as the AKC Rep at dog shows held in the Northwest and at various CCA nationals where he was “our” AKC Representative. A few years previously, I watched Bill handle Blazer, with Nancy assisting, while I sat in a bleacher seat at a February Silver Bay Ken- nel Club show held in the old San Diego Convention Center. I was awestruck watching such a calm, stable, and glamourous Collie come ringside with his head held high. To impress me more, Blazer won Best of Breed that day.” Bill’s first Collie Club of America assignment at Louisville, Ken- tucky, in 1978, is historic on two levels; his Best of Breed winner and the total size of the entry. Bill judged a portion of the dog classes and all intersex, awarding Best of Breed to Ch. Tartanside the Gladiator from the Veteran Class, making it “Buster’s” third

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