Consistency?

The Denver cluster of shows ends today, and our club members turned out in force, together with a lot of people from out of town. There were majors in bitches 3 of the 5 days, and between 8-10 specials each day. It was a nice big turnout and a chance to see some upcoming dogs.

Interestingly, there was a different BOB 4 out of 5 days: Sisco’s Ladies Love Country Boys at Seville (Trace) won twice.  We were all really pleased when 2 of those breed winners were from our club (Loren Bengston’s Breck, a harl, and Celeste Perkins’ Deuce, a black), and I was certainly pleased that color was going up.

But for Winner’s Dog and Winner’s Bitch, the results were pretty consistent.  Maricella Osterman, one of our new club members (she’s from Sweden), stuck her toe into an American show ring as an owner/handler for the first time with her new puppy Voyager’s Return of the Jedi (Stig)–and took Winner’s Dog every single day with him. She got two crossover majors and enough single points to bring her to 14 points with both majors in her first weekend of showing! If this boy can hold together he’s going to be a Grand Champion special in no time.

Fran Lass took Winner’s Bitch 3 of the 5 days with her girl Lagarada’s Forever Amber, an 8 month old pup out of Bogart. She also took Bred-by Best In Show on Thursday; this girl clearly has great things ahead. One of our club members has a male littermate to this bitch, but she she’s waiting to bring him out until he grows into himself a bit. We’re eager to see how he does as well.

I thought it was pretty interesting that the judges were all over the map with their breed picks, with different types and colors and both pro and owner-handlers winning, while with Winner’s Dog they made the same choice all 5 days, and with Winner’s Bitch it was 3 of 5 days. The competition wasn’t bad, there were nice dogs in the ring in both dog and bitches, but the judges kept coming back to the same two.

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