After a rousing rendition of the National Anthem by the cast of the Broadway play Jersey Boys, judging of the Hound Group got down to business at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show.
Judge Doug Johnson, of Clussex Clumber and Sussex Spaniel fame, chose the up-and-coming Bloodhound, GCh. Flessner’s International S’Cess, already a multiple best in show winner.
The up-and-coming Bloodhound, GcH. Flessner’s International S’Cess, already a multiple best in show winner, takes the Hound Group.
Johnson gave second to a top-winning Whippet of the past, GCh. Sporting Fields Bahama Sands, shown by Amanda Giles, a third generation of Sporting Fields Kennels.
GCh. Topsfield-Sanchu Eeenie Meenie Miney Moe got a lot of applause, and the Basset Hound is always a perennial crowd favorite.
Rounding out the quartet was the Irish Wolfhound from Canada, Ch. Kuriann Of First Avenue.
Coming off the heels of her assent as the top Toy Group winner for 2013, the Miniature Pinscher GCh. Marlex Classic Red Glare, lived up to her call name Classie, taking tonight’s Toy Group under Mrs. Keke Kahn, an all-breed judge and long-time Lhasa Apso breeder.
The Miniature Pinscher GcH. Marlex Classic Red Glare lived up to her call name Classie, taking tonight’s Toy Group.
With a tail that never stopped wagging, an English import named GCh. Grantilley Galaxy Moon, a showy Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, filled the ring with perpetual motion, definitely enjoying this night.
Third went to the cream sable Pomeranian, GCh. CR Chase What Matters, multi Best in Show winner, and extrovert extraordinaire.
David Fitzpatrick, whose name has become synonymous with great Pekingese and who won here in 2012 with Malachy, showed another impressive Peke, Ch. Yakee Easily Persuaded, taking a Group 4 win.
In the Non-Sporting Group, a replacement judge, Jacqueline Stacy, stepped in with notable aplomb onto the dog world’s grandest stage after Judge Virginia Lyne suffered a back injury.
The glamorous white Standard Poodle bitch, GCh. Brighton Lakeridge Encore, crowned her impressive show career with a Group First, performing before a local crowd in her native New York City.
Second went to the Tibetan Spaniel, also bred and owned by a New York City resident, GCh. Kan Sing’s Tenzin, the top winning Tibbie in breed history.
The black Miniature Poodle GCh. Bellefleet’s Living in the Fast Lane, owned by Taiwanese dog enthusiasts, took third.One of the most distinctive of the Non-Sporting breeds, a stylish Dalmatian with an equally clever name, GCh. Spotted Bliss Oreo Delight, took a Group Four win.
The last group of the evening, the Herding Group, judged by Walter Sommerfelt, resulted in history being made at the Garden. In a first, a Cardigan Welsh Corgi won the group here. Triumping in the group was GCh. Riverside Telltail Coco Posh, a brindle female.
GCh. Riverside Telltail Coco Posh takes the final spot of the evening with a win in the Herding Group
Second went to the top herding dog of 2013, another female, the Puli, GCh. Cordmaker Topsy Turvey, born in Australia.
Third was a German Shepherd Dog, another crowd favorite earning lots of applause, GCh. Wolf Creek Galaxy Of Merivern.
In fourth was the top-winning Old English Sheepdog that went reserve Best in Show here last year, GCh. Bugaboo’s Picture Perfect.
At the stroke of 11 the first night of group judging wrapped up, and everyone looks forward to judging of the remaining three groups tomorrow night, plus Best in Show.