The AKC/Eukanuba National Championship Best in Show honors and $50,000 in prize money went to GCh. Claircreek Impression de Matisse, a Portuguese Water Dog known as ‘Matisse’ owned by Milan Lint, Peggy Helming and Donna Gottdenker of New York, NY. Before an enthusiastic crowd at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., on Sunday night, ‘Matisse’ was crowned “National Champion” by judge Mrs. Barbara Dempsey Alderman after a weekend of exciting competition.
The AKC/Eukanuba National Championship, one of the most prestigious dog shows in the world, was joined by a range of canine sporting events under one roof, including the Eukanuba World Challenge; the AKC Agility Invitational; the AKC Obedience Classic; the AKC Owner-Handled Series Final; Junior events in conformation, obedience and agility; and the Orlando cluster shows. The five-day dog celebration topped all other dog events in the nation with over 16,300 combined entries. Spectators also enjoyed the nation’s largest canine extravaganza, Celebrate Dogs!, which featured dozens of dog-centric activities like AKC Meet the Breeds®, Eukanuba Dock Dogs, and a canine shopping mall with holiday gifts for dog lovers.
Reserve Best in Show and Group Winners at the 2013 AKC/Eukanuba National Championship
Reserve Best in Show: Wire Fox Terrier GCh. Afterall Painting the Sky (‘Sky’), owned by Victor Malzoni, Jr., Torie Steele, Scott & Mary Olund, and Diane Ryan of Rialto, Calif.
Sporting Group: Irish Water Spaniel GCh. Whistlestop’s Riley on Fire (‘Riley’), owned by Tom and Bethany Urban and Gregory Siner of Issaquah, Wash.
Hound Group: American Foxhound GCh. Kiarry’s Pandora’s Box (‘Jewel’), owned by Ellen Charles and Lisa Miller of Washington, D.C.
Working Group: Portuguese Water Dog GCh. Claircreek Impression de Matisse (‘Matisse), owned by Milan Lint, Peggy Helming and Donna Gottdenker of New York, NY.
Terrier Group: Wire Fox Terrier GCh. Afterall Painting the Sky (‘Sky’), owned by Victor Malzoni, Jr., Torie Steele, Scott & Mary Olund, and Diane Ryan of Rialto, Calif.
Toy Group: Pekingese GCh. Yakee Easily Persuaded (‘Rodger’), owned by Sandra Middlebrooks and David Fitzpatrick of East Berlin, Pa.
Non-Sporting Group: Standard Poodle GCh. Dawin Hearts on Fire (‘Flame’), owned by Linda C. Campbell of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Herding Group: German Shepherd Dog GCh. Wolf Creek Galaxy Of Merivern (‘Fritz’), owned by Edward Farrell & Pat Walker of Potomac, Md..
Best in Miscellaneous Group was Miniature Australian Shepherd GCh. Dynasty’s Triple Crown (‘Remi’), owned by Kimberly Johnson and Fran Withers of Hinesville, Ga.
Eukanuba World Challenge, Best Bred-By-Exhibitor and Junior Showmanship
Eukanuba World Challenge: This international event featured 44 top-winning dogs from six continents. Afterglow Maverick Sabre, a Standard Poodle representing the United Kingdom and owned by Jason Lynn and M. & M.J. Stone of Lancashire, England, was awarded $10,000 along with the title of “Eukanuba World Challenge Champion.”
Best Bred-By-Exhibitor in Show: Old English Sheepdog GCh. Bugaboo’s Picture Perfect (‘Swagger’), was awarded Best Bred-By-Exhibitor in Show, edging out more than 930 dogs representing 24 percent of the total competitors entered in the Bred-By Exhibitor competition. Swagger’s owners Colton and Heather Johnson of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Ron Scott and Debbie Burke of Dilsburg, Pa., were awarded a $15,000 cash prize.
Junior Showmanship: In the Junior Showmanship competition, for handlers from between 9 to 18 years of age, Katelynn Edgecombe with her Pug Ch. Luna’s Timeliss Lara Croft of Cantu was awarded the coveted title of Best Junior Handler, along with a $2,000 scholarship.
If you missed the show, visit live.eukanuba.com to see more than 300 hours of event coverage, including daytime breed judging, agility, obedience, Groups, Best in Show and special presentations.
Photos from AKC/Eukanuba 2013
This information was slightly adapted from a press release from the AKC.