Profiles of 2014 Top-Producing Dams in the Sporting Group

Some breeders and owners tell us more about their top producers.

The dams listed below are top producers according to official AKC records Jan. 1, 2014, through Dec. 31, 2014. Statistics include both Champion and Grand Champion offspring.


1. Provide a brief biography of yourselves and your experience in the sport.
2. Provide a brief biography of your dam’s breeder(s) and background in the sport, if you are not the breeder.
3. Briefly describe the highlights of your dam’s show career.
4. What is significant about the breeding that produced her?
5. What two or three traits do you feel she is particularly strong in passing along to her offspring?


Ch. Breakaway’s Seafarer 

Clumber Spaniel
Owner: Cindi Zeestraten and Dennis P. Fitzpatrick 

1. I am a complete novice in the sport. Breakaway’s Seafarer, ‘Miss Pearl,’ is our second show dog, both obtained as pets. I was looking for a Clumber, contacted Clumber Spaniels Fanciers of Michigan (local club), and was put on a list. When I purchased her, I agreed that the breeder could have complete control of her show career, as he felt she was a true show dog.
2. Dennis Fitzpatrick is her breeder. He has several decades of experience in the sport. He is a great source of knowledge concerning the sport and Clumber Spaniels, and is our go-to person whenever we have a question concerning either one.
3. Miss Pearl started out her show career by going Best of Opposite Sex to Best in Sweepstakes at her very first Specialty at 6 months old. She finished her championship and was diagnosed with a bowel obstruction later that same day (she had surgery and recovered nicely). But it goes to show that she gives her all in the show ring.
4. N/A
5. Her beautiful lines and from what I’ve heard, her mischievousness and her sense of all-out fun.

Ch. Santan Easy Summer Love O’Cobblestone
English Setter
Owner: Laura Reynolds, and Catlin and James Cahill

1. I have been breeding English Setters since the late 1970s and have had more champions than I can count, as I co-bred a number of litters with Yvonne Ward of Sunburst kennels in our early years in English Setters. 
2. N/A.
3. For the last 10 years, my daughter, Catlin, has been showing our dogs. In 2013 Ch. Santan Easy Summer Love O’Cobblestone, ‘Claire,’ was awarded Dam of the Year by the English Setter Association of America, and in 2014 she had six champions finish. As of now, there are 12 champions, two more close to finishing, and there are more to come.
4. Claire was a puppy back from a champion bitch that was given to Mari Anderson. Claire was a stand-out in her litter to me, and she finished easily from the Puppy and Bred-by classes.
5. From the three litters she has had, the first was six puppies and four finished, with several Grand Champions. One from this litter has several passes on his Master Hunter title also. The second litter of seven has five champions, of which one also has a JH title. The third litter is 17 months old and has three that are finished with one just needing four minor points and another needing majors. All of these breedings were outcrosses, and Claire produced some beautiful front assemblies, coupled with sound movement.


Ch. Weststar’s Wild And Romping Annie Of Coronet JH
German Shorthaired Pointer

Owners: Louis L. Torres, Sandra Torres and Leita Estes

1. My name is Sandra Garlinger-Torres, and I have been breeding and showing dogs since 1965. My original breed was Boxers, but I became fascinated by the German Shorthaired Pointer in 1993 and have been breeding and handling them ever since under the name of Coronet Kennels. I found a particular type and style within the breed that I preferred above and beyond others and began to breed for that look. I have had top-ranked GSPs ever since that time, including ‘Benny,’ Ch. Coronet Bendingtherule Oakleaf and ‘Truman,’ Am./Can. Ch. Serakraut BreakNRules Coronet, who was the Tracking Sire Of The Year 2010, Obedience Sire Of The Year 2013, ranked in the top 10 four years in a row and producer of multiple Group-winning dogs. He is the sire of ‘Annie,’ Ch. Weststar’s Wild And Romping Annie Of Coronet JH. I have been involved in breed and all-breed clubs sine 1993, and I’m now retired from the field of education as a specialist of Workmens’ Compensation, representing University and District School systems in Southern California.
Annie was bred by Sarah Kreilich of Weststar GSPs.
Annie was born on March 31, 2008, and was Best in Puppy Sweepstakes at the 2009 GSP National Specialty Show in Denver, Colo. She was the 2012 and 2014 Show Dam of the Year. These last two awards were achieved with only two breedings.
Annie’s sire and dam produced many of the top-winning GSPs over the past decade and have made a large impression on the breed in general. The sire was known for producing wonderful temperaments, sound bodies, beautiful movement and pleasing to the eye GSPs that go on the produce more of the same.
Annie has a one-of-a-kind personality with an abundance of happiness and character that comes out in all of her puppies. They are agile to a fault when it comes to climbing and balance, have strong hunting ability and are beautiful dogs with great attitude for the show ring. The bright, flashy bodies, beautiful heads and toplines enhance the sound structure and movement. Her puppies are always fun and fill any home or show ring with laughter.


GCh. Water’s Edge Wake Up Call 

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever
Owner: Dan Rode

1. I am both the breeder and the owner of ‘Niki.’ I have owned Tollers for 131/2 years now and have been breeding them for 101/2 years. I am active in conformation, obedience, flyball, hunt tests and therapy with my Tollers. My dogs participate in most of these activities.
2. N/A.
3. Niki did well in her show career, earning her AKC championship in 2010 and her AKC Grand Championship in 2012. She is also a UKC champion.
4. N/A.
5. Her love of retrieving ducks is strong and has been passed on to many of her offspring. She also has one of the sweetest personalities. Her offspring from a few different sires have all typically been active retrievers, as well as wonderful companions. Her champions in 2014 were from three different sires, showing her ability to produce quality with different sires.


GCh. Darby Canyon Milly Vitale THD
Spinone Italiano

Owner: Mary and Stuart Campbell

1. My husband and I live in the heart of pheasant country in Aberdeen, S.D. We were interested in a breed that hunted, as well as one that would be a great family dog. The beard and eyebrows, as well as the overall look of the Spinone, drew us in to find out more about this amazing breed. Thus began Camkota Spinoni. Stuart hunts and I show, and I do some therapy work with our dogs. We have four Spinoni in the house, and our grown children are sure we love the dogs more than them!
2. Our breeder and dear friend is Diana Cannon of Darby Canyon Spinoni. We have known her for more than 11 years and purchased our first from her in 2004. She has been my mentor and always available when I’ve needed her advice in anything Spinone, as well as regular life stuff. It is true what they say about the dog world becoming part of your family when you are passionate about your chosen breed.
3. ‘Milly’ and I learned the ropes together, and when she finished her championship rather quickly, I told my husband I wasn’t ready to stop yet. She then went on to earn her Grand Championship, finishing at our 2011 Spinone National Specialty with Select Bitch the first day and an Award of Merit at the Parent Club Specialty. She always makes me smile in the ring, serious, but wanting to please.
4. She is from lines heavy in Del Subasio, as her dam was an Italian import, and her sire’s lines trace back there, also. They are smart, beautiful, correct in size and structure, have hunting drive and are a joy to live with.
5. Milly has produced two very consistent litters with Fonzie (GCh. Caccia Cane Fonzie SH, CGC). She is what we like to see in a Spinone bitch: on the small side, but well within the breed standard, with great bone and substance, excellent coat and topline and a gorgeous feminine head. Her expression and movement are lovely.


GCh. Duchasseur Gibson Girl SH
Wirehaired Pointing Griffon 

Owner: Kristi Rogney

1. See the first answer in the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon sire’s profile.
2. Steve Brodeur of Elevage Duchasseur in Quebec is one of the oldest current breeders in North America. He imported foundation dogs from France and has always bred dogs that exhibit proper breed type with strong hunting ability.
3. ‘Gigi’ finished her championship and her Grand in short order. She received an AOM at the 2012 AWPGA National Specialty.
4. Gigi is tightly bred on an amazing bitch, through her sire and dam, which are half siblings. Her father is one of the all-time top-producing stud dogs in the breed both in the ring and the field. He was a RBIS in Canada, and her mother was a top-winning show dog in Canada as well. Both are also US and Canadian champions and top-producing field dogs.
5. Breed type, hunt ability and temperament. At a recent show, we realized every winner that day (BOB, BOS, BOW, WB, WD and both Selects) were all out of Gigi by different sires. She has produced multiple Group-winning and -placing dogs and multiple NAVHDA award-winning litters in the field too. 


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