On the second night of competition singers from the Boys and Girls Choir of Harlem gave us a different and entertaining rendition of the national anthem.
Taking Sporting Group First was one of the top dogs in the country, yet another female leading the pack in group competition, GCh. Whistlestop’s Riley On Fire, an Irish Water Spaniel. She is the product of Greg Siner’s very successful Poole’s Ide breeding program, which has produced many Best in Show and specialty winners in this charming but rare spaniel breed.
Taking the Sporting Group was one of the top dogs in the country, GCh. Whistlestop’s Riley On Fire, an Irish Water Spaniel. Vicki Slone, I-5 Publishing LLC
Judge Sam Houston McDonald, a Sporting Group authority and longtime Irish Setter breeder, gave second in the group to the Black Cocker Spaniel, who was top sporting dog several years ago, Ch. Casablanca’s Thrilling Seduction.
There is always a huge Golden Retriever entry at Westminster, and GCh. Kalm Sea’s To Have And To Hold was an obvious audience favorite, drawing enthusiastic cheering support.
Group Four was the up and coming black and white English Springer, Ch. Telltale American Ride. This English Springer has had a very successful past couple of months, Best in Show at the huge American Spaniel Club specialty and Best in Shows at the big Cleveland shows in December.
The greatest winning Portuguese Water Dog in the breed history, GCh. Claircreek Impression De Matisse added to his laurels by sweeping the Working Group for the second straight year, this time under Judge Clay Coady. Matisse was the No. 2 dog all breeds in the country for this past year.
The greatest winning Portuguese Water Dog in the breed history, GCh. Claircreek Impression De Matisse added to his laurels by sweeping the Working Group for the second straight year. Matisse was the No. 2 dog all breeds in the country for this past year. Photo by Vicki Slone, I-5 Publishing LLC
Second in the group went to a very handsome and sound Mastiff, GCh. Willow Ridges Risky Business. This is the highest placement a Mastiff has achieved in the 138-year history of Westminster.
Group Third went to a very powerful and handsome red and white Akita, GCh. CR-Wicca Trade Secret.
A fawn Boxer bitch, GCh. Brisbane N Blue Monday’s Diamonds Are Decadent, rounded out the winning foursome.
The Wire Fox Terrier, the No. 1 dog in the country and another girl, GCh. Afterall Painting The Sky, triumphed in a red-hot Terrier Group. Shown to perfection, Sky strikes a pose indoors or out, at whatever hour of the day or night.
The Wire Fox Terrier, the No. 1 dog in the country, GCh. Afterall Painting The Sky, triumphed in a red-hot Terrier Group. Photo by Vicki Slone, I-5 Publishing LLC
For Group Second, Judge Bruce R. Schwartz, a longtime terrier authority, pointed to the Skye Terrier, GCh. Cragsmoor Good Time Charlie.
A very engaging little Border Terrier bitch, GCh. Meadowlake Simply Sinful, romped off with a Group Third.
An import from Sweden who has taken off in this country with more than 30 Best in Shows, GCh. Goldsand’s Columbus added to his record with a Group Four placement.
For Best in Show, the statuesque Betty Regina Leininger, resplendent in purple gown and matching pumps, gave careful consideration to the seven contenders and awarded Reserve Best in Show to the white Standard Poodle bitch, with the ultimate honor going to the sparkling Wire Fox Terrier, whose performance exemplified what a show dog should be.
The glamorous white Standard Poodle bitch, GcH. Brighton Lakeridge Encore, crowned her impressive show career with a win in the Non-Sporting Group, performing before a local crowd in her native New York City.Photo by Vicki Slone, I-5 Publishing LLC