|#1 - GCh. Torum’s Calico Jack At Irisblu
Kerry Blue Terrier
Breeders: Ron & Carol Ramsey and Harold & Helena Quigg
Owners: Dr. Michael Tipple, J. Lecourt, R. Gray, K. Brown
Handler: Allison Foley, CPHA
How long have you been showing dogs? I started showing dogs when I was seven years old (so I will not give the date), but started as a professional handler in 1987.
When did you win your first BIS? I won my first Best in Show on an Afghan Hound my mother bred when I was 14. The next day I went Best of Opposite Sex with the same dog. It kept me humble!
Most memorable win/show in 2016? Jack had so many amazing weekends. Winning the three Best in Shows at Battle River in October assured Top Dog for Jack, and winning under such icons in our sport Dr. John Reeve-Newson and Dr. Richard Meen meant so much to us.
Do you have a show-ring ritual? There are so many superstitious rituals, but I will say that a friend pointed out that in all Jack’s BIS photos, I was wearing the same shoes. The next weekend it rained and I wore boots – Jack didn’t win BIS that day. Then the shoes went on and he went BIS. When the shoes wore out, I quickly ordered another pair from Amazon! In case it was actually those shoes, I kept them in the truck and they went to all the shows with us.
Advice you would give someone new to dog shows. Keep at it no matter what. Dog shows are like the stock market… there are big ups and downs. The worst thing you can do is to pull out when you are down! Stay in it; it will get better! People are more willing to help than you think but can be busy, so just wait till the end of the day and ask for help then.
– Allison Foley, CPHA