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2018 Top Show Dogs

Top Show Dog - 2018 Official Results

Meet Canada’s Top Show Dogs

This is the second win for a Kerry Blue and only the seventh terrier in Top Dog’s 56-year history to finish in the #1 spot. Lois’s dream came true when approached by Marcel Bourgon to lease ‘Xavier’ for the year and campaign him in Canada. That’s when this Kerry Blue’s dedicated team of Marcel, Lois and Cheryl Kabarchuck came to life after two years of success in the U.S. ‘Xavier’ was breeder/owner-handled by Lois to # 1 Kerry Blue in the U.S. in 2016 and 2017 and also won Best of Breed at Westminster both years. He spent most of his Canadian campaign with handler Connie Krohn, who lovingly piloted him to the pinnacle of the dog-show world.
 
We had a chat with Top Dog owners, who shed some light on their most memorable victories and tips - here are their interviews:
  

#1 - GCh. Krisma’s Xman First Class 


1TSD_007.jpgKerry Blue Terrier
Breeders: Lois Grier, Ted Grier & Jana Deaton
Owners: Lois Grier, Ted Grier & Jana Deaton
Lessees (2018) : Marcel Bourgon, Lois Grier & Cheryl Kabarchuck
Handlers: Connie Krohn & Aaron Andrish (Jan-Apr)
 
How did you first get started?
I fell in love with our Soft-coated Wheaten puppy and went looking for a quality show dog. My three kids were going off to college, so it was just something I just wanted to do. With no show experience no one would talk to me, so I changed directions and ended up with a wonderful foundation Kerry that turned out to be the best girl I could possibly start with, Xavier’s grandmother.
 
What is the most important thing to remember when training for the show ring?
That it takes time to be successful. You have to put in a lot of time learning as much as you can about your breed, the breed standard and the skills it takes to prepare and present your dog to its best. You must watch, learn and practise, practise, practise. If you really work at it, dreams can come true.
 
What was your most memorable moment in 2018?
This was not a normal show year for me since I didn’t show the first half of the year, but I will always remember watching Xavier live on facebook win his first BIS in Canada from Michael Leonard.
 
Do you have any advice for newcomers to the sport?
Find a good mentor to work with and learn from. We seem to be short on experienced people willing to share their knowledge and bring new people into the sport. It would be good to remember what it was like to be the newbie. 
 

#2 - GCh. Bran Linn Amulet 


2TSD_004.jpegGordon Setter
Breeders: Nikki Maounis, Candice Bell & Jerold Bell, DVM
Owners: Nikki Maounis, Candice Bell & Jerold Bell, DVM    
Handler: Will Alexander, CPHA
 
How did you first get started?
My college roommate had an Irish Setter that she showed, and I went along with her to my first dog show and watched all the setters being judged that day. I fell in love with the Gordons because of their sturdy look, combined with a little bit of pretty, and for their fun-loving ways.
 
What is the most important thing to remember when training for the show ring?
Show dogs need to know that no matter what happens, it’s all still fun! Banging pots, playing loud music, rattling garbage cans, are a normal part of life, and show dogs need to be comfortable with that.
 
What was your most memorable moment in 2018?
When we realized Maddie had broken the previous Gordon Setter record for most dogs defeated and most Best in Show wins over the course of one year. Not to mention winning both the Canadian and American National Specialties. It’s such a thrill to realize she is now a part of Gordon Setter history.
 
Do you have any advice for newcomers to the sport?
Remember to have fun with our sport. And to play fair. Actually, I think that’s good advice for all of life. 
 

#3 - GCh. Skyehigh’s One Pound Sterling 


3TSD_001.jpegWest Highland White Terrier
Breeders
: Lindy Barrow & Antonio Celso Mollo
Owners: Lindy Barrow & Antonio Celso Mollo
Handler: David Gignac
 
How did you first get started?
When I was first looking for a Westie I just wanted a pet. The breeder had a lovely bitch puppy and asked if I would be interested in a show dog (co-owned). I’d never been to a dog show but thought it sounded fun. I remember thinking, how much trouble could one little white dog be? Twenty years later with a kennel, staff and handlers, I laugh at that thought.
 
What is the most important thing to remember when training for the show ring?
Start to work with them when they are young. Get them used to many things and get to know that specific dog. Each one is different and will need encouragement in different areas.
 
What was your most memorable moment in 2018?
At Canada’s largest shows, the Alberta KC, OP was BIS twice. It was a very thrilling show.
 
Do you have any advice for newcomers to the sport?
Find someone with experience and work with them. Could be one on one or classes. It is hard to find a mentor these days, but try. Hopefully your breeder will be your first mentor. Practice and be patient. When you go to shows, spend time watching. 
 

#4 - GCh. Hi Desert N Mephisto’s Game Changer 


4TSD_001.jpegBoxer
Breeders: Lauri Travis & Michelle Yeadon
Owners: Lauri Travis & Michelle Yeadon 
Handler: Michelle Yeadon 
 
How did you first get started?
I was born into the wonderful sport of purebred dogs. My parents (judges Walter and Monika Pinsker) started Mephisto Boxers in 1968 before I was born. My mom always said I learned to walk holding onto some of the greatest Boxers of our time.
 
What is the most important thing to remember when training for the show ring?
Our dogs are athletes and need to be kept in tip-top condition. While training and road working I always try to make it fun. Romeo gets so excited when he sees the bike come out and it’s time to roadwork.
 
What was your most memorable moment in 2018?
Romeo’s first hat trick of the year while in Calgary at the Evelyn Kenny Dog Show in July. We drove there with a van load of dogs for the Canadian National and Romeo won Best in Show under Boxer icon, Mr. Joseph Gregory.
 
Do you have any advice for newcomers to the sport?
Study; go to dog shows; sit, watch and learn; talk to people, breeders and handlers; do your research before you ever buy your first show dog and find a mentor. 
 

#5 - GCh. Vetset Count Me In


5TSD_003jpg.jpgStandard Poodle
Breeder: Dr. Elly Holowaychuk
Owner: Dr. Elly Holowaychuk
Handler: Sarah Drake
 
How did you first get started?
I grew up on a dairy farm and had a great love of all animals as a youngster. We showed our dairy cattle, which ultimately gave me a good foundation for showing dogs. I initially exhibited in the performance ring and quickly realized that you needed a well-constructed dog with a good temperament to succeed. And so I came to breeding and showing dogs.
 
What is the most important thing to remember when training for the show ring?
My handler Sarah Drake says it takes patience and practice!
 
What was your most memorable moment in 2018?
One that Sarah may still be awestruck over would be Aurora. Sarah and Lina won all three all-breed Best in Shows, the National Poodle Specialty, Regional Poodle Specialty, and the Group VI Specialty.
 
Do you have any advice for newcomers to the sport?
Align yourself with a reputable breeder or mentor who can take you under their wing and give you a solid foundation.
 

#6 - GCh. Iroc Stargazing At Rugerlane 


6TSD_003.jpegBulldog
Breeders: Kandie Kroonen & Shannon Chapman
OwnerShannon Chapman
Handlers: Shannon Chapman & Colin Brownlee

 
How did you first get started?
I was introduced to shows when I got my Rottweiler about 10 years ago. As part of their agreement they wanted the dog to have a Canadian championship. I started going to shows, watching and then attended handling classes and years later I’m still learning.
 
What is the most important thing to remember when training for the show ring?
It needs to be fun for the dog and you need to enjoy it as well. You also need to understand the best parts of your dog, as this is what you want to be showing off to the judge. You only have two minutes to make an impression..
 
What was your most memorable moment in 2018?
Orion’s first BIS in March at the Crocus Obedience and Kennel Club under judge Susan Quesnel, as well his record-breaking BIS in August at the largest show in Canada, the Alberta Kennel Club under Dr. Francisco Chapa Guajardo of Mexico. That BIS broke the all-time BIS record for Bulldogs in Canada.
 
Do you have any advice for newcomers to the sport?
The best advice I can offer is to have patience. Learn as much as you can, including your breed standard, watch other handlers and owner/handlers in the ring. Try to attend seminars, handling classes and make friends in other breeds besides your own.
 

#7 - GCh. Midnight Lady’s Fire Up Your Engine Moso 


7TSD_001-2.jpgNewfoundland
Breeder: Zsuzsa Somos-Soos
Owners: Kelef Newfoundlands & Summerford Newfoundlands
Handler: Christina Koffman-Heard
 
How did you first get started? We wanted a great family activity to be with our son on weekends and this fit the bill.
 
What is the most important thing to remember when training for the show ring?
FUN, FUN, FUN.
 
What was your most memorable moment in 2018?
Tupak doing his puppy antics in the Best in Show ring.
 
Do you have any advice for newcomers to the sport?
A good dog, properly presented specific to its breed..
 

#8 - GChX Zoldmali Cetli WDJ, CD, RN, FDJ


8-TSD_006.jpegWire-haired Vizsla
Breeder: Zoldmali Kennel, Hungary
Owner: Anton Josef Sagh
Handler: Emily Burdon
 
How did you first get started?
I first got involved in the early ’80s showing a Smooth Vizsla. Then started again in 2015 with Wire-haired Vizslas. We are also very involved with field and water trials.
 
What is the most important thing to remember when training for the show ring?
Start them young, interacting with other dogs at a puppy school and conformation classes.
 
What was your most memorable moment in 2018?
Falko winning 11 BIS and Best of Best in Specialties.
 
Do you have any advice for newcomers to the sport?
I found obedience training and conformation classes to be a great help, and to attend as many shows as possible.
 

#9 - GCh. Africanadian James T Kirk


edgar.jpgBasenji
Breeders: Sanda Allen, Amy Krieger
Owners: Amy Whalen, Sanda Allen, Jennie Behles, Troy Whalen
Handler: Edgar Rojas
 
What was your most memorable moment in 2018?
The best moment was when Tibby broke the all-time record for total points won by a Basenji in a calendar year. The record was previously held by his grandfather GChX Ahmahr Nahr’s Jake Jamal to Mibre. The greatest achievement and our greatest thrill was Tibby (Am. GChG, Can. GCh. & World Ch. Africanadian James T Kirk SDH) becoming a world champion in November 2017 in Leipzig, Germany, defeating a class of 198.


Have you ever had a major setback or misstep? How did you work through it? 
Some of the most difficult times related to the fact that Tibby’s owners could not be with him on the show circuit as often as we would have liked. Basenjis are prone to fungal skin infections and pad issues that are difficult to prevent and treat. Handlers are not veterinarians, so it is crucial that the owners take charge of this during the campaign. I could only travel to Canada once a month to see Tib show, so that job fell to Amy and Troy. Their visits, along with Tibby’s beloved sister PBJ, always put him right – guess dogs have their favourite relatives, too!
 

#10 - GCh. Ormar Vultus Regius Venustas


10-poodle.jpgStandard Poodle
Breeder: Ora Marcus
Owner: Patrick Maxwell
Handler: Terry Bernier-Siborne
 
How did you first get started?
 
Vultus is my first show dog. I’ve always admired the elegance of the Standard Poodles and wanted to be a part of the show world. My handler Terry Bernier grew up showing, and our partnership just felt right.

What is the most important thing to remember when training for the show ring? 
Keep it fun. If your dog isn’t enjoying it, find a new way to help them enjoy it.
 
What was your most memorable moment in 2018? 
Vultus winning the BC Poodle specialty under breeder-judge Shawn Nichols, and then going BIS under Norman Kenney. Her first hat trick of BIS wins was another great weekend. Vultus has a way of entertaining the crowd.
 
Do you have any advice for newcomers to the sport? 
Do your research and listen to those who have come before you. Find the right circle of people to help you achieve your goals. 

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