|GCH CH Sporting Fields Shameless|
One of our faithful readers reminded us yesterday that we always warn spectators not to bet the lunch money on the outcome of a dog show. Today’s AKC/Eukanuba Championship in Orlando FL proved the soundness of that advice. Anytime you get 4,600 dogs together to compete you can bet there will be some upsets.
|GCH CH Eastern Magic Fly Me Safe|
Tonight’s group judging started off predictable enough as the Whippet, GCH CH Sporting Fields Shameless, the country’s Number One Hound and Number Three Dog All Breeds led Judge Gene Blake’s Hound Group. Group Two, Three and Four went to the multi-BIS winning trio of the Norwegian Elkhound, GCH CH Vin-Melca’s Daggarwood Delight, the 15” Beagle, GCH CH Torquay Midnight Victory, and the Smooth Dachshund, GCH CH Passport What Did You Say Ss. Judge Peggy Hauck included three of the Non-Sporting Group’s Top Ten in her final four. They were the Chow Chow, GCH CH Eastern-Magic Fly Me Safe, the Boston Terrier, GCH CH Sabe’s Simply Invincible, and the Bulldog, GCH CH Wilson’s I’m Your Handyman, her Group One, Two, and Four. Picking up the third place was the beautiful BIS winning Keeshond, GCH CH Ashbrook's Easy Rider.
|HIDDEN VALLEY B R8|
When judge Malcom Moore failed to pull the Pomeranian, GCH CH Hitimes What the Inferno, the nation’s Number One Toy Dog and Number Two Dog All Breeds, when making his cut in the Toy Group, everyone wondered what his final four would look like. While some in the hall may have been surprised that HIDDEN VALLEY B R8, a Toy Poodle from the classes, was judge Moore’s Group One, spectators who had seen the Korean Dog, one of Asia’s top BIS winners, go Group One at the Central Valley Kennel Club show on Thursday were not. Judge Moore’s Group Two, Three, and Four were all from the Top Ten Toy Dogs, the Pug, GCH CH Country Hill Tag I’m It, the Shih Tzu, GCH CH hallmark Jolei Rocket Power, and the Italian Greyhound, GCH CH Marchwind Barbara Ann.
|GCH CH Darnelle's Pennies from Heaven|
Those who stayed to the end were provided the biggest surprise of the evening. Judge Elliot Weiss left the Number One Sporting Dog, the Brittany, GCH CH Rainbow Splash’s Ruggedly Handsome, out of his top four, choosing an Irish Setter from the Veterans Class, GCH CH Darnelle's Pennies From Heaven, for his Group One. It was the second group win for the seven year old bitch. rounding out judge Weiss’ placements were the multi-BIS winning Golden Retriever, GCH CH Rush Hill's Drama'Geddon JH, the Number Five Sporting Dog, the German Shorthaired Pointer, GCH CH Vjk-Myst Garbonita's California Journey, and the Number Four Sporting Dog, the Black Cocker Spaniel, GCH CH Ashdown’s Time to Thrill.
Will any more of the country’s Top Twenty Dogs make it to Robert Stein’s final tomorrow? Join us on Twitter @dogshowpoop #EukanubaChamps and find out, but don’t bet your lunch money.