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Poodle is dog show's leader of the pack

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By Alyson Walls
Monday, March 29, 2004
 

To a few startled gasps, a magnificent white standard poodle upset the favorites on Sunday to take "Best in Show" at the Western Pennsylvania Kennel Association's 65th Annual Dog Show.

"Fantastic lineup," said Phyllis Wolfish, who judged the seven dogs vying for Best in Show, just before pointing to "Greg-Mar Glory Bound," the champion poodle owned by Ron and Barbara Scott of Mechanicsburg, Cumberland County.

The parade of pooches, along with action-packed agility and obedience trials, delighted spectators at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center over the weekend.

"Our attendance was way up this year," said kennel association spokeswoman Joy Kealey. About 7,000 people attended the show on Saturday, and organizers estimated about the same number attended on Sunday.

Debbie Otlano, president of the Golden Triangle Training Club, which hosted agility trials at the show for the third year, said the vast puppy playground is always a big draw with its jumps, tunnels, weave poles and a see-saw that the canines must navigate.

"People enjoy seeing the partnership and bond between owner and dog," Otlano said.

But agility is not all fun and games.

Ruth Hetzel of Ross, who was running the course with an Australian Shepherd named Logan, said knowing the course and having control of the dog is the key to a good score.

"Body language is so important," Hetzel said. "The dog watches the handler for cues and responds. If the dog fails, it's usually because the handler moved the wrong way."

Otlano said positive reinforcement and praise is also important.

"The main thing is to keep the dog happy and make sure he enjoys doing it," she said, adding that all breeds can participate in the agility course. Even mixed breeds are allowed at some shows.

Spectators began lining the show ring two and three deep for the much-anticipated "Best in Show" award and applauded loudly for their favorites.

Dogs favored to win included champion German shepherd Kaleef's Genuine Risk, owned and handled by James S. Moses of Carrollton, Ga., and champion Weimaraner Smoky City Hail Mary, bred by Tom Wilson of Irwin, Westmoreland County.

"This dog's mother was a champion, so we were looking for someone to breed her with but couldn't really come up with anything, so we chose one of our own stud dogs and put up a 'Hail Mary,'" said Wilson, who has been breeding champion Weimaraners for more than 40 years.

Smoky City Hail Mary, 3, is the top Weimaraner in the country and already has competed in 50 shows this year, including Westminster. She is owned by four people who split the costs of her care, traveling expenses and entry fees, which exceed $10,000 a year.

"I just love this breed," said co-owner Jennifer Martin of Baltimore. "It's so much fun when you have a great dog like her."

Saturday

  • Sporting

    1st Place: Champion Smokey City Hail Mary, owned by Cindy Cassidy, Tom Wilson, Steve Siegel and Jennifer Martin, of Irwin, Westmoreland County.

    2nd Place: Champion Paradocs Tabatha's Stonehenge, owned by Terese Pruner-Kime, Kendall Jones and Kim Black of Sewickley.

    3rd Place: Champion Tuppence Gwynllyn Christmas Legend, owned by Carol A. and Dennis E. Collins of Gwynned Valley, Montgomery County.

    4th Place: Champion Crown Royal's Tea Caddy, owned by Mary P. Osbun of Ft. Wayne, Ind.

  • Hound

    1st Place: Champion Drycreeks Mr. Gene, owned by Art Johnson and C. Stewart of Winchester, Tenn.

    2nd Place: Champion Boondox Diamond Dino, owned by Jan Simpson of Waldo, Ohio.

    3rd Place: Champion Thomthom N. Kingdom Put Together, owned by Roberta Jean Sladeck and Sandi Peterson of Huntsburg, Ohio.

    4th Place: Lone Pine Mighty Hunter MW, owned by Carolyn Sue Hauser and Hannelore Heller of Export, Westmoreland County.

  • Working

    1st Place: Champion Scarlights Seasar TD NA, owned by Liz Hansen of Cantralia, Mo.

    2nd Place: Champion D'mascus Kalahari Alisaton, owned by Patricia Edwards, Peggy Esposito and Gwen Demlita of Milford, Conn.

    3rd Place: Champion Seoness Point Blank, owned by M. Falconer, D. Halofits, H. Smith III and Dr. T. and R. Davies of Lulow, Mass.

    4th Place: Champion Kenro's Times Square, owned by Robin Greenslade and Kenneth Greenslade of Salem, N.H.

  • Terrier

    1st Place: Champion Winfield's Family Ties, owned by Annebly Arony and Dr. Phyllis Rimmer of Williamsburg, Va.

    2nd Place: Champion Hartagold Devil in Disguise, owned by Lora L. Bauer of Ambridge, Beaver County.

    3rd Place: Champion Ironhills Jitterbug, owned by Torie Steele of Malibu, Calif.

    4th Place: Jo-Na-Da's Shawn Rae Wild Lord, owned by Barbara A. and Raymond E. Cline of Cortland, Ohio.

  • Toy

    1st Place: Champion Yakee If Only, owned by Kit Woodruff, of Cat Spring, Texas.

    2nd Place: Champion Gingersnap Get Uut of My Way, owned by Stephanie C. Ingram and Jon Draud of Nashville, Tenn.

    3rd Place: Wannabee Nacho Mama, owned by Carole Rerko of Bay Village, Ohio.

    4th Place: Champion Loujon Backroad Adventure, owned by Jamie Ward and Karen Miller of West Des Moines, Iowa.

  • Non-sporting

    1st Place: Champion Greg-Mar Glory Bound, owned by Ron and Barbara Scott of Mechanicsburg, Cumberland County.

    2nd Place: Champion Jumeau's Bullistic Blue Jensign, owned by J. and B. Brown and Al and Irene Driver, of Spring Valley, Ohio.

    3rd Place: Champion Barbo's Some Sweet Blossom, owned by Barbara and Bob Prenger of Shelby, Mich.

    4th Place: Champion Fanfare Snowstorm Ringside Rebel, owned by Mary and Deanna Rotkowski and Dr. Robert Van Hutchison, of Columbia Station, Ohio.

  • Herding

    1st Place: Champion Kaleef's Genuine Risk, owned by D. and B. Wood, Lange and Vergnetti and Ardoin and S. Moses of Carrollton, Ga.

    2nd Place: Champion Rockaways Southern Comfort CD HT, owned by Kim Vent and E. McCarthy of Webster, N.Y.

    3rd Place: Emprise Silver Lining, owned by Diane L. Troese of Venus, Pa.

    4th Place: Champion Riccochet's Mark of Zorro, owned by Kathi J. Myers and Phillip Myers of Du Bois, Clearfield County.

  • Best in Show

    Champion Kaleef's Genuine Risk

    Sunday

  • Sporting

    1st Place: Champion Smokey City Hail Mary

    2nd Place: Champion Paradocs Tabatha's Stonehenge, owned by Terese Pruner-Kime, Kendall Jones and Kim Black of Sewickley.

    3rd Place: Champion As Time Goes By, owned by Marcela Robles Martina Guizar of Macungie, Lehigh County.

    4th Place: Champion Fireside's Dreamcatche JH CDXr, owned by Linda S. Andrews (no residence given).

  • Hound

    1st Place: Champion Beva's Mr. Beebers, owned by Beverly and Sally Sheerer of Valencia, Butler County.

    2nd Place: Champion Drycreek's Mr. Gene

    3rd Place: Champion Boondox Diamond Dino, owned by Jan Simpson of Waldo, Ohio.

    4th Place: Lone Pine Mighty Hunter MW, owned by Carolyn Sue Hauser and Hannelore Heller of Export, Westmoreland County.

  • Working

    1st Place: Champion Lobato's Anything Goes, owned by Joy Lobato and Erin Brandon of Kansas City, Mo.

    2nd Place: Champion Scarlights Seasar TD NA, owned by Liz Hansen of Cantralia, Mo.

    3rd Place: Champion Cachalot Midsummer Nites Dream, owned by Mark and Brenda McKeel and Kathy McIver, of Mount Airy, Md.

    4th Place: Champion Falmark's Diamond Mine, owned by Laura Cuthbert of Watertown, Mass.

  • Terrier

    1st Place: Champion Ironhills Jitterbug.

    2nd Place: Champion Action Bestuvall Zodi Act Up, owned by Crystal Bennett and E. and C. Mackey and Kim Moore and Franne Be (no residence given).

    3rd Place: Champion Talydales Gluteus Maximus, owned by Sheri Smith of Waynesboro, Va.

    4th Place: Champion Lyndy's Sorcerers Apprentice, owned by Lynn D. Persyn and Nancy Jurban of Warren, Mich.

  • Toy

    1st Place: Champion Yakee If Only, owned by Kit Woodruff, of Cat Spring, Texas.

    2nd Place: Champion Nauset I Believe I Can Fly, owned by K. Hardison, E. Lanasa, K. Saenz and M.J. Frederickson of Winchester, Va.

    3rd Place: Champion Gingersnap Get Uut of My Way

    4th Place: Wannabee Nacho Mama

  • Non-sporting

    1st Place: Champion Greg-Mar Glory Bound

    2nd Place: Champion Jumeau's Bullistic Blue Jensign, owned by J. and B. Brown and Al and Irene Driver, of Spring Valley, Ohio.

    3rd Place: Champion NuStar's Rain Tree Country, owned by Deborah and Robert Cooper of Porter, Ind.

    4th Place: Champion Barbo's Some Sweetblossom, owned by Barbara and Bob Prenger of Shelby Mich.

  • Herding

    1st Place: Champion Kaleef's Genuine Risk

    2nd Place: Champion Rockaways Southern Comfort CD HT.

    3rd Place: Champion Riccochet's Mark of Zorro, owned by Kathi J. Myers and Phillip Myers of Du Bois, Clearfield County.

    4th Place: Champion Tri Sorts Hot Ticket, owned by Lisa M. Knock and Carl D. Brown and Carol Knock of Fairfax Station, Va.

  • Best in Show

    Champion Greg-Mar Glory Bound

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