This week is the biggest show week in the US calendar – Westminster Week! I have never been to Westminster myself, however friends who have travelled have all reported that it was a truly remarkable experience. Lots of sparkle, glitter, glamour and all round fabulousness! It seems to be a wonderful celebration of the top winning dogs in North America, and of course the Havanese breed ring is no exception!
The US system is a little different to what we are used to in Ireland and the UK, with classes available for non-champions (for example, Open, Bred by Exhibitor, American-Bred). The winners of each class compete to become the Winners Dog and Winners Bitch. The Winners Dog and Winners Bitch will receive points towards the AKC championship title – which requires 15 points, including two major wins (wins of three, four or five points).
The Winners Dog and Winners Bitch will then compete in the Best of Breed competition, along with the ‘Specials’ or champions. In the Best of Breed competition, a number of awards are given by the judge, firstly Best of Breed (BOB) is awarded to the exhibit the judge deems to be the best example of the breed on the day, and this exhibit will represent the breed in the Group competition. Best of Opposite Sex (BOS) is then awarded to the best exhibit of the opposite sex to the BOB winner. Best of Winners (BOW) is awarded to the exhibit the judge deems best of the Winners Dog and Winners Bitch. Then we have Select Dog and Select Bitch (SEL), which is awarded to the next best exhibits to the BOB and BOS winners. Finally, the judge will have the discretion to award exhibits with an Award of Merit (AOM). This is an award given to exhibits the judge deems to be outstanding examples of the breed, who are not judged to be BOB, BOS or SEL.
Hopefully I have explained the above reasonably well, so the following results should make sense to those of us over this side of the pond. The judge for Havanese at Westminster this year was Mrs Shoreman, who had an entry of twenty-four Havanese, with two absentees. From her entry, Mrs Shoreman chose GCHB CH Briarcliff’s La Bamba, owned by Lynn Curtis, as her BOB winner. BOS was awarded to GCH CH Shatara’s & Shira’s Figment Of Your Imagination, owned by Paula Perlmutter and Michelle Soave. Select Dog was awarded to CH Oeste’s In The Name Of Love, owned by Mary E King, Rafe H Schindler, Julie Vogel and Taffe McFadden and Select Bitch was GCHP CH That’s Pullin’ At Your Heart Strings owned by David and Darlene Scheiris, Patricia Lucas and J Falkenstein. Awards of Merit were given to GCH CH Mistytrails Reddi N’Will’N, owned by Emily Dorma, GCH CH Kolmar’s Steeler Of Hearts, owned by Carol and Bob Hewlett and Fredith Holt and GCH CH Luv Bug’s Fit For A Queen W DeVita, owned by Connie Banitt & Nyra Banitt & Claudia DeVita. Congratulations to you all.
Winners Bitch was awarded to GCH CH Mistytrails Effie Trinket, who is owned by Panagiota and Siona Rounis and Bev Dorma. Panagiota also goes by the name Miss P, and she is a remarkable young handler from Canada. This was Miss P’s first year exhibiting at Westminster with her Havanese, Effie, and she has done tremendously well. She also handled Effie at Progressive Toy Club on Saturday 10th February, where she won her class and Winners Bitch, which was a major win. These wins now mean that Effie is an AKC Champion (subject to AKC approval). Huge congratulations Effie and Miss P!
Havanese Junior Handlers have been doing very well closer to home too. Jake, grandson of Gaynor and Wayne Morris, has been having a lot of success recently with his puppy, Celia. They have been placed consistently in their puppy classes and recently have won Best Puppy in Breed at Litchfield Canine Club. Well done young man!
In Swedan, Ebba Gäfvert handled her havanese, Callunavias Antonello Vendetti, Harry, to win a huge 10 – 13 years Junior Handling Class at the biggest show in Swedan, My Dog. Huge congratulations Ebba!
The show scene closer to home has been reasonably quiet; however I see in the Kennel Club’s Gazette that Hayley McCallum Sealy’s young homebred girl, Pandaprint’s Anastasia JW, Ana, has received official confirmation of her Junior Warrant Title. Ana is the first Havanese bitch to receive her Junior Warrant in the UK, following on from Val and Rebecca Goodard’s homebred boy, Valbeccas Golden Dream JW, being the first Havanese to earn the Junior Warrant Title last year. Well done to all concerned! It is not an easy achievement in our breed at present, with limited CC Shows, but hopefully in 2019 when we have more tickets on offer, we will see some more Junior Warrants being earned.
Two great Veterans of our breed celebrated birthdays recently, Ir & Int Ch Indio Vom Kapflesberg at Snazzipaws, Indi and Wynbella Panda Bear at Newtonwood, Panda. Indi is owned by Paul and Julie Connolly and he turned 15 on the 29th December. He is a German import from the Vom Kapflesberg Kennel and was the first Havanese exhibited Ireland. He was a great ambassador for the breed, earning his Irish Title under the old Irish system from Any Variety Classes and his majors coming from Group wins. Indi continued to rack up Group wins and placements as a veteran and was often described as a ‘real showman’. Belated Birthday wishes Indi!
On the 8th February, Panda celebrated his 16h birthday. Panda was bred by Wendy Allenby, is owned by Sheila Walker and was handled by Sheila’s granddaughter, Hayley McCallum, to many successes throughout the 00’s, most notably winning Best of Breed at Crufts two years in a row in 2005 and 2006. Another showman, who also continued to accumulate many wins as a veteran. Happy Birthday Panda!
Finally, the Bichon Breeds Club of Scotland is holding two breed seminars on Sunday 18th February. They are covering the Havanese and the Russkaya Tzvetnaya Bolonka, with Gaynor Morris and Sheila Walker presenting. There will also be a Grooming Demonstration, with Q & A’s by Amy Dornan of Snowkai Maltese and her sister Samantha Flannigan. Tickets are £30 for two seminars or £20 for one and bookings can be made through Daphne Watson on email@example.com or by telephone on 07713 155870.
As always, if you have any news, results or information that you would like included in the breed notes, please feel free to drop me a line. You can contact me either by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or on Facebook through Facebook Messenger.