First Down: The 2014 Tibetan Spaniel National Specialty

Canton, Ohio, home of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, was the location of the 2014 Super Bowl of Tibbies, the Tibetan Spaniel Club of America Nationals and Finger Lakes Tibetan Spaniel Association specialty shows

By By Dianne Tyree | Posted: September 19, 2014 11 a.m. PST

Super Bowl of Tibbies
Fitting with the "Super Bowl of Tibbies” theme, exhibitors at the 2014 Tibetan Spaniel National Specialty wore football jerseys, and Sweepstakes judge Mary Hartman wore an NFL referee jersey. Photo by JC Photography.
 

Canton, Ohio, home of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, was the location of the 2014 Super Bowl of Tibbies, the Tibetan Spaniel Club of America Nationals and Finger Lakes Tibetan Spaniel Association specialty shows. This year was the first time that the club has held a National without all-breed shows, and the Stark County Fairgrounds was an ideally sized venue for our first stand-alone events.

 

Wednesday — Obedience and Sweeps

The games kicked off on Wednesday, May 14, with a bang — actually a thunderstorm that began as the four players took the field for the National Specialty Obedience competition. Judge Linda McDonald saw attempts to score made by all players, but only one scored a field goal: Aki-Shima Disappering Act received a qualifying score of 184.0 in Beginner Novice A. The first touchdown of the day came thanks to the Rally team. Five players received qualifying scores: Aki Shimas Come On Lets Celebrate and Aki Shimas Little Britches CDX scored 99.0, A-Bit’s Just Between Us 98.0 and GCh. Aki Shimas Uninvited Guest 97.0 in Rally Novice B. Butternut Hill Tim The Enchanter qualified with a score of 79.0 in Rally Novice A. Congratulations to their owners and breeders. It was great to hear cheers from the stands for all the players in the performance events.

As the Sweepstakes players took the field wearing Jerseys ‘n Jeans, it was almost necessary to call a rain delay. Exhibitors were encouraged to wear the jerseys of their favorite team or players, and the uniform of the day was appropriate, as the end zone got rather wet thanks to the downpour and leaks in the roof. Sweeps judge Mary Hartman was uniformed as an NFL referee, sans cap and whistle. In lieu of a whistle, Mary was provided with tornado sirens and cell phone alerts early in her assignment. Mother Nature finally let up and allowed Mary to make her decision for Best in Puppy Sweepstakes without interference. That honor went to Sky Hi’s Imagine Mucho Macho Man, from the 6-9 Month Puppy Dog class, owned by Sue Reeve, and bred by her and Sue Mellick. Score one for the home team as he hails from Canton. Best Opposite Sex to Best in Puppy Sweeps was awarded to Ch. Ambrier’s Rokirk Whatever Lola Wants, bred and owned by David Kirkland and Mallory Cosby Driskill, from the 15-18 Month Bitch class.

That day’s scrimmage ended with the judging of Best in Veteran Sweeps, and as these dogs came on to the field, the crowd welcomed them with rounds of applause, cheers and whistles. GCh. Wynswept You Make Me Dizzy went Best in Veteran Sweeps, from the 7-10 Bitch class. She is bred and owned by Donna and Randall Raider. Best Opposite Sex to Best in Veteran Sweeps went to Ch. Vahan Modra Pisnicka, from the 10 and Over Dog class, who is owned by Colleen and Bill Chaffee and was bred by Marta Diabolova.

 

Thursday — Puppies, Juniors and BOB

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The 2014 National Specialty’s Best of Opposite was Ch. Sandon’s Klever Romance. Photo by JC Photography.
 
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Best of Breed at the 2014 Tibetan Spaniel National Specialty under judge Marjorie Wikerd was Ch. Ambrier’s Rokirk Whatever Lola Wants. Photo by JC Photography.

Thursday began with Marjorie Wikerd judging the 4-6-Month Puppy Attraction. Only three puppies were entered, but this is the first time we have offered this competition. Best of Breed was awarded to Shenanwood Private Consultant, and Best Opposite Sex went to littermate Shenanwood Private Connection.

Junior Showmanship followed the puppies, and this was another threesome. All three girls were skillful in their presentation, but Mrs. Wikerd awarded Best Junior to Colleen Longley.

Colphil Kym’s Somba earned a five-point major when Mrs. Wikerd selected him as her Winners Dog. He’s owned by Pamela Bradbury and was bred by H. Butler. Reserve Winners Dog and a three-point major went to Tu Qute Oak’s Sugar Daddy, owned by Patricia Gillard, Pamela Glave and Karen Hand. The ladies were next, and Winners Bitch was selected from the 6-9-month Puppy class. Tibroke’s Body Language had all the right moves on the day. She was bred by Kay Dickeson and Colleen Chaffee, and is owned by Kay Dickeson, who handled her for the win. Reserve went to Vestal Wild Honey from Bred-by, her breeders Lindsay Vest and Robyn Brandenburg. Lindsay owns and handled her for the three-point major.

Next were the Veterans classes, a personal and crowd favorite, and what fun to watch these "mature” dogs and bitches strut around the ring. It was clear they enjoyed being back.

After lunch, provided by the Finger Lakes Tibetan Spaniel Association, 39 specials, plus four veterans, Winners Dog and Winners Bitch entered the ring for Best of Breed judging. ‘Lola’ got what she wanted, as Marjorie Wikerd chose Ch. Ambrier’s Rokirk Whatever Lola Wants, bred and owned by David Kirkland and Mallory Cosby Driskill, for Best of Breed. Lola is the bitch that had gone Best Opposite in Puppy Sweeps the day before. Lola was shown by Tim Hutton who came to spend time with a friend from his days in Junior Showmanship, and found himself drafted into service. Best of Winners was awarded to the Winners Bitch, Tibroke’s Body Language. Best Opposite Sex went to Ch. Sandon’s Klever Romance, bred and owned by Donald and Sandra Bingley. Select Dog went to GCh. Shilo-Gracelee Tennessee Tu Step, owned by Joyce Guimbellot and Shirley Carroll, and Select Bitch to GCh. Oak’s Tu Qute Sahara, owned by Patricia Gillard. Awards of Merit went to GCh. Milestone Chairman Of The Board, GCh. Dragonsong Miriamichi’s Silk Stockings, Ch. Tibroke’s Pick Me, Pick Me and Ch. Wassong’s Tim Tam. Best Puppy was Tibroke’s Body Language, the Winners Bitch and Best of Winners; Best Bred-by-Exhibitor to Vestal Wild Honey, who was also Reserve Winners Bitch; and Best Veteran went to the 7-10 Bitch Ch. Wassong’s Alysheba Of Tresor.

 

Friday — Outings, Obedience and Sweeps

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Winners Bitch was Tibroke’s Body Language. Photo by JC Photography.
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Winners Dog went to Colphil Kym’s Somba. Photo by JC Photography.

Friday morning allowed exhibitors to make excursions to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Pro Football Hall of Fame or the Fannie May Chocolate factory and outlet, or just to sleep in. In the afternoon, the show began with Obedience and a touchdown made by Aki Shimas Little Britches CDX, earning a score of 188.5 from judge Jeffery Showman and on to High in Trial from Open B. He was bred by Barbara Berg and is owned by Bobbie Mebius, Vanessa Everett and Barbara Berg. He also earned a score of 98.0 in Rally Novice B, along with GCh. Aki Shimas Uninvited Guest 97.0, A-Bit’s Just Between Us 86.0, and Aki Shimas Come On Lets Celebrate 86.0. Butternut Hill Tim The Enchanter earned a score of 89.0 in Rally Novice A. It was a great day for Tibbies in the performance events.

Friday Night Sweeps was judged by Barbara Berg, who chose White Acres Ambrier’s Rokirk Intrique from the 12-15 Month Bitch class as Best in Puppy Sweepstakes. She was bred and is owned by Mallory Cosby Driskill and David Kirkland. Best Opposite Sex to Best Puppy in Sweepstakes went to Boseiai’s Sunset Beach Of The Oaks, bred and owned by Robyn Wainwright, from the 9-12 Month Dog class. Best Veteran in Sweeps went to GCh. Lin-Chi Tsand’s Kiss’n Cousin, bred by Linda Hendrix and owned by Sandra J. Lidster from the 7-10 Bitch class. Best Opposite to Best in Veteran Sweeps went to Ch. Vahan Modra Pisnicka from the 10 and Over Dog class, owned by Colleen and Bill Chaffee and bred by Marta Diabolova.

 

Saturday — Juniors, BOB and Banquet

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Select Bitch went to GCh. Oak’s Tu Qute Sahara. Photo by JC Photography.
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Select Dog was GCh. Shilo-Gracelee Tennessee Tu Step. Photo by JC Photography.

On Saturday morning, the weather was perfect for a football game, crisp with the feel of an October day. Coats, gloves, scarves and hats began to make an appearance as a coatless Ruth Zimmerman began her judging assignment. Best Junior went to Elizabeth Citbor from an entry of four. Winners Dog went to Shenanwood Fire and Brimestone, from the Bred-by class to finish his championship for breeders/owners Colleen and Bill Chaffee. Winners Bitch was Tamzil’s Treasure Of The Sea, bred by Liana and Greg Craven, and owned by Becky Maag, Liana Craven and Mary Jensen. What a delight for Liana who had made the trip from Oregon and see her bitch finish. Reserve Winners Dog was Zelizin’s Golden Boy, and Namtrah I’ll Be Your Private Dancer was Reserve Winners Bitch. Mrs. Zimmerman selected GCh. Judo’s Million of Happy Memories from an outstanding group of specials as her choice for Best of Breed. He was bred by Donna Etchison and is owned by Betina Rodriguez and Donna. Best Opposite Sex went to GCh. Oak’s Tu Qute Sahara, bred by Patricia Gillard, Pam Glave and Karen Hand, and owned by Patricia Gillard. Best of Winners and Best Bred-by was the Winners Dog. Best Puppy went to Zelizin’s Golden Boy and Best Veteran to Ch. Vahan Modra Pisnicka.

The day ended with our annual banquet, awards and auction. One of the highlights of the night was the presentation of the AKC Outstanding Sportsman Award to a shocked Colleen Bias Chaffee. Her surprise was proof that dog people can keep a secret! Our annual auction was one of the most successful in years, and the Super Bowl of Tibbies game ball, a custom-made football, was won by Hiroomi Morishita of Matsusake, Mie, Japan.

 

Sunday — Finger Lakes Specialty

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The Fingerlakes Specialty was held May 18. Best of Breed at this final specialty was GCh. Melwood’s Where Fore Art Thou. Photo by JC Photography.
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GCh. Judo’s Million Of Happy Memories was Best of Breed at the second Specialty, which took place on Saturday. Photo by JC Photography.

Sunday was the final day and the Finger Lakes Tibetan Spaniel Association Specialty show, the host club for all the events. Sweepstakes judge Joann Colvin picked Ambrier’s I Am Sasha Fierce as Best in Puppy Sweepstakes, bred by Mallory Crosby Driskill and Kay Dickeson, and owned by Cindie Swaim and Mallory Driskill. Cindie took extraordinary measures to get to this year’s show. When her connecting flight from Chicago to Canton was canceled, she rented a car and drove without her luggage. Her bag finally showed up on Saturday. Best Opposite went to Namtrah All Aboard, bred and owned by Mary and Harold Hartman. Best Veteran went to Ch. Ambrier’s Jockey ‘n For Position from the 10 and Over Dog class, bred by Mallory Cosby Driskill and Carol Holland, and owned by Laura Davidson and Patricia C. Sarles. Best Opposite was GCh. Wynswept You Make Me Dizzy from the 7-10 Bitch class, bred and owned by Donna and Randall Raider.

Elaine Lessig judged the regular classes and found her Winners Dog in Bred-by, Tibroke’s Pick Your Poison, breeder/owner-handled by Kay Dickeson, while Reserve went to Namtrah All Aboard from the 9-12 Month Dog class, bred and owned by Mary and Harold Hartman. Mrs. Lessig found Namtrah Over The Rainbow for her Winners Bitch from the Bred-by-Exhibitor class. She is a littermate to the Reserve Winners Dog and also owned by the Hartmans. Reserve Winners Bitch came from the 6-9 Month class, Namtrah Briallu Gingersnap, bred by Barbara and Piper Smith and Mary and Harold Hartman, and owned by Mary and Harold Hartman, and Barbara and Piper Smith. Best of Breed at this final specialty was awarded to GCh. Melwood’s Where Fore Art Thou, bred by Sue Reeve and Sue Mellick, and owned by Sue Mellick and Jan Ault. Best Opposite Sex was Ch. Tibroke’s Pick Me, Pick Me, bred and owned by Kay Dickeson. This bitch is the dam of the Winners Dog, Tibroke’s Pick Your Poison, who was Best of Winners. Select Dog was White Acres Ambrier’s Rokirk Inspired, and Select Bitch was Ch. Ambrier’s Rokirk Whatever Lola Wants. Reserve Winners Dog, Namtrah All Aboard, was the choice for Best Puppy. Winners Dog and Best of Winners earned the Best Bred-by Exhibitor award, and Best Veteran was Ch. Vahan Modra Pisnicka.

A round of applause to all the members of the show committee and the Finger Lakes Tibetan Spaniel Association, and a standing ovation to show chair Carol Srnka for an exceptional week. This team went out on a limb mounting the first stand-alone specialty shows. Their attention to the little details made this a National that was appreciated by all the participants. Hats off for "thinking outside the box!”

 

From the October 2014 issue of Dogs in Review magazine. Subscribe to receive 12 months of Dogs in Review magazine, or call 1-888-738-2665 to purchase a single copy.

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