|Judge: EVAN L. GINSBURG|
Dogs 2 points Bitches
It was a great honor
to be asked to judge the Orange Coast German Shepherd Dog Club Show.
It is one of the clubs within my area, and a club where in the past I have
been a member for years. The facilities where I was to spend the
evening and night before the show was fantastic, the food was great and
the hospitality as good as I have ever seen. Of course, thatís keeping
in mind that I stayed home and my wife and I went to McDonaldís for a pancake
The handlers, exhibitors and ringside were extremely courteous and kind, but then that also can be explained by the fact that they all know I am an attorney and if they give me a bad time, I can always sue them.
had three entries. Originally I did not want to do Junior Handling,
but the club convinced me I needed to do so, so that they did not have
to bring in an extra judge. The winner was Amy Kaser, who has won
numerous Junior Handling awards, and has been handling at the National
for years. She is a real up and coming talent for our breed, and
comes from a long line of handlers, exhibitors and breeders, starting with
her grandparents, Phil and
The first place 9-to-12 Dog was Condorís John Elway. He is a long striding dog with a fantastic front, clean coming and going. He can be a little long through the loin, but he carries a good strong back, which does not distort at any speed.
The winner of
the 12-to-18-Month Dog was Tanglewood Dark Star Jagan who is a son of Champion
Tanglewood Dark Side Kengin by New Chance of Nordlicht. This male
shows his background, is a well-pigmented smooth mover, could have been
a bit sounder on
In the Novice
Dogs, the winner was Rocknollís Adagio. He is sired by Champion Caralandís
Limited Edition by Champion Rocknollís Intermezzo. After placing
the dog, and when the show was over, I was pleased to see the breeding.
His mother, Mitzi, was always one
Bred Dog went on to be winnerís dog. It was Weichoís Flash Dance,
a son of last yearís Grand Victor, Champion Mar Havenís Color Guard by
Champion Weichoís Fire Dance. Although this was in my area, I did
not recognize Flash Dance, I believe I have only seen him one time before,
when he won the Maturity under Rita Sandell. He is a medium- sized
dog, well pigmented with marvelous timing and a beautiful front reach with
a strong, smooth underdrive. He carries a perfectly level back at
all speeds, is animated and has a beautiful head with dark eyes and an
excellent ear set. His temperament cannot be faulted, in
In Open Dogs,
the winner was Nike Clayfield Yanni. Yanni is sired by Champion Rohanís
Glass Palace TC by Champion Nike Clayfield First Love. First Love
is the bitch that led the specials for so long at the National, and the
sire, Pal, is such a beautiful, dark extending dog, that it is not surprising
to see Yanni has obtained many of his talents. Yanni can cover the
ground, has beautiful ribbing and style, and is one of the better looking
sables being shown today. He is a little close coupled, and that
gets in the way of his movement, and does not allow him to extend and stretch
as I would like. However, it isnít fair to fault him on his side
The Bitches, which had a larger entry, showed great quality as well. The first place 9-to-12 Bitch was Tanglewood Lucy of Kengin, sired by Rohanís Glass Palace TC by Champion Nike Clayfield Loreal. She is a bitch that could win easily in any class, strong mover, beautifully pigmented, and unfortunately on this day did not stand as sound as I would like, and will need more exposure. She obviously will develop and as a young puppy it is very hard to know what the future will bring, but sheís certainly worth the effort and the time needed to make her more comfortable in the show dog arena.
Winner was Nike Clayfield Giuliani, sired by Champion Rohanís Glass
In Novice Bitch, the winner was Jaccar-Rivendellís Bacall, a daughter of Champion Rivendellís George Michael TC HT and Hawkís Nest Tanner. I do not recall ever seeing this bitch before, she is a flashy black and red bitch, who covered the ground well, and moved effortlessly, at both ends. She is young, and I expect she will mature into an excellent winner.
The Bred By Exhibitor
Bitch was Sinís Quote Unquote Vroom. She is sired by Command Performance
of Bob-lyn by Vroom-Sinís I Got Rhythm. She won the class easily
on her spirit and style, and presented that which we look so much for as
the ďlook of eagles.Ē
In the American Bred Bitch Class, the winner was Leemar Xzaret, a daughter of Champion Schokrest Frequent Flyer by Markelís Misty Magic. This is a bitch that gave me everything I asked for at every speed. She was placed in different positions in the class, and wherever she was, she continued to show as a stylish and classy bitch. She is not the prettiest thing in the world. For some reason people think because I have shown bi-colors that I like them. Iím not particularly enamored with one color or another, but a bi-color seems to detract from the style of so many animals. This particular bitch, while not being my choice in type, took less steps to cover more ground than anything else in the bitch classes that day. She went on to be Winnerís Bitch, on her movement, her clean coming and going, her hard back and style.
The Open Bitch
Class was the only class that had any real depth beyond first and second,
and actually had a number of bitches that could have gone Winnerís Bitch
had they continued to work and show the style and ground covering movement
as they started out.
was Rocknollís Imagination, a daughter of Select Champion Houston of Wildwood,
and Rocknollís Anastasia Von Ryan. Although past her prime, this
old gal was still in there giving her all, and seemed to have as much fun
as anyone else in the ring that day. At a little over 8-1/2 years
old, she didnít have any trouble getting around the ring, and I had a feeling
that she was willing to go all day, fortunately I wasnít, and therefore
she won the class with ease.
The Best Opposite Sex Male was Champion Caralandís Unlimited, sired by Proven Hill Sport, the Adelgard, by Champion Caralandís Patricia. Unlimited was #3 Select last year, and is one of the most massive, masculine, powerful, dark dogs of all times, or at least as long as I have been going to the dog shows, approximately 30 years. He has a massive, dominating head, a temperament that is absolutely unshakeable, and moves with a ground covering fluid motion that you expect on a much smaller animal. He certainly gives lie to the theory that a male cannot move as good as a bitch. On this day he appeared a little overweight, and a little bit out of condition. He is such a large massive dog, that it must be difficult to keep him in condition, but if you are looking for masculinity, substance, pigment and correct temperament, and do not want to give up an inch on movement, this is a dog to consider. He was only beaten out by the bitch for Best of Breed, because of his condition on that day.
as always in California, was fantastic, and as seems to happen more and
more, although a small entry, the quality was extraordinary. These
are the dogs that I compete with day in and day out when trying to show
my animals, and I was pleased to see that the next day, Dave Rinke gave
Best of Breed to Champion Caralandís Unlimited, the same Winnerís Dog,
Weichoís Flash Dance, and his Winnerís Bitch and Reserve Winnerís Bitch
As I said at
the after-show dinner, these were the finest quality animals I have ever
judged at a specialty show. I am not sure how much that means, as
this was my very first specialty assignment. I did enjoy judging,
I am pleased that the people chose to show under
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