Whippet Wins Best In Show at AKC National Championship
GCHP CH Pinnacle Tennessee Whiskey, a Whippet known as “Whiskey,” earned the title of Best in Show at the AKC National Championship Presented by Royal Canin, held Dec. 15-16, in Orlando, Fla. “Whiskey” triumphed over more than 5,000 entries to earn a $50,000 cash prize. Owned by Justin Smithey and Dr. Ken Latimer and bred by Justin C. Smithey and Yvonne Sovereign, “Whiskey” was crowned “National Champion” by Best in Show judge Mr. Elliott B. Weiss after a weekend of intense canine competition.
Combined with other weekend events including the AKC Agility Invitational, the AKC Obedience Classic, the AKC Royal Canin National All-Breed Puppy and Junior Stakes and the Junior events, the overall show totals topped 9,023 entries
The AKC National Championship evening live stream is available for replay at AKC.TV alongside on-demand coverage of the Bred-By Exhibitor groups, Junior Showmanship Finals, Best Miscellaneous, Agility and Obedience competitions.
The winners are:
Reserve Best in Show: GCHS CH Sammantic Querida, a Samoyed known as “Querida,” owned by Barbara Bruns and Wolfgang Stamp and bred by Barbara Bruns and Wolfgang Stamp.
After winning Best of Breed competitions the following top dogs went on to win in their respective groups and compete for Best in Show.
Sporting: GCHS CH Nani Breica N Crosswinds Aloha, a Weimaraner known as “Kevin,” owned by Derek Beatty and Suzanne Burns and C. Grisell and J. Doud and bred by Jessica L Mendez Cervera and Brenda B. Doub.
Hound: GCHP CH Pinnacle Tennessee Whiskey, a Whippet known as “Whiskey,” owned by Justin Smithey and Dr. Ken Latimer and bred by Justin C Smithey and Yvonne Sovereign.
Working: GCHS CH Sammantic Querida, a Samoyed known as “Querida,” owned by Barbara Bruns and Wolfgang Stamp and bred by Barbara Bruns and Wolfgang Stamp.
Terrier: GCHG CH Roserock's My Eyes Adored You, a Norwich terrier known as “Isaac,” owned by Ellen Lucas and bred by Ellen Ford.
Toy: GCHP CH Hill Country’s Puttin’ On The Ritz, a pug known as “Biggie,” owned by Carolyn Koch of and bred by Kristy Ratliff and Kevin Ratliff.
Non-Sporting: GCHP CH Le Petit Prince De La Bete, a French Bulldog known as “Princeton,” owned by Alexandra Geremia and Blake Hamman and Peter Photos of and bred by Peter Photos and Blake Hamman.
Herding: GCHP2 CH Majestic Elite Clever Endeavor PT, a Border Collie known as “Slick,” owned by Ricki Johnson, J. Frank Baylis, and Ronni Delay and bred by Ronni Delay.
Other top dogs awarded during the two-day event included the following:
GCHP CH Pinnacle Tennessee Whiskey, a Whippet known as “Whiskey” won the Best Bred-By-Exhibitor in Show title.
Aperture I Think I'M Going To Like It Here, a Whippet known as “Lizzie,” owned by Amy Reynolds and bred by Julie Poole, won Puppy of the Year.
GCHG CH Lamz Strike A Pose RN CAA CGC TKN, a Bedlington Terrier known as “Vogue” owned by Laurie Zembrzuski and Gabrielle Gilbeau and bred by Laurie Zembrzuski and Gabrielle Gilbeau, won the AKC National Owner-Handled Series (NOHS) Finals Best in Show, prevailing over an invitation-only entry of 737 dogs.
Starfire’s B’ Anya, an Azawakh owned and bred by Jose Cabrera was awarded Best in Miscellaneous Group.
In the Junior Showmanship competition, for handlers from between 9 to 18 years of age, Mary Claire Ctibor with her Irish Setter GCHS CH Beaubriar's Best Kept Secret was awarded the coveted title of Best Junior Handler, along with a $2,000 scholarship.