AKC National Championship Winner(s)
Puli "Preston" Wins Best In Show
If you’ve never been to an AKC Dog Show/Competition I highly recommend the experience. If you’re like me, just trying to give a command for my dog to ‘stay’ is a feat in itself. To see these dogs at their finest, is well worth the time to attend or watch on TV…. – amyjo
PULI “PRESTON” WINS BEST IN SHOW AT
LARGEST EVER AKC NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP PRESENTED BY ROYAL CANIN
National Champion Beats Dogs from 49 States and Hundreds of International Competitors
Orlando, FL (Dec. 18, 2016) – GCHB CH Cordmaker Mister Blue Sky, a Puli known as “Preston” triumphed over nearly 5,000 dogs to earn a $50,000 cash prize and the title of Best in Show at the AKC National Championship presented by Royal Canin, held this weekend in Orlando, Fla. “Prestion,” owned by E. Charles & J. Beaudoin & L. Pitts & P. Kelly & S. Huebner of Raleigh, NC, was crowned “National Champion” by Best in Show judge Dr. Anthony DiNardo after a weekend of intense canine competition.
Combined with other weekend events including the AKC Agility Invitational, the AKC Obedience Classic, and the Junior events, the overall show totals topped 7,000 entries, making this the largest dog event held in the United States since the AKC 1984 Centennial event and the largest dog show North America.
The AKC National Championship evening live stream is available for replay at www.akc.org, alongside on-demand coverage of the Bred-By Exhibitor groups, Junior Showmanship Finals, Best Miscellaneous, Agility and Obedience competitions. The show will be televised on the Hallmark Channel on January 23, 2017 6-9 PM ET/PT.
Reserve Best in Show and Group Winners
Reserve Best in Show: GCHP CH Belle Creek’s All I Care About Is Love, a Bichon Frise known as “Flynn,” owned by Patrina Odette & L. VanKeur & L. Carlton & L. Letsche of Plymouth, MI.
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 Clussexx Man Of Steel, a Clumber Spaniel known as “Angus,” owned by Clussexx Reg J Hubbard W & K Holbrook B Dowd of Bloomington, IN.
Hound: GCHP CH Sporting Fields Shameless, a Whippet known as “Brazen,” owned by Barbara Call, J. Cooney-Waterhouse, D. Butt and A. Giles of Wilmot, MN.
Working: GCHP CH Mephisto’s Speak Of The Devil, a Boxer known as “Devlin,” owned by Mrs. Jack Billhardt & Sergio Tenenbaum of Canaan, CT.
Terrier: GCHS CH Taliesin Twice As Nice, a Norwich Terrier known as “Tanner,” owned by Lisa Sons & Jeff and Kim Sime of Homer Glen, IL.
Toy: GCHS CH Somerset Wynzall Hashtag, a Brussels Griffon known as “Newton,” owned by Keith Jacobson and Jo Ann Noffsinger of Seattle, WA.
Non-Sporting: GCHP CH Belle Creek’s All I Care About Is Love, a Bichon Frise known as “Flynn,” owned by Patrina Odette & L. VanKeur & L. Carlton & L. Letsche of Plymouth, MI.
Herding: GCHB CH Cordmaker Mister Blue Sky, a Puli known as “Preston,” owned by E. Charles & J. Beaudoin & L. Pitts & P. Kelly & S. Huebner of Raleigh, NC.
Other top dogs awarded during the two-day event included the following:
Best Bred-By-Exhibitor in Show
GCHG CH Hillwood Dassin Ouspenskaya, a Poodle known as “Maria,” owned by Ellen M. Charles & Joseph Vergnetti of Washington D.C. was awarded Best Bred-By-Exhibitor in Show.
AKC National Owner-Handled Series Finals Best in Show
GCH CH Love That Jimmy Fallon CM, a Miniature American Shepherd known as “Jimmy,” owned by Jeanie Troyan McAdams & Dr. Douglas McAdams won the AKC National Owner-Handled Series (NOHS) Finals Best in Show, prevailing over an invitation-only entry of 711 dogs.
Best in Miscellaneous Group
Sidekick’s Amour De Bonami CM4, a Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen known as “Ace,” owned by Brent Humphrey & Corey Benedict of Howey-in-the-Hills, FL, won the Miscellaneous Breeds competition.
In the Junior Showmanship competition, for handlers from between 9 to 18 years of age, Lauren Marie Hull with her Great Pyrenees CH Patorama’s Lay Down The Boogie was awarded the coveted title of Best Junior Handler, along with a $2,000 scholarship.