Showsight - November 2017

Rain or shine, Montgomery is the place where every breeder and exhibitor of Terriers wants to compete. Entries were up by more than 160 this year when com- pared with last, although the inclement weather likely kept some dogs and exhibi- tors in bed for the day. Among the breeds with more than 100 entries, Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers led the list again this year with 117 dogs entered under Ms. Peg- gy-Beisel-McIlwaine. Judge Geraldine (Geri) Kelly had 108 Miniature Schnauzers in her ring, and Mr. Robert Hutton had nearly that number of Cairns to go over with 107 entries on his slate. The Airedale ring was packed throughout the day with 102 dogs entered for Mrs. Diane Barclay to assess, and American Staffordshire Terriers came out en masse to fill Mr. Richard Powell’s ring. One hundred colorful and spir- ited Am Staffs came to Montgomery this year to attend the breed’s Specialty show, and each seemed to take the heat and humidity in stride. The American Staffordshire Terrier has a long history in the U.S., but has only recently been viewed as a top contender at Montgomery. Although AKC recognition was granted in 1936, the breed’s first Best in Show win at this Terriers-only show did not come until 2010. That year, all eyes were on Ch. Castle Rock’s SBigStaff


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