So the specialty weekend for Canadian National was in Halifax this year. Since my son’s family is down in Nova Scotia it became a family vacation combination along with an opportunity to take in the Specialty. Along the route I picked up my good friend Helen who came along to give me a hand with the crew since I went a little over board on the entries, with three All-Breed shows as well as the Specialty.
Show #1 on Friday was judged by Nancy Popovich. She awarded Dragoon a Group 3rd.
Show #2 our judge was Michael Hill. He found Dragoon for Best of Breed, Jolene for Best of Opposite and Hope for Winners Bitch for her first 2 points. He then gave Dragoon the Herding Group!
Saturday at noon the Specialty began with Puppy Sweepstakes judged by Jean Clifford of Trailwyn Cardigans in New York.
Hope was awarded Best in Juvenile Sweepstakes, and Gryphon Best of Opposite Sex in Juvenile Sweeps. In the Veteran Sweepstakes Dragoon was Best in Sweeps and Dolly was Best of Opposite. The Regular Specialty was judged by Kristen Francis of Stonecroft Pembroke corgis, in Ontario. First Gryphon was awarded Winners Dog.
Then Hope was awarded Winners Bitch, and Dolly Veteran Bitch.
With Gryphon, Hope and Dolly all needing to go into the Best of Breed ring it was necessary to wrangle extra hands and I thank Addison White for taking in Gryphon and Stepanie Toman for going back into the ring with Dolly, while Helen showed Hope, Shannon showed Dragoon and I took in Jolene.
It was a blur, but in the final line up Jolene won Best In Specialty, and Best Canadian Bred. My little baby girl, at 17 months is now a National Specialty winner!
And baby Hope at all of 6 months and 1 week was Best of Winners and Best Puppy
Sunday, Dragoon again was Best of Breed, and Hope Winners bitch for another 2 points. And then he was in the All-Breed Veteran Sweepstakes – and won Best Veteran in Sweeps!
It was a whirlwind trip and I am still pinching myself!