Ellee the Bearded Collie Wins 2017 AKC National Owner-Handled Series Finals

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The AKC National Owner-Handled Series (NOHS) Finals celebrates the dedication and enthusiasm of owner-handler exhibitors and allows them to compete head-to-head against one another in the conformation ring.

After incredible competition, this year's Best in Show honors went to GCHS CH Wigglesworth Aberlour's Pyt CGC, a Bearded Collie known affectionately as “Ellee,” owned and handled by Sharon Ipser and bred by Sharon Ipser & Dawn Mieras. The 2017 NOHS Finals Best in Show winner was crowned by judge Ms. Patricia W. Laurans.

“We welcomed so many wonderful dogs to this year’s AKC National Owner-Handled Series Finals,” said Bri Tesarz, Manager, Dog Show Rules & Programs. “This event celebrates the skill and dedication of the owner-handler, and we’re thrilled to congratulate this year’s winner!”

The top ten owner-handled dogs (plus ties) in each breed from the 2017 qualifying years were invited to compete in the Finals, and the 705 competitors entered represented 191 different breeds/varieties.

GCH CH Highover High Definition, a Boxer known as “Magnum," was named Reserve Best in Show.

Group Winners

After winning their Best of Breed competitions, the following top dogs went on to win in their respective groups and compete for AKC National Owner-Handled Series Best in Show:

Sporting: GCH CH Ocoee Wild About Hunter, an English Springer Spaniel known as “Willie,” owned by Rodney & Sandy McKinney & Melanie King.

Hound: GCH CH CCH Stackem Up The Business Breed, a Treeing Walker Coonhound known as “Angus,” owned by Bridgette Clary & David Lee & Tricia Snedegar.

Working: GCH CH Highover High Definition, a Boxer known as “Magnum,” owned by Ann M Dunn.

Terrier: GCHS CH Kerzmin's Diamonds Are Forever, a Kerry Blue Terrier known as “Diamond,” owned by George & Tuesday Hanna

Toy: GCHG CH Bayside's Beginning CGC, a Toy Manchester Terrier known as “Adam,” owned by Dianna Texter.

Non-Sporting: GCHG CH Majesty's Legaxy Another Easy Masterpiece, a Chinese Shar-Pei known as “Artie,” owned by Alex Gonzalez, Beth Brown, Jan S Reed, and Lisa Myers.

Herding: GCHS CH Wigglesworth Aberlour's Pyt CGC, a Bearded Collie known as “Ellee,” owned by Sharon Ipser & Dawn Mieras.

Congratulations to all!

Missed the competition? You can check it out on demand on AKC.org.