On March 12, the The Pekingese Club of America, held its national specialty as a concurrent show in Louisville, Kentucky. If you haven’t made the trek to Louisville in the spring, you need to put it on your bucket list. Rated as the top show site in 2014, it has much to offer the exhibitor, and they bend over backwards to accommodate the specialty clubs. With no charge for reserved grooming, most of the Pekingese exhibitors were set up together, which made for fun times and camaraderie.
The Pekingese weekend started on Wednesday night, with the Black Mask Party, sponsored by Doll McGinnis Publications, publisher of The Orient Express, and the Pekingese Association. With heavy hors d’oeuvres and cocktails, it was like a Pekingese reunion of both old and new friends. It was great to see not only our veteran breeder-exhibitors but also some new faces.
Thursday, after the all-breed classes, the specialty began with Louise Harden (of Lounar Pekingese ROM) judging sweepstakes. Best in Sweepstakes was 9–12 puppy Diaquiris Samantha Jones, bred and owned by Cynthia Dyson. She found her Best of Opposite in Sweeps from the 6–9 months puppy class, Katsa Magic Mike, bred and owned by Thomas Jenkins and Vince Hedrick.
Dr. Margaret Reed judged regular classes. Winners Dog was Livanda Fabbiano , bred by Stuart and Andrea Livesey (UK) and owned and shown by Howard Fan. This young dog went on to finish his title this weekend by winning three five-point majors. Howard is one of our newest exhibitors, so what a great way to start! Reserve Winners Dog and Best Bred-by-Exhibitor was Katsa Magic Mike, owned and bred by Thomas Jenkins and Vince Hedrick. Winners Bitch/Best of Winners/BOS/Best Puppy was Cynthia Dyson’s Diaquiris Samantha Jones. Reserve Winners Bitch was Dr. Raymundo Lo’s Dreamville High on Love.
The Best of Breed class was outstanding—there were many dogs who would have made a worthy winner on the day. Ch. Pequest General Tso, bred by owner David Fitzpatrick [http://www.pequest.com/TheDavidFitzpatrickStory.htm] and co-owned by Nancy Shapland, was Best of Breed. Select Dog was GCh. Pekeden PHD for Schuyler, owned by Mary Schuyler Campbell and breeders Thomas Curley and Diane Bell-Curley. Select Bitch was Ch. Pekeden Pear Blossom, owner-breeders Thomas Curley and Diane Bell-Curley.
Best of Breed, The Pekingese Club of America 2015 National Specialty: Ch. Pequest General Tso, bred and handled by owner David Fitzpatrick and co-owned by Nancy Shapland. (Photos courtesy The Pekingese Club of America.)
Winners Dog: Livanda Fabbiano, bred by Stuart and Andrea Livesey (UK) and owned and shown by Howard Fan.
Winners Bitch/Best of Winners/BOS/Best Puppy: Diaquiris Samantha Jones, bred and owned by Cynthia Dyson.
On Saturday, before the regular classes, the Pekingese Club of America offered a three-hour judges’ education session that was well attended, followed by ringside mentoring. Additionally there was ringside mentoring offered Thursday morning and afternoon.
Saturday evening featured the PCA Banquet and awards, plus the raffle drawing and auction. The highlight of the awards was that Kitty Schnell was awarded the PCA Sportsman of the Year [http://thepekingeseclubofamerica.net/sportsmanship.html] award. Kitty is the driving force behind the Derbytown Pekingese Club, and we appreciate her!
Many thanks to the Louisville show committee, who helped with so many things to make our show successful. Also, sincere appreciation to everyone who stepped up and donated auction and hospitality-bag items, to those who traveled so far to attend, and to everyone who demonstrated such great sportsmanship. We’ll see you next year in Reno!