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Pekingese “Wasabi” Wins Best In Show At Largest Ever AKC National Championship Presented By Royal Canin

January 2, 2020 GMT
Pekingese "Wasabi" Wins Best in Show at AKC National Championship
Pekingese "Wasabi" Wins Best in Show at AKC National Championship

ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 2, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- GCH CH Pequest Wasabi, a Pekingese known as “Wasabi” triumphed over more than 5,200 competitors to earn a $50,000 cash prize and the title of Best in Show at the AKC National Championship Presented by Royal Canin, held December 14-15, 2019 in Orlando, Fla. “Wasabi,” owned by David Fitzpatrick and Peggy Steinman of East Berlin, PA and bred by David Fitzpatrick, was crowned “America’s National Champion” by Best in Show judge Mrs. Dorothy Collier after a weekend of intense canine competition.

The overall show totals, which include the AKC Agility Invitational, the AKC Obedience Classic, the AKC Royal Canin National All-Breed Puppy and Junior Stakes, AKC National Owner-Handled Series Finals, NADD/AKC Diving Dogs Championship and the Junior-handler events, topped 11,008 entries, making this the largest dog event in the history of the American Kennel Club. The event continues to be the largest in North America.

The live stream of all of the weekend events is available for replay at AKC.tv.

Reserve Best in Show and Group Winners

Reserve Best in Show: GCHP CH Stone Run Afternoon Tea, a Standard Poodle known as “Siba,” owned by Connie Unger & William Lee of Northampton, PA and bred by Connie Unger.

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: GCHG CH Paradigm’s Field Of Leongolden, a Golden Retriever known as “Andy,” owned by Debbie and David Ramsey of Ojai, CA and bred by Carlotta El Khorchi and Mustapha El Khorchi.

Hound: GCHS CH Shadowridge A Touch Of Class, a Rhodesian Ridgeback known as “Penny,” owned by Judith and James Chapman of Live Oak, CA and bred by Linda Hellinge and Kerry Williams.

Working: GCHG CH Ingebar’s Tynan Dances With Wildflowers, a Giant Schnauzer known as “Ty” owned by Sandra Nordstrom, Carol Mann, and Maryann Bisceglia of Ocean City, NJ and bred by Maryann Bisceglia.

Terrier: GCHG CH Brightluck Money Talks, a Welsh Terrier known as “Dazzle,” owned by Keith Bailey and Janet McBrien of Nashville, TN and bred by Janet McBrien.

Toy: GCH CH Pequest Wasabi, a Pekingese known as “Wasabi,” owned by David Fitzpatrick and Peggy Steinman of East Berlin, PA and bred by David Fitzpatrick.

Non-Sporting: GCHP CH Stone Run Afternoon Tea, a Standard Poodle known as “Siba,” owned by Connie Unger & William Lee of Northampton, PA and bred by Connie Unger.

Herding: GCHG CH Bagatelle Moonlight Drive, an Old English Sheepdog known as “Sophia,” owned by Roberta Corbett and B & J Charest of Chatham, NJ and bred by Linda Menard, and Bernard and Joanne Charest.

Other top dogs awarded during the two-day event included the following:

Best Bred-By-Exhibitor in Show
GCHG CH Alpine’s Lbk Living On The Road BCAT DS CGC TKN, an American Staffordshire Terrier known as “Pancho,” owned by Ed and Karen Thomason, L. Keller, K. Townsend, and A. Tighe of Newman Lake, WA and bred by Ed and Karen Thomason was awarded Best Bred-By-Exhibitor in Show.

AKC Royal Canin National All-Breed Junior of the Year
Fleet St Forged At Hampton Court, a Wire Fox Terrier known as “Pierce,” owned and bred by Robert Carusi & Hailey Griffit of Oxford, MA won Junior of the Year.

AKC National Owner-Handled Series Finals Best in Show
GCHS CH Baha Pyramid Scheme BN JC NAJ BCAT CGC TKA, a Saluki known as “Ponzi” owned and bred by Dr. Caroline Coile of Live Oak, FL won the AKC National Owner-Handled Series (NOHS) Finals Best in Show, prevailing over an invitation-only entry of 705 dogs.

Best in Miscellaneous Group
Ola De Gras Very Wonderful Wins CM, a Biewer Terrier known as “Win,” owned by Michele Lyons, Cindi Cardoso Iken, and Daniel Yona of Highlands Ranch, CO and bred by Oa Ptichenko won the Miscellaneous Breeds competition.

Junior Showmanship
In the Junior Showmanship competition, for handlers from between 9 to 18 years of age, Johnathan Wehry with his ASCOB Cocker Spaniel, GCHS CH Cameo Siloet’s Gold Coast Legacy was awarded the coveted title of Best Junior Handler, along with a $2,000 scholarship.

Agility and Obedience Competitions
The 2019 AKC Obedience Classic and the AKC Agility Invitational were held in conjunction with the AKC National Championship. The two events demonstrate the highest level of training and teamwork between dog and handler. Obedience and agility competitions for junior handlers were held for the ninth year, and an AKC Rally® Junior competition was held for the sixth year.

AKC Obedience Classic
Four obedience dogs and their owners – one dog/handler team in each of the four classes – were crowned at the AKC Obedience Classic, which brought together 244 dogs from across the country.

Placing first in their class (Novice, Open, Utility and Masters respectively) were:

AKC Juniors Obedience and Rally Classic
The AKC Juniors Classic had juniors competing in Obedience and/or AKC Rally®. In Obedience, Juniors competed based on the dog’s AKC obedience accomplishments throughout the past year. Placing with the high scoring awards were:

Junior Obedience Classic – Saturday

Junior Obedience Classic – Sunday

In AKC Rally®, Juniors competed in Rally Novice, Rally Intermediate, Rally Advanced, Rally Excellent, and/or Rally Master based on the dog’s AKC Rally® accomplishments throughout the past year. Placing with the high scoring awards were:

Junior Rally Classic – Saturday

Junior Rally Classic – Sunday

AKC Agility Invitational
Five agility dogs and their owners – one dog/handler team in each of the five height categories – were crowned as the 2019 winners of the AKC Agility Invitational, which brought together 704 dogs from across the country and beyond.

Placing first in their height division (8″, 12″, 16″, 20″ and 24″ respectively) were:

AKC Juniors Agility Competition
Juniors who participated in the AKC Juniors Agility Competition competed in either the Junior Excellent or Superior Classes, depending on whether they had achieved an agility title.

Placing first in their height division (8″, 12″, 16″, 20″ and 24″ respectively) in the Junior Excellent class were:

Placing first in their height division (8″, 12″, 16″, 20″ and 24″ respectively) in the Junior Superior class were:

North America Diving Dogs/AKC National Championship.
A record entry of more than 1,000 dogs entered the NADD/AKC National Championship.

The Championship winners include:

AKC Breeder of the Year
Elizabeth and Daniel Karshner were presented with the 2019 AKC Breeder of the Year Award for Little Ponds Bulldogs at the AKC National Championship on Saturday, December 14, 2019. The annual award honors breeders who have made an impact on their breed and dedicated their lives to improving the health, temperament and quality of purebred dogs.

The inaugural posthumous Breeder of the Year was awarded to Sunny Shay of Grandeur Afghan Hounds. Sunny Shay was one of the most highly-regarded breeder-owner-handlers producing some of the breed’s most influential dogs.

AKC Meet the Breeds®
The Chesapeake Bay Retriever booth won AKC Meet the Breeds® Best Booth in Show.

Click here to download images and video from the AKC National Championship.

ABOUT THE AMERICAN KENNEL CLUB
Founded in 1884, the American Kennel Club is a not-for-profit organization which maintains the largest registry of purebred dogs in the world and oversees the sport of purebred dogs in the United States. The AKC is dedicated to upholding the integrity of its registry, promoting the sport of purebred dogs and breeding for type and function. Along with its more than 5,000 licensed and member clubs and its affiliated organizations, the AKC advocates for the purebred dog as a family companion, advances canine health and well-being, works to protect the rights of all dog owners and promotes responsible dog ownership. More than 22,000 competitions for AKC-registered purebred dogs are held under AKC rules and regulations each year including conformation, agility, obedience, rally, tracking, herding, lure coursing, coonhound events, hunt tests, field and earthdog tests. Affiliate AKC organizations include the AKC Humane Fund, AKC Canine Health Foundation, AKC Reunite and the AKC Museum of the Dog. For more information, visit www.akc.org.

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