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News and results from major Sighthound events in the U.S. and abroad.



Reports on Best in Show won by a Sighthound at an AKC all-breed show, Hound Group show and breed club specialty will be reported if listed by Canine Chronicle OR submitted by the owner or handler, with suitable verification, within a week of the win. Photographs may be printed when submitted.

Greater Fredericksburg Kennel Club, Virginia, January 10, 2020 (1,226 dogs entered), BIS Whippet GCh. Pinnacle Kentuck Bourbon. Bitch. Owners K. Latimer, J.Descutner, N. Shaw & J. & C. Smithey. Breeders Justin Smithey & Yvonne Sovereign. Handler Cheslie Pickett Smithey. Judge Norman Kenney.

Rubber City KC, Tallmadge, Ohio, January 4, 2020 (1,120 dogs entered), BIS Afghan Hound Singh Nazira Some Enchanted Evening, bitch, owners & breeders Toni Richmond & Judith Banker. Handler Lisa Bettis, Judge Dana Cline.

South Date KC (1), Miami, Florida, January 4, 2020 (415 dogs entered), BIS Whippet GCh. Pinnacle Kentucky Bourbon, bitch, owners K. Latimer, J. Descutner, N. Shaw & J. & C. Smithey. Breeders Justin Smithey & Yvonne Sovereign. Handler Cheslie Picket Smithey. Judge Peggy Beisel-McIlwaine.


USA, California


Sighthounds did not have a particularly successful weekend in Palm Springs. The New Year's shows that are held on the Empire Polo Club grounds in Indio, California, on January 3-5 are among the largest, and certainly the most beautiful, in the country. There are well over 3,000 dogs entered, spacious and well-mown lawns, palm trees, a rose garden, white-and-blue tents that provide shade from the seemingly constant sun.

Whippet judging. Snapshot by Reed Hellyer.

Some breeds held specialty shows on Thursday, January 2nd, but for Sighthounds the weekend started on Friday with the 23rd annual Group show hosted by the Inland Empire Hound Club of Southern California. A total of 573 Hounds made 702 entries, with Whippets and Rhodesian Ridgebacks having the largest breed entries with 83 and 79 exhibits entered.

Best in Show judge Pamela S. Lambie chose non-Sighthounds for the first three placements: BIS was the Beagle (15"), with a Bloodhound and Norwegian Elkhound in 2nd and 3rd place. Fourth was the only Sighthound that placed, Borzoi Ch. Belisarius JP Wild Rumpus, bred in Japan by Kyoko Ozeki, owned by Toshie Ohya and handled by Shota Hirai (who also showed another of the  Belisarius Borzoi to Reserve BIS at Westminster a few years ago).

Only Sighthound to win big in Palm Springs, the Afghan Hound SBIS GCH Thaon’s Fade-To-Black “Onyx”  

At Saturday's Kennel Club of Palm Springs all-breed show, Dr. Eric Liebes judged the Hound Group (575 entered) and found his winner in the Afghan Hound Ch. Thaon Fade To Black, bred, owned and handled by Jay Hafford. All the other three Group placements went to non-Sighthounds. BIS from the total entry of 3,574 dogs under John Wade, however, was a Lakeland Terrier and Reserve BIS a Shetland Sheepdog.

The Sunday show, hosted by the same all-breed club, had 3,301 dogs entered, 522 of them Hounds. The Group was judged by Mr. Wade, who placed the Afghan Hound Ch. Thaon's Back To Black 2nd, with the other three placements going to non-Sighthounds. BIS under judge Cindy Vogels was a Samoyed and Reserve BIS an Irish Setter


USA, Florida


Photo Jeanie Mcadams

With more than 5,000 dogs entered, the AKC National Championship, held on December 14-15 in Orlando, Florida, was the largest dog show of the year. In fact, it had more dogs entered than any other show in North America since the AKC Centennial in 1984. (There were 8,075 dogs making 8,214 entries at that show, which means that although the number of dogs at this year's AKC National was not a record, but the more than 10,000 entries were an all-time high. Many of the now popular competitions for best Bred by Exhibitor, best Puppy/Junior etc. did not exist in the 1980s.)

Although Sighthounds took seven of the eight placements in the regular and Bred by Exhibitor Hound Groups, the only Sighthound to win Best in Show was the Saluki, GCh. Baha Pyramid Scheme, who won the National Owner-Handled Series finals: the NOHS Hound Group under judge Elliott Weiss and NOHS BIS under Dr. Carmen Battaglia. The NOHS competition is open to the ten-top owner-handled dogs of each breed and had a record entry of 791.Ponzi is owned, bred and handled by Caroline Coile of Live Oak, Florida. He’s a multi-talented dog, as all the titles after his name make clear: he’s BN, NAJ, SC, BCAT, CGC and TKA.


The regular Hound Group competition was judged by Guy Jeavons from Canada, world famous for his Miniature Smooth Dachshunds. The Group was won by the Rhodesian Ridgeback GCh. Shadowridge A Touch Of Class, with second place to the Borzoi GCh. Majenkir Bookstor Spellbinder, third to Greyhound Ch. Ina's Fashion Divine (imported from Germany) and fourth to the Azawakh GCh. Eidi N' Amanar Gaeraat Starfire, CM3.


In the Bred-by-Exhibitor Hound Group, judged by Mrs. Patricia Trotter, whose Vin-Melca Norwegian Elkhounds have won more BIS than most over several decades, the win went to the Afghan Hond GCh. Sunlit's Queen of Everything, CGC. Second place went to the Basenji GCh. Dark Moon's Black Tri Affair and third to the Saluki GCh. Aurora's Rhythm Of My Heart. Fourth place went to the only non-Sighthound among these finalists, a Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen.



Afghan Hounds (48 entered: 23 class dogs, 2 veterans, 23 specials), judge Heather Lindberg. 

BOB & Best Bred-by in Breed - GCh. Sunlit's Queen of Everything, CGC (GCh. Gwich'Inz Paparazzi Vizionz of Summerwindz x GCh. Kingsleah Fire Queen, imp. Sweden). Breeders Jacqueline Pendygraft, Tara Richardson & Rosemary Sutton. Owners Tara Richardson & Alicia Jones. 

BOS - GCh. Agha Djari's Fifth Dimension of Sura.

Select Dog - GCh. Jolie Show N Tell Sharja.

Select BItch - GCh. Sawsan Bint-Bint Diba von Haussman.

1st AOM - GCh. Thera's The Quiet Man at Kattana.

2nd AOM - GCh. Sebring Elan Monkey Business.

3rd AOM - GCh. Sura Tell Me Lies Zanza.

4th AOM - GCh. Brilliant Night JP Dear Zeus.

5th AOM - GCh. Thaon's Speedway.

WD - Criston Argenine Tango.

WB & BOW - Kouros Grande Amore.


Azawakh (10 entered: 6 class dogs, 4 specials), judge Frederick R. Vogel.

BOB - GCh. Eidi N'Amanar Gaeraat Starfire, CM3 (Aulad Al Sahra's 'G' Saddis x Tukufu Iman). Breeder Maria Szynaka-Tomaszeska. Owners Jose Cabrera, Fabian Arienti, Frances Daum & Margo Koga.

Select Bitch - Ch. Azamour Anbar.

1st AOM - Ch. Starfire B'Anya.

BOS & WB - Aulad Al Sahra's E'Baikor.

WD & BOW - Eidi N'Amanar Jana.


Basenji (23 entered: 7 class dogs, 1 veteran, 15 specials), judge Mrs. Cindy Scott.

BOB & Best Bred-by in Breed - GCh. Dark Moon's Black Tri Affair (GCh. Signet Southern Comfort x GCh. Dark Moon's Barking Bad, JC). Breeders Victoria A. Predale, John Predale & Michael Work. Owner Victoria A. Predale.

BOS - GCh. Skywalker N Mibre's Queen of Hearts.

Select Dog - GCh. Meisterhaus Jadaka Rebel Rockstar.

Select Bitch - GCh. Undercover-Ab Hurricane Irma.

1st AOM - GCh. Undercover Imara Simon Says Legend.

2nd AOM - GCh. Relic's Big Bang Theory of Dagoba.

3rd AOM - GCh. Dark Moon's The Beauty Within, SC.

WD - Mibre N Corzo Legacy of Baagna-USA.

WB & BOW Luz Na Passarela Itapuca.


Borzoi (28 entered: 7 class dogs, 1 veteran, 20 specials), judge Mr. David R. Miller.

BOB - GCh. Majenkir Bookstor Spellbinder (Ch. Majenkir Bookstor Fyodor Fine Art x Ch. Jantar Majenkir Fearless Lass). Breeders Karen Staudt-Cartabona, Karen R. Spey & Howard B. Spey, MD.

BOS - Ch. Elance Moonlight Becomes You.

Select Dog - GCh. Belisarius JP Cl My Big Boy.

Select Bitch - GCh. Kyrov's Scottish Lilt at Horse and Hound.

1st AOM - GCh. & Dual Ch. Chihawk Maschas Dream of the Wild Hunt, BN, RE, FDC, SD, SWN, SCA, SIA, SBA, THDN, CGCA, CGCU, TKI.

2nd AOM - GCh. Fiery Run Rider of the Storm, BCAT.

3rd AOM - Ch. Estet Classic Timofei.

4th AOM, WB & BOW, Best Bred-by in Breed - Silvan Elance Silk Road (see below).

WD - Gadkii Veter Rhinestone Cowboy.


Cirneco dell'Etna (12 entered: 4 class dogs, 8 specials), judge Mr. David R. Miller

BOB - GCh. Cy'Era Zion, TKN (GCh. Cy'Era Tazio x GCh. Cy'Era Paola, CM3). Breeder M. Lucia Prieto. Owners Rebecca, Terry & Alex Haberbush & Lucia Prieto.

BOS, WB & Best Bred-by in Breed - Rulin's Pride and Joy Srv D'Lea.

1st AOM - GCh. Kr'Msun Nero D'Avola, CGCA, TKN.

2nd AOM - GCh. Cy'Era Zoe.


Greyhounds (16 entered: 9 class dogs, 7 specials), judge Mr. Desmond J. Murphy.

BOB - Ch. Ina's Fashion Divine (Sobers Amadeus Karkati x Ina's Fashion Bright). Breeder Stavrina Koulermo, Germany Owners Jimmy Cabailo & breeder.

BOS, WD & BOW, Best Bred-by in Breed - Rubicon's Elijah Craig.

Select Dog - (Ch.) GrandCru La Chapelle Gordon.

Select Bitch - GCh. GrandCru Sine Qua Non.

WB - GrandCru Estandon Legend.

1st AOM Dual Ch. Hepi Hepri Opal and Pearls at Parisfield, SC.

2nd AOM - GrandCru Estandon Legend.


Ibizan Hounds (16 entered:  5 class dogs, 11 specials), judge Mr. David R. Miller.

BOB - GCh. Kamars Speeding To New Adventures, SC (Dual Ch. Kamars XXX Bladerunner, SC x Dual Ch. Kamars Final Rain, SC). Breeders Debra Peterson & Katie Belz, DVM. Owners Jennifer & David Anderson & Katie Belz, DVM. 

BOS - Dual Ch. Nahala's Eternal Winner at Morado, SC.

Select Dog - GCh. Heron and Hound Notanuff Hellsbells N Dam'Ation.

Select Bitch & Best Bred-by in Breed - GCh. Abbaio Yogurt Affairs.

1st AOM - GCh. Harehill's Mint Julep.

2nd AOM -  Ch. Fusion's Batgirl, SC.

3rd AOM - GCh. Nevaeh's L-Wynd's Blowing In The Wynd.

WD & BOW - Abbaio Slender Loris, SC.

WB - Ch. Fusion Legacy Fire On Ice.


Irish Wolfhound (27 entered: 8 class dogs, 1 veteran, 18 specials), judge Mr. David R. Miller.

BOB - GCh. Darom Mode's Lord Larkin.

BOS - GCh. Raven vom Luchemer Brückchen.

Select Dog - Ch. Kiss Roan Inish.

Select Bitch - GCh. Clothilde von der Ochtruper Nachtigall, RA, FDC, JC, CA, BCAT, CGC, TKN.

1st AOM - GCh. Fleetwind Carroy Cosgrove Con'An.

2nd AOM - GCh. Pitlochry's Emerald.

3rd AOM - GCh. Dun Myrica Never Say Never of Eagle, CGC, TKN.

4th AOM  Ch. Darom at Ceter Ice Yzerman.

WD - Country's Castaway Wilson of Crook Lake

WB & BOW - Lizette Ionmhair Norman.

Best Bred-by in Breed - GCh. Wildisle Brie Good Golly Ms Molly.


Italian Greyhounds (26 entered: 10 class dogs, 16 specials), judge Mrs. Janice G. Pardue.

BOB & Best Bred-by in Breed - GCh. Tebo-Rainddance-CCR Hell's Bells (Ch. GDM-Lorence-Logos Audacious Too x GCh. Tebo Mente' The Generals Dance). Breeders Kathleen Thibault & owners. Owners Rebecca Baum & Chelsea James.

BOS - Ch. Pinnacle Favorite Song.

Select Dog - GCh. Alura Warwick Thunder Down Under for Clovelly.

Select Bitch - GCh. Ferazi GDM Titania at Jaros.

1st AOM - GCh. Infiniti Her Airness To The Throne, NAJ, NF.

2nd AOM - Ch. Maplewood's Social Climber.

3rd AOM - GCh. Alura National Treasure of Micci, BCAT.

4th AOM - GCh. Bellagio Unforgettable.

WD - KC's No Dream Is Too Big.

WB & BOW Bellagio Pretty Girl Problems.


Pharaoh Hound (7 entered: 2 class dogs, 5 specials), judge Mr. David R. Miller.

BOB - GCh. Jomara's Mystic Heart of Gold (Ch. Shema's Mia Mystic Warrior x Ch. Northgate's Koh-I-Noor, CA, imp. Finland). Breeder Lisa D. Summers. Owners Marie Henke & Gale Lavato.

BOS - Ch. Kaije'Z Faro Diamonte Del Mar, JC.

Select Dog - Ch. Hallam Bakhu's Lex Is Dancing At Giza Al Mia.

Select Bitch - GCh. Bazinga Bardaxxa The Dragonrider.

1st AOM - GCh. & Dual Ch. Arao Anubis Just Smashing, SC.

WB - Estrella Feerica Piya Rayana, JC.


Rhodesian Ridgeback (55 entered: 20 class entries, 3 veterans, 32 specials), judge Michael Faulkner.

BOB - GCh. Shadowridge A Touch of Class (Ch. Jubalee Shadordg Slipoutthebackjack x Ch. Rivercity Primtime's Poetry In Motion). Breeders Linda Hellinge & Kerry Williams. Owners Judith & James Chapman.

BOS - not listed.

Select Dog & Best Bred-by in Breed - GCh. Alidli & Mystiko's Reign of Ice & Fire.

Select Bitch - GCh. Whirlaway's Raising A Raider.

1st AOM - GCh. Juba Lee's Coming Better Hide Your Heart, CD, BN, RE, CGCA, CGCU, TKN.

2nd AOM - Ch. Whirlaway Diablo's Bare Knuckle Brawler.

3rd AOM - (Ch.) Lyonnese Blueprint Of A Legend.

4th AOM - GCh. Whirlaway's Hangin' At Captain Scott's.

5th AOM - Ch. Agape & Adili's Prim & Proper.

WD - Terra Christa's Master of Magic.

WB & BOW - Mahaba's Southern Dancer at Kipenzi.


Saluki (19 entered: 6 class dogs, 4 veterans, 9 specials), judge Dr. Donald Sturz, Jr.

BOB & Best Bred-by in Breed - GCh. Aurora's Rhythm Of My Heart (GCh. Aurora's The Song And Dance Man x Ch. Aurora's What's Love Got To Do With It). Breeders & owners Julie L. Mueller & Eugene Blake.

BOS - GCh. Omen Sahara T'Mojo D'Dahlia, JC, BCAT.

Select Dog - GCh. Baha Persian of Interest, CD, RN, SC, OA, MXJ, NF, TKA.

Select Bitch - GCh. Hediyeh Mu Caphei Priya Fourever More.

1st AOM - Ch. Khiva's Glamorous Glitter Shine.

2nd AOM - Ch. Sanhurst Clussex Skylark at Monab.

WD & BOW - Freespirits Blue Hawaii.

WB - Starlite's Shie Of A Thousand Spotlights.


Scottish Deerhound (19 entered: 11 class dogs, 8 specials), judge Dr. Donald Sturz, Jr.

BOB - GCh. Foxcliffe Master of the Hunt (Ch. Foxcliffe Classic Joules x Ch. Foxcliffe Evening Fox). Breeders & owners Cecilia Dove & Dr. Robert S. Dove, DVM.

BOS, WB & BOW - Cu Liath Iron Gate Piperdean.

Select Dog & Best Bred-by in Breed - GCh. Cu Liath Vanguard, JC.

Select Bitch - GCh. Cu Liath Valkyrie at GrandCru.

1st AOM - Ch. Winter Farms Zeus.

2nd AOM - GCh. Foxcliffe Full Cry of Winter.

WD - Foxcliffe J Alexander Fraser.


Sloughi (3 specials), judge Mr. David R. Miller.

BOB - Ch. Rima Riham Sahara (Namir Sihma Shara x Nanah Sham Sahara). Breeder Mariana Raposo. Owners Erika & Andrew Wyatt.

BOS - GCh. Ocerico Einas, CGC,

Select Bitch - GCh. Ocerico Elamira.


Whippet (72 entered: 43 class dogs, 1 veteran, 28 specials), judge Mrs. Cindy Scott.

BOB - GCh. Pinnacle Kentucky Bourbon (Ch. Bo-Bett's Lord of the Rings x Ch. Sowagla Appraxin Patchouli). Breeders Justin C. Smithey & Yvonne Sovereign. Owners J. & C. Smithey, Ken Latimer, J. Descutner & N. Shaw.

BOS - GCh. Bo-Bett Air Force One.

Select Dog & Best Bred-by in Breed - GCh. Sporting Fields Dashing Sand Dune.

Select Bitch - GCh. O'Neill's Intuition at Morado.

1st AOM - GCh. Aperture I Think I'm Going To Like It Here, BCAT.

2nd AOM - Ch. Aperture Phantom of the Opera, DCAT, CGC, TKN.

3rd AOM - GCh. Starline Windborn Classique.

4th AOM - GCh. Never's Man In The Mirror.

5th AOM - GCh. Harmony's N Sportingfields Kiss and Tell.

WD - Snow Hill Memphis Blue.

WB & BOW - Silkrock & Phi's Apples and Oranges.


USA, Virginia
“Chelsea” BOB at 83rd Afghan Hound National

Best of Breed at the 83rd annual Afghan Hound Club of America National Specialty, held at Founder’s Inn and Spa in Virginia Beach, Virginia, on October 26-30, 2019, was the 6-year-old black masked red bitch GCh (Silver) Pahlavi Marilyn Merlot. “Chelsea” was sired by frozen semen from Ch. Pahlavi Rhythm of the Night, born in 1986, out of Ch. Pahlavi-Zen Ain’t Just Whistin’ Dixie) and had also won the 2017 AHCA National Specialty. Owners are Dr. Patrick Turman, Jeff Bracken and Karen Wagner.

Photo by McKenzie Telatovic.

The judge was senior breeder Robert Stein (Charaj), who acquired his first Afghan Hound in 1955 and has judged the AHCA National Specialty four times.

BOS was GCh. (Gold) Pahlavi Itz Not My First Rodeo, owned by the breeder of both winners, Karen Wagner.

USA, California

The Del Valle Dog Club of Livermore in Pleasanton, CA, on Saturday, October 19, had 420 Hounds making 485 entries. The top three placements were taken by Sighthounds. The judge was Harold "Red" Tatro, who, as his winner, had the Afghan Hound GCh. Agha-Djari's Fifth Dimension of Sura. Second was the Whippet GCh. Tivio's Lightning In A Bottle. Third was the Irish Wolfhound GCh. Khaleesi's Drogon of the Seven Kingdoms, who had won the Group the previous day. Fourth place was taken by an Otterhound. 

There were designated specialties for Borzoi, Greyhounds, Salukis and Whippets, supported entries for Afghan Hounds and Rhodesian Ridgebacks.

On Sunday the Del Valle Dog Club of Livermore had 351 Hounds entered, with Raymond Yurick from Canada judging the group. His winner was again the Afghan Hound GCh. Agha-Djari’s Fifth Dimension of Sura, with the Rhodesian Ridgeback GCh. Kimanis Indelible Impression, JC, second, the Borzoi GCh. Majenkir Bookstor Arctos third and the Whippet GCh. Tivios Lightning In A Bottle fourth.

The Afghan Hound was also Res. BIS at the show, defeated only by the Havanese GCh. Oeste's In The Name Of Love, who won BIS both days and is currently the nation’s top winning dog of all breeds.

USA, Ohio

"Rugby" wins Ridgeback National!

     The veteran dog "Rugby," alias GCh. Diablo's Back Alley Brawler, CGC, ROM, won the Rhodesian Ridgeback Club of America National Specialty for the second year in a row. This year's national was held at Sawmill Creek Resort in Huron, Ohio, from October 6 through October 12. Best of Breed was judged by James Reynolds, well-known all-rounder from Canada, who judged BIS at Westminster in 2006.

     Rugby is a multiple Best-in-Show winner at all-breed and specialty shows. He was also the 2018 RRCUS "Stud Dog of the Year." Born on May 8, 2012, Rugby was sired by Ch. Orangewoods Talk O'The Town out of Ch. Diablo's London Calling. Breeders are Kevin & Shelley McNary and Nancy Faville. Nancy alsoo co-owns Rugby with Rebecca McMilton and Helle Rasmussen.

Rugby with his handler Elizabeth Jordan Nelson. Snapshot submitted by Theresa M. Lyons.

Morris & Essex 2020 Judges Announced

     The legendary Morris & Essex Kennel Club has announced the judges for its 2020 show. Started by Geraldine Rockefeller Dodge in the 1920s and then held annually at her vast Giralda estate in New Jersey, it was recognized as the largest summer show in America, some years in the world. The original show was cancelled in 1958 but restarted by Wayne Ferguson in 2000. The show is now held once every five years, with the entry capped at 4,455 dogs — exactly one dog less than the record set by Mrs. Dodge at her biggest show, in 1939.

     The 2020 show will be held on October 1st in Colonial Park, Somerset, New Jersey. This is the Thursday of a big show weekend that culiminates in the famous all-Terrier Montgomery County KC show.

     Best in Show will be judged by Desmond J. Murphy, Jr., who has a Sighthound connection in that he grew up as a child at the great Mardormere kennels of Greyhounds and Whippets. Mr. Murphy is approved by AKC to judge the Sporting Group, Afghan Hounds, Beagles, Greyhounds and Whippets in the Hound Group, several Working breeds, the Terrier and Toy Groups, several breeds in the Non-Sporting and Herding Groups, and BIS. He was approved by AKC to judge his first breed, Greyhounds, prior to 1980.

     The Hound Group judge Michael J. Doughery also has a Sighthound connection: as a professional handler he showed Whippets in the 1970s and '80s, winning BIS with both Ch. Runner's Our Own Charisma and her son Ch. Runner's He's The Continental. He was approved for his first breed, Whippets, in 1987. Mr. Dougherty judged BIS at Westminster KC in 2013.     

     Breed judges: Afghan Hound - David Frei. Azawakh - Denise Flaim. Basenji - Patricia Trotter. Borzoi - Dr. John Reeve-Newson, Canada. Cirneco dell'Etna - Robert Stein. Greyhound - Dr. John Reeve-Newson, Canada. Ibizan Hound - Robert Stein. Irish Wolfhound - Tom Powers. Pharaoh Hound - Patricia Trotter. Portuguese Podengo Pequeno - Helen Stein. Rhodesian Ridgeback - Denise Flaim. Saluki - Gayle Bontecou. Scottish Deerhound - Espen Engh, Norway. Sloughi - Gayle Bontecou. Whippet - Espen Engh, Norway.

     Italian Greyhounds will be judged by Elaine Lessig. The Toy Group will be judged by Elizabety Sweigart, and the Miscellaneous Class by Michael Canalizo.

     The Basenji Club of America will consider the classes at Morris & Essex as their specialty show. The following breed clubs hold supported entries: Afghan Hound Club of Northern New Jersey, American Azawakh Association, Borzoi Club of Delaware Valley, Greyhound Club of America, Irish Wolfhound Association of the Garden State, Rhodesian Ridgeback Club of America, Garden State Saluki Club, Mid-Atlantic Deerhound Association and Scottish Deerhound Club of America, and the American Whippet Club.

     For more information go to: http://www.morrisandessexkennelclub.org/index.html


A Saluki is in the lead among all breeds in the American Kennel Club National Owner-Handler Series ranking, presented in the Sept. 6, 2019, issue of Dog News Magazine. The Saluki GCh. Baha Pyramid Scheme, BN, JC, NAJ, BCAT, GCC, TKA, is currently in the lead with 3,820 points, almost 600 points ahead of a Puli in 2nd place, a Miniature Pinscher in 3rd and a Belgian Tervuren in 4th. Ponzi, as the Saluki is called, is owned, bred and handled by Sighthound Review contributor Caroline Coile.

In 7th place is another Sighthound, the Scottish Deerhound GCh. Hobarra's I Dreamed A Dream, co-owned by Shawnine Hogan-Cirincione, Anthony Cirincione and Terry Rizzitiello. The Basenji GCh. Relic's Big Bang Theory of Dagoba, owned by Kimberly Brown and Dianna Sanders, is in 13th place. Three other Basenjis are also among the Top 100: GCh. Astarte's Sir Tristan With Pips at Kazor (#33), GCh. Mata Hauri Cinnabon, FDC, CA, DCAT, RATO (#48), and GCh. Laurel Frankly Speaking Let Me Be Frank (#89).

Completing the list are the Rhodesian Ridgebacks GCh. Luvakis Shirley's Legen-WaitForIt Daryl Legendary!, RN, FDC, , JC, THDN, CGCA, CGCU, TKN (#23), GCh. Lionlamb's Dark Horse, CA (#39), and GCh. Courage's Alexander The Great of CJs Ranch, SC (#73); the Whippet GCh. Harmony's N Sportingfields Kiss And Tell (#59); and the Borzoi GCh. Soyara's Devilish Delila (##72).

The leaders in the different Sighthound breeds, when not listed above, are: Afghan Hound GCh. Sura Fabelhaft Fifth Avenue, CA; Azawakh Eidi N'manar Iteje, CM; Cirneco dell'Etna GCh. Valencia's Astral Angel, PI, SC, BCAT; Greyhound GCh. GrandCru Alexana; Ibizan Hound GCh. Nevaeh's L-Wynd's Blowing In The Wynd; Irish Wolfhound GCh. Wildisle Brie Good Golly Ms Molly; Italian Greyhound GCh. Alura Warwick Thunder Down Under for Clovelly; Pharaoh Hound GCh. Siphra's Bohemian Rhapsody, JC; and Sloughi GCh. Ocerico Elamira.

The winner will be determined at the AKC National Championship  in Orlando, Florida, on December 13 and 14, 2019.


USA, Utah

September 11, 2019: Italian Greyhound Club of America National specialty, Fartmington, Utah. Judge Eugene Blake. BOB GCh. Ferazi GDM Titania at Jaros, owners Jutta Kulic & James Steele, Jr. 

USA, Colorado

September 6, 2019: Pharaoh Hound Club of America specialty, Greelen, Colorado. Judge Randy Garren. BOB Reedly Road Reign Supreme at Hallam. Owners Dominic Carota & Dr. Stephen Sipperly. Breeder Maria Evteeva, Russia. Handler Stacy Threlfall.

USA, California

August 25, 2019: Santa Barbara Kennel Club, "Sighthound Spectacular," 7th annual unofficial competition for Sighthounds only. Judge Susan Sprung.

The Sighthound Spectacular winner, Saluki GCh. Aurora’s Rhythm of My Heart, with owner, breeder and handler Julie Mueller, judge Susan Sprung (with ribbon), SBKC President Abbe Shaw and stewards Jamie Hubbard (left) and Douglas Johnson (right). Photo Holloway.


1st place - Saluki GCh. Aurora's Rhythm Of My Heart, b. Apr 16, 2015. Breeders owners. By Ch. Aurora's The Song and Dance Man - Ch. Aurora's What's Love Got To Do With It. Owners: Julie L. Mueller & Eugene Blake. Dog.

2nd place - Borzoi (Ch.) Belisarius JP Wild Rumpus, b. February 22, 2016. Breeder: Kyoko Ozeki. By GCh. Jubilee Tadbit O'Brindle Mist - Ch. Belisaris JP Amazing Grace. Owner Toshie Ohya. Bitch.

3rd place - Greyhound Rubicon's Belle Meade At Solstice, b. Apr 3, 2018. Breeder: Pamela Rubinstein & Susan Cassem. By  Ch. Rubicon's Pandemonium - Salgrey's Fan. Owners: Nancy Soyster & Pamela  Rubinstein & Melanie Hidinger. Bitch.

4th place - Basenji Ch. Jasiri-Sukari High As A Kite, b. Dec 15, 2017. Breeder: Julie & Kathy Jones. By GCh. Borassur 51's Comeback Kid - Dual Ch. & GChS Jasiri-Sukari High Win Warning SC. Owners: Laurie & Greg LaRock & Julie & Kathy Jones. Bitch.

Award of Merit - Borzoi Ch. Majenkir Bookstor Arctos, b. May 12, 2016. Breeders owners. By Ch. Majenkir Bookstor Fyodor Fine Art - Jantar Majenkir Fearless Lass. Owner: Karen Staudt-Cartabona & Karen R. Spey & Dr. Howard Spey. Agent: Stuart McGraw. Dog.

Award of Merit - Rhodesian Ridgeback Lyonnese Iron Legacy, b. Jun 15, 2018. Breeders: Deborah Holly & Maureen Tauber. By Ch. Kimani's Blue Chip Image, JC- GCh. Kimani's Set in Gold. Owner: Channe Cole & Maureen Tauber  & Deborah Holly. Agent: Erin Karst. Dog.

Award of Merit  - Whippet Lishima's Tickled Pink, b. June 27, 2018. Breeder: Owner. By Ch. Bohem Just In Time - GCh. Lishima's Tickle My Fancy. Owner: Sherry Hamilton. Bitch.

Award of Merit - Irish Wolfhound GChB Mendes Marvella, b. June 18, 2015 Breeder: Owner. By Ch. Mascotts My Santana - GCh. Mendes Absolut Elegance of Eagle. Owners: Laurie Mendiones & Linda Souza. Bitch.



Photo credit:  Julie Mueller            


USA, Connecticut

August 22, 2019: Saluki Club of America Eastern Regional specialty. Judge Elizabeth Guthrie, Australia. BOB GCh. Aziz Reatha Alilhan. Owner Jennifer Rimerman. Breeder Stina Jalkanen, Finland. Handler Mike Reed.

SWEDEN, Strömsholm

July 28, 2019: "Skokloster", July 28, 2019, Svenska Vinthundklubben/Swedish Sighthound Club. Total 574 Sighthounds. 

BIS Strömsholm, Borzoi Ch. Jelistaz Yummie, BIS-2 Irish Wolfhound Pennybright Casca, BIS-3 Afghan Hound Ch. Xenos Sandor, BIS-4 Saluki Ch. Sharwassim Chawki. Judge (with ribbons) was Michael Canalizo, USA. Photo Louise Käck.



Best Baby Puppy in Show, Saluki Lags Latifha Lanesha. Photo Louise Käck.


Best Progeny Group, Whippet Ch. Twyborn Big Ben. Photo Louise Käck.


Best Breeder's Group, Kennel Vaskurs Pharaoh Hounds, bred by Jenny Hall. Photo Louise Käck.


Best Working Dog, Saluki Ch. Sharwassim Chawki. Photo Louise Käck.


Best Junior, Scottish Deerhound Lawtons Ferrari Freixnet. Photo Louise Käck.


Best Young Adult, Pharaoh Hound Vaskurs Varenne Qiwison. Photo Louise Käck.


Best Puppy, Borzoi Undimoon Delilah. Photo Louise Käck.


Best Veteran, Afghan Hound Ch. Simbad Ebn Rashida von Haussman. Photo Louise Käck.



Best in Show, judge Michael Canalizo, 1. Borzoi Ch. Jelistaz Yummie, 2. Irish Wolfhound Pennybright Casca, 3. Afghan Hound Ch. Xenos Sandor. 4. Saluki Ch. Sharwassim Chawki.

BIS Baby Puppy, 1. Saluki Lags Latifha Lanesha, 2. Italian Greyhound Alchemista's Donna Regina, 3. Whippeet Triodames Brexit, 4. Borzoi Borzowski's X-Wing.

BIS Puppy, 1. Borzoi Undimoon Delilah, 2. Whippet Bellzelius Luna de la Reina, 3. Italian Greyhound Arkita's Xenia, 4. Pharaoh Hound Farao Anubis Alabaster Ibis.

BIS Junior, 1. Scottish Deerhound Lawtons Ferrari Freixnet, 2. Afghan Hound Eskashem Eyelish Cajungh, 3. Borzoi Borscana Gryning, 4. Whippet Mac Bells Need No Introduction.

BIS Young Adult, 1. Pharaoh Hound Vaskurs Ina Scot Qiwidotter, 2. Irish Wolfhound Pennybright Casca, 3. Whippet Just Nosy Sweet Pea, 4. Borzoi Meeukka Gardevoir.

BIS Working, 1. Saluki Int. Ch. Sharwasssim Chawki, 2. Scottish Deerhound Ch. Grayrory's Hyacinth, 3. Afghan Hound Int. Ch. Mandinah Kismet, 4. Whipppet Pompeca's Ocean Blue Pearl.

BIS Veteran, 1. Afghan Hound Int. Ch. Simbad Ebn Rashida von Haussman, 2. Pharaoh Hound Int. Ch. Vaskurs Idefix Qiwison, 3. Whippet Ch. Twyborn Glory Hallelujah, 4. Saluki Ch. Michaelkors.

Best Breeder's Group, 1. Pharaoh Hounds, Kennel Vaskurs, breeder Jenny Hall; 2. Whippet, Kennel Mac Bells, breeders A. Andersson & H. Mörling; 3. Greyhounds, Kennel Epic, breeders A.L. Almgren & J. Rosengren; 4. Afghan Hounds, Kennel Khaos, breeder Saori Wohlin.

Best Progeny Group, 1. Whippet Int. Ch. Twyborn Big Ben, 2. Pharaoh Hound Int. Ch. Northgate's Kalahari Queen.


Breed (number of dogs), judge & winner:

Afghan Hounds (84), judge Magnus Hagstedt, Sweden: BOB Ch. Xenos Sandor. BOS Ch Papatazin Bonne Blue Butler.

Azawakh (2), Michael Canalizo, USA: BOB Int. Ch. Mouss-Diouf de la Route Jacque Coe. BOS Azamour Shani Masseau.

Borzoi (64), Michael Canalizo, USA: BOB & Best in Show Ch. Jelistaz Yummie. BOS Ch. Ribot Majove Bohemia.

Galgo Español (23), Outi Piisi-Putta, Finland: BOB Magh Itha's Bonifacio. BOS Int. Ch. Hot Isle Fermina.

Greyhound (20), Elisabet Janzon, Sweden: BOB Int Ch. Sobers Amberlee Karkati. BOS Ch. Sobers Aventinus Karkati.

Irish Wolfhound (8), Elisabet Janzon, Sweden: BOB Pennybright Casca. BOS Pennybright Terpsichore.

Italian Greyhounds (30), Outi Piisi-Putta, Finland: BOB Arkita's Wizzavi. BOS Piccolitas Dario F.

Magyar Agar (2), Outi Piisi-Putta, Finland: BOB Chininas Actually Very Attractive.

Saluki (116), Eric Steele, USA (dogs & BOB) & Erin Brown, Australia (bitches): BOB Int. Ch. Sharwassim Chawki. BOS Int. Ch. Aziz Qitarah.

Scottish Deerhound (25), Elisabet Janzon: BOB Ch. Necesse's Bene Dictum. Ch. Lehigh Impresario for Champhurst.

Sloughi (2), Michael Canalizo, USA: BOB Int. Ch. Quetshadee Scatha. BOS Ch. Quetshadee Rhaegal.

Whippet (198), Helen Wayman, UK (dogs), Ann Beckett-Bradshaw, UK (bitches & BOB), Marie Gadolin, Sweden (Junior & Working classes bitches): BOB Just Nosy Sweet Pea. BOS Ch. Whiptails Perfect Match.


Details of several breed specialty shows held in the same location on Saturday, July 27, are not available. There were club shows for Afghan Hounds (judge Michael Canalizo, USA), Cirneco dell'Etna and Pharaoh Hounds (judge Marie Westman, Sweden), Borzoi (judge Maja Cosic, Croatia), Scottish Deerhounds (judge Marie Gadolin, Sweden), Greyhounds (judge Jeanette Lemmeke, Sweden), Salukis (judges Erin Brown, Australia, & Eric Steele, USA) and Whippets (July 26 & 27, judge Joanne Boudreault, Canada). For Whippet specialty results, see Whippet Review magazine.

GERMANY, Donaueschingen

August 3-4, 2019, German Sighthound Club/Deutscher Windhundzucht- und Rennverband, Donaueschingen. Total 869 Sighthounds entered on the first day, 769 on the second.

Best in Show first day and Supreme BIS at Donaueschingen, Greyhound Ch. Sobers Xtravaganza. From left, British Whippet judge Roger Stock, Mr. Valdez with the BIS ribbon and the BIS winner's "family" — in the back Pierluigi Primavera with one hand on friend (and owner of BOS Greyhound) Paolo Salmistraro's shoulder, the other on his son Livio's; between them daughter Emma, and (handling Xtravaganza) wife/mother Bitte Ahrens Primavera. Far right, U.S. judge Scott Pfeil. Photo Grzegorz Gebik.


The BIS winner and her owner after the win. Photo Grzegorz Gebik.


Sunday's BIS winner, Afghan Hound Ch. Xenos Sandor. Photo Grzegorz Gebik.


Sandor in motion. Photo Grzegorz Gebik.


BOB Whippet and Best Junior in Show (Sunday), Whippet Mr Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. Photo Grzegorz Gebik.


Best Youngster in Show, Whippet Sobrasalto La Donna E'Mobile. Photo Grzegorz Gebik.



Best in Show & Supreme BIS - Greyhound Ch. Sobers Xtravaganza (Ch. Salgrey's Bartolomeo x Ch. Sobers Portia GrandCru). Breeder & owner Bitte Ahrens-Primavera, Italy.

Best Veteran in Show - Pharaoh Hound Reedly Ch. Road Illuminated (Ch. Reedly Road Desperado x Ch. Siphra's Charisma to Reedly Road). Owner & breeder Maria Evteeva., Russia.

Best Junior in Show - Afghan Hound Xenos Tells A Story (Ch. Elevate UR Game Cynergy of Meadow Valley x Ch. Xenos Cruz). Breeder & owner Roberto Bongiovanni, Italy

Best Youngster in Show - Whippet Sobresalto La Donna E'Mobile (Wolf Tone Atlas x Ch. Sobresalto Ndringhetendra). Breeders Annalisa Rovani & Arnaldo Cotugno, Italy. Owner Annalisa Rovani, Italy.

Best Baby in Show - Whippet Contemp Tamika (Siprex Pascal x Librium's Remarkable Jazz). Breeder Maria Sheina, Russia. Owner Bis Agata, Poland.


Breed (number of dogs), judge & winner:

Afghan Hounds (109): Gael Morrison, South Africa: BOB Ch. Xenos Sandor.

Azawakh (10), Karin Juto Hedberg, Sweden: BOB Ch. Aulad al Sahra's F'Ekelli.

Borzoi (91), Evelyn Kirsch, Germany: BOB Estet Classic Tatarin.

Chart Polski (7), Gabriel Valdez, Brazil: BOB Verbena Arcturus.

Cirneco dell'Etna (6), Dr. Francis McEvoy, Australia: BOB Attilio Miracolo Cani Di Luca.

Galgo Espagnol (17), Dr. Francis McEvoy, Australia: BOB Rabilargos Eloy.

Greyhound (52), Karin Juto Hedberg, Sweden: BOB & BIS Ch. Sobers Xtravaganza.

Ibizan Hound, Smooth (12), Dr. Francis McEvoy, Australia: BOB Luckyhas Baila Bubia Para Terra Baltika.

Ibizan Hound, Wire (1), Dr. Francis McEvoy, Australia: BOB Taras Ugnies Diadema.

Irish Wolfhound (50), Dr. Francis McEvoy, Australia: BOB Pitlochry's Irish Fairytale.

Italian Greyhound (79) Gabriel Valdez, Brazil: BOB Ch. Py's Erotica.

Magyar Agar (7), Dr. Francis McEvoy, Australia: BOB Kuruclesi Zuri.

Pharaoh Hound (9), Dr. Francis McEvoy, Australia: BOB Ch. Reedly Road Illuminated.

Podenco Canario (7), BOB Dr. Francis McEvoy, Australia: Devi.

Podengo Portugues Pequeno (1), Dr. Francis McEvoy, Australia: BOB Irezumi Uma Unica Sereia.

Saluki (138), D. Scott Pfeil, USA: BOB Ch. Majo's Beemin.

Scottish Deerhounds (28), John Titus Steele, USA. BOB Pitlochry's Quality.

Silken Windsprite (8), Karin Juto Hedberg, Sweden: BOB Ch. Pegasus.

Sloughi (22), John Titus Steele, USA: BOB Ch. Jamal Baqiir Sabiih al Sahra.

Whippet (212), Roger Stock, UK (dogs) & Dr. A. Todd Miller, USA (bitches): BOB Ch. Cherubim's Royal It's A Chrismas Dream.



Best in Show - Afghan Hound Ch. Xenos Sandor (Agha Djari's Karkati's Comeback x Ch. Xenos Cruz). Breeder & owner Roberto Bongiovanni, Italy.

Best Veteran in Show - Pharaoh Hound Reedly Road Illuminated (see above).

Best  Junior in Show - Whippet Mr Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (Ch. Skräddaregårdens Qantarel Usain B x Ch. Satellite of Love). Breeder Giovanni Ligouri, Italy. Owner Enrico Galli, Italy.

Best Youngster in Show - Whippet Sobresalto La Donna E'Mobile (see above).

Best Baby in Show - Whippet Contemp Tamika (Siprex Pascal x Librium's Remarkable Jazz). Breeder Maria Sheina, Russia. Owner Bis Agata, Poland.


Breed (number of dogs), judge & winner:

Afghan Hound (97), D. Scott Pfeil, USA: BOB & BIS Ch. Xenos Sandor.

Azawakh (7), Dr. Francis McEvoy, Australia: BOB Ch. Tombouktou's Luban Mayya.

Borzoi (83), Jon Titus Steele, USA: Scheztaya Mythomania.

Chart Polski (6), Dr. Francis McEvoy, Australia: Verbena Arcturus.

Cirneco dell'Etna (6), Gabriel Valdez, Brazil: Mia Santo's King, CAC & BOB.

Galgo Español (17), Gabriel Valdez, Brazil: San Augustin del Guadalix Evita, CAC & BOB.

Greyhound (44), Evelyn Kirsch, Germany: Ch. Sobers Xtravaganza, BOB.

Ibizan Hound, Smooth (7), Gabriel Valdez, Brazil: Al-Capone de Cueva d'es Culleram, CAC & BOB.

Ibizan Hound, Wire (5), Gabriel Valdez, Brazil: Taras Ugnies Diadema, CAC & BOB.

Irish Wolfhound (48), Gabriel Valdez, Brazil: Olimpo della Bassa Pavese, CAC & BOB.

Italian Greyhound (73), Karin Juto Hedberg, Sweden: Ch. Py's Erotica, BOB.

Magyar Agar (6), Karin Juto Hedberg, Sweden: Kuruclesi Zuru, CAC & BOB.

Pharaoh Hound (9), Gabriel Valdez, Brazil: Ch. Reedly Road Illuminated, Best Veteran & BOB.

Podenco Canaro (4), Gabriel Valdez, Brazil: Ch. Tara, BOB.

Podengo Portuges Pequeno (1), Gabriel Valdez, Brazil: Irezumi Uma Unica Sereia, CAC & BOB.

Saluki (123), Gael Morrison, South Africa: Ch. Gloria Al Zahra, CAC & BOB.

Scottish Deerhhound (25), Dr. Francis McEvoy, Australia: Pitlochry's Quality, CAC & BOB.

Silken Windsprite (2), Gabriel Valdez, Brazil: Küssekraut vom schwarzen Schwan, Best Junior & BOB.

Sloughi (21), Dr. Francis McEvoy, Australia: Abd Al Jabbar Lekkerbhit, CAC & BOB.

Whippet (193). Dr. A. Todd Miller, USA (males & BOB), Roger Stock, UK (females). Mr Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Best Junior & BOB.



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