2010 AKC/Eukanuba National Championship

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Tsunami's Chase of Quailrun thumbnail
Tonya And Vegas thumbnail
GCH CH Javahill Steal My Heart RA JH  thumbnail
GCH CH Blacklace Magic Mocha Sapphire thumbnail
Handler Kim Groves And Zeus  thumbnail
2010 AKC/Eukanuba National Championship thumbnail
Tsunami's Chase of Quailrun
Bred-By-Exhibitor Sporting Group 1 Winners Tonya and Vegas
GCH CH Javahill Steal My Heart RA JH
GCH CH Blacklace Magic Mocha Sapphire
Handler Kim Groves And Zeus
2010 AKC/Eukanuba National Championship

Tsunami's Chase Of Quailrun

Bred-By-Exhibitor Sporting Group 1 Winners Tonya and Vegas

GCH CH Javahill Steal My Heart RA JH

Handler Tony Carter and Coby

Handler Kim Groves And Zeus

The Flat Coat, Chesapeake, and Curly Coat lining up for their turn

I must admit that when I attend the AKC/Eukanuba National Championships my main goal is to get around the conformation rings. Some of you may think that a dog show is just a glorified beauty pageant for overly pampered pups but that would be a very short-sighted view of the event. Dog shows are meant to highlight a breeder’s finest examples of the breed to present to the judges. The AKC/Eukanuba National Championship takes that idea to the next level as it’s strictly by invitational only which includes only the top 25 dogs in each breed, champions from the Bred-By-Exhibitor class, champions from the Amateur-Owner handler class, AKC Grand Champions, and Best in Show winners during the qualification period. This means only the best of the best dogs are at this show.

Due to the elite status of the dogs attending the show, the show format is different from your typical dog show in that all the dogs of a particular breed enter the show ring together (there are no “classes”) and the judge chooses the Best of Breed, Best of Opposite Sex, Best-Bred- By, and appropriate number of Awards of Excellence. (Note: All of the winners qualify to attend Crufts – the largest dog show in the world held in England.) The Best of Breed winner represents the breed in the Group ring in hopes to compete for Best in Show. The Best-Bred-By winner represents the breed in the Bred-By-Exhibitor Group ring in hopes to compete for Bred-By-Exhibitor Best in Show.

I would be remiss if I failed to mention a couple of special attractions also held which are the Eukanuba World Challenge where top dogs from over 40 countries compete for the best of the best!

With so many activities happening at the same time, I was not able to watch all the retrievers in the show ring. The spectators were about 5 rows deep for the Golden Retrievers and Labrador Retrievers, making it challenging to see, let alone take any good pictures. Needless to say, I was happy with the results in these rings as both winners were from the Northwest and the Labrador Retriever was bred by a very good friend of mine – Christine Tye of Gingerbred Labradors.

Congratulations to all the Best of Breed Winners for Retrievers (shown below). With a special recognition to Labrador Retriever GCH CH Gingerbred Celestial Thunder JH who won Sporting Group – 2nd place and Golden Retriever GCH CH Rush Hill’s River Road Payoff who won Bred-By-Exhibitor Sporting Group – 1st place.

Best of Breed Winners

Chesapeake Bay Retriever – GCH CH Cabin Ridge’s Mega Margarita
Curly-coated Retriever – CH Pizzazz Trigger
Flat-coated Retriever – GCH CH Blacklace Magic Mocha Sapphire
Golden Retriever – GCH CH Rush Hill’s River Road Payoff
Labrador Retriever – GCH CH Gingerbred Celestial Thunder JH
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever – GCH CH Javahill Steal My Heart RA JH

Bred-By-Exhibitor Winners

Chesapeake Bay Retriever – CH Quailridge’s Crystal Pistol
Curly-Coated Retriever – CH Avanti’s Electra Glide
Flat-Coated Retriever – GCH CH Valhala’s Burning Ring Of Fire
Golden Retriever – GCH CH Rush Hill’s River Road Payoff
Labrador Retriever – GCH CH Fiesta’s Path To Happiness
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever – CH Javahill Surf N’ Aloha Sun

Category : AKC/Eukanuba, Conformation

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I am one of the founders and editor of Retriever Life. My passion is Labradors of all sizes and shapes but I am a big fan of all the retriever breeds.

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