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                Clan Culture: Friends, Rivals & Family Celebrate Montgomery
BY DAN SAYERS continued
 digits. At this year’s event, Shari Boyd drew an entry of 101 Soft-Coated Wheaten Ter- riers, and Anne Katona presided over 100 Scottish Terriers. Other sizable breed entries were made up for Lydia Coleman Hutchin- son (92 Norwich Terriers), Brian Bogart (85 Miniature Schnauzers), Wood Wornall (83 Kerry Blue Terriers) and Rhonda Davis (82 Airedale Terriers). Likewise, the entry in Cairns (75), Borders (73) and Westies (71) provided ample opportunity for delib- eration by Elisabeth Theodorsson, Amanda Pough and Kathleen Ferris respectively. Collectively, 31 Terrier breeds were repre- sented by this year’s total entry of 1,658. (Only the long-established Manchester and the newly-recognized American Hairless were notably absent from this year’s show).
As a breeder’s showcase, Montgomery offers a Best Bred-By Exhibitor in Show competition that is open to the winners of each breed’s Bred-By classes as well as those dogs and bitches shown in the Best of Breed/Variety competition by their breeder/owners. As noted in the catalog, “Every dog entered at this event in the Bred by Exhibitor class or for Best of Breed/ Variety competition is eligible for the Best Bred by Exhibitor Competition, if the entry is shown by a breeder and owner of record. All dogs in competition for Best Bred by Exhibitor must be handled throughout the entire breed competition by a breeder and owner of record.” This year’s judge for the event was Darle Heck of Foothills, Alberta, Canada, who selected the Airedale Terrier, Reydaleterrydale Rangel The Great Gatsby, as her winner of the Wedgewood Liberty Plate. (In 2017, Mrs. Jean Surfus awarded this dog Best in Sweepstakes at Montgom- ery). The now three-year-old dog is bred by Gerardo Reyes and Gabriel & Ivonne Rangel, and was handled on the day by Mr. Reyes.
At Montgomery, a Best Brace in Show competition is also held to honor pairs of related dogs that are similar in appearance with the ability to perform in unison. The award, though rarely offered to the fancy today, was once coveted by breeders at major events from coast to coast. Today, it remains a fixture only at shows where the tradition of breeding purebred dogs to the breed standards is genuinely lauded. This year’s winning pair of Airedales, chosen by David Kirkland of Sanford, North Caro- lina, hails from the Joval kennels of Dr. Valerie Rickard and Mr. John Rickard of Leesburg, Virginia. Breeder/owner-handler Valerie piloted Ch. Joval Sweet Straw- berry Shortcake (co-owned with Nancy A. Nykamp and Hugh W. Garner) and Joval
Top to bottom: Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier GHCh. Doubloon’s Extreme Gamer is Second in Group and Reserve Best in Show. Group Third is awarded to the American Staffordshire Terrier GCh. Alpines LBK Living On The Road BCAT DS CGC TKN. The Miniature Schnauzer Ch. Minuteman Colder Weather is awarded Fourth in Group. Photos by Ashby.
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