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                 Clan Culture: Friends, Rivals & Family Celebrate Montgomery
BY DAN SAYERS continued
   “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.”
Sweet Cinnamon Swirl (co-owned with husband John) to the win.
Mr. Kirkland also enjoyed the distinct pleasure of selecting this year’s Best in Show winner. The popular multi-Group judge found his favorite in the familiar form of the Welsh Terrier GCh. Brightluck Money Talks. Bred by Janet McBrien of Bright- wood, Virginia, and co-owned by Janet with Keith Bailey of Knoxville, Tennessee, the three-year-old Welshman was expertly shown to victory by professional handler Tracy Ann Szaras. Second in the Group went to the two-year-old Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier GCh. Doubloon’s Extreme Gamer that was bred, owned and handled by Elena Landa of Bothell, Washington.
Best Brace in Show is awarded to the Airedale Terriers Ch. Joval Sweet Strawberry Shortcake and Joval Sweet Cinnamon Swirl by Mr. David Kirkland. Photo by Ashby.
 The American Staffordshire Terrier, GCh. Alpines LBK Living On The Road BCAT DS CGC TKN, earned a Group Third for breeder/owner-handler Ed Thomason of Newman Lake, Washington. The three- year-old Am Staff was co-bred with Ed’s wife Karen and co-owned with Karen, Lacey Keller, Kelly Townsend and Amy Tighe. As final proof that Montgomery is an authentic showcase for breeders and their stock, Fourth in Group was awarded to yet another breeder/owner-handled dog. Ch. Minuteman Colder Weather garnered the placement under the steady hand of Minia- ture Schnauzer breeder Catherine McMil- lan of Delisle, Saskatchewan, Canada.
Another tradition that remains vital to the future of the dog sport is the Junior Showmanship competition. At this year’s Montgomery, 19 juniors presented 12 dif- ferent breeds and varieties to Mr. Clay Coady of Paradise Valley, Arizona. From the Master Class came this year’s Best Junior, Riley Capton of Los Angeles. The young handler expertly presented her Russell Ter- rier GCh. D.B.F. Checkered Flag, bred by and co-owned with Dr. Candace Lundin of Middletown, Virginia, to the win and celebrated—moments before Best in Show judging got underway—with the clan of devotees gathered ringside to support their friends, rivals and family members.
   Left to right: Gerardo Reyes handles his Airedale Terrier Reydaleterrydale Rangel The Great Gatsby to Best Bred-By Exhibitor under Mrs. Darle Heck. Mr. Clay Coady awards Best in Junior Showmanship to Riley Capton with the Russell Terrier GCh. D.B.F. Checkered Flag. Photos by Ashby.
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