Montgomery! To terrier enthusiasts around the world the name is as iconic as Crufts or Westminster. Held in Pennsylvania, USA, this is one of the most elegant events in the canine calendar.
I was very privileged to judge Parson Russell Terriers at this year’s show and gave BOB to Ch Brillwood Dress Blues, bred by Linda Edwards, and co-owned by the breeder with Mary Strom Bernard.
Of course, the downside of judging one breed is that it is impossible to watch what is going on in other rings, so there was no chance to see the Cesky Terriers entered at the show. However I did see meet up with most of the dogs at Devon Show the day before, and BOB on both occasions went to Lynne Kuczynski Veazle with Windrush Hailee’s Comet, bred by Charlene Ewen.
It was good to meet up with the American Cesky Terrier folk. The breed can only be shown in Miscellaneous classes at AKC shows at present. It’s a long, hard road to full recognition – in the UK it took eleven years before the breed was moved from the Imported Register (our equivalent of miscellaneous) up to rare breed status – and looks like being at least as long again before we are granted challenge certificates, and thus the right to make breed champions.
Many British terrier enthusiasts make the pilgrimage over to Montgomery, and amongst those I saw this year was a very happy Sheila Stoddart whose Australian Terrier, Ch Millvalley Red Rufus can now add Am Ch to his titles. Congratulations to Sheila and to Rufus – probably the first Eng/Am Ch in the breed. Congratulations!