The Broward SchH.Club Trial & Conformation Show December, 2007
by Fred Lanting

© Copyright December, 2007

It was again a privilege and pleasure to associate with fun-loving fanciers of the German Shepherd Dog and to
enjoy the beauty of the breed, when I went to South Florida to handle dogs in a WDA show sponsored by
the Broward SchH Club. The show ran well under the firm hand of Miriam Barkus, although not always “on time”.
I did not take part in the trial portion, except to watch and offer encouragement,
but I was kept very busy handling one nice dog after another.
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Andrew Masia, one of South Florida’s most careful and successful GSD breeders, brought me to his area
because he had several dogs he wanted shown, but also arranged for my services to be available to others.
With a little help from my four decades’ experience of showing dogs, but mostly because of the quality of
dogs I was blessed with here, we won every class except the 3-6-month baby puppy classes.

My charges were just barely 3 months, and the bigger ones in these classes were more than a month older
and much more developed. The adrenaline that I get from competing and the extra shot from winning
kept me hopping. The sportsmanship on the part of all the exhibitors was at its customary high,
compared to what you’d find at most AKC shows other than the WDA German-style ones. It was good
to see my old friend Rudiger Mai (the judge) again. He is two years away from facing the mandatory
retirement age that SV is still holding to like a prehistoric relic. A stupid limit that has cut my own judging
assignments tremendously. If I can run nine GSDs in as many classes in quick succession, I certainly am
able to sit and stand with the little bit of movement that judging requires! Maybe I was born too soon,
in two respects: age itself, and modern thought about health and strength in maturity. Rudiger remembered
my fantastic Timo Berrekasten daughter, having judged and complimented her in New Orleans, then taking
her to Europe for me where she lived and sent me pups. I put five SchH titles on her by age 22 months;
she was the fastest-learning of all the many dogs I have trained. Rudiger remembered her well, with admiration.

In Baby Puppy Females, two attractive Quai Sebeldsbruck pups from
different dams took the first two placings, followed by the Wox Lentulo/Gigi Jagenstadt pup I showed.

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Her litter brother Jack, owned by Anne Wilson, took 2nd behind one of Martha Hunt’s Quai sons.

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I had a short break during Junior Puppies, classes of one each, featuring Danny Spreitler’s youngsters,
and then entered the 9-12-month Female class with Martha Hunt’s Jaguar Arkanum/French-dam bitch,
a nice-looking youngster who could not get more than a Promising rating in what turned out to be not only
her last first place, but also her last show. Perhaps there is some cause for excusing the fact that in previous
big shows, her missing lower left P2 premolar was not noticed, but if I had been running or judging those
shows, I would not have allowed assistants to be so careless about dentition. It is customary in Sieger Shows
to have visiting judges or, in these cases, club members, examine tattoos, teeth, and testicles to save the
principal judge’s time. Anything questionable should be brought to his attention so he can make a determination.
Obviously, at least two people slipped up. An adult with a missing P2 can get no more than a “G” rating.

In the Youth (12-18mo) female class, I got a blue ribbon for Sara and Ed Blood’s Winner Assaut daughter
appropriately named Fayr (pronounced “fire”) but call-named Kiri. A lively but untrained-to-lead-out bitch
who should do pretty well based on her anatomy, if not her slightly masculine expression.
Owners and dog are lucky to have each other — great temperament in all.

The Youth male class was won by the outstandingly promising Negus Holtkaemper-See son,
Champ v. Momax. This aptly-named handsome dog will do a lot for the Buehl family. It was a
delight to show him, and once he gets the hang of the ring, he will be a cinch for any handler to win with often.

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Second was a fit Tor Casa Nobili son, Max Schonen Wippertal owner-handled by Rodrigo Barrientos.
Behind him was the Danish import Leri Adriano, owned by the Mangiamele family who
may have been giving him too many spaghetti dinners, considering his overweight condition.

Fourth was Deborah Schwartz’ Augustus Traumhof, from Kirschental breeding.

The next class, a single-entry Rosi Haus Brezel (by Hassan Schwalmbergtal) gave me a chance
to get a drink of water in the shade and look for my next dog.

Leri Xerox, another Danish dog, half-brother of Adriano and sired by VA Chijas Weiko,
Xerox is proudly owned by Joe Wirtel. Hopefully, whatever magazine or website carries this report will
include the photos I’m supplying (thanks to several photographers), as there were many great-looking
dogs at this small show. I got an SG-1 with Xerox, the highest rating possible in his 18-24mo. age group.

In Adult untitled classes, club member Brittany Banus’ single-entry coated bitch got a G-1 (Good)
but the judge noted, “no structural faults”. She was indeed very well put together.

In Untitled adult (over 24mo.) males, I took SG-1 with Andrew’s handsome high-drive dog who is
for sale due to the fact that his importer-owner has another strong male (the sire) and it’s a big
job keeping them far enough apart on his small city lot. If I didn’t have a male at home,
I’d gobble him up in a New York minute! Leri Gallon is on the verge of getting his SchH-1
and already has a book full of clearances on hips, teeth, and health from A to Z.

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Behind us in this class were Modesto Echezarrreza’s Fancho Billberg, then Dennis Cardinale’s Lucas
Haus Barkus, and Herb Pianin’s very strong Kirschental-lines dog, Quinn Alpenhof.

In the Working Female class, two Leistungs-line bitches owned by Chris Daugaard
got G-1 and G-2: Kim Arbeiten Madchen and Enny Moravia Artex.
I got the V-1 with Andrew Masia’s Gigi Jagenstadt, the daughter of a bitch I trained and titled
for him several years earlier, “Ally”, who had been bred to the tough and good-looking
Leri Unesco to yield Gigi. Gigi has her mother’s outline and pleasing gait, and likewise
her high energy and boldness. She is the mother of the 3-month pups I showed earlier.

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In the Working (adult, over 24mo., titled) class, Miriam Barkus’ import son
of the well-known Xato Bosen Nachbarschaft was SG-1, and in front of him
was another of Miriam’s dogs, V-2 Aik Saalfelder-Hohe, a Vantor Batu son.
I handled Leri Unesco to his V-1. He is a son of Volvoro Arminius,
and is a very strong-willed, powerful dog with a wonderfully
impressive head --- massive but not coarse, and harmonious with his body.

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Needless to say, I was perspiring in the hot Florida sun, but pumped up with receiving
so many blue ribbons and handling such nice dogs. Several people expressed hopes
that I would be at the Tampa (Wesley Chapel) show the first weekend in February.
If enough exhibitors get together to comfortably split my expenses (I charge no fee),
I’m game. There’s little more that I enjoy than “playing” with dogs.

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