4,518 dogs were entered for the USA's most prestigious show, the AKC/ Eukanuba Championships held in Orlando, Florida on 13th/14th December where BIS received a cash prize of £50,000. Best in Show, judged by Ron Meneker, was the Skye Terrier, Grand Ch. Cragsmoor Good Time Charli, owned by Victor Malzoni, andleerd bu Larry Cornelius and bred by Zaphiris and Stander.
The climax of the 138th Westminster Dog Show saw seven superb dogs enter the arena in Madison Square Garden to be judged by Ms Betty Regina Leininger, supremely elegant in an emperor purple evening gown, before an extremely animated audience.
They consisted of an Irish Water Spaniel, Portuguese Water Dog, Bloodhound, Standard Poodle, Wire Fox Terrier, Cardigan Welsh Corgi & Miniature Pinscher. As is now customary Reserve Best In Show was announced first and, to much approval from the spectators, the Standard Poodle, GCH Brighton Lakeridge Encore was called out to the Reserve BIS spot. After an almost theatrical pause during which the noise could literally have taken the roof off, the BIS judge, Betty Leininger announced her chosen Best In Show as the Wire Fox Terrier, GCH Afterall Painting The Sky, co-owned by Victor Malzoni Jr, Torie Steele, Scott & Mary Olund and Diane Ryan, handled as always by Gabriel Rangel.
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