Dog show

The Santa Barbara Kennel Club Dog Show is back

National Competitors Head to Earl Warren Showgrounds

ANNELISE HANSHAW / PHOTOS NEWS-PRESS
A Bernese Mountain Dog struts across the arena at Earl Warren Showgrounds on Sunday in the 2021 Santa Barbara Kennel Club Dog Show Working Dog Group.

The final day of the 2021 Santa Barbara Kennel Club Dog Show on Sunday garnered over 1,500 entries as dogs from across the United States competed for the best of the show.

Competition began Thursday at the Earl Warren Showgrounds with the Simi Valley Kennel Club show. SBKC took control of the rings on Saturday to start its 101st show.

Bruce Schwartz, chairman of the show and owner of two Welsh terriers, had to cancel last year’s competition but felt confident in the precautions this year and is happy to be back.

The group of terriers line up to be judged by Cindy Vogels.

“The show attracts exhibitors from all over the world, so you can see people you don’t see every weekend when you exhibit dogs,” he told News-Press. “And I also like to see the beautiful dogs, which represent all parts of the world.”

A variety of breeds were represented this weekend, from golden retrievers to Skye terrier.

Beyond the superficial things you might think when you see a dog show dog, Schwartz says dog shows motivate breeders to make healthier companions.

“People who compete on the quality of their dogs also have a deep regard for dog health. There are breed-specific genetic tests and physical tests to make sure dogs are healthy,” he said. “So it helps the general public by producing healthier, longer-lived pets.”

A misconception some have is that contestants are on the shows for the money, he said.

“They really do it because it’s their passion, it’s their hobby, and they want to breed better, healthier dogs,” he said.

Lily Esquivel, one of the weekend’s junior handlers, thought showing dogs could be a fun pastime. She started taking classes and eventually had to get a dog.

She knew she wanted a smaller breed and her instructor suggested a Japanese chin.

The Samoyed GCH Polar Mist Xs And OS FDC BCAT crosses the ring. He placed fourth in the working group.

Lily and her mother Lisa Esquivel hadn’t encountered the breed much, but it would soon become paramount.

A breeder offered Lily a male Japanese chin, now named Gnarly. They have traveled to two dozen competitions over the past two years, racking up trophies and ribbons.

His mother has been at dog shows for the past year and competed on Sunday with a six-month-old Japanese Chin named Boujee.

“I see it as a hobby and a lot of people that professional managers see as more difficult and you have to prove yourself,” Lily said. “Honestly, I just see it as, ‘Oh hey, I’m having fun with my dog ​​and with my other dog, and I can escape my other dogs barking all the time.’ It’s nice because you meet a lot of new people here.

She was shy, she was even a little scared to order food, she said. She felt open to conformation, and now she’s confident in the ring — and out.

“I feel like I wouldn’t be where I am now without my dogs,” she said.

She doesn’t look like a teenager among the other managers. She blends into the room, catching Gnarly’s attention.

“The adults of the breed have been wonderful where they have also been such wonderful mentors. You know, they could be jerks if they wanted to because she’s a competitor, but they’re not,” her mother, Ms. Esquivel, said. “They’re just very generous with their time and knowledge.”

There were 13 entries in the Japanese chin race and Boujee took home ‘best of winners’. Other managers approached the pair to say their congratulations.

The best of the weekend show and winner of the hound group is an azawakh named Azamour Anbar, owned by P. Guilfoyle and bred by Francesca Zampini.

Junior handler Lily Esquivel and her dog Gnarly face off Sunday afternoon in a range of Japanese chins.

Best of Reserve and Sporting Group Winner is a Labrador Retriever named Atlantics Thunder Road At Ghoststone, owned by J. Chambers and D. Weinman.

A Portuguese Water Dog named GCHG Far Away Black Star CGC won the working group. The dog is handled by Kimberly Calvacca and owned and bred by Laura Taft.

The colorful bull terrier named GCHB Grabo Testarossa Formula For Drama led the group of terriers, owned by G. Graham and R. Thomas and bred by Krista Prater-Piles and Franne Berez.

GCHB Tamarin Tattoo, an affenpinscher, is the winner of the toy group. The dog is handled by Alfonso Escobedo, owned by D. Girouard and L. McIngvale Brown and bred by Tamarin Knl.

A French Bulldog named Fox Canyons I Won The War At Goldshield, handled by Perry Payson, won the non-sporting group. The dog is owned by S. Fox, M. Fox, P. Payson and A. Vorbeck.

The first of the group of breeders is a Welsh corgi from Pembroke named Coventry All Rise To Penliath, managed by Bill McFadden. The Welsh corgi from Pembroke, Saturday’s big winner, is owned by S. Leyerly, D. Salow, B. Williams and B. Shelton and was bred by William Shelton, S. Leyerly, C. Blance and N. Blance.

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