Huge congratulations go out to Grace Freeman, whose standard schnauzer Sketchbook Smarty Jones, co-owned with Liz Hansen, went BEST IN SHOW on Saturday at the United Kennel Club Premier in Kalamazoo Michigan. The Premier is an annual show that is the UKC’s biggest event on their calendar, sort of like Westminster but with performance events added. In addition to conformation, there was lure coursing, obedience, rally, agility, terrier racing, dock diving, weight pull, and nosework and barn hunt demos.
It’s quite a story. Grace is one of our 4H program alums and a Junior Handler. As I understand it, after winning breed, Grace decided to show Jonesy in the Juniors finals instead of going to Groups. But the Group judge had also done breed and wanted to see Jonesy in the group. He sent someone over, stopped the Juniors ring, and pulled the pair into the group ring where Jonesy took the group then, later, went on to take Best In Show. The Juniors ring waited for their return, and while Grace didn’t place in Juniors, I think she got pretty good affirmation that she knows how to show off a dog.
Congratulations to all involved, that was an exciting win and something for all of us in Columbia to be proud of!