Last Update: 2/13/2013 1:57:00 AM
3 dogs with local ties win best of breed at Westminster
What do an affenpinscher, a Belgian tervuren and a Rhodesian ridgeback have in common?
All three are dogs with area connections that won Best of Breed honors Monday during the 137th Annual Westminster Kennel Club All Breed Dog Show in Manhattan.
A total of 2,721 canines were entered in the show, 210 from Pennsylvania.
On Monday morning, Belgian tervuren grand champion Hillside Special and Hamazing, "Hazy" for short, strutted her stuff at Madison Square Garden and took best of breed honors, beating 11 other competitors. The win moved her into the Herding Group competition.
When she's not competing, Hazy, who will be 3 on March 21, spends her time roaming the 14-acre farm of Bonnie and Stanley Kreider in District Township. They could not be reached for comment Monday.
Grand champion Whilaways Ida Belle's A Ringing, "Ida Belle," won her breed competition as well. The 2-year-old Rhodesian ridgeback is owned by Christine Kitsch of Brecknock Township; Jen Lazowski of Mount Joy, Lancaster County; and Lynn Fitzgerald of Great Falls, Va. Kitsch and Lazowski were also her breeders.
Kitsch said the competition was very stiff. Ida Belle beat 49 other ridgebacks.
"She showed just beautifully," Kitsch said. "Her handler, Michelle Scott, was just wonderful."
Ida Belle competed in the Hound Group.
Grand champion Banana Joe V Tani Kazari, an affenpinscher handled by Ernesto Lara of Bowmansville, Lancaster County, also took Best of Breed honors Monday morning over six other entrants and competed in the Toy Group under the primetime lights. Joe will be 6 on March 30.
Contact Susan E. Miers Smith: 610-371-5048 or firstname.lastname@example.org.