Year two of the COVID Pandemic! Dog shows started springing up again but not in Illinois. We needed to travel to neighboring states. But there were still some shining stars. Tommy went to the Florida circuit and became a Grand Champion and finished January as the #1 Bouvier. He qualified and attended Westminster Kennel Club in Tarrytown, New York. It was a quick fun trip and he was Select Dog. Tommy was shown a few more weekends, placing in the Group and qualifying for Top 20 at the National. Sassy became CH Margaux's Speak of the Devil at the Waukesha, WI shows. Skip & Joanne Beyer made Walker CH Margaux's Fast and Furious. Terry Burian finished a championship title on Munchie, CH Terra Margaux's Rise and Shine, and David Yasutake finished Cooper, CH Terra Margaux's No Stopping Me Now.
Jean Nocilly was busy with Painter and Dillon, Dillon earned scentwork titles, his CD and Rally Excellent, Margaux's Gunsmoke CD BN RE HSAds HIAds HXAd SWA SCAE SIE. Painter earned his Draft Dog title and his UD title (WOW!) and was Reserve High in Trial in Herding, earning his first herding championship points, CH Margaux's Paint By Numbers UD PCDX BN RE TD HSAd HIAds HXAdc HSAsMcM HIAcM DD. Nancy Swenson continued working on Cinder's champion points in herding, CH Margaux's Picture Perfect at Skrattegaard CDX BN GN RM RAE HSAds HIAds HXAds NAP NJP NFP DD, earning a High in Trial on the way. Nancy also put two Rally titles on Jessie, Margaux's Riding The Rails To Skrattegaard CD BN RN. Both Jean and Nancy qualified for the AKC National Obedience trial in Florida. Nancy Macklin's Scarlett earned her Herding Started title in sheep, her Draft Dog title, and all her agility wins qualified her for the AKC Agility National, Margaux's What A Pistol RN HSAs FDC MX MXJ NAP OJP XF NFP NDD CGC TKI. Leslie McFarland also qualified for the Agility National with Quinn, Margaux's Shooting The Breeze At Adara CD MXP2 MJP. Joanne Shaffer completed Sako's Rally Novice, CD and Agility Novice Jumpers, as well as Herding Started and a High in Trial, Margaux's Take Your Best Shot II CD BN RA HSAs NAP OJP NFP CGC TKN. Joanne's Slate continued to compete in agility earning more legs, Margaux's Fire When Ready CDX BN RE HSAs NAP OJP OFP TKN. Deborah Abeles earned two Rally titles on Danny, Margaux's Danny Get Your Gun BN RN CGC TKN. Bonnie Mizra earned multiple scentwork titles on Zak, GCHB CH Margaux's Prince Of Tides RN FDC SWM SHDM CGC TKI ATT. Karen Florentine took some high honors with Jason's herding titles, GCHS CH Margaux's Bourne To Run At Warwick HSAds HIAds HXAs CA. As a veteran dog, he qualified for Performance Top 20, making him one of a handful of Top 20 Conformation AND Performance Qualifiers. What a dog! I was well represented at the National Top 20 event with 5 performance dogs - Painter, Cinder, Jason, Scarlett and Zack.
The AKC National in December was sponsored by Royal Canin. I traveled to Florida with Tommy (GCH Margaux’s Saturday Night Special at Terra) and his daughter Courtney, Margaux's Confetti. Tommy was Select dog and Courtney was Winner's bitch. Luca also amazed us all, shown by Greg Reyna and owned by Priscilla Martin. He was Winners Dog/Best of Winners earning two five-point majors and a Group 2 in the Puppy Stakes. What an outstanding weekend!
The year of the Pandemic! COVID canceled the National and most all competition after February 2020. A few outside venues were able to hold competitions by fall, but not much was happening while everyone self-isolated.
Nonetheless, there were some shining stars! Chase qualified for the Top 20 as the #5 dog in breed. Two of his sons finished their championships. Louie became CH Margaux’s Marksman and Tommy became CH Margaux’s Saturday Night Special at Terra. At the January shows, Chrissy and Emmy were awarded their championships becoming CH Terra Margaux’s No Stopping Me Now and CH Margaux’s Play With Fire. Later at a summer show, Taro earned his GCH becoming GCH Margaux's Joker In the Pack.
Jean Nocilly was able to put Painter to the field and earned his Tracking Title becoming CH Margaux’s Paint By Numbers CDX PCDX TD BN RE HSAd HIAdc HXAd HSAsMcM NDD. What a talented dog!
The AKC National in December was sponsored by Royal Canin. I traveled to Florida with Dave & Annette Aughenbaugh, taking Ginger (GCH Margaux’s Aim for the Stars) and Tommy (CH Margaux’s Saturday Night Special at Terra). Ginger qualified for the National Owner Handled Competition as she was ranked in the top 10 dogs. She was awarded breed in the NOHS competition defeating the #1 Owner Handled Dog and then onto taking Select Bitch in the Breed competition. Tommy surprised me too ..... He was awarded Best of Breed as the the youngest dog in the ring and the newest special! What a wonderful weekend!
We sure look forward to getting back to some sense of normalcy for 2021. Fingers crossed!
NEWS FROM THE NATIONAL . . . .
All the Margaux entries were very successful. Louie, Margaux's Marksman, was Reserve Winners Dog. Chase, GCH Margaux's Cut to the Chase, was Award of Merit at GWBdFC. Fergie, CH Margaux's Take The Money and Run, made the final bitch cut at 15 months of age. Flint, Margaux's Running the Crim won all his classes in both breed and sweepsakes! Jason, GCHS Margaux's Bourne to Run at Warwick, owned by Karen Florentine was Best Veteran and looked and moved great! Painter, CH Margaux's Paint by Numbers CD BN RA HSAd HIAc HSAsMdM was High in Trial. WOW! That's a wonderful best in show for obedience. It doesn't get any better! What a fun week.
We had a wonderful group of new champions in 2019. They included Chase (CH Margaux's Cut to the Chase), Fergie (CH Margaux's Take the Money and Run), Henley (CH Margaux's Take It to the Limit), Ricki (CH Margaux's Bulletproof), Thor (CH Margaux's Winner Takes All II) owned by Tom Larkins, and Libby (CH Margaux's Firecracker) owned by Chris Barsema.
Chase and Libby also earned their Grand Championship title. Ginger, owned by Dave and Annette Aughenbaugh, also became GCH Margaux's Aim for the Stars.
We also had a wonderful year with our performance dogs. Painter, owned by Jean Nocilly, earned his CD, Rally Advanced, Herding Intermediate Cattle, and Herding Started Ducks becoming CH Margaux's Paint by Numbers CD BN RA HSAd, HIAc HSAsMdM. Slate, owned by JoAnn Shaffer did very well too, garnering obedience, rally and agility titles becoming Margaux's Fire When Ready CD BN RE NAP NJP. Cinder, owned by Nancy Swenson, became CH Margaux's Picture Perfect at Skrattegaard CD BN GN RE PT NAP NJP NFP. Chris Barsema was busy earning titles on Justice, Margaux's Once In a Blue Moon CD BN RAE PT FDC CAA BAT TT THDA CGCA CGCU TKN. She also put a farm dog and therapy title on Libby, GCH Margaux's Firecracker FDC THDN CCA CGCU. Scarlette, owned by Nancy Macklin, began her agility and carting career becoming Margaux's What a Pistol NAP OJP NFP NDD. Debbie Eckles did well with both her dogs. Gabriel earned his PT in herding, Margaux's Blow Your Horn PT and Tildie earned her Herding Started with a High in Trial, Margaux's Play to Win for Eclipse HSAs. Also in scent work, Joyce Brennan earned an interior title on Sally, Margaux's Remember Sally Ride SIN. Mitch and Gayle Mitchener earned good citizen and trick dog titles on Packer, CH Margaux's Concealed Weapon BN RN CGCA TKN. What a wonderful group of versatile Bouviers and dedicated owners.
Speaking of versatility, the following dogs received club awards: Versatile Bouvier Basic: GCH Margaux's Firecraker (Libby) Versatile Bouvier Excellent: GCHS Margaux's Bourne to Run at Warwick HSASd HIAs CA (Jason), GCH Margaux's Firecracker (Libby) Versatile Bouvier Champion: GCH Margaux's Firecracker (Libby), CH Margaux's Paint by Numbers (Painter), and CH Margaux's Picture Perfect at Skrattegaard (Cinder).
NEWS FROM THE NATIONAL .... Harley's Last Hurrah
Back to Purina in October, Harley won the Veteran Bitch Class, Best Veteran and Select Bitch to end her wonderful show career. Laying on the couch and having puppies did not crimp her style. We were honored and thrilled with this last win. Meanwhile, at the start of his career, baby Striker was Best Opposite in the 4-6 month class as well as Best of Opposite in Sweepstakes after just reaching his four-month birthday! We were proud of him as his owner Dee Durkot guided him around the ring. We were also thrilled to have Ginger, CH Margaux's Aim for the Stars owned by Dave & Annette Aughenbaugh garner an Award of Merit. She was shown by my dear friend Mo Hieronimus-DiMercurio.
Our Top Twenty representative was Broker, GCH Margaux's One For the Money at Frontier. He was handsomely presented by Laura King. Annie, GCH Margaux's Annie Get Your Gun, owned by Priscilla Martin also qualified.
We were exceptionally proud of Brutus who was the top Performance Bouvier of the year, ending his career in style with owner Cathy Mason, MACH PAH2 Margaux's K.O, Kid MXB MJS MXP7MXPG MJP8 MJPG PAX2 XFT2BP CGCA.
New champions included CH Margaux's Life in the Fast Lane (Lanie), CH Margaux's Devil Wears Prada (Prada) owned by Jerrie Thomen, CH Margaux's Picture Perfect at Skrattegaard RN (Cinder) owned by Nancy Swenson, CH Margaux's Reved Up at Terra (Revie) owned by Terry Burian. Grand Champion title was earned by Broker, GCH Margaux's One For the Money at Frontier TKN.
In the performance arena, Jason, GCHS Margaux's Bourne to Run at Warwick HSAs HIAs CA, owned by Karen Florentine, earned his started and intermediate herding titles in sheep as well as enjoying the coursing ability title. Jean Nocilly's Painter earned his herding started titles on both sheep and cattle as well as his Cattle Master title and an obedience title -- CH Margaux's Paint By Numbers BN HSAs HSAcM. Lee Calhoun put a lovely obedience title on Cachet, CH Margaux's Cahet at Frontier CD TKN. Not to be outdone, Nancy Swenson added a two rally, two agility and one obedience title on Cinder, CH Margaux's Picture Perfect at Skrattegaard CD BN RA NAP NJP. Mychel Ankeny added one last agility title on Sonde as well as a draft dog title, Margaux's Great Warrior of Men NAP XJP XFP NDD RATO CGC TKN. Christine Barsema has a busy year adding all kinds of letters to Justice's name, Margaux's Once In a Blue Moon, BN RE PT CA BCAT TT THDN CGCA.
NEWS FROM THE NATIONAL .... It was Sonde's year!
With the specialty in Ventura California, it was up to the rest of the Margaux family to bring home the trophies! Sonde was the winner. He participated in agility, carting, obedience, rally and conformation -- winning the coveted Multi Level Performance Award. A big congratulations goes to Mychel Ankeny for all her hard work and training. Sonde is known as Margaux's Great Warrior of Men NJP NFP RATN CGC. Another coveted award was won by GCH Frontier's License to Carry at Margaux. Carrie was #1 Brood Bitch for the second year in a row. A big thanks to all the wonderful owners of her puppies.
CH Magaux's Blazing Gun PCD BN RE CA (Thor) owned by Ginny Guin and Jane Davidson added to his list of performance titles. CH Margaux's Concealed Weapon BN CGC added Beginner Novice. Packer is owned by Gayle and Mitch Mitchiner. Gayle and Mitch also earned a Rally title on Margaux's Line In the Sand RN CGCA (Cammie). Margaux's Once in A Blue Moon BN RN PT CGC (Justice) owned by Christine Barsema was busy collecting titles with Christine's hard work. Painter, CH Margaux's Paint By Numbers HSAsc, earned his championship and Herding Started on both sheep and cattle under the training of Jean Nocilly. CH Margaux's Gunpowder and Lace PT (Lacey) became a champion and with Jean Nocilly's guidance earned her first herding title. David Yasutake was busy with his service dogs earning THDD on Gunner, CH Frontier's Top Gun at Margaux CD THDD CGC, and Buddo, Margaux's Dai Yojimbo CD THDD CGC. He also worked with Jamie and earned a THDX, Margaux's Never Say Never Again THDX CGC. CH Mon Amie Turn the Page at Margaux earned her Championship as well as CH Margaux's Brush with the Law (Olivia). CH Margaux's One For the Money at Frontier (Broker), owned by Lee Calhoun earned his championship with four majors, finishing with four Best of Breed wins. Earning Grand Championsip titles were GCH Margaux's Gunslinger (Django), GCH Margaux's Ready Aim Fire (Aimie), and GCH Margaux's Riding Shotgun at Skrattegaard BN RN (Ryder).
Brutus finishes 2016 as the TOP PERFORMANCE BOUVIER - MACH PACH Margaux’s KO Kid PAX MXB MJS MXP3 MXPB MJP3 MJPB XF T2BP CGC
Brutus is the FIRST BOUVIER with both championship titles, MACH and PACH. He also is the 2016 #1 Bouvier in Preferred Class Agility. Hats off to Cathy Mason for doing such a wonderful job training and handling Brutus to all his achievements.
News From The National
Sailor takes First Award of Merit, Lacey and Olivia win their classes - GCH Margaux's Anchor's Aweigh (Sailor) garnered the first Award of Merit out of all the fine dogs competing for Best of Breed. Margaux's Gunpowder and Lace (Lacey) won the 15-18 month class and Margaux's Brush With the Law (Olivia) won the 12 - 15 month class. We are so proud of all of them.
Cash and Paisley win Best and Best of Opposite 4-6 Month competition! - Our little five month old boy and girl out of Miley and Django won the 4-6 Puppy Extravaganza. Cash was Best and Paisley was Best Opposite. Good things can come in small packages! Hats off to Mom (CH Margaux's You Ready for This) and Dad (CH Margaux's Gunslinger) for producing these lovely puppies.
3 Qualifiers for the Top 20 - Our Top 20 qualifiers this year for GCH Margaux's Call to Arms, GCH Margaux's Bourne to Run at Warwick, and GCH Margaux's Prince of Tides. Our great appreciate to owners Priscilla Martin (Chumley), Karen Florentine (Jason) and Bonnie Mizera (Zack) for campaigning these fine boys.
Sailor and Aimie turn heads as Specials
Both Aimie, CH Margaux's Ready Aim Fire, and Sailor, GCH Margaux's Anchor's Aweigh, turn heads with Group One's with limited showing. We are so proud of them!
NEW TITLEHOLDERS and Other Accomplishments!
Gunner (CH Frontier's Top Gun at Margaux CD THDX CGC), Buddo (Margaux's Dai Yojimbo CD THDX CGC) and Jamie (Margaux's Never Say Never Again THD) continued their therapy work with David Yasutake at the Chicago Public Library and at Lurie Children's Hospital. David also earned Therapy Dog title on Jamie, Margaux's Never Say Never Again.
Painter (Margaux's Paint By Numbers) earned two herding titles, Pre-trial Tested and Herding Tested. He is owned by Jean Nocilly. Grady (Margaux's Smoking Gun) owned by Steve and Nancy Villwock earned his Rally Novice title. Packer (CH Margaux's Concealed Weapon) owned by Mitch and Gayle Mitchiner earned his Beginner Novice title. Doc (Margaux's Doc Holliday) owned by Joyce Brennan excelled with sheep earning his Herding Tested and Pre-trial Tested titles.
Finishing Champion titles were Margaux's Believe in Magic (Maggie), Margaux's Blazing Gun (Thor) owned by Jane Davidson and Ginny Guin, Margaux's Peppermint Barque (Hailee) owned by Bob & Lynn Hennessey, Margaux's Love Me If You Dare (Sophie) owned by Bob and Trisha Helland, Margaux's Cachet at Frontier (Cachet) owned by Lee Calhoun and Margaux's Something's Got To Give at Laureate (Keaton) owned by Jean Petersen. Thor also earned his Rally titles thru Rally Excellent and Beginner Novice Obedience.
Harley finishes 2015 as #1 Bitch for the 2nd year!
GCH Margaux's Va Voom retires with a fabulous record. Best in Show, 2 Reserve Best in Shows, National Specialty Best of Breed, 3 Regional Specialties, 28 Group 1's, 27 Group 2's, 23 Group 3's, 10 Group 4's. She garnered a Silver Grand Champion title.
News From The National
Our little five month old girl out of Nicki and Django, Margaux's Gunpowder and Lace, won the 4-6 Puppy Extravaganza at the American Bouvier des Flandres Club National. She gaited around the ring like a real pro. At this age, good things can come in small packages! Hats off to Mom (CH Margaux's In The Nick of Time) and Dad (CH Margaux's Gunslinger) for producing this lovely girl. Our Top 20 qualifiers this year for GCH Margaux's Va Voom, GCH Margaux's Bourne to Run at Warwick, and GCH Margaux's Prince of Tides. Our great appreciate to owners Karen Florentine (Jason) and Bonnie Mizera (Zack) for campaigning these fine boys. Jason was the #3 Bouver for 2016 and Zack was #7.
Brutus Earns His MACH
One of a handful of Bouviers to ever earn the title of Master Agility Champion, Brutus is now working at a new jump height for his Preferred Agility Champion title. We are so PROUD of him and his owner's hard work. Way to go Cathy Mason! In 2015 he earned three Master's Titles and one Excellent Title. He was invited to the AKC Invitational in Florida as the #1 Bouvier and made the Elite List to attend the AKC Agility Nationals.
NEW TITLEHOLDERS and Other Accomplishments!
Gunner (CH Frontier's Top Gun at Margaux CD THDX CGC), Buddo (Margaux's Dai Yojimbo CD THDX CGC) and Jamie (Margaux's Never Say Never Again THD) continued their therapy work with David Yasutake at the Chicago Public Library and at Lurie Children's Hospital. With over 200 visits, both dogs have their THDX (Therapy Dog Excellent) title.
Zach took a Reserve Best in Show (GCH Margaux's Prince of Tides). Chumley (GCH Margaux's Call to Arms) started his specials career placing in the Groups. Jason (GCH Margaux's Bourne to Run at Warwick CA) achieved his Coursing Ability title and went on to win Breed at Eukanuba.
Finishing Champion titles were Margaux's Concealed Weapon ( Packer) owned by Mitch and Gayle Mitchiner, Margaux's Cut From the Deck (Cutter) owned by Mark Meadows, Margaux's Qewpie Doll (Sasha) owned by Gene and Diane Geyer, Margaux's Let the Wind Carry Me (Joni), and Margaux's Ready Aim Fire (Aimie).
2014 was a thrill for GCH Margaux's Va Voom
What a year! It was topped by winning the National -- Best of Breed at the American Bouvier des Flandres Club was an accomplishment like none other! So few females have won the national and Harley is now one of that elite group. To top it all off, Harley won the NE Illinois Bouvier des Flandres Club Regional Specialty the following day as well. We are so proud of her . . . Presented beautifully by Doug Carlson, Harley won a Best In Show, two Reserve Best in Shows, two specialties, was awarded Best Opposite Sex at Westminster and Eukanuba. She participated in the breed's Top Twenty formal event. She accumulated 25 Group One's and a total of 67 group placements, making her the #1 Bouvier bitch both Breed and All-Breed. At the end of 2015 she was the #1 Bouvier for the 2015 Top Twenty competition. WOW!
MORE BIG NEWS FROM THE NATIONAL
Our little five month old boy out of Carrie and Sailor, Margaux's Lone Ranger, won the 4-6 Puppy Extravaganza at the American Bouvier des Flandres Club National. He gaited around the ring like a real pro. At this age, good things can come in small packages! Hats off to Mom and Dad for producing this lovely boy.
This year a new record was set with five Margaux Bouviers qualifying for the Top Twenty competition. Way to go -- Decker, Beorn, Blade, Sailor and -- of course -- Harley! This was a lovely honor for any breeder and I am grateful for the very best owners.
Not to be outdone, Cathy Mason worked hard all year and qualified for the Performance Top 20 with the top agility dog, Margaux's K.O. Kid MX MXJ OF CGC. Cathy is working hard on her double ques and that MACH title. How proud I am of all their accomplishments.
Nicole Laver also won the Intermediate Dog class in the 2015 Futurity with Django, Margaux's Gunslinger. He also garnered second place in the 12-15 month dog class as well as second place in the NIBdFC Regional the next day.
Jean and Paul Petersen's Kendal and Jackson both proved their skill on the herding field earning their intermediate title on ducks. Jean was the trainer and handler. Gunner continued his therapy work with David Yasutake and started making friends at the Chicago Public Library and at Lurie Children's Hospital. With over 100 visits, Gunner has the TDA (Therapy Dog Advanced) title. Harley became Silver Level GCH Margaux's Va Voom. Finishing Champion titles were Margaux's You Can't Tell Me No (Peaches), Margaux's Afternoon Delight (Lilly), Margaux's Stiletto and A Smile (Stella), Margaux's Annie Get Your Gun (Anne), and Margaux's Gunslinger (Django).
BLADE - GCH Margaux's Takes Two To Tango
Blade began his specials career in February, winning eight groups, placing in twenty-eight more and winning a BEST IN SHOW -- making him the #3 dog in the country all-breed. Last year he completed his championship in record time. This year he earned his Grand Championship just as easily. Way to go team Blade -- Priscilla Martin, sponsor, Doug and Mandy Carlson, handlers.
BIG NEWS FROM THE NATIONAL Harley . . . Beorn . . . Nicki . . . Miley . . . Stella . . . Chumley
What a fun National. Little Django wins the 4-6 Month Beginner Puppy competition, Stella takes a second place in her 6-9 month sweepstakes class, Miley wins second place Open Bitch, Beorn makes the cut in the specials class, Chumley is Winners Dog, Nicki wins Best Brood Bitch. Carrie and Decker qualify again for Top Twenty. WOW! Not to be outdone, our Harley va-vooms around the ring and ends up as Best of Opposite Sex. It was a wonderful show and we couldn't be more pleased with all the owners' hard work and the great performances by the Bouvs.
Jean and Paul Petersen's Faye proves her skill on the herding field earning her started title on sheep and her intermediate title on ducks. Not bad for an older girl shaking off the dust! Jean was the trainer and handler. Way to go Faye, CH Margaux's Parfait Accompli HSAs HIAd. Gunner decided to try his paws therapy work with David Yasutake and started making friends at the Chicago Public Library and at Lurie Children's Hospital. Fred and Judy Knight's Gracie earned her two agility titles, NAP and NJP, her TD (tracking title), her DD title, (Draft Dog), and her AKC Versatility title -- the all around Bouvier with the dedicated staff at her beck and call! Ike, GCH Margaux's In Command, earned his Beginner's Novice and Rally Advanced title, trained and handled by Gayle Mitchiner. Cali, owned by Mike and Tess Hood earned her Grand Champion title, becoming GCH Margaux's One Gun Salute and Harley became GCH Margaux's Va Voom. Finishing Champion titles were Margaux's Something to Talk About (Julia), Margaux's X-Factor Charlie (Charlie), Margaux's You Better Believe It (Beorn), Margaux's Anchor's Aweigh (Sailor). The boys did it in grand style with Beorn taking Winners Dog at both NIBdFC Regional Specialties and Sailor placing in three Groups on the way to his CH title.
Carrie ends 2012 as #1 Bitch in the USA - All Breed and Breed Rankings
We are so proud of her . . . presented by Doug and Mandy Carlson and sponsored by Priscilla Martin, Carrie won her third Best In Show, was awarded Best Opposite and Westminster and Eukanuba, won the NE Illinois Bouvier des Flandres Specialty, and took an Award of Merit at the National Specialty. She participated in the breed's Top Twenty formal event. Carrie brought her total of Group One wins to 28 and group placements to 86.
Gunner is awarded Stud Dog of the Year
At the 2012 Bouvier National Specialty, Gunner was awarded Top Stud Dog. We are thrilled with the honor. Gunner's get now includes Bouviers with performance titiles in obedience, rally, herding, tracking and agility. Many of those are advanced titles. He has produced a Best in Show winner, a national futurity winner, a national sweepstakes winner, two best in specialty winners, 14 Champions and 5 Grand Champions. He was Best Veteran and Best Stud Dog at 2011 National.
Gracie earns #3 Performance Bouvier in the USA
Our hats off to all the hard work that went into this by Gracie's owners. Gracie was presented and worked exclusively by Fred Knight while Judy Knight was her main cheerleader, worry wort and kennel girl! Atta girl, Gracie! What a super accomplishment!
Blade finishes undefeated in three weekends, trained and handled by Doug and Mandy Carlson. Harley earns her Championship after taking Reserve Winners Bitch at the National. Eve finishes in grand style. Ike and Molly get new performance titles in Rally and Obedience trained and handled by owners Mitch and Gayle Mitchiner. Jean Petersen worked diligently with Faye, Kendall and Jackson to excel in the herding field. And what stars they proved to be when taken off the couch and dusted off. Kelly and Charlie -- owned by Chas and Priscilla Martin -- earned their Grand Championship and Championship respectfully with Charlie winning five majors and a puppy match Best In Show before he was a year old! Priscilla's Decker was also a shining star, finishing in the top ten Bouviers for breed and all breed. We are so proud of GCH Margaux's Stacked Deck and all the other Margaux bouviers who have made 2012 a year of accomplishments.
Carrie - GCH Frontier's License to Carry at Margaux
Carrie starts her Specials career and first weekend of shows garners the coveted Best In Show. Followed up with a Best Opposite at Westminster Kennel Club -- who could ask for a better beginning. She went on to win a second Best in Show in the August heat, an Award of Merit at the Bouvier National, 14 Group wins, 29 additional group placements -- making her the #1 bitch in the country all-breed and the #3 Bouvier overall. Way to go team Carrie -- Priscilla Martin, sponsor, Doug and Mandy Carlson, handlers.
NEWS FROM THE NATIONAL Va Voom . . . Panache . . . Gunner
Little Harley, the youngest puppy bitch competing at the National, wins the 6-9 month puppy class! What a start for Margaux's Va Voom. Macy, Margaux's Panache wins the open class and finishes her championship the next weekend. Gunner wins the competitive stud dog class and is selected Best Veteran. What fun to bring him back into the ring again. Doug Carlson did a great job presenting him. This was the culmination of Gunner's career which included one Best in Show, 19 Group wins and 56 additional group placements.
Jean and Paul Petersen's Jackson proves his skill on the herding field earning his started title on sheep. Jean was the trainer and handler. Paul was chief cheerleader! Way to go Jean! Way to go Jackson, CH Laureate's Vitner's Reserve HSAs. Gunner decided to try his paws at obedience and earns his CD proving there is brain with the beauty! Fred and Judy Knight's Gracie not only earns her Championship but she garners titles in herding, agility, obedience and rally -- the all around Bouvier with the dedicated staff at her beck and call! Finishing Champion titles are Margaux's Never Ending Style, Margaux's In the Nick of Time, Margaux's Fanfare, Margaux's Quid Pro Quo, and Margaux's Kelly at Limerick. Earning Grand Champion titles are "Margaux" GCH Margaux's Elizabeth Darling owned by Priscilla Martin and "Georgia" GCH Margaux's Guilty Pleasure owned by Susan Upcraft.
Turner - GCH Margaux's Venture Capital
What a fabulous year end for Turner. The culmination of his specials career was his Best in Show in September and winning the Top Twenty competition at the national specialty in October. Receiving all-breed recognition is fabulous but winning the competition of the best dogs in the country is over the moon. How exciting! Thanks to team Turner -- sponsor Priscilla Martin and handlers Doug and Mandy Carlson. Turner finished 2010 as the #2 dog in the US, with his career total of 1 best in show, 8 group wins and 33 other group placements.
Gracie - GCH Margaux's Saving Grace
Gracie, after falling into the wrong hands, came home to be a show girl. She garnered some nice Group wins and placements plus select bitch at the National Specialty and Best of Breed at the NE Illinois Specialty. What a come back and what a nice team with handler Laura King!
Callie Wins Best Bitch in National Futurity
A Gunner daughter out of CH Margaux's One Gun Salute won this coveted breeder award. Our thanks to owner Tess Hood, handler Debbie Potter and Judge Patricia Murray. Callie went on to finish her championship too becoming CH Margaux's One Gun Salute. We couldn't be prouder of this exceptional young girl. Go Callie!
Congratulations to Gayle Mitchiner for earning a Versatile Bouvier Basic title on CH Margaux's American Girl "Molly" after lots of dedicated work as a team. Not to be outdone with Molly, Mitch and Gayle put a Championship title on Ike, CH Margaux's In Command. Ike is now off to a specials career and has started accumulating group placements. Also finishing champion titles are Georgia, CH Margaux's Guilty Pleasure owned by Susan Upcraft, Callie, CH Margaux's One Gun Salute owned by Tess Hood, and Bubbles, CH Margaux's Asti Spumanti.