Brubeck Almost Famous: Featured in Working Dog
The Working Dog Digest featured
Brubeck in this month's glossy publication. See the full
There was also a page-long interview with the Townsends as part of the
Leonberger forum. We think the shot turned out beautifully. Stacey
Poythress caught this image of Brubeck at the Winery in Mebane, NC.
November 6, 2010
Places in Group
Take 5 di Sforzando was awarded a Group Placement at the Furniture City
Classic under AKC Judge, Ms. Karen Riddle. We are thrilled that she was
awarded the recognition inside a competitive ring. Way to go, Bru!
October 30, 2010
Shines at MALC Regional:
Take 5 di Sforzando was awarded Best of Opposite at the Mid-Atlantic
Leonberger Club Regional Specialty in Leesburg, VA under Mrs. Sharol
Candace-Way. Over thirty-two Leonbergers were entered with most of the
top Leonberger bitches in the country competing in the ring. We are
very pleased with the recognition. What a gal!
Kennel Club: RDO
sponsored our annual Responsible Dog Owner Day and the event was a
blast. Susan made sure things were running smoothly while Matt served
as "DJ" for the event. All proceeds went to benefit the Humane Society
of Alamance County. Performances were given in Agility, Flyball, and
police work. Rin Tin TIn was the guest celebrity while Copeland earned
some notoriety of his own winning both the biggest nose contest and
longest tail contest! Not all brags, though; Copeland came in last at
the tennis ball catch!
in Major Leonberger First:
Take 5 di Sforzando had quite a show season in the Mid-Atlantic,
taking Best of Breed or Best of Opposite at over 35 AKC venues. almost
every time she steps into
ring. On Sept. 6th, Bru became the first Leonberger bitch in the
country to earn her AKC Grand Championship, making her a champion of
champions. Though we won't be showing nearly as much this fall and
winter, Bru will be hitting the road on occassion as a special and we
enjoying all the sportsmanship, camaraderie,
and competition. (Susan did pretty well, too.)
earns her LCA Championship!
Take 5 di Sforzando had a great showing in the Mid-Atlantic,
taking Best of Breed or Winners Bitch almost every time she stepped
ring. She won over fifteen Best of Breeds and multiple Best in
Groups prior to AKC recognition. Since July 1, the momentum
with multiple Winners Bitch, multiple Best of Breeds, and a Group 1
Bred By Exhibitor placement (a breed first!). She finished her AKC
Championship at the
Greenville, SC Show Cluster, completing the feat in less than one
Starts Off July With a Bang!
marked the entry of the
Leonberger into the AKC working group and our Sforzando Leonbergers did
a great job in Bel Alton, MD; West Friendship, MD; and Berryville, VA
shows. Brubeck, in particular, has earned some big wins with multiple
Winners Bitch placements, multiple Best of Breeds, and a prestigious
Bred By Exhibitor Group 1 placement at the Shawnee Kennel Club show.
Her judge, unfortunately, had a heat stroke and was not available for a
picture. Susan is pictured on the left with her conformation mentor,
Dale. Those sort of wins would be a lot tougher without his
Best of Breed
and Best of Opposite In Hampton, VA
We were very
excited to be able
to show under Mrs. Paula Hartinger at the Gloucester Kennel Club's show
in Hampton, VA. She was a great judge and we were lucky to have the
opportunity so close to home. Brubeck took Best of Breed and Copeland
took Best of Opposite. Brubeck really shined in the ring and Copeland,
though he is in his awkward "tween" stage, did just fine. Way to go,
we couldn't attend the Leonberger National Specialty in Sacramento,
California this year, the news reached us quickly. Researchers believe
they have found the genetic marker for early onset Inherited Leonberger
Poly- neuropathy (ILPN). This early onset form of the disease cripples
a Leonberger's movement and partially paralyzes the larynx. Leos with
the disease can not move, bark, or exercise like a normal Leonberger.
Thanks to the Leonberger Health Foundation, a
test may be developed within the year to help eliminate this disease
from the breed. Good riddance!
is just down the road from us and we had a fabulous opportunity to show
under Mr. Yamuda and Mr. Bassett that we just couldn't pass up!
Copeland took BOB on Saturday and Brubeck kept him from having a two
win streak on Sunday. Mr. Yamuda, in particular, has a great deal of
experience and prestige in judging the working group and we were
thrilled to get our Leonbergers in the ring with him. He will be
judging the Leonberger at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in
February, 2011. Maybe he'll put up a big fella there as well?
Brubeck's father, took Best of Breed at the Mid-Atlantic Leonberger
Specialty. We are very proud of him - not bad for a veteran Leonberger!
Isn't he one of the most striking Leos of all time? We know he has made
some beautiful Leonberger puppies. Agi has every right to be a round
momma. The "B" Litter Leonberger puppies that he fathered will turn two
years on June 12th. Happy birthday, everyone!
first place with
Brubecks Take 5 di Sforzando at the very well known George Alston
Handling Seminar sponsored by the Moore County Kennel Club. This event
is the exciting culmination of two days of study and practice by about
twenty handlers under the tutelage of one of America's most successful
went down to Greenville, SC to help Susan Grosslight do an educational
seminar on the Leonberger for AKC judges. While we were there, Brubeck
and Copeland took turns with Best of Breed against some nice Leos at
the Greenville Shows. Copeland was particularly proud to score a win
against his sister while being handicapped by Matt's handling. Guess he
must be made out of the right stuff, eh?! We were proud of how well
they handled such a large venue and how well they interacted with
everyone they met.
Take Five di Sforzando took a big Group First placement at the Raleigh
Kennel Club's Canine Expo and finished her championship in the process
with her fourth big major. She didn't slow down a second,
Best of Breed and another Group First against some big competition the
next day at the Fredericksburg show in Virginia. Copeland, at just
seven months of age, to Best of Opposite and was put up over some
beautiful and successful competition. Pic