We wrapped up our show season with the Red Deer shows in November. In our corner of the world, driving conditions get unpredictable after this time of year, and our kids get busy with basketball, so we time out on dog activities until spring.
Maiden finished her Canadian Championship at this show, making her Canadian CHAMPION Windnsatin Dragons Maiden. Ben also earned another Group Third.
Ben's 2015 tally looks like this: Shown at 7 events in 2015, Ben....
Earned his Canadian Championship AND his Canadian GRAND Championship
Earned seven Group Placements, including two Group 1st
Took two Best in Specialty awards (Greater Twin Cities Borzoi Club and Foothills Gazehound Club)
Awarded Best in Futurity at the 2015 BCOA National Specialty
August 2015 - The Alberta Kennel Club hosts Canada's largest outdoor show at the gorgeous Spruce Meadows Equestrian Park. The AKC was host to the Alberta Sporting Hound Specialty (a Group Two specialty), the Borzoi Canada Wild Rose Regional Specialty, and the Foothills Gazehound Specialty. In addition, Sunday's judging was the 2015 Purina National event, with the group judging a black tie affair held on red carpet with spotlights, announcers and handsome cash prizes.
In three days of showing, Maiden came home with 8 points, requiring only two more to complete her Canadian Championship.
Ben came home with:
Friday - a Group Third
Sunday - Best in Specialty at the FGC Specialty, AND Group 1st in the Purina National!
Judy Carleton's photo of Ben and Cherie at the 2015 AKC weekend in Calgary.
May 2015 - Borzoi enthusiasts from the world over gathered in Huron, Ohio for the 2015 Borzoi Club of America National Specialty. Elance Borzoi were there, along with many youngsters sired by Zion. And they did well. VERY well. From winning on the coursing field, and the obedience ring, to sweeping the Futurity, winning classes, being pulled for Winners Bitch, to winning Best Puppy in Specialty.... Zion's get had a huge influence on the BCOA results. Highlights include:
Zion son (out of GCh. Sylvan Topanga Canyon) Sylvan Pimlico earned the 3rd highest score in the coursing Open Stake, and a perfect score in Rally.
The final line up for Best in Futurity had three of the four division winners all sired by Zion, out of Finessa, with Best in Futurity going to Ben, and Best of Opposite in Futurity going to his sister Bonnie.
Sweepstakes 15 - 18mth Female was won by Zion daughter Sylvan Miranda - she was also pulled for Winners Bitch.
1st place in the 6-9 mth puppy class AND Best Puppy In Specialty went to Karanoff Balios, sired by Zion, out of Ch. Karnoff Pikovaya Dama.
Windnsatin Dragon's Maiden has joined us here at Elance. She will visit us as she works towards her Canadian Championship title, and a litter for us as well. She is sweet and cuddly, and within 30 seconds of meeting her, we were in love. She will add much to our breeding program. Thank you to her owner Pat Shaw for allowing us to love her for you for a little while!
Windnsatin Dragons Maiden.
Ben Takes Canada
When Zion returned home, his son Ben came with him. Ben is our stud fee puppy from the breeding of Zion to the gorgeous Finessa (BISS GCh. Katz Fashion Finesse at Konza.) Ben stayed with his breeder Kay McMillin until he finished his American Championship - which he did in grand style (Group placements from the puppy classes over adult specials). Once home here in Canada, he had a few months to settle in until the spring shows got underway. Entered in two weekends (5 days), Ben finished his Championship by day four, with his first Best of Breed win over specials having him walking into the Best in Show ring with his first Group One win! Before all was said and done he had two more group placements - a Group Two and a Group Three. A fantastic debut for a young man. We look forward to his future.
Ben's first weekend out in Canada - 5 days, one Canadian Championship, three Group placements (1st, 2nd, and 3rd.)
Return of the King
Yes, Zion is HOME. After his journey to "there and back again," the Man has returned. He has matured in his absence from us, under the wonderful care of our friends at Sylvan Borzoi, and Konza Borzoi. Thank you for their loving care, and their appreciation of this magnificent dog. As hard as it was to let him go, we felt that an animal of this caliber should have the opportunity to be seen by more people than just here at home. We are grateful he was able to impact the breed, and yet now to have him home.
Zion while in residence at Sylvan Borzoi.
Ryder and Brenna puppies are growing fast!
Our 2014 puppies are coming along very nicely, all very uniform and healthy, just as one would expect from this linebred pedigree. At three weeks of age, there are only a couple puppies left unspoken for. If you would like to add a quality borzoi puppy to your family, don't hesitate to contact us while there are still some left.
One of the Ryder and Brenna boys, at three weeks of age!
Elance 2014 PUPPIES!
Ryder and Brenna presented us with a lovely litter of six thriving puppies. Four boys and two girls, they are as healthy and strong as can be! Brenna is loving being a mom. We may still have a couple of puppies yet to be spoken for, so don't hesitate to contact us if you have been thinking of adding an Elance Borzoi to your life.
Brenna settling in with her babies - she is so happy! And why not? They are a beautiful, healthy brood. The boys are all the self tris like Dad Ryder, and the girls are all spotted tris like Mom.
Lief Goes Select Dog
Young Ch. Elance Tell Tale Heart took Select Dog at the Foothills Gazehound Specialty this August, in very stiff, mature competition.
Lief at 23 months.
Another New Champion
"Riven" aka Ch. Elance True Blue, finished his Canadian Championship in style, being in the ribbons four days in a row at the 2014 Alberta Kennel Club summer shows at Spruce Meadows, Calgary, AB.
Riven is the third Champion from this litter of five.
Riven with his ribbons from a very winning weekend, August 2014. Congratulations, new Champion, and his owner Kim Wells.
Ryder finishes his American Championship title with the WD major at Lompoc, 2014.
Ryder finishing his American Championship title at Lompoc 2014.
Twila debuts with a Group Second
At 21 months, Twila steps into the ring as a Special, and takes Best of Breed and Group Two over 62 other hounds.
In early May 2014 we welcomed Honour, the Zion X Diva baby, home. "Sylvan Elance Sylphide" is charming us all with her beauty and elegance.
The 2014 BCOA National - Albuquerque, New Mexico
Not only did Elance breeder Cherie Hunchak enjoy the honor of judging the 2014 BCOA Sweepstakes, but puppies sired by the Elance sires Zion (GChCanCh. Elance Beyond the Blue) and Ryder (Elance Black Swan) did very well at this event. Of the 16 ribbons available in the regular puppy classes, 8 of those ribbons went to youngsters sired by Zion or Ryder. These same puppies also did very well in their futurity classes. Congratulations to their breeders and owners!
The Year of Zion
By February 2014, three different borzoi sired by Zion had taken group placements from the classes. Not only that, two of them were in the Top Twenty Borzoi for 2014!
1) Konza-Plum Creek Bugatti at Elance. Sired by Zion, out of BISS Ch. Katz Fashion Finesse at Konza. Takes a Group 4th from the Puppy Classes. Ranked at #5 Borzoi in the USA. Owned by Kay Cassella and Robert Bateman. 2) Elance Temple of Time. Sired by Zion, out of Ch. Seabury Sylvan Spitfire. Takes a Group 4th from the classes. Ranked at #14 Borzoi in the USA. Owned by Shain Miller. 3) Ch. Scimitar First Sign of Trouble. Sired by Zion, out of Ch. Kishniga's Arctic Queen. Takes two Group Seconds from the classes to finish her Championship. The first homebred Champion for Scimitar Kennels. Owned by Tarja Kleemola. Congratulations to these Zion progeny and their owners. May the rest of their year be just as successful.
The Newest Zion Puppies have arrived!
The Lady Diva, shown 7 weeks in whelp with her puppies sired by
GChCanCh. Elance Beyond the Blue (Zion.)
January 2014, Zion and "Diva" (Ch. Po Dusham Sylvan Risque) became the proud parents of 11 bouncing baby borzoi. Diva is a wonderful mother, and everyone is thriving. All inquiries should be directed to Chris and Pattie Neale at Sylvan Borzoi.
Konza-Plum Creek Bugatti at Elance went to his very first dog show in mid January 2014. This little man wowed judge Dana Cline to the point of going Best of Breed over adult Specials competition, and THEN was awarded Group Fourth! This is exciting news for any Borzoi, but for a wee baby at this first show, it's spectacular. Well, "wee baby" is a bit of a misnomer, actually, since breeder/owner Kay McMillan notes that Baby Ben is 90lbs at 7 months old. A very auspicious start for this Zion X Finessa son. Better photos when they come, but for now we couldn't wait to share.
A whirlwind weekend took place in mid October 2013 as we descended upon the Ryder and Gazelle litter at 11 weeks of age. We gathered to evaluate the puppies and make decisions on who should go where. Such a lovely group of babies - the decisions were difficult.
(Photo of "Summerlane Elance Glasswing", aka "Zelda". Owned by Shain Miller and Cherie Hunchak. Gordon Walter photo.)
Ryder and Gazelle babies arrive safely.
Happy momma Gazelle with her beautiful batch of ten puppies.
This gorgeous little lady is "Finessa" - Best in Specialty Show Champion Katz Fashion Finesse at Konza. She is shown here winning Best of Breed at the 2011 Borzoi Club of America National Specialty over hundreds of other borzoi. Yes, she's that beautiful.
Zion and Chris Neale in the Best of Breed line up, BCOA 2013 National. Photo by Marge Milne.
Zion at the 2013 Nationals in Lancaster, PA Shown impeccably by his best buddy Chris Neale, Zion made it to the final cut before being excused from further consideration for the day. He congratulates his current kennel mates "Spring" and "Rafaella", on winning Best in Specialty and Best Puppy in Specialty respectively. A GREAT day for Sylvan Borzoi. Zion also recently attained his AKC Grand Championship status.
Zion and Chris Neale, BCOA 2013. Kristina Terra Photo.
Zion moving for Chris, BCOA 2013. Gliding above the ground. Kristina Terra photo.
Zion finishes his American Championship
Zion the day he finished his American Championship in Florida, January 2013. Three years old. Sire of two litters.
Three weeks over the border, and Zion's American Championship is fait accompli. Thank you Chris and Patti Neale for piloting Zion to this title!
Zion's Grand Adventure
Zion enjoying a romp in the field at Katz Borzoi - a rest stop on the way back to Florida. Photo by Patti Neale.
January 2013 is the beginning of some exciting times for ourselves and Sylvan Borzoi. Chris and Patti Neale of Sylvan have offered Zion a "scholarship" and we couldn't refuse. He met up with Patti in CA, where he took two 5 point BOW majors, and a RWD (to his brother, Ryder!) They then headed back to Florida, where Zion will complete his American Championship title, and hopefully sire a litter or two. Stay tuned for the latest updates on our handsome hound.
Gazelle's lovely headpiece.
In a quid pro quo, Chris and Patti Neale offerred to share their lovely Gazelle - Ch. Sylvan Pewter Gazelle. This lovely young Champion is a daughter of one of the the most beautiful Borzoi bitches we have ever seen - the incomparable "Fiona". Gazelle is so much like her mother, with the lovely movement, and beautiful head and outline. What a tremendous offer on the part of Chris and Patti. We are honored.
Gazelle is currently settling in with Anne Quinn at Summerlane Borzoi, where she will be bred to Ryder later this year. She is wonderful.
"Link" goes to Alaska!
Link (Elance Temple of Time) at 3.5 months old.
In December 2012 Shain Miller from Alaska flew in to pick up his baby boy out of Zion and Sadie's litter. It was SO hard to let this pup go! But we have every confidence that he and Shain will make some big waves. Not only that. if Link matures as we all hope, he will feature prominently in our breeding program. Congratulations Shain and Link (Elance Temple of Time.)
Latest Health Testing
Zion's Thyroid results from the University of Michigan came back as NORMAL.
SADIE has BABIES!
September 11, 2012, Sadie had 5 beautiful borzoi babies. Three boys, and two girls, in shades of gold and chinchilla, some spotted like Dad Zion, some irish marked self like Sadie.
See more details on our "Puppies!" page as they grow.
CHAMPION from the JUNIOR PUPPY CLASS!
New Champion Prima winning from the Junior Puppy class, August 2012. Robert Shaw photo.
Ch. Horse and Hound Pisa Radost: "Prima's" first Canadian shows were the Spruce Meadows AKC/Hound Specialty event the first weekend of August 2012. In six shows, entered in the Junior Puppy class, here are her results:
ASHA Group Two Specialty, Judge Patti Neale - Best of Winners/Best Puppy
Borzoi Canada National Specialty, Judge Pat Trotter - Best of Winners/Best Puppy
Foothills Gazehound Specialty, Judge Allan Pepper - Best of Winners/Best Puppy
AKC All breed shows: two Best of Winners/Best Puppy, one Reserve Winners.
With her first show on Friday, she was finished her Championship by Sunday, with points on Monday to spare.
Prima is bred by Pam Buffington, and is owned by Cherie Hunchak and Lynda Cattoni-Shafer. We are very proud of her!
The same weekend, Zion (Ch. Elance Beyond the Blue) was entered in only the three Specialties. He was pulled out for consideration in each event, and awarded BOS by Judge Allen Pepper at the Gazehound Specialty. He showed beautifully.
BCOA 2012 - Canadians Rock Zion is RWD and Best Bred Exhibitor!
Elance Borzoi did SO well at this year's BCOA National! Zion is pictured here taking RWD (congrats to fellow Canadian Ch. Taugo's Ulric for taking WD!). Zion went on to go Best Bred by Exhibitor as well!
Ryder is Second in Open!
Ryder took 2nd in the competitive Open Dog class, with 1st place and WD/BOW going to our fellow Canadian Ch. Taugo's Ulric.
The girls did us proud as well - Brenna took 2nd in the very competitive Bred By Class, and Sonja made the cut in the tough Open Bitch class.
Pictured here with her co-owner, Linda Cattoni-Shafer, Prima is "Horse and Hound Pisa Radost." Out of the lovely producing "Val", and sired by Linda's handsome Ch. Radost White Rock, Prima is linebred on "Fargo" - Ch. Osdow Av Fjascho. With Zion being a Fargo grandson, we look forward to this future blend.
Zion (Ch. Elance Beyond the Blue) broke his shoulder blade! While we just heard the screaming and ran out to find him in trouble, it appears he may have jumped down from the top of his dog house (he loves to hang out there, like his mom), and landed wrong (it was pitch dark out). We won't ever know for sure, but in any event, he's had a surgery to wire his shoulder blade together, and we are hoping for a complete recovery. He's chilling out on his comfy bed in his expen, and only getting out (on leash) for his regular potty breaks. That's pretty much his life for awhile, until he's deemed fit to resume more activity. He's not minding it so far. How he feels in another 4 weeks may be a different matter!
On a positive note, Zion's OFA certificate for his DM clear test came in the mail.
AUGUST 2011 Spruce Meadows - Calgary
Zion (Ch. Elance Beyond The Blue) went to the AKC shows at Spruce Meadows, as a 19 month old out-of-coat young gun. Much to our delight, both Michael Hill and Eugene Blake found him in a large entry of mature/coated specials. They awarded him BOB at the AKC all breed, and BOS in the Foothills Gazehound Specialty.
APRIL 2011 BCOA 2011 NATIONAL - Kansas!
Ryder (Elance Black Swan) takes third in the Sweeps, and 3rd in the regular classes! He also tests CLEAR for eyes, and CLEAR for heart.
Brenna (Elance Smooth As Silk) makes the cut the Bred By Bitch Class!This creme de la creme class produced the WB - congratulations to Shirley McFadden on her win.
AmCanCh. Windnsatin Ty Slezi of Veter (aka "Blue), sire to Ryder and Zion, is shown by Cherie, and they take one of only ten Award of Merits!
Brenna waiting to be examined in the Bred By Bitch class, Kansas 2011. Anne Quinn photo.
AmCanCh. Windnsatin Ty Slezi of Veter, taking one of the coveted Award of Merits at the 2011 Nationals in Kansas, at 7.5 years of age. Blue is the sire of our Zion and Ryder.
Ryder (Elance Black Swan) takes Best of Opposite in Sweepstakes at the Borzoi Club of California Specialty under breeder judge Cindi Gredys (Jubilee Borzoi) Thank you!
The same day, in Canada, his brother Zion (Elance Beyond the Blue) takes BOW for another two points towards his Championship. Congratulations, boys!
SONJA TAKES TWO MAJORS IN LOMPOC, CA
Sonja, "Elance Sitting Pretty" took BOW for 5ptsunder judge Patti Neale, at the Borzoi Club of California 2010 Specialty in Lompoc, CA. The entry for class dogs was 60+.
The same weekend, she earned a second major, the 4 pt WINNERS BITCH under judge Allan Pepper, at the Lompoc Kennel Club show.
Sonja's great weekend continued, as she easily earned her first JUNIOR COURSER leg, and passed her ECHOCARDIOGRAM OFA as well.
LOMPOC DEBUT: RYDER WINS HIS SPECIALTY CLASS AND MORE
Ryder, "Elance Black Swan," not only won his Borzoi Club of California Specialty Class under judge Patti Neale, but he repeated the win under judge Allan Pepper, at the Lompoc Kennel Club show the same weekend. For such a baby, his very first weekend out, he showed like a pro!
At the coursing trial, he showed us some KEEN interest - while he wasn't able to have a turn this time, he went wild over the lure. We are eager to see him get out and after that bunny!
ZION'S FIRST SHOW = POINTS
Zion, "Elance Beyond the Blue," went to his first show at 6mths and 1 day old, coming home with a two point BOW over older/adult dogs. Like his brother Ryder, he showed like a pro.