Vannah (Elance Velvet Ribbons) has had a productive 2023 so far. She started by going to the Battle River shows in Camrose, AB for two days in March, and took Best of Breed over specials competition both days. She next returned to the show ring in early June, going to the Northern Alberta Canine Association shows. She prepared for these events by blowing her coat, choosing to have gobs of it come out by the handful in the bathtub the night before, heading to the shows in her summer best. LOL! Regardless, she took two Best of Breeds from the classes, and a Best of Winners, to finish her Championship. The icing on the cake was her taking Best in Specialty under sighthound breeder/judge Jocelyn Gagne at the Alberta Lure Coursing Association sighthound specialty.
Vera Best Bred By in Show
Sparrow's First Best in Specialty Show
Sparrow at her first lure trial, September 2020.
Sparrow taking her first Best in Specialty win. Sept 2020. From the field and into the Specialty ring.
Shimmer now an American AND Canadian Champion!
AmCanCh. Elance Moonshimmer
Ben goes BEST IN SHOW
Ben has taken numerous Group Firsts, and more than one Reserve Best in Show, but on June 3rd, 2018, he finally was awarded his first All Breed Best in Show. A huge win for an owner/breeder handled dog. We are very proud.
BCOA National 2018
Shimmer is chosen as the 2018 BCOA National Specialty Best of Winners. Thank you to Kay Cassella for handling her while I coped with a broken ankle.
Ravi's Show Debut
Ravi moving around the ring at her first shows, 22 mths old.
BCOA National 2017
We had a GREAT National, with Ben taking BEST OF OPPOSITE SEX, and his daughter Tula taking BEST OF OPPOSITE IN SWEEPSTAKES! Thank you to the Sweeps Judge Chris Danker for her choice of Tula, and Regular Class Judge Helen Lee for choosing Ben.
Ben took two more Group 1sts and his first RESERVE BEST IN SHOW in Grand Island, Nebraska. Ben was shown by his breeder/co-owner, Kay McMillin.
Ben went to New York with his breeder/co-owner Kay McMillan, and amongst strong competition came away with Best of Opposite Sex! Congratulations to the Best of Breed winner (for the second year in a row) "Lucy."
Since the beginning of the year Ben has been out with Kay, winning Breeds and Group placements. He's also put his first US litter on the ground with Amy Sorbie of Kyrov Borzoi. Congrats to Kyrov!
Lena Arkell's wonderful photo of Ben in the ring in Calgary.
Ben - AmCh/GCanCh. Konza-Plum Creek Bugatti at Elance. March 2016. Ben will be three in June 2016.
2015 Wrap Up
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 added points towards her Canadian Championship title. 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
Was Canada's Number One Borzoi for 2015!
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.
Windnsatin Dragons Maiden.
Ben Takes Canada
Ben's first weekend out in Canada - 5 days, one Canadian Championship, three Group placements (1st, 2nd, and 3rd.)
At 21 months, Twila steps into the ring as a Special, and takes Best of Breed and Group Two over 62 other hounds.
Borzoi Club of America 2013 - Lancaster, PA
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.
CHAMPION from the JUNIOR PUPPY CLASS!
New Champion Prima winning from the Junior Puppy class, August 2012. Robert Shaw photo.
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.
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.
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.