Gleanntan Kennels - 2012
The Year in Review

 

December 30 - Int. Ch. Gleanntan The Goodbye Girl - "Lilly" finishes 2012 with a BOB and Group 4

Trond Storsveen had "Lilly" - Int. Ch. Gleanntan The Goodbye Girl (Ch. Finnsky Gladiator x GCH. Ch. Gleanntan Glindathegoodwitch) entered in the National Christmas Show in Norway. We are proud to report that she earned Best of Breed and a Group 4. The total Skye entry was 9. There were 170 adult terriers entered in the show with a total entry of 1,800. The judge was Mr. Niksa Lemo from Croatia.

Here is what the judge wrote in his critique: "Very nice type, beautiful head, nice topline, OK hind angulation, correct rear, nice movement and temperament.

We also learned today that Lilly finished 2012 as the Top Skye Terrier in Norway, repeating her end of year standing from 2011.

Lilly is owned and presented by Trond Storsveen, Bonny Hill Skyes, Oslo, Norway.

December 19 - Ending our show year on a high note! Group 3 & Group 2 in Allentown, PA

On the weekend of December 15-16, we had two Skyes entered in the Lehigh Valley KC and Delaware Water Gap KC shows in Allentown, PA. Our entry consisted of GCH. Ch. Gleanntan Gaelforce - "Cooper", owned by Travis Wright, in BOB and one-year old Gleanntan Got Busy Bee! - "Emma" in the Bred by Exhibitor class. The entry also included a very handsome class male from Canada.

On Saturday, under judge Dennis McCoy, Cooper earned Best of Breed. Emma went Best of Opposite Sex. Cooper went on to earn a Group 3 and Emma earned a Bred-by Exhibitor Group 2.

On Sunday, under judge Richard Powell, Cooper repeated as Best of Breed and Emma was Best of Opposite Sex. Cooper later went on to a Group 2 under judge Powell. There were about 110 terriers entered each day.

Thus ended our successful and active year. Maida and I attended 65 shows in 2012. Our model is the exact same model that we have been following with passion since Gleanntan co-founder, Donna Dale's, untimely passing in 2001. For the past 12 years, we have followed the breeder/owner handler model and we've attended as many of the top level specialties and supported entry shows as possible. We were active in the conformation ring many weekends, while also breeding and raising a litter and working full time.

Over the next couple of weeks, I will compile a "Year in Review" with a fond look back at our year.

December 12

On the weekend of December 8-9, Maida and I had two of our Skyes entered in the Forsyth Kennel Club shows in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Our entry consisted of GCH. Ch. Gleanntan Gaelforce - "Cooper", owned by Travis Wright, in BOB and 11.5-month old Gleanntan Got Busy Bee! - "Emma" in the Bred by Exhibitor class.

On Saturday, under judge Barbara Keenan, Cooper earned Best of Breed. Emma went Best of Opposite Sex. She also competed in a Bred by Exhibitor Group competition where she earned a Group 2. The group win went to Santiago Pinto's Wire. Group 3 went to Lydia Hutchinson's Cairn and Group 4 went to Margery Good's Sealy. It was quite a nice group of terriers and their proud breeders!

On Sunday, under judge Desmond J. Murphy, Cooper repeated as Best of Breed and Emma was Best of Opposite Sex.

Both of the judges were very complimentary of Emma. Below is a photo of Emma in the ring on Saturday, December 8.

On Saturday evening, we had a delightful dinner visit with our dear friends, Bob and Lynn Holtzclaw who live in Winston-Salem. Maida and I first met Bob and Lynn at these shows in 2001 and we have enjoyed visiting with them most every year since that first meeting. About a year ago, Bob and Lynn acquired our "Bea" - Ch. Gleanntan Givemebusybee!. She is maintained is beautiful show coat and is very happy with Bob and Lynn.


Gleanntan Got Busy Bee! - "Emma"
(Ch. Jay-Roy Railway American Anthem x Ch. Gleanntan Glorious Legacy)
on the move - age 11.5 months

November 27

Today, we received a terrific new photo of Int. Ch. Gleanntan The Goodbye Girl - Lilly from her Best in Show win a couple of weeks ago.

November 25 - Cooper on the move

 

November 25 - Cooper's group win photo


GCH. Ch. Gleanntan Gaelforce - "Cooper"
(Ch. Finnsky Gladiator x Ch. Gleanntan Givemebusybee!)
GROUP FIRST
Furniture City Kennel Club show - November 10, 2012
Judge: Lydia Coleman Hutchinson

November 25

Last weekend, Maida and I were at the Kennel Club of Philadelphia shows in Oaks, PA. Our entry consisted of GCH. Ch. Gleanntan Gaelforce - "Cooper" in BOB and 11-month old Gleanntan Got Busy Bee! - "Emma" in the Bred by Exhibitor class. The Saturday show was the National Dog Show and the group competition was recorded for television broadcast on Thanksgiving Day after the Macy's Parade. Cooper took BOB both days and on Sunday, he made the cut in the group.

November 12 - INT. Ch. Gleanntan The Goodbye Girl earns Best in Show in Norway

We are celebrating! On Sunday, November 11 at the Kongsberg Dog Club National All-Breed Show, INT. Ch. Gleanntan The Goodbye Girl - "Lilly" earned Best in Show! The entry for this show was just over 1,300 dogs. The breed judge was Lokodi Csaba Zsolt, a breeder of Airedale and Irish Terriers from Romania. The group judge was Canadian Dandie Dinmont Terrier breeder, Mike Macbeth. The BIS show judge was Michael Leonard from Ireland. Mr. Leonard is an all-rounder and former breeder of Tibetan Spaniels.

Here is the breed judge's critique of Lilly: "Beautiful topline, very nice neck, strong level back, correct set and carried tail, excellent hair quality and show condition, correct bite, good shoulders, excellent upper arms."

Lilly is owned and presented by Trond Storsveen, Bonny Hill Skyes, of Oslo, Norway.

November 11 - Two Gleanntan Skyes win terrier groups in two countries on the same day

Maida and I were at the Furniture City KC shows in Winston-Salem, NC. Our entry consisted of GCH. Ch. Gleanntan Gaelforce - "Cooper" in BOB and 11-month old Gleanntan Got Busy Bee! - "Emma" in the 9-12 month Puppy class. On Saturday, November 10, Cooper earned Best of Breed and he went on to a Terrier Group 1 under judge Lydia Coleman Hutchinson. Group 2 went to a lovely Westie from the state of Washington.

Also on November 10, we received word from Trond Storsveen that his INT. Ch. Gleanntan The Goodbye Girl - "Lilly" earned a Terrier Group 1 at one of the major all-breed shows in Norway. The judge was Dandie Dinmont Terrier breeder, Mike Macbeth from Canada.

November 5 - A new photo of Gleanntan Everybody Loves Lucy - "Lucy"


Gleanntan Everybody Loves Lucy - "Lucy" - age 10.5 months
(Ch. Jay-Roy Railway American Anthem x Ch. Gleanntan Glorious Legacy)

October 28 - A successful weekend for Int. Ch. Gleanntan The Goodbye Girl

We received an update from Trond Storsveen on Lilly's successes over the weekend.

NLAK Nat., Dal - October 27, 2012
Judge: Roberto Schill, Romania

He gave her BOB with a nice critique: Well balanced. Excellent general appearance. Very good expression. Correct head. Very good body structure. Correct legs. Well set tail. Free movement. Very good coat & temperament.

She was later awarded Group 1 (entry of approximately 140 terriers) by Mr Dominic Harris, Ireland and BIS 3 by Branislav Rajic from Slovenia!

NDaK Nat., Dal - October 28, 2012
Judge: Dominic Harris, Ireland

His critique: Beautiful head, well placed ears. Good feathering. Full coat. A joy to watch move.

The group was judged by Tino Pehat, Croatia, and he gave her Group 4 with about the same entry as the day before.

October 28 - Middleburg Kennel Club

This past weekend, we had two Skyes entered in the Middleburg KC shows at the Historic Oatlands Estate in Leesburg, Virginia. Entered were GCH. Ch. Gleanntan Gaelforce - "Cooper" in BOB and 10-month old Gleanntan Got Busy Bee! - "Emma" in the Bred by class. On Saturday, Cooper earned Best of Breed and a Group 4 (with an entry of 122 terriers) under judge Billie Kellogg Kneale. On Sunday, Cooper repeated as Best of Breed and he went on to a Group 2 under judge Dr. Edna K. Martin (with an entry of 124 terriers).

October 17 - Two new photos of Gleanntan First Lady of the Skyes


Gleanntan First Lady of the Skyes - "Amelia" - age 9.5 months
(Ch. Jay-Roy Railway American Anthem x Ch. Gleanntan Glorious Legacy)
WINNERS BITCH (5-point major)
Skye Terrier Club of America National Specialty/Montgomery County KC
Sunday, October 7, 2012
Judge: Mr. Michael Koss, Janterr Skyes


Gleanntan First Lady of the Skyes - "Amelia" - age 9.5 months
(Ch. Jay-Roy Railway American Anthem x Ch. Gleanntan Glorious Legacy)
WINNERS BITCH (5-point major)
Hatboro Dog Club II
Friday, October 5, 2012
Judge: Mr. Kerry Lee, Australia

October 15

Yesterday at the Norwegian Kennel Club's International show in Hamar, INT. Ch. Gleanntan The Goodbye Girl - "Lilly" was awarded CACIB and BOB (with Skye competition). The judge was Mrs. Ferelith Somerfield, England. Mrs. Somerfield's report on Lilly: Lovely quality dark grey. Very good head and ears. Pleasing neck, shoulders and front. Good topline. Very good coat condition.

October 8 - Montgomery Weekend 2012!

Maida and I had three of our Gleanntan Skyes entered all four days of the Montgomery Weekend. Roxan joined us for the Saturday and Sunday shows and our friend Rachel Robertson handled a fourth Gleanntan Skye in the veterans class, veteran sweeps and junior showmanship on Sunday.

Our entry consisted of GCH. Ch. Gleanntan Gaelforce - "Cooper" owned by Travis Wright; GCH. Ch. Gleanntan Glindathegoodwitch - "Glinda" owned by Gleanntan; Gleanntan First Lady of the Skyes - "Amelia"owned by Gleanntan and Ch. Gleanntan Gottalookatme - "Boz" owned by Ms. Rachel Robertson & Gleanntan.

On Thursday, October 4, at the Hatboro Dog Club I, under judge Mr. Juha Palosaari (Finland), GCH. Ch. Gleanntan Gaelforce earned the first Award of Merit.

On Friday, October 5, at the Hatboro Dog Club II, under judge Mr. Kerry Lee (Australia), GCH. Ch. Gleanntan Gaelforce was Select Dog and Gleanntan First Lady of the Skyes was Winners Bitch from the 9-12 month puppy class for a 5-point major.

On Saturday, October 6, at the Devon Dog Show, under judge Mr. Neville Hodgkins (Australia), GCH. Ch. Gleanntan Gaelforce was Select Dog.

On Sunday, October 7, at the Montgomery County KC/Skye Terrier Club of America National Specialty, under judge Michael Koss, GCH. Ch. Gleanntan Gaelforce earned the second Award of Merit. Gleanntan First Lady of the Skyes earned Winners Bitch (5-point major) from the 9-12 month puppy class and she was awarded Best Puppy. Prior to the regular classes, she earned Best in Sweepstakes under judge Pamela Simmons.

Also, at the Montgomery County KC show, Ch. Gleanntan Gottalookatme earned Best Veteran Dog/Best of Opposite in Veteran Sweepstakes handled by Rachel Robertson. He also was handled by Rachel in the Junior Master's class and Rachel earned 2nd place behind the eventual Best Junior winner. After the judging, a terrier fancier approached Rachel to convey his compliments for the way she handled Boz. He noted that the Skye is not an easy breed to show. It was also gratifying that the President of the Skye Terrier Club of America, the Skye Specialty judge, and a number of Skye exhibitors made a point to watch Rachel in the juniors competition.

October 8 - Lilly earns her Finnish CH title

On Saturday, September 30, INT. Ch. Gleanntan The Goodbye Girl - "Lilly" competed in the Finnish Kennel Club International Show in Eckeroe (Aaland Islands) where she earned CAC and CACIB to acquire her Finnish championship title. The judge was Ms. Tiina Taulos.

Lilly is now INT NO SE DK FIN CH NORDJW-10 DKW-11 NW-11 Gleanntan The Goodbye Girl.

Lilly is owned and shown by Trond Storsveen of Oslo, Norway.

Lilly is pictured below in the middle of the lineup.

October 8 - New photos


GCH. Ch. Gleanntan Gaelforce - "Cooper"
(Ch. Finnsky Gladiator x Ch. Gleanntan Givemebusybee!)
AWARD OF MERIT
Skye Terrier Club of America Roving National Specialty - Greeley, Colorado
Judge: Lydia Coleman Hutchinson


Gleanntan Got Busy Bee! - "Emma" - age 7 months
(Ch. Jay-Roy Railway American Anthem x Ch. Gleanntan Glorious Legacy)
RESERVE WINNERS BITCH (to a 5-point major)
Skye Terrier Club of America Roving National Specialty - Greeley, Colorado
Judge: Lydia Coleman Hutchinson


Gleanntan Got Busy Bee! - "Emma" - age 7 months
(Ch. Jay-Roy Railway American Anthem x Ch. Gleanntan Glorious Legacy)
WINNERS BITCH (5-point major)
Columbine Skye Terrier Club Supported Entry
Skye Terrier Club of America Roving National Specialty Weekend
Greeley, Colorado
Judge: Connie Clapp

September 10 - INT Ch. Gleanntan The Goodbye Girl - BOB, G1 and BIS-2!

On Sunday, September 9, our friend, Trond Storsveen had his bitch INT Ch. Gleanntan The Goodbye Girl - "Lilly" (Ch. Finnsky Gladiator x GCH. Gleanntan Glindathegoodwitch) entered in the Gudbrandsdal Dog Club's national all-breed show in Norway. Lilly was awarded Best of Breed, Group 1 and she went on to Best in Show-2. Congratulations to Trond and Lilly!

September 10 - Somerset Hills KC and Westchester KC

We had three Skyes entered in the Somerset Hills KC and the Westchester KC shows this past weekend. The entry both days was 0-1-1-2, consisting of our three as well as an additional bitch special. Our entry consisted of 9-month old Gleanntan First Lady of the Skyes - "Amelia" and two specials - GCH. Ch. Gleanntan Gaelforce - "Cooper" (owned by Travis Wright & Gleanntan) and Ch. Faire Skyes Magical Mystery Tour - "Edith Ann".

At the Somerset Hills KC show on Saturday, Best of Breed was awarded to GCH. Gleanntan Gaelforce - "Cooper" and he also made the cut in the terrier group in a deep field of terriers (total entry was 185).

The following day, at the Westchester KC show, GCH. Gleanntan Gaelforce - "Cooper" repeated as Best of Breed. Select Bitch went to Ch. Faire Skyes Magical Mystery Tour - "Edith Ann" for her first Grand Championship point.

August 20 - Skye Terrier Club of America Roving National Specialty - August 17, 18, 19

Maida and I have just returned from the 2012 Skye Terrier Club of America Roving National Specialty in Greeley, Colorado. The specialty was held on Friday with all-breed shows being held on Saturday and Sunday. The STCA supported Saturday's Skye entry and the Columbine Skye Terrier Club supported the entry on Sunday.

Although the Columbine club has hosted roving national specialties in the past, this was our first time participating. Roxan and Donna participated in the 1990s.

This year's specialty drew entries from Colorado, California, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Nebraska, Texas, Missouri, Tennessee and British Columbia, Canada.

Gleanntan's entry for the three shows consisted of GCH. Ch. Gleanntan Gaelforce - "Cooper" and 8-month old puppy Gleanntan Got Busy Bee! - "Emma". In addition, our friend, Beth Willis, had her Ch. Gleanntan Going' To Show-Me - "Harry" entered.

We flew out of Washington, DC late Wednesday evening and arrived in Denver early Thursday morning. Our friend in Soft Coated Wheatens, who lives in the DC area and in Denver, very graciously offered to help us pick up the Skyes from the cargo terminal and also with transportation to the hotel. What a lifesaver this turned out to be. By the time we arrived at our hotel in Greeley, it was about 3:30 a.m. Fortunately, we had an easy day on Thursday for the dogs to settle in before the shows.

The entry on Friday for the Roving National Specialty consisted of a total of 27 Skyes - 5-7 (8-3) 4 under Cairn Terrier breeder Lydia Coleman Hutchinson. Best of Breed was awarded to a veteran bitch who I have long admired. We were pleased that GCH. Gleanntan Gaelforce was awarded Select Dog and an Award of Merit.

Gleanntan Got Busy Bee! competed in the Sweepstakes and she was the only puppy under judge Deb Ridley. She was awarded Best Puppy in Sweepstakes and then competed in the regular classes. In the regular classes, Emma was Reserve Winners Bitch from the 6-9 month Puppy class with Winners (5-point major) going to the Bred by class winner.

On Saturday was the Greeley Kennel Club show with the Skye Terrier Club of America supporting the entry. The total entry was 20 Skyes - 4-7 (6-3) under judge Robert Black. Best of Breed was awarded to GCH. Gleanntan Gaelforce. Gleanntan Got Busy Bee! again was Reserve Winners Bitch to a 5-point major with Winners going to the Open class winner. Later in the day, Cooper went on to a Group 4 placement in a competitive group with a total terrier entry of 176.

At Sunday's Greeley Kennel Club show, the Skye entry was 22 - 5-7 (7-3) under judge Connie Clapp. This show was supported by the Columbine Skye Terrier Club. Best of Breed was again awarded to GCH. Gleanntan Gaelforce. Winners Bitch for a 5-point major from the 6-9 puppy class was awarded to Gleanntan Got Busy Bee! Later in the day, Cooper made the cut in the terrier group under judge Clay Coady.

Although the days at the shows were busy, Maida, Beth and I took some time on Saturday afternoon to drive a couple of hours west to Estes Park and the Rocky Mountain National Park. We drove in the park up to about 10,000 feet before heading back. A highlight was seeing a herd of elk moving at dusk.

The specialty dinner after the show on Friday was an enjoyable gathering that included a silent and live auction of Skye items. We also enjoyed a fun dinner with our friend in Bedlington Terriers from Pennsylvania.

I will add photos from the weekend soon.

Summary of awards for Cooper and Emma:

GCH. Ch. Gleanntan Gaelforce - "Cooper"
Select Dog - STCA Roving National Specialty - Friday
Best of Breed & Group 4 - Greeley KC/STCA Supported Entry - Saturday
Best of Breed - Greeley KC/CSTC Supported Entry - Sunday

Gleanntan Got Busy Bee - "Emma" (8 months of age)
Best Puppy in Match - Columbine Skye Terrier Club B Match - Thursday
Best Puppy in Sweepstakes - STCA Roving National Specialty - Friday
Reserve Winners Bitch (to a 5-point major) - STCA Roving National Specialty - Friday
Reserve Winners Bitch (to a 5-point major) - Greeley KC/STCA Supported Entry - Saturday
Winners Bitch (5-point major) - Greeley KC/CSTC Supported Entry - Sunday

August 10 - Eukanuba Breeder's Stakes video

August 6 - Skye Terrier Club of America Supported Entry shows - Canfield, Ohio

This year, we were only able to enter two of the four Steel Valley Cluster shows in Canfield, Ohio. The four shows were STCA Supported Entry shows. We had our Skyes entered in the Beaver County KC show on Saturday, August 4 and the Mahoning-Shenango KC show on Sunday, August 5. Our entry consisted of GCH. Ch. Gleanntan Gaelforce - "Cooper" and Gleanntan Got Busy Bee! - "Emma".

The total Skye entry on Saturday was 1-3-2-2 with the class male absent under judge Lawrence Stanbridge. Best of Breed was awarded to GCH. Ch. Gleanntan Gaelforce. Winners Bitch from the 6-9 Month Puppy class (2 pts.) was awarded to 7.5 month old Gleanntan Got Busy Bee!

The Skye entry on Sunday was 1-3-2-3 with one male special and one bitch special absent under judge Peter Green. Best of Breed was awarded to GCH. Ch. Gleanntan Gaelforce. Winners Bitch (2 pts.) again went to Gleanntan Got Busy Bee!

We (Michael, Maida and Roxan) again participated in the Eukanuba Breeder's Stakes after the regular show on Saturday. We competed for the first time last year and our Gleanntan Skyes earned a Terrier Group 2. Here is a description of the event from the event brochure: "The Eukanuba Breeder's Stakes is a group level competition for breeders and each breeder is required to enter three dogs from at least two different litters. The event provides an opportunity to evaluate the breeder's ability to consistently produce superior dogs of uniform type and conformation."

This year, we entered GCH. Ch. Gleanntan Glindathegoodwitch, Ch. Gleanntan Wonderful Wizard of Oz and Ch. Gleanntan Gale's Grace under judge Michael Kemp. We are very pleased that our team of Skyes was awarded Terrier Group 1.

July 29

Below are new photos of Ch. Gleanntan Goin' To Show-Me - "Harry" and Gleanntan Everybody Loves Lucy - "Lucy" from the shows a few weeks ago in Hamlin, New York.


Gleanntan Everybody Loves Lucy - "Lucy"
(Ch. Jay-Roy Railway American Anthem x Ch. Gleanntan Glorious Legacy)
Back-to-back 3-point majors at 6.5 months of age


Ch. Gleanntan Goin' To Show-Me - "Harry"
(Ch. Finnsky Gladiator x GCH. Ch. Gleanntan Glindathegoodwitch)
Owned and handled by: Beth Willis
At the Genesee Valley KC show on July 7, 2012, Harry earned BOB and a Group 3

July 15 - Shawnee KC shows

Maida and I were in Woodstock, Virginia this past weekend for the Shawnee KC shows. Our entry consisted of GCH. Ch. Gleanntan Gaelforce - "Cooper", Gleanntan First Lady of the Skyes - "Amelia" in the puppy class and Gleanntan Everybody Loves Lucy - "Lucy" in the Bred by Exhibitor class.

On Saturday, under judge Mary Lou Kniola, GCH. Ch. Gleanntan Gaelforce earned Best of Breed and a Group 3. Winners Bitch and Best of Opposite Sex from the BBE class went to Gleanntan Everybody Loves Lucy.

On Sunday, under judge John (Tom) Ward, GCH. Ch. Gleanntan Gaelforce repeated as Best of Breed and Winners Bitch and Best of Opposite Sex from the BBE class again went to Gleanntan Everybody Loves Lucy. Cooper made the cut in the group under judge Barbara Dempsey Alderman.

We took at new photo of Amelia and Emma:


7-month old Gleanntan First Lady of the Skyes - "Amelia"


7-month old Gleanntan Got Busy Bee! - "Emma"

July 9 - Genesee Valley KC shows

Maida and I were at the Genesee Valley KC shows in Hamlin, New York this past weekend. The total Skye entry on Saturday was 0-4-3-1 under judge Douglas Windsor.  The entry went up to 0-4-4-1 on Sunday under judge Sharol Candace Way.

Our entry consisted of GCH. Ch. Gleanntan Gaelforce - "Cooper" (Ch. Finnsky Gladiator x Ch. Gleanntan Givemebusybee!), Gleanntan First Lady of the Skyes - "Amelia" and Gleanntan Got Busy Bee! - "Emma" in the puppy class. We also had Gleanntan Everybody Loves Lucy - "Lucy" in the Bred by Exhibitor class. The three pups, Amelia, Emma and Lucy are from our December litter by Ch. Jay-Roy Railway American Anthem out of Ch. Gleanntan Glorious Legacy.  In addition, our friend, Beth Willis had her beautiful boy Ch. Gleanntan Goin' To Show-Me - "Harry" (Ch. Finnsky Gladiator x GCH. Ch. Gleanntan Glindathegoodwitch) entered.

On Saturday, Best of Breed was awarded to Ch. Gleanntan Goin' To Show-Me, proudly owner/handled by Beth Willis. Harry went on to earn a Group 3. Select Dog was awarded to Cooper. Winners Bitch (3 point major) was awarded to Gleanntan Everybody Loves Lucy from the Bred by class. Gleanntan Got Busy Bee! - "Emma" was Best Puppy and went on to compete in the puppy group. She showed well and earned a Group 2.

On Sunday, Best of Breed went to GCH. Ch. Gleanntan Gaelforce and Cooper went on to a Group 3 placement. Winners Bitch (3 point major) again was awarded to Gleanntan Everybody Loves Lucy from the Bred by class.

July 2 - Southern Maryland KC and Rock Creek KC shows

Maida and I were at the Southern Maryland KC and Rock Creek KC shows this past weekend. The shows were held at a new indoor site this year in Richmond, VA. The clubs made a good decision because the weather for these shows has often been very hot and humid. The indoor, multiple day clusters certainly have their advantages. This year, the high outdoor temperatures were over 100 degrees with severe thunderstorms in the evenings.

Our entry for the two shows consisted of GCH. Ch. Gleanntan Gaelforce - "Cooper" and three female pups from our December, 2011 litter. Gleanntan First Lady of the Skyes, Gleanntan Got Busy Bee! and Gleanntan Everybody Loves Lucy were in their first shows at just over 6 months of age. Also, Travis Wright had his girl, Gleanntan Laughter Through Tears - "Truvy" entered. The total entry was 0-4-2-0. We learned on Friday that the other male special Skye that Cooper would be competing against, Ch. Of Skyeline Captain Hook earned a nice Best in Show win on Friday.

On Saturday, at the Southern Maryland KC show under judge Peter J. Green, Winners Bitch and Best of Opposite Sex went to Gleanntan Laughter Through Tears. This gave Truvy a 3-point major and the final points for her AKC Championship. Best of Breed went to the previous day's Best in Show winner, Ch. Of Skyeline Captain Hook. Cooper showed beautifully and was the Select Dog.

On Sunday, at the Rock Creek KC show under judge Glenda Dawkins, Truvy was absent. Thus, Winners Bitch and Best of Opposite Sex went to Gleanntan First Lady of the Skyes - "Amelia". This gave Amelia her first two points towards her championship. Captain Hook repeated as BOB and he went on the win the terrier group. Cooper was again Select Dog.


New Ch. Gleanntan Laughter Through Tears - "Truvy"
(Ch. Finnsky Gladiator x GCH. Ch. Gleanntan Glindathegoodwitch)
Owned and handled by: Travis S. Wright
Truvy is the 12th American champion for her sire and the 7th American champion for her dam
She is the 108th champion for Gleanntan Kennels

July 2 - New International Championship title for Gleanntan The Goodbye Girl

Over the weekend, we received news from our friend, Trond Storsveen that his "Lilly" was shown at the Norwegian Kennel Club - Trondheim International Show on Sunday. Lilly was awarded CACIB and BOB which was the qualifying CACIB for her International Championship title under judge Per Kristian Andersen from Norway, a former breeder of Leonbergers and Norwich Terriers. Lilly is now INT NO SE DK CH NORDJW-10 DKW-11 NOW-11 Gleanntan The Goodbye Girl. Lilly is a sister of Truvy from the repeat breeding of Ch. Finnsky Gladiator x GCH. Ch. Gleanntan Glindathegoodwitch.

June 10 - Skyline Kennel Club shows

Maida and I have just returned from the Skyline Kennel Club shows in Fishersville, Virginia. We always enjoy attending these shows in the heart of the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. Our entry both days was GCH. Ch. Gleanntan Gaelforce - "Cooper" and Gleanntan Laughter Through Tears - "Truvy" both owned by Travis Wright. However, Truvy was absent. The total Skye entry was 2-1-1-0 both days.

On Saturday, Cooper earned Best of Breed and then went on to a Group 3 under judge Mary Jane Carberry. On Sunday, Cooper repeated as Best of Breed and he went on to a Group 4 under judge David Kirkland.

June 2 - Memorial Day Weekend Shows

Last weekend, Maida and I were at the Memorial Day Weekend shows in New Castle, PA. We were joined by Travis Wright for the shows and Roxan Rohrich joined us on Sunday. The Gleanntan entry consisted of GCH. Ch. Gleanntan Gaelforce - "Cooper" and Gleanntan Laughter Through Tears - "Truvy" both owned by Travis.

On Saturday, at the New Castle Kennel Club show, the Skye entry was 1-4-1-0 under judge Jon Cole. Best of Breed was awarded to Cooper. He later made the cut in the terrier group under judge Fred Bassett. Truvy went Reserve Winners Bitch handled by Travis.

Sunday was the Trumbull County KC. The entry was the same 1-4-1-0 under judge Mrs. Deedy Sorsenson. Best of Breed went to Cooper and Truvy again earned RWB.

On Sunday, at the New Castle KC show, the entry was 1-4-1-0 under judge Anne Katona. Best of Breed went to Cooper and Truvy again earned RWB. Cooper went on to earn a Terrier Group 4 under judge Katona.

May 20 - Mattaponi Kennel Club shows

This past weekend was the Mattaponi Kennel Club  shows in Manassas, Virginia. Our entry consisted of GCH. Ch. Gleanntan Gaelforce - "Cooper" and Gleanntan Laughter Through Tears - "Truvy" owned by Travis Wright. The Skey entry both days was 0-1-1-0. On Saturday, May 19, Cooper earned Best of Breed and Truvy was Best of Opposite Sex. On Sunday, May 20, Cooper repeated as Best of Breed and Truvy was absent.

We were able to get a new photo of 5-month old Amelia (Gleanntan First Lady of the Skyes) today.


Gleanntan First Lady of the Skyes - "Amelia"
(Ch. Jay-Roy Railway American Anthem x Ch. Gleanntan Glorious Legacy)
Age 5 months

May 20 - Cooper from the Garden State All Terrier Show


GCH. Ch. Gleanntan Gaelforce - "Cooper"
(Ch. Finnsky Gladiator x Ch. Gleanntan Givemebusybee!)
Best of Breed
Garden State All Terrier Club - May 4, 2012
Judge: Otto Krcal, Skyeomania Skyes, Austria

May 14

NO SE DK Ch. Gleanntan The Goodbye Girl - "Lilly" was shown at the Norwegian Kennel Club International Show in Kristiansand on May 13. Lilly was awarded CACIB, BOB and Group 3. The breed and group judge was Tiina Taulos, Finland (Canmoy Poodle fame). She wrote about Lilly: Long, low and level. Marvelous expression, Well set ears, Excellent body, Excellent coat texture, carries her tail well, Keeping her topline on the move.

Lilly was only beaten by the Kerry Blue which has a good chance of being Top Terrier this year, and among the Top Dogs (he was BIS at this show), and the top winning Cairn ever in Norway.

May 14


New Ch. Gleanntan Gottamakereservations - "Tara"

May 6

A new series of photos of the puppies stacked has been posted on the Clifford x Mackenzie puppy page.

May 6 - New photos of Cooper


GCH. Ch. Gleanntan Gaelforce - "Cooper"
Group 4 - Penn Treaty KC - April 29, 2012
Judge: Mr. Desmond Murphy


GCH. Ch. Gleanntan Gaelforce - "Cooper"
Group 3 - Wilmington  KC - April 28, 2012
Judge: Roz Kramer


Ch. Gleanntan Gaelforce - "Cooper"
Best of Breed - Potomac Skye Terrier Club Specialty - April 20, 2012
Judge: Ms. Lee Steeves, Canada

May 6 - Garden State All Terrier show and Bucks County KC show

We had Ch. Gleanntan Gaelforce - "Cooper" in the Garden State All Terrier show on Friday, May 4 and the Bucks County KC show on Saturday, May 5. The Skye entry at Garden State was 1-0-1-0 with the class male being absent. The judge was Skye Terrier breeder, Mr. Otto Krcal, from Austria.

On Saturday, at the Bucks County KC show, Cooper was the single Skye entered under judge Robert Black. Cooper earned BOB and showed nicely in the group under judge Mr. Kenneth McDermott.

May 3


Gleanntan Got Busy Bee! - Emma
on the move a couple of weeks ago - age 4 months

April 29 - First Outdoor Shows of the Year

Maida and I were at the Wilmington KC and Penn Treaty KC shows at the beautiful Lums Pond State Park in Bear, DE. Our entry consisted of Ch. Gleanntan Gaelforce - "Cooper" and Gleanntan Laughter Through Tears - "Truvy" owned by Travis Wright. On Saturday, April 28, at the Wilmington KC show, Cooper earned Best of Breed and then went on to a Group 3 placement under judge Roz Kramer. On Sunday, April 29, Cooper repeated as Best of Breed and then he went on to a Group 4 under judge Desmond Murphy. The total terrier entry both day was just over 120.

The weather was a bit chilly on Saturday but Sunday was just about perfect with bright skies and temps in the high 60s. We enjoyed visiting with our friends Judy Fatzinger and Karoyle Smith on Saturday. It was a treat to see Judy's Duffy who is littermate to Cooper and also her Gertie who is looking great at 10.5 years of age.

April 22 - New Champion Gleanntan Gottamakereservations!

On the same weekend as the Potomac Specialty, Carol Fink and Sally George had "Tara" - Gleanntan Gottamakereservations (Ch. Finnsky Gladiator x GCH. Ch. Gleanntan Glindathegoodwitch) entered in the Chief Solano Kennel Club shows in Vallejo, California. Tara earned Winners Bitch and this gave her the final point she needed for her AKC Championship.

April 22 - Potomac Skye Terrier Club Specialty Weekend

Maida, Roxan and I attended the Potomac Skye Terrier Club Specialty at the Columbia Terrier Association of Maryland show on Friday, April 20; the Old Dominion KC show on Saturday, April 21; and the Baltimore County KC show on Sunday, April 22. Our entry consisted of Ch. Gleanntan Gaelforce - "Cooper" and Gleanntan Laughter Through Tears - "Truvy" owned by Travis Wright.

On Friday, at the Potomac Skye Terrier Club Specialty, the entry was 2-2-1-0. Best of Breed was awarded to Cooper under judge Lee Steeves. On Saturday, at the Old Dominion KC show, the entry was 1-2-1-0. Cooper was awarded Best of Breed under judge Beth Sweigart. Truvy earned Winners Bitch/Best of Opposite Sex for a point. On Sunday, April 22, the entry was 2-2-1-0. Cooper repeated as Best of Breed and Truvy earned Winners Bitch/Best of Opposite Sex under judge Joe Purkhiser.

April 15

Maida and I were at the Harrisburg KC show and the Mason-Dixon KC show on April 14-15. Our entry consisted of Ch. Gleanntan Gaelforce - "Cooper" and Gleanntan Laughter Through Tears - "Truvy" owned by Travis Wright. On Saturday, Cooper earned Best of Breed and Truvy earned Best of Opposite Sex. Many thanks to Rachel Robertson who assisted us on this day by taking charge of our entries for the breed competition while we delivered one of our pups (Freddie) to his new owners. On Sunday, Cooper repeated as Best of Breed and Truvy was Best of Opposite Sex.

April 13

A new series of photos of the puppies stacked has been posted on the Clifford x Mackenzie puppy page.

April 9

Today, five pups from our December, 2011 litter, Jimmy, Freddie, Amelia, Lucy and Emma (Ch. Jay-Roy Railway American Anthem x Ch. Gleanntan Glorious Legacy), had their kidneys scanned at our vet who specializes in scanning litters of Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers and all other breeds. All of the pups passed the exam with normal kidneys.

April 3 - Western Pennsylvania Kennel Association shows

On March 31-April 1, Maida and I were at the Western Pennsylvania Kennel Association shows in Monroeville (just outside of Pittsburgh. The total Skye entry both days was 0-2-1-0. This included Ch. Gleanntan Gaelforce - "Cooper" and Gleanntan Laughter Through Tears - "Truvy" both owned by Travis Wright. On Saturday, under judge Ms. Carolyn A. Herbel, Truvy earned Winners Bitch and Best of Opposite Sex for a point. Cooper earned Best of Breed and made the cut in the group under group judge Mrs. Lenora M. Riddle. On Sunday, under judge Lenora Riddle, Truvy was Reserve Winners Bitch and Cooper repeated as Best of Breed. In the terrier group, Cooper again made the cut under group judge Carolyn Herbel.

We also brought the 5 remaining pups from our December, 2011 litter of 7 sired by Ch. Jay-Ray Railway American Anthem out of our Ch. Gleanntan Glorious Legacy. The 5 pups joining us were Jimmy, Freddie, Amelia, Lucy and Emma. The weekend provided excellent opportunities for socialization and a bit of lead training.

April 3 - New Brunswick KC and Bronx KC shows

On March 24-25, Maida and I were at the New Brunswick Kennel Club show and the Bronx Kennel Club show in Edison, New Jersey. The entry both days was 0-1-1-0 consisting of Ch. Gleanntan Gaelforce - "Cooper" and Gleanntan Laughter Through Tears - "Truvy". On Saturday, under judge Mrs. Betty-Anne Stenmark, Cooper earned Best of Breed and Truvy was Best of Opposite Sex. On Sunday, under judge Ms. Melinda L. Lyon, Cooper repeated as BOB and Truvy was BOS.

March 22

This week, Beth and Michael Willis visited to pick up their 14-week old puppy, "Purl" - Gleanntan Gracious Me! (Ch. Jay-Roy Railway American Anthem x Ch. Gleanntan Glorious Legacy). We had such an enjoyable few days getting know Beth and Michael. Beth and Michael also brought "Harry" - Ch. Gleanntan Goin' To Show-Me. Harry is maturing beautifully and Beth has him in beautiful condition. Harry was also a sweet older brother to Purl.


Michael with 14-week old, Gleanntan Gracious Me! - "Purl"
and Beth with Ch. Gleanntan Goin' To Show-Me - "Harry"

March 18

This past weekend, Travis Wright and I were at the Delaware County Kennel Club shows in York, Pennsylvania. The entry both days was 0-1-1-0 consisting of Ch. Gleanntan Gaelforce - "Cooper" and Gleanntan Laughter Through Tears - "Truvy". On Saturday, under judge Mr. James Ham, Cooper earned Best of Breed and Truvy was Best of Opposite Sex. On Sunday, under judge, Mr. Joe Walton, Cooper repeated as BOB and Truvy was BOS. 

March 13

This evening, Mike and Wendy from Centre Hall, PA came to pick up their 12-week old puppy from our Clifford x Mackenzie litter. Mike and Wendy first acquired a Gleanntan Skye named "Oliver" in February, 1998 when they travelled to Gettysburg to acquire their pup from Ben and Donna Dale. Ollie was from the 1997 litter of eight that was sired by Ch. Mariquita Flashxclusive - "Edi" out of Ch. Gleanntan Great Day O'Pataway - "Rachel". His littermates included Emily, Arnie, Peter, Marcus and Tommy who all made their mark in the show ring. Ollie passed away at nearly 14 years of age - he was the last survivor from that litter. Mike and Wendy's new addition, "Mick"  will join their other Gleanntan Skye named "Sophie" who is 10 years old.

March 13 - Read Across America 2012

On Friday, March 9, Maida and I visited a local elementary school as part of the National Read Across America Celebration. As we have done the past 7 years, we visited with our Skye Terriers and read a book relating to the Skye. For this year’s visit, we read “Henry the Explorer” to about 100 children comprising four 2nd grade classes (divided into two groups - two readings). This year we visited with Glinda (GCH. Ch. Gleanntan Glindathegoodwitch), Elphie (Ch. Gleanntan Defying Gravity) and 12-week old Amelia. After completing the book, we gave the children time for questions and then time to visit with the Skyes. (Photos: Maida Connor)

March 7 - Gettysburg College Pre-Vet Club - Presentation on Skye Terriers

This evening Maida and I gave a presentation on Skye Terriers to members of the Gettysburg College Pre-Vet Club. Our presentation highlighted the history of the breed as well as our experiences breeding, owning and showing Skye Terriers. We started with a one-hour presentation in one of the classrooms. We then went outdoors where the students had about 45 minutes of hands-on time with Glinda (GCH. Ch. Gleanntan Glindathegoodwitch) and one of the 12-week old male Clifford x Mackenzie puppies. Needless to say, the pup was a big hit with the students. The evening was great fun and such a good experience for this pup!


Photo: Maida Connor

March 5

Our first series of photos of the puppies stacked is now posted on the Clifford x Mackenzie puppy page. Big thanks to Maida Connor (photography) and Travis Wright (keeping the pups attention)!

March 5


Ch. Gleanntan Gaelforce - "Cooper"
Group 4 - Maryland Kennel Club - February 19, 2012
Judge: Mrs. Peggy Beisel-Mcilwaine
Cooper is owned by Dr. Travis S. Wright & Gleanntan
and breeder/owner handled by Michael Pesare, Gleanntan

February 29


Ch. Gleanntan Gaelforce - "Cooper"
Group 1 - Maryland Kennel Club - February 18, 2012
Judge: Mr. David A. Alexander
Cooper is owned by Dr. Travis S. Wright & Gleanntan
and breeder/owner handled by Michael Pesare, Gleanntan

February 27

Maida and I were at the Rockland County Kennel Club shows over the weekend. The Skye entry both days was 0-0-1-1 - Ch. Gleanntan Gaelforce - "Cooper" and GCH. Ch. Gleanntan Glindathegoodwitch - "Glinda". On Saturday, Mr. Frederick Dewsbury awarded Best of Breed to Cooper and on Sunday Mrs. Paula Hartinger awarded Best of Breed to Cooper.

February 19 - Cooper earns a Group 1 and Group 4 at the Maryland Kennel Club shows

Maida, Travis and I had an enjoyable weekend at the Maryland Kennel Club shows in West Friendship, Maryland. The Skye entry both days was 0-1-1-1 with one special bitch absent. On Saturday, Winners Bitch and Best of Opposite Sex was awarded to Travis Wright's Gleanntan Laughter Through Tears - "Truvy". Best of Breed was awarded to Ch. Gleanntan Gaelforce - "Cooper" owned by Travis Wright and Gleanntan. The breed judge was Mrs. Peggy Beisel-Mcilwaine. Cooper went on to take a Terrier Group 1 in an entry of 108 terriers under judge Mr. David A. Alexander. On Sunday, Cooper repeated his BOB win under judge David Alexander and then he went on to a Group 4 under group judge Peggy Beisel-Mcilwaine.


Ch. Gleanntan Gaelforce - "Cooper"
Group 1 - Maryland Kennel Club - February 18, 2012
Judge: Mr. David A. Alexander
Group 4 - Maryland Kennel Club - February 19, 2012
Judge: Mrs. Peggy Beisel-Mcilwaine
Cooper is owned by Dr. Travis S. Wright & Gleanntan
and breeder/owner handled by Michael Pesare, Gleanntan

February 12 - Garden State All Terrier Club Show

Although we are not entered at Westminster this year, we did have an entry in today's Garden State All Terrier Club show at the Meadowlands Expo Center in Secaucus, New Jersey. Our entry consisted of littermates Ch. Gleanntan Gaelforce - "Cooper" (pictured right) owned by Travis Wright and Ch. Gleanntan Gale's Grace - "Bailey" owned by Kate Kozeliski.The entry was 0-0-1-1. Best of Breed was awarded to Cooper and BOS was Bailey under judge Clay Cody.

Also over the weekend, Trond Storsveen had his "Lilly" - NO SE DK CH NORDJW-10 DKW-11 NOW-11 Gleanntan The Goodbye Girl in her first two shows of 2012 in Dal, Norway.

On Saturday, February 11 at the NBK National show, the judge was Bjoerg Foss, Norway (Xploring Whippets). Lilly was awarded CK (Champion quality) BOB and Group 4.

The judge's critique is as follows: Very nice bitch with excellent proportions. Well shaped and very feminine head. Correct ears. Sufficient length of and well placed neck. Long in ribs. Correct placed and carried tail. Moves well. Keeps topline well. Excellent coat quality.

On Sunday, February 12 at the NWCK National show, the judge was Britta Roos-Boerjesson, Sweden (Busheys Sealyham) and Lilly was awarded CK (Champion quality) BOB. She was also among the final 6 in the terrier group.

The judge's critique is as follows: Magnificent in type and presentation. Beautiful well shaped head. Shoulder placement quite good, but would prefer straighter front legs. Coat quality first class. Excellent hindquarters. Moves and shows well.

February 11

For those who are involved with the sport of purebred dogs, everyone’s attention is now turned to the awe-inspiring Westminster KC show in New York City. In the past decade, Gleanntan has had at least one entry in eight Westminster shows and Gleanntan's participation at Westminster goes back to the 1970s. Westminster holds many precious memories of beautiful dogs and fun time spent with friends. 

A singular highlight for me (Michael) was the Best of Breed win of our Ch. Gleanntan Gottalookatme – “Boz” at Westminster, 2008. To be in the group ring later that evening with a breeder/owner handled dog is a memory that I will long cherish. Roxan handled her beloved "BG" - Ch. Gleanntan T’Roc O’Gibraltar to Best of Breed fourteen years earlier, in 1994, under the late Dr. Josephine Deubler.
 
We are missing the Westminster Kennel Club show this year. Although our GCH. CH. Gleanntan Glindathegoodwitch – “Glinda” qualified for Westminster by finishing in the top 5 Skyes in the U.S. in 2011, we decided to retire Glinda from serious competition at the end of last year. Glinda had the distinction of earning Best of Opposite Sex at Westminster in 2010 and 2011 as her dam did in 2002.

 
For 2012, we are starting a new special, Ch. Gleanntan Gaelforce – “Cooper” and we hope that Cooper will earn the honor of competing at Westminster in February, 2013.
 
To all who are competing this year - in the breed rings and in Junior Showmanship - we wish you the very best of luck! 

January 30


Ch. Gleanntan Gaelforce - "Cooper"
Group 4 - Chesapeake KC of Maryland - January 15, 2012
Judge: Mrs. Karen C. Wilson
Cooper is owned by Dr. Travis S. Wright & Gleanntan

January 30

During the weekend of January 28-29, Gleanntan Gottamakereservations - "Tara" (Ch. Finnsky Gladiator x GCH. Ch. Gleanntan Glindathegoodwitch) was entered in the Golden Gate Kennel Club shows in Daly City, California. The entry on Saturday was 1-2-1-2. We were delighted that Tara went all the way to Best of Breed  on Saturday over 3 specials for a 3-point major. The judge was Miss Virginia L. Lyne. Tara needs just one point to complete her AKC championship. Tara is owned by Carol G. Fink and co-owned by Sally George & Gleanntan and shown by Sally George.

Also during the weekend of January 28-29, Beth Willis had Tara's littermate, Gleanntan Goin' To Show-Me - "Harry" in the two St. Charles MO KC shows. Harry was the single Skye entry and he earned Best of Breed both days.

During the weekend of January 21-22, we had Ch. Gleanntan Gaelforce - "Cooper" (Ch. Finnsky Gladiator x Ch. Gleanntan Givemebusybee!) entered in the Carroll KC show and the Annapolis KC show in West Friendship, Maryland. Cooper was the single Skye entry. On Saturday, he was Best of Breed under judge Robert Black and on Sunday he was Best of Breed under judge Kenneth Kauffman. Cooper is owned by Dr. Travis Wright & Gleanntan.

January 15 - Fredericksburg, Virginia shows

This past weekend we had Ch. Gleanntan Gaelforce - "Cooper" and Gleanntan Laughter Through Tears - "Truvy" entered in two of the Fredericksburg, Virginia shows. The entry both Saturday and Sunday was 0-1-1-0. Saturday's show was the Greater Fredericksburg KC. Cooper took Best of Breed and Truvy was Best of Opposite Sex under judge Ms. Denny Mounce. Sunday was the Chesapeake KC of Maryland's show. Cooper again took BOB and Truvy was BOS under judge Mrs. Karen C. Wilson.

We were delighted that Cooper went on to a Group 4 under Karen Wilson. We could not be happier to be in the company of a lovely final lineup that included a very typey new Norfolk, a BIS-winning Parson Russell Terrier and a BIS-winning Scottie.

Cooper is owned by Dr. Travis S. Wright and Gleanntan and Truvy is owned by Travis.

January 9 - A New Year Begins!

Roxan, Travis Wright and I were at the Rubber City Kennel Club shows in Tallmadge, Ohio this past weekend. Maida stayed home to keep an eye on our three-week old litter of pups. The total Skye entry was 0-1-2-0 with the class bitch being Gleanntan Laughter Through Tears - "Truvy" (Ch. Finnsky Gladiator x GCH. Ch. Gleanntan Glindathegoodwitch) owned by Travis Wright and one of the male specials being Ch. Gleanntan Gaelforce - "Cooper" (Ch. Finnsky Gladiator x Ch. Gleanntan Givemebusybee!) owned by Travis Wright & Gleanntan.

On Saturday, under judge James Ham, Cooper earned Best of Breed and he went on to make the cut in a well-represented terrier group. Truvy was Best of Opposite Sex.

On Sunday, under breeder/judge Dr. Richard Meen, Cooper again took Best of Breed and Truvy was Best of Opposite Sex.


Home