by Henry Ballester
On Saturday, July 21, 2001, ASDI held this years National Specialty at the Boulder Fairgrounds in Longmont, Colorado. Nestled in a scenic valley a mile high beneath the magnificent Rocky Mountain State park's 11, 760 foot Mt. Estes, this snow capped vista offered a visibly spectacular memory.
A small but spirited group of participants arrived with their Anatolian Shepherd entrants coming from a variety of locations around our country including Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Florida and of course, Colorado.
The ASDI National Specialty was judged by Judge Sonja Ostrom and won by GR CH Huzur's Cesaret (Josie), shown by Holly Ballester and owned by Holly Ballester and Betty Hayward. Congratulations to Josie, who has also been UKC's Number One Top Ten Show Dog for 3 years in a row.
The day before the Specialty, the High Plains Dog Club hosted 2 UKC shows. The first Anatolian Best of Breed judged by Judge Frances Geiger was awarded to very handsome M.A.Tuhaf Savasci, shown by Randy Stickney and owned by Donna and Randy Stickney.
At the Specialty show, the following placements were given by Judge Sonja Ostrom:
- BEST MALE: M.A. Tuhaf Savasci owned by Donna and Randy Stickney
- BEST FEMALE & BEST OF WINNERS: Sakandar's Tokla owned by Randy and Donna Stickney
- GRAND CH & BEST OF BREED: GR CH Huzur's Cesaret owned by Holly Ballester and Betty Hayward
- OBEDIENCE HIGHEST SCORE: Shahbazin Bryga owned by Pam Kernan
- BEST JUNIOR HANDLER: Courtney Sheldon with Ballester's Akira
- BEST MALE ALTERED: Ballester's Emir
- BEST FEMALE ALTERED & BEST OF BREED ALTERED: Sakandar's Kasha owned by Ron and Karen Massa
- BEST VETERAN: Fox Meadow's Sihri Hanim owned by Donna and Randy Stickney
- STUD DOG: Salad Fork Augie owned by Ron and Karen Massa
- BROOD BITCH: GR CH Huzur's Cesaret owned by Holly Ballester and Betty Hayward
BEST OF BREED:
GR CH Huzur's Cesaret
Holly Ballester and
BEST OF WINNERS:
A highlight of the weekend was watching ASDI's 2 lovely Junior Handlers showing off their beautiful dogs. First place went to a very professional Courtney Sheldon with her dog Megan and second place went to Alisha Stickney with Sihri. This was Alisha's first time in the ring and she did a super job. Congratulations to both girls!
A final note: a couple of things were learned at this year's Specialty.
- Ron Massa learned that when it comes to seating, a regular lawn chair beats an ice filled styrofoam chest very time - water, water everywhere!
- Henry and Holly Ballester learned that the battery of a new digital camera does need a charge the night before thank you Penny and, or Sheila for coming to the rescue!
- Suzy Bettinger learned that when you follow somebody to a restaurant, you'd better bring a map just in case!
Special thanks to our wonderful judge, Sonja Ostrom and to Karen Massa and Holly Ballester who put the show together. And thanks to all the Anatolian owners who brought their magnificent dogs (pintos, fawns, reds short coat, long coat - all were represented) and to all those future owners who came to inquire and learn about the breed.
INDOORS at the Boulder Fairgrounds
(indoors and air-conditioned)
9595 Nelson Road, Longmont, Colorado
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