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                GREAT LAKES HAVANESE
Respectfully submitted, Kathy Ambler, President of the Great Lakes Havanese Club and 2019 Regional Specialty Show Chair.
 On Friday the 5th of July, 2019 The Great Lakes Havanese Club hosted another great Havanese Club of America Regional Spe-
cialty. Our judge this year came all the way from Australia. John Russell Palmer. He was a great judge to show to, good with all our happy dogs, smil- ing at their antics and definitely en- joyed his assignment.
Sweeps were judged by Azalea Alva- rez, who drove all the way north from Florida with her husband! She then participated in ring side mentoring during breed judging and I feel she has a great grasp of the hallmarks of the breed. While sitting ringside she was even able to pick out dogs that were litter mates based on a couple similar traits in the dogs! I am anx- ious for her to be licensed to judge Ha- vanese, I think she will do great. She is a fair judge who will be judging the dogs and choosing who she feels best fit the standard on that day.
While our entry was smaller this year than usual, the quality was excellent. As a breeder, I was extremely proud of our entrants as there was not an exhibit in the ring that would not have been a great choice for the ribbons. It made the job of the judges that much harder! Ms. Alvarez chose Canadian Champion OldHavana’s Phoenix At Sandant (Fawkes) as her Best in Sweeps winner. Fawkes was bred by Myrna Mccallum and is owned and was shown by Linda Beasley. Best Op- posite was Yaya’s But I’m A Good Girl (Spicy) bred and owned by Bridgette
Callahan and Courtnie Matthew and shown by Barb Lamb. Best Veteran in Sweeps went to Bydand Rolling Thunder At Selah (Harley). He was bred by Bill and Diane Klumb and is owned by Lisa and Tony Hockin. Mi- chael Hockin did an awesome job in the ring showing for his parents!
Mr. Palmer then took his spot in the ring. For winner’s dog and Best Of Winners, he also found Fawkes, this time being shown by Doug Beasley. For reserve, Carney’s Dream Cruis- ing Woodward To Campbell Creek. Cruiser is owned by Jim and Sue Siver and was bred by Jacqui Carney. Win- ner’s Bitch went to OldHavana’s Awe- some Blossom (Betsy), bred, owned and shown by Myrna McCallum. Reserve was Bristolwood’s Winning Ride (Ryder), bred by Marcy Skirvin and shown by Sherrie Mahel.
Best Veteran in Breed, was Harley, shown by Michael Hockin.
Out of a lovely line up of both male and female specials, Mr. Palmer awarded Best of Breed to a beautiful girl bred by Connie Banitt, owned by Faye Skelton and Connie. CH Luv Bug’s Cassimere Summer Down Un- der (Sydney), was shown by Zachary Newton. Best Opposite was awarded to Winner’s Dog, Fawkes. Select dog went to the veteran dog Harley, and select bitch went to GCH Zona Ro- sa’s Traveling To Infinity (Whirly). Whirly is owned and bred by Maria Elena Pereira and Suzanne Peck, and was shown by David Stout. HUGE congratulations to all the winners
and breeders. As I said, the exhibits were fantastic this year and any one of them could have been the winner! On Friday evening the Great Lakes Havanese Club held their annual buffet and live auction at the Harbor Inn and Ale restaurant in Monroe, MI. Every year we look forward to this dinner and fun entertainment. The food is always fantastic and way more than we can eat! This year our auctioneer was Allison King who was assisted by Maishelle King. We had wonderful donated items, including everyone’s favorites, blankets and toys made by Denise Gregg!
Saturday the Great Lakes Havanese Club held its annual meeting and in- stallation of new officers and board members. President: Kathy Ambler Vice President: Susan Siver Treasur- er: Jacqui Carney Secretary: Denise Gregg Directors: Sherrie Mahel, Russ Gregg, Lisa Hockin.
We all hope that you will join us in 2020 in Monroe, Michigan on July 3rd. We have been told that our wel- come bags are the best people have ever received. We always have big ma- jors all weekend, the buffet on Friday is always fabulous and of course the people and dogs are AWESOME!! The Ann Arbor Kennel Club All Breed show on the weekend draws some of the biggest crowds across the nation. Beautiful show site and we have been lucky enough to always be inside in an air conditioned hall.
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