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Three Double Lightning Strikes for Welsh Terriers at Montgomery County Kennel Club

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138 – March, 2020

By Denise Yates

On October 6, 2019, GCh. Ch. Brightluck Money Talks, “Dazzle,” owned by Keith Bailey (Bayleigh) and Janet McBrien (Brightluck), and presented by Tracy Szaras, won Best of Breed under the distinguished terrier judge Mr. Clay Coady, and continued on to win Best in Show under the esteemed breeder judge Mr. David Kirkland. With GCh. Ch. Abbeyrose Captain Jack, “Captain Jack,” winning BIS in 2018, it was consecutive years win for Welsh Terriers at the prestigious Montgomery County Kennel Club—the greatest terrier show in the world.

Many thought, what a marvelous highpoint for our rare breed. Upon further study, amazingly, the feat has happened three times in Welsh Terrier history (only two other terrier breeds have done it twice: the Scottish Terrier and Wire Fox Terrier).

The first time a Welsh Terrier won BIS at Montgomery was in 1952, and again in 1953 by the same dog—Ch. Toplight Template of Twin Ponds, “Template”—owned by Mrs. Edward P. (Ernestine) Alker (Twin Ponds). In fact, “Template” was the first of any terrier breed to win back-to-back BIS at MCKC, established in 1929. He won the Welsh Terrier Club of America Grand Challenge Cup in 1951 and 1954.

Lightning struck again in 1962 and 1963, when Mrs. Alker’s Ch. Caradoc Llwyd of St. Aubrey and her Dewi of St. Aubrey went back-to-back BIS at MCKC. This was the second time a Welsh Terrier beat all other terriers in consecutive wins at Montgomery. The following two years, the Scottish Terrier took the honor.

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