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Here Kory was winning another specialty, this time under Judge Dwayne Peterson. Kory was owned by the Brophy's and bred by Carrol and Wally Thom. In fact, she and her brother Keets, were from Yondo's very first litter. Carrol added the "B" to their names to indicate "Benbaron" as opposed to the litters she had produced using Sanctuary Woods Yondo U Ole. Kory was the top female in the nation at that time (end of the 80's). Little did we know then that she would be followed by over twenty more Yondo champions.

Younice was a beautiful half-mask from the litter we co-bred with Stan and Joan Zielinski. They had a rough bitch, Stoan's White Lace N' Promises, with as nice a head as we had ever seen and we talked them into letting us bring her to Canada to breed to Yondo. There were six pups and we each took three. Younice and her taller sister, Yvonne, both finished quickly. The rough sister Yanda was Best Puppy at a National under Horst Vogel. Younice was the dam of the lovely Firenze who went Best Of Winners at the San Diego National in 1991. It was a great pleasure to collaborate with accomplished breeders like the Zielinski's through the years.

Ragtime was shown in Europe by his owner/breeder Brit Halverson of Norway and Belguim and by Joe Wolf when he was in America. We had the good fortune to see Ragtime take a tremendous group placement at the World Dog Show in 1998 in Helsinki, Finland. We think a show in America is big when it has 3,000 entries. The Helsinki show had 17,000!

Ragtime made an impression on us. He was a massive, powerful, balanced smooth who could move with authority. He was an honest dog with a winning personality. Over the years, Brit combined many good dogs from both European and American lines to get her very successful Bernegarden Saints. In turn, she also sent good Saints to many countries around the world. 

Hiding away on Lasqueti Island, Lorenzo is another fine male that the world has not seen... yet. Bred and owned by Tikki Smith, Lorenzo's sire was Orlando, BW at a National, and his dam was Benbaron's Uppercut Of Eddie. Uppercut was a solid smooth Yondo-granddaughter we sent to Tikki from our very successful U litter. We figured she would be a good producer for Tikki and Lorenzo proved the point. We love the topline on this dog - so solid. And one would expect him to have a superior head going back to both Orlando and Eddie. 

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This poor quality photo of Bullseye will have to do for now. Bullseye, a smooth son of Sanctuary Woods Yondo U Ole, was sent in 1976 from his home state of California to Jane Lemieux in Ohio. He finished with a BIS from the classes! He took Best Of Breed at the 1977 National. In October 1977, Myra Wallis, Liberty kennels bought co-ownership in Bullseye. His last ring appearance was July 16, 1978 where he took Group 1 at the Grand River show. The 70's were our first decade in the breed and we didn't see too many good smooth specimens like Bullseye in our part of the world in those days. He made an impression on us. We hoped to breed one of our girls to him, but unfortunately it was not to be. We still love the nice clean outline and balance of this big dog today. Such a handsome package!

Here Tikki Smith is showing her big boy, Orlando, to Best Of Winners under Judge Stan Zielinski at the 2006 National. Orlando is a grandson of Ch Benbaron's Knight O'Iceman. He was a great stud for Tikki and we also used him with Benbaron's Upbeat Of Eddie. Windward's Hope Of Benbaron was one of the fine ladies from that breeding. Then we bred Hope in turn back to Yondo to get the second X litter (Xulu, Xavier, etc.). 

It has always been a source of great satiisfaction to us when other breeders use our bloodline and find success in turn. We have always tried to mentor new breeders and Tikki has been such an example. We give her full marks for taking dogs and advice from a number of established breeders and blending it all into her own very successful LASQUITE St Bernards.

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