That bright light you see from the direction of British Columbia is likely from the smile on Tikki Smith's face. Her biggest day yet in the breed came from watching co-owner Marty Glover show her wonderful smooth boy, Ch Lasquite's Denver V Lucas to BEST OF BREED at the 2012 SBCA National in Utah under judge Donna Buxton. Normally such a win would be enough for any breeder but not for Tikki because she also took BEST OF WINNERS with her outstanding rough boy, Lasquite's Lorenzo V Orlando!

It definitely was "Tikki Time" at this year's show! (read more)

At the 1991 National, Am Can Ch Benbaron's Dippy Von Vippy won both the Sweepstakes and Best Puppy In Show. Here handler Don Osborne is showing Dippy under Judge Marcia Carter, while owner-breeder Toni Beninger looks proudly on. Dippy won the Sweepstakes under Carrol Terrio and his litter sister, Daffy, went BOS in Sweeps.

Dippy was sired by the Yondo son, Snowsage VIP, and his mother was the Yondo daughter, Ch Benbaron's Cuddles Von Yondo. 

The National Sweepstakes are always a lot of fun. It gives breeders the chance to show off their youngsters and sneak a peek at who the likely competition is going to be in the quest for future titles and honors. Brian had the honor of judging the 1993 Sweeps in Utah and Toni did it in 2007 in Ohio. We greatly appreciate being voted on by the membership to undertake this most pleasant task.

This is Ch Slaton's Juno Von Majewski winning BOS from the Veteran's Class under Judge Ken Nelson, handled by Myra Wallis. Juno was a star member of the famous Slaton "J" litter bred by Shirley Slaton Wolf, sired by Am Can Ch Benbaron's Yondo Von Gizer out of Am Ch Slaton's Harlow Jean.

We had seen Juno as a lanky teenager and thought that she was not quite as impressive as some of her littermates, like Jalna, Jacks, and Justin. So when we caught up with her years later to see her coming out of the Veterans Class, we were blown away. She was fantastic. She had that amazing body and moved around the ring like a youngster. What a wonderful win!

We never saw another power bitch quite like Juno until her half-sister Taboo arrived in the 2000's, thanks to frozen semen. Taboo went Best of Breed at the 2010 National under Judge Horst Vogel. 

In 2010, the Yondo daughter, Am Can Ch Benbaron's Taboo Of Yondo went Best Of Breed under Judge Horst Vogel. In his comments, Horst said that Taboo may have been the finest smooth bitch he ever judged. High praise indeed coming from Mr. Vogel who is not known, shall we say, for putting up bitches for Breed! This great honor was much appreciated by her handler, Marty Glover, her owners and her breeders. There have only been a few smooth bitches in history to win this show, including Ch Rude's High Jinks V Buster and Ch Cache Retreat On A Clear Day.

For us, it was the third time that a Benbaron dog won the National Best Of Breed. This is an exclusive club. The only kennels to have reached this plateau are Edleweiss in the 1950's, Sanctuary Woods in the 1970's, Opdyke in the 1990's, and Cache Retreat in the 2000's. Thanks to the magic of frozen semen, Benbaron has done it in the 2010's. Way to go Taboo!

In 1988 the St Bernard Club Of America celebrated the 100th Anniversary of its founding. It is one of the oldest breed clubs in the country. The National that year was held in Denver. Judge Terry Temple awarded Yondo Select and Best Stud Dog. He is handled here by the teenaged Robin Beninger. The smooth pup was Slaton's Jondo Von Yondo who went on to become a BIS dog in Japan. The rough bitch handled by Mike Brophy was Ch Echo's Kory Von Yondo-B who was top bitch in the country at that time. (Carrol Thom added the "B" to the names to avoid confusion with her pups from her breedings with Sanctuary Woods Yondo U Ole.)

The three Select awards that Yondo gathered have not been exceeded since.

Yondo was a great specialty winner and a great producer - a breeder's dream.

In 1987, the mud of St Louis was replaced by the freezing cold of New Jersey. By chance, Stan Zeilinski was the judge and he too found it hard to resist Yondo's charms. By this time, Yondo was a mature male at 200 pounds but he still liked to put the pedal to the metal when he went around the ring. For just the second time in history, a dog had won the Best Of Breed twice in a row. (Gerd v d Lueg Edleweiss had done it in 1951.) Yondo also collected his second Select Award.

Every breeder dreams of having a dog win the National once in a lifetime. To win it twice was a great honor and a tremendous thrill. 


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