Saluki “Ponzi” Wins Best In Show At 2019 AKC National Owner-Handled Series Finals

Orlando, FL – The AKC National Owner-Handled Series (NOHS) Finals Best in Show honors went to GCHS CH Baha Pyramid Scheme BN JC NAJ BCAT CGC TKA, a Saluki known affectionately as “Ponzi” owned, handled and bred by Dr. Caroline Coile. The 2019 NOHS Finals Best in Show winner was crowned by judge Dr. Carmen L. Battaglia after intense canine competition at the AKC National Championship Presented by Royal Canin, held on December 14th and 15th, 2019.

“The AKC National Owner-Handled Series Finals is a wonderful celebration of the skill and dedication of each owner-handler,” said Heidi Spaeth, Manager, Dog Show Rules & Programs.  “We’d like to thank all of the competitors and congratulate all those who qualified. The competition was very exciting, and we’re thrilled to congratulate this year’s winner!”

The top ten owner-handled dogs (plus ties) in each breed from the 2019 qualifying period were invited to compete in the Finals, and the 791 competitors entered represented 199 different breeds/varieties. This year’s entry was the highest in the history of the competition.

Group Winners

After winning their Best of Breed competitions, the following top dogs went on to win in their respective groups and compete for AKC National Owner-Handled Series Best in Show:

Sporting: GCHB CH Rainsway & Cajun’s Reese’s Pieces, a Clumber Spaniel known as “Reese’s” owned and bred by Raina Moss, Darcy Moss, Peggy Holman and Milford Cole of Battle Ground, WA.

Hound: GCHS CH Baha Pyramid Scheme BN JC NAJ BCAT CGC TKA, a Saluki known as “Ponzi” owned and bred by Dr. Caroline Coile of Live Oak, FL.

Working: GCHP CH Torrid Zone Smoke From A Distant Fire BN RN CGCA CGCU TKN, a Portuguese Water Dog known as “Blaze” owned by Beth Mercier and Margaret De Fore of St. Marys, GA and bred by Margaret De Fore.

Terrier: GCH CH Rosemontgoodspice Ez Spellstrouble Onthe Freerange, a Sealyham Terrier known as “Maisie” owned by Barbara Monteleone of Sparta, NJ and bred by June Cohron D.V.M., Margery L. Good, and France Bergeron.

Toy: GCHG CH Pomhaven’s Chase The Dream, a Pomeranian known as “Chase” owned by Elias Mada of Heber, CA and bred by Colleen Beland.

Non-Sporting: GCHG CH Anana’s Rhinestone Cowboy FDC CA CGCA TKN, an American Eskimo Dog known as “Stetson” owned by Susan & Larry Caltrider and Stephanie Strunk of Clinton Township, MI and bred by Stephanie Paulsen, Kathleen Strunk, and Bonnie M. Hammond Brown.

Herding: CH Majestique N’The News, a Briard known as “Herald” owned by Delores Dement,  Madelyn Warcholik, and Jeffery Deaver of Jefferson, NC and bred by Madelyn Warcholik, Jeffery Deaver, and Lisa Sarvas.

Click here for photos of the AKC National Owner-Handled Series winners.

For full breed results, visit  Click here to learn more about the AKC National Owner-Handled Series Program.




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