SAINT LAZAR TOY MANCHESTER TERRIERS
SAINT LAZAR'S TOPAZ
BEST IN SHOW FROM THE PUPPY CLASS AT AGE 9 MONTHS!
Another Gene Caron masterpiece montage!
BISS Ch. Saint Lazar's Topaz - Best In Show at the tender age of 9 months, a feat never accomplished by a Toy Manchester Terrier. Topaz was entered and mentored by our friend Patricia Hall of Warminster, PA. This win would not have happened without Pat's keen interest in Topaz, and Wanda & Charlie are deeply appreciative. Topaz was presented in the ring by Marcelo Chargas, shown above. Topaz defeated several BIS dogs including a Pekinese that 3 weeks previously had taken BIS's 3 weekends straight, including one over 2400 dogs in Perry, GA. She defeated 6 dogs ranked in the top ten of their breed, 2 of them being ranked #1. We are grateful to Judge Sharon Newcomb who has applied herself so diligently to learning the Manchester Terrier Bred Standard, a dedication to excellence rarely seen in Judges today. Judge Newcomb recognized Topaz's Line Bred excellence and Judged her from the Puppy Class all the way to Best In Show. Thank you LORD JESUS for this wonderful girl! (In answer to the many questions, she is a "London Blue" Topaz)
Wow, it was a super weekend, a Best In Show win the like of which has never happened, a TMT puppy whipping nationally ranked Toys, Best in Show Dogs at that. These kind of wins are exceeding rare in the "business" of dog showing. So many Judges have come up through the Professional Handler ranks, and believe me they know who owns, and who shows the dogs they judge, and they place them accordingly. But then there is the rare individual like Sharon Newcomb who knows the breeds she is authorized to Judge, knowledge that is much greater in depth than that meager amount the AKC requires. She puts up the dog, not the owner or handler. Charlie showed under her at the Atlanta KC a couple of years back and she gave Raisinette a big win. The next day she approached Wanda and I and asked us to critique her Judging. We had a very pleasant conversation and we were very careful to objectively represent the Manchester Breed Standard. We have subsequently learned how respected Judge Newcomb is in dog circles. Wouldn't it be fun to show under more Judges like that. 25 years ago that was the norm. Topaz is likely to take some more nice wins, but we are not naive enough to think that an "unadvertised" TMT will set the woods on fire. On the other hand the LORD has a nifty sense of humor, maybe he will jolt again those detractors who are presently "eating cake". Thanks again Pat Hall!
NOW FOR THE REST OF THE STORY - In early May 2009, David Fitzpatrick handled a fine Pekinese to a BIS in Perry, GA. This was the Peke's 3rd BIS in three weeks. There were about 2400 dogs defeated by the Peke in Perry. I met David at ringside and watched him show the Peke to BOB and got to meet his Alabama owner. David then took Topaz from me and transported her to Pat Hall in Pennsylvania for her visit and mentorship under Pat. David reportedly said after taking a 2nd Place in the Toy Group behind Topaz in her first entry under Pat's mentorship, "I'm not bringing any more Saint Lazar dogs north". David is a fine Handler and we appreciate his graciousness and kindness.
Topaz was entered in the AMTC National Specialty Show in Oklahoma City, OK June 25, 2009, where she won the Sweepstakes as Best Toy. She then went on with Mentor Patricia Hall handling her to take the immensely prestigious Best of Winners, again from the Puppy Class under Judge James Reynolds. She is every bit the equal of our Kassandra of the early 80's in ring presence. Kassandra had 13 Best In Shows, but Judges knew the breed then, which is a rarity now. Topaz is an AKC Champion as of June 25, 2009.
THANK YOU PATRICIA HALL!
BISS CH. Saint Lazar's Topaz, the only Manchester Terrier Puppy, Toy or Standard, to win a Best in Show, is shown above competing in the Toy Group ring at Trenton, NJ. We have said elsewhere on this web site, and on the TOPAZ page, that we could not be more pleased than we are with the guidance co-owner Patricia Hall of Warminster has provided for this super fine example of a quality Toy Manchester Terrier Bitch. If you want to read the "Official" breed description here, you will easily see that Topaz is about as close to perfection as is going to happen. Topaz is not the result of a "lucky" pairing of a male and a female, but through carefully planned breeding and over 40 years of Manchester experience. We are expecting pups in October and if you want the best, not the most expensive, but the best companion Toy Manchester possible, please give us a call at (706) 468-0220. Info also available on our pups for sale page.
A fine montage by our good friend - Gene Caron
NOTE: THE MAGNITUDE OF TOPAZ'S WIN IS SIMPLY STAGGERING FOR ANY TOY MANCHESTER TERRIER, MUCH LESS A PUPPY. HER FEAT HAS NEVER BEEN ACCOMPLISHED BY ANY TMT. BASED ON STATISTICS PROVIDED BY OUR DEAR FRIEND, GENE CARON, MONTAGE MASTER EXTRAORDINAIRE, TOPAZ DEFEATED 22 BREEDS INCLUDING 15 CHAMPIONS OF RECORD. SIX OF THESE ARE RANKED IN THE TOP TEN OF THEIR BREED, AND TWO ARE RANKED #1 IN THEIR BREED. MY GRACIOUS LORD YOU ARE GOOD! I SERIOUSLY DOUBT JUDGE NEWCOMB WILL EVER GET ANOTHER JUDGING ASSIGNMENT (JOKE). IF THIS DOESN'T SPEAK TO TOPAZ'S QUALITY AND THE EFFICACY OF PLANNED BREEDING, THEN I GUESS THE WORLD REALLY IS FLAT.
Topaz and Pat Hall shortly after her stupendous win in NJ. A nice cell phone photo sent by Pat.
BLOOD WILL TELL
Topaz's Sire is an AMTC Stud Dog of the Year, Ch. Saint Lazar's Strikes Back SDY COM (Striker), her Dam is Ch. Saint Lazar's Diamond Lil AOM, an Award Of Merit winner, who is from a litter of all Champions. Her Grandmother is Ch. Saint Lazar's Jade MCOM a multiple Certificate Of Merit winner for consistently producing Champions, and her Grandfather, Ch. Saint Lazar's Lance HOF SDY COM is an AMTC Hall of Fame member, Stud Dog of the Year, and a Certificate of Merit winner. Her Great-Grandsire is Ch. Saint Lazar's Klay HOF SDY SMSDY, the greatest Toy Manchester stud dog ever, is a Hall of Fame member, Stud Dog of the Year, Sire Of Multiple Stud Dogs of the Year, and another Great-Grandsire is Ch. Saint Lazar's Ace Ventura SDY SSDY, a Stud Dog of the Year, and a Sire of Stud Dog of the Year. We can go on further back, but it's more of the same. This is why her quality and "ring presence" should be no surprise. She is a result of "Planned Breeding", there is no guesswork in her lineage. This is why Saint Lazar is frequently maligned by those who simply can't produce anywhere near the consistent quality of this fine little gal.
Topaz's mother - Ch. Saint Lazar's Diamond Lil AOM- As fine as they get!
Topaz Sire - Ch. Saint Lazar Strikes Back HOF SDY MCOM
Topaz pictured on March 12, 2009 at age 7 months. She is already showing her "presence" and form.
A Topaz photo from March 11th, the day before the one above this image. This is the way she looks at every Judge!
Photo by Gene Caron
Charlie showing Topaz in Perry, GA just before David took her and transported her to Pat in Warminster, PA. I could not have asked for better from this outstanding little gal!
Excellent montage by Gene Caron
The "Fabulous" five are from Topaz's mother, Ch. Saint Lazar's Diamond Lil AOM, and they are half brothers and sisters since Ch. Saint Lazar's Alexandrite was the sire of this litter. You can very easily see the results of line breeding, that is "planned breeding". We have the two boys, Errol Flynn and Fletcher Christian, and the gal on the right, Gracie O'Malley. The girl in the forefront went to a home that already had a Saint Lazar girl and had to have another, and Tiara, 2nd from right, is with Patricai Hall and should do very, very well when she makes her debut. I say it again because this is where the consistency comes from, "Planned Breeding", under the guidance of the LORD JESUS.
Ch. Saint Lazar's
Alexandrite - Take a look at this magnificent head, and then look at the
"Fabulous Five" above. Heh, Heh!