I am still overwhelmed by the results of the Land of Lincoln Chihuahua specialty in Lincoln, IL on June 29 and 30! Saturday, under respected Breeder/Judge Mrs. Terri Lyddon, Wyatt was awarded 1st in the Bred-By class (of 7) ...which blew my mind! My goal was to bring home a ribbon from that class at all! But that was just the tip of the iceberg. He went on to be awarded Winner's Dog, for a FIVE POINT MAJOR!!! I was absolutely floored. But it didn't stop there. He was then awarded Best of Winners... which is an amazing feat at a specialty with some of the top breeders in the country in attendance. I was beside myself, as I respect the people I was showing against more than I can express. BUT THEN... just when I couldn't smile more, he was awarded Best Longcoat Bred-by Exhibitor, and BEST BRED BY EXHIBITOR IN SPECIALTY SHOW! For me, words cannot express how touched, honored, and blessed I am by this award. To have a dog who is my first bred-by, that means so very much to me recognized in such a way, is breathtaking. Not only that, but the Best Smoothcoat Bred-by Exhibitor that he beat for the title was the Best of Variety Smoothcoat, who is a Canadian Multi BIS bitch, who I happen to feel is a very very beautiful chihuahua. I was shockingly composed... until I found out that Wyatt's registered name, with my kennel name, will be engraved on the Gill and Edith Sykes Bred-By trophy held by the Land of Lincoln Chihuahua Club. That was it for me. I cannot thank everyone enough who made this possible. Club members, all who organized and helped with the show, Judge Terri Lyddon, my mentors, friends, supporters, all who have helped me get to this point! I appreciate you so sincerely. On Sunday Judge Mrs. Marjorie Underwood awarded Wyatt 4th (of 8) in Bred-By... Still a great win! I will be glowing from this year's Land of Lincoln Chi Specialty for a while to come!
-A very Blessed Andrea :)