Cocker Spaniel “striker” Wins Best In Show At Largest Ever AKC National Championship Presented By Royal Canin

Cocker Spaniel “striker” Wins Best In Show At Largest Ever AKC National Championship Presented By Royal Canin

National Champion Beats Dogs from 50 States and 44 Countries

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ORLANDO, Fla., Dec. 17, 2017 /PRNewswire/ – GCHP CH Silverhall Strike Force, an ASCOB Cocker Spaniel known as “Striker” triumphed over nearly 5,000 dogs to earn a $50,000 cash prize, a paw print pendant arrayed in sparking round diamonds from KAY® Jewelers’ “LOVE is a four legged word collection” and the title of Best in Show at the AKC National Championship presented by Royal Canin, held this weekend in Orlando, Fla. “Striker,” owned by Regina Beinhauer & Carolee Douglas of Venetia, Pennsylvania and bred by Wilson S. Pike and Bonnie S. Pike was crowned “National Champion” by Best in Show judge Mr. Roger R. Hartinger after a weekend of intense canine competition.

Combined with other weekend events including the AKC Agility Invitational, the AKC Obedience Classic, the inaugural AKC Royal Canin National All-Breed Puppy and Junior Stakes and the Junior events, the overall show totals topped 8,600 entries, making this the largest dog event in North America.

The AKC National Championship evening live stream is available for replay at www.akc.org and live.royalcanin.com alongside on-demand coverage of the Bred-By Exhibitor groups, Junior Showmanship Finals, Best Miscellaneous, Agility and Obedience competitions. The show will be televised on Animal Planet on January 1, 2018 7PM ET/PT with a re-airing at 11PM ET.

The winners:

Reserve Best in Show and Group Winners

Reserve Best in Show: GCHG CH Le Petit Prince de La Bete, a French Bulldog known as “Princeton,” owned by Alexandra Geremia and Blake Hamman and Peter Photos of Santa Barbara, California and bred by Peter Photos and Blake Hamman.

After winning Best of Breed competitions the following top dogs went on to win in their respective groups and compete for Best in Show:

Sporting: GCHP CH Silverhall Strike Force, an ASCOB Cocker Spaniel known as “Striker,” owned by Regina Beinhauer & Carolee Douglas of Venetia, Pennsylvania and bred by Wilson S. Pike and Bonnie S. Pike.

Hound: GCHB CH Pahlavi Marilyn Merlot, an Afghan Hound known as “Chelsea,” owned by Dr. Patrick Truman & Jeff Bracken & Karen Wagner of Damascus, Maryland and bred by Karen Wagner and Ellen C. Klosson.

Working: GCHG CH Taolanquest Flying Cloud, an Alaskan Malamute known as “Cloud,” owned by Alisa Syar and Laurie Newburn and Ron Pohl and Mike Stone of Granite Bay, California and bred by Laurie Newburn and Ron Pohl.

Terrier: GCHG CH Absolutely Signature, a Smooth Fox Terrier known as “Bradley,” owned by JW Smith and Dana Gabel of North Collins, New York and bred by James W. Smith and Dana Shumacher.

Toy: GCHG CH Pequest Pickwick, a Pekingese known as “Chuck,” owned by David Fitzpatrick and Nancy H. Shapland of East Berlin, Pennsylvania and bred by David Fitzpatrick.

Non-Sporting: GCHG CH Le Petit Prince de La Bete, a French Bulldog known as “Princeton,” owned by Alexandra Geremia and Blake Hamman and Peter Photos of Santa Barbara, California and bred by Peter Photos and Blake Hamman.

Herding: GCHS CH Cordmaker Mister Blue Sky, a Puli known as “Preston,” owned by Ellen Charles and J. Beaudoin and L. Pitts and S. Huebner of Washington D.C. and bred by Sue Huebner.

Other top dogs awarded during the two-day event included the following:

Best Bred-By-Exhibitor in Show

GCHS CH Wingfield N Chebaco Just So You Know, an English Setter known as “Langdon,” owned by Don and Pat Coller and Eileen Hackett of Bloomington, Indiana was awarded Best Bred-By-Exhibitor in Show.

AKC Royal Canin National All-Breed Junior of the Year

GCH CH Unity’s Maid an Entrance CGC, a Weimaraner known as “Gali” owned by Michelle Hunter and Gregory McLogan and Amy L. Tourond of Springfield, Missouri and bred by Gregory McLogan, Vicki Ruiz and Amy L. Tourand won Junior of the Year.

AKC National Owner-Handled Series Finals Best in Show

GCHS CH Wigglesworth Aberlour’s Pyt CGC, a Bearded Collie known as “Ellee” owned by Sharon Ipser and Dawn Mieras of Chagrin Falls, Ohio and bred by Dawn Symes Mieras, Shannon Symes and Sharon Ipser won the AKC National Owner-Handled Series (NOHS) Finals Best in Show, prevailing over an invitation-only entry of 705 dogs.

Best in Miscellaneous Group

Chucarin Bravoure Blanche, a Dogo Argentino known as “Ray,” owned by Martin Bellavitis and Carlos Bellavitis of Buenos Aires, Argentina and bred by Carlos Bellavitis won the Miscellaneous Breeds competition.

Junior Showmanship

In the Junior Showmanship competition, for handlers from between 9 to 18 years of age, Erin LaPlante with her Doberman Pinscher GCH CH Fayek I’ll Have Another was awarded the coveted title of Best Junior Handler, along with a $2,000 scholarship.

Agility and Obedience Competitions

The 2017 AKC Obedience Classic and the AKC Agility Invitational were held in conjunction with the AKC National Championship. The two events demonstrate the highest level of training and teamwork between dog and handler. Obedience and agility competitions for junior handlers were held for the seventh year, and an AKC Rally® Junior competition was held for the fourth year.

AKC
Obedience Classic

Four obedience dogs and their owners – one dog/handler team in each of the four classes – were crowned at the AKC Obedience Classic, which brought together 235 dogs from across the country and beyond.  

Placing first in their class (Novice, Open, Utility and Masters respectively) were:

  • Novice: Loteki Tropical Heat Wave CD BN RN, a Papillon known as “Josie,” owned by Jeannine Rash of Red Lion, Pennsylvania.
  • Open: MACH Keeva’s One More For The Road CDX BN RA MXC MJG XF T2B, a Border Collie known as “Jax,” owned by Judy Ramsey of Spring, Texas.
  • Utility: CH Pin Oak Mar-Gin Orient Star UD BN RA, an Irish Setter known as “Grisha,” owned by Nancy Godbey and Jimmie Godbey of Greer, South Carolina.
  • Masters: OTCH Rhumbline’s All Or Nothing UDX2 OM4, a Labrador Retriever known as “Zeal,” owned by Petra Ford of Washington, New Jersey.

AKC Juniors Obedience/Rally Classic

Juniors who participated in the AKC Juniors Classic competed in Obedience and/or AKC Rally®

In Obedience, Juniors competed in the Beginner Novice, Preferred Novice and Preferred Open classes twice, based on their AKC obedience accomplishments.

Placing first in their class were:

Obedience

  • Beginner Novice: Burlynne Mejeris, “Woody”, Australian Shepherd
  • Preferred Novice: David Frasca, “Bling”, Border Collie
  • Preferred Open: Avery Adams, Spark, Border Collie

In AKC Rally®, Juniors competed in Rally Novice, Rally Advanced or Rally Excellent, based on the dog’s class eligibility (qualifying scores and/or titles earned). 

Placing first in their class were:

Rally

  • Rally Novice: Jesse Thompson, “Mabel”, Australian Cattle Dog
  • Rally Advanced: Abigail Stark, “Fuji”, Shetland Sheepdog
  • Rally Excellent: Avery Adams, “Spark”, Border Collie

AKC Agility Invitational

Five agility dogs and their owners – one dog/handler team in each of the five height categories – were crowned as the 2017 winners of the AKC Agility Invitational, which brought together 716 dogs from across the country and beyond.  

Placing first in their height division (8″, 12″, 16″, 20″ and 24″ respectively) were:

  • 8″ – NAC MACH9 Aerilee’s Like Never Before MXC2 PAD MJC2 XF T2B2, a Papillon known as “When,” handled by Betsey Lynch.
  • 12″ – Bur-Way Ready Set Go MX MXJ MJB, an American Hairless Terrier known as “Game,” handled by Suzanne Birdsall.
  • 16″ – MACH6 PACH Swansong’s Pretty Brilliant RN MXG2 MJS2 MXP3 MXPB MJP3 MJPB PAX MXF TQX T2B5, an Australian Cattle Dog known as “Kylie,” handled by Anne Swan.
  • 20″ – MACH4 Sagehill Spot On MXG PAD MJC PJD MXF TQX T2B3, a Border Collie known as “Graphite,” handled by Paulen-Renee Simpson.
  • 24″ – MACH2 Pm’s Grayquest Wild Blue Yonder CD JH MXG MJC OF T2B, a Weimaraner known as “Jif,” handled by Lori Barbee.

AKC Juniors Agility Competition

Juniors who participated in the AKC Juniors Agility Competition competed in either the Junior Excellent (at least 14 years old but under 19 years old) or Superior Classes (under the age of 14).

Placing first in their height division (8″, 12″, 16″, 20″ and 24″ respectively) in the Junior Excellent class were:

  • 8″- Kayangee Wishing Well Excuse My Dust (Zoom), a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel handled by Anthony Rotelle
  • 12″- MACH Blue Shadow On The Lake MXB MJB NF CGC TKP (Shadow), a Shetland Sheepdog handled by Morgan Vance
  • 16″- MACH Wyndspell Fireworks MX MXJ CDX RAE TKA (Spark), a Border Collie handled by Avery Adams
  • 20″- Dahle’s TNT Watch Me Explode!! NA OAJ XF (Bama), a Border Collie handled by Anneka Mikel Dahle
  • 24″- MACH Smokingold Vibrant Spark UD RE VER MX MXJ (Vibrant), a Golden Retriever handled by Avery Adams

Placing first in their height division (8″, 12″, 16″, 20″ and 24″ respectively) in the Junior Superior class were:

  • 8″- MACH6 Razi MXS2 MJG2 MFB TQX T2B CGCA (Razi), a Russell Terrier handled by Briana Sterling
  • 12″- MACH4 Rhapsody’s Enchanting Monster MXC MJC (Sulley), a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel handled by Carly Kreiser
  • 16″- Liberty Hill Emit A Spark CGC OA OAJ RN (Flint), a Border Collie handled by Ryan Ford
  • 20″- Rival’s Spring Into Action (Tig), a Border Collie handled by Kai Macauley
  • 24″- MACH2 Grandbois’ Duke MXG MJG XF T2B2 (Duke), a Boxer handled by Ella Lovasco

North America Diving Dogs/AKC National Championship.

A record entry of more than 630 dogs entered the NADD/AKC National Championship.

The Championship winners include:

  • Open Class Elite Division: Ringo, an Australian Cattle Dog owned by Ashley Crowden (Score: 28′ 10″)
  • Open Class Master Division: Django, a Belgian Malinois owned by Maynard Pease (Score: 24′ 10″)
  • Open Class Senior Division: Yeti, a Labrador Retriever owned by Kara Roth (Score: 21′ 3″)
  • Open Class Junior Division: Ember, a Flat-Coated Retriever owned by Renee Sainato (Score: 16′ 3″)
  • Open Class Novice Division: Chris, an All-American Dog owned by Georganna Acord (Score: 9′ 9″)
  • Veteran Class Master Division: Lexie, an All-American Dog owned by Janice Costa (Score: 21′ 6″)
  • Veteran Class Senior Division: Pyro, a Dutch Shepherd owned by Ashley Rietfors (Score:19’11”)
  • Veteran Class Junior Division: Zoe, a Catahoula Leopard Dog owned by Annie Strobel (Score: 15′ 3″)
  • Veteran Class Novice Division: Diesel, an All-American Dog by Jessica Edgerly (Score: 8’6″)
  • Lap Class Elite Division: Gerry, a Jagd Terrier owned by Christopher Skinner-Bland (Score: 16’0″)
  • Lap Class Master Division: Kiera, an English Cocker Spaniel owned by Shana Porter (Score: 17’5″)
  • Lap Class Senior Division: Woody, a Dachshund owned by Brian Woodrow (Score: 12’3″)
  • Lap Class Junior Division: Dottie, a Danish Farm Dog, owned by Jen Giacchi (Score:8’0″)
  • Lap Class Novice Division: Pirate, a Smooth Fox Terrier owned by Elise Wolpert (Score:5’9″)
  • Air Retrieve Open Class Elite Division: Spitfire, a Whippet owned by Sydney Mackey (Score: 26’0″)
  • Air Retrieve Open Class Master Division: Bullitt, a Belgian Malinois owned by Raymond Mobilia (Score:22’0″)
  • Air Retrieve Open Class Senior Division: Saffron, an All American Dog owned by Lorinda Siegrist (Score: 20’0″)
  • Air Retrieve Lap Class Elite Division: Gerry, a Jagd Terrier owned by Christopher Skinner-Bland (Score: 16’0″)
  • Air retrieve Lap Class Master Division: Rufus, a Jagd Terrier owned by William Burns (Score: 13’0″)’
  • Air Retrieve Lap Class Senior Division: Kiera, an English Cocker Spaniel owned by Shana Porter (Score:13’0″)
  • Air Retrieve Lap Class Junior Division: Chrome, a Cardigan Welsh Corgi owned by Melissa LaMere-Dragovich (Score:9’0″)
  • Junior (under 17 years old) Handler: Rufus, a Jagd Terrier owned by Alex Burns

AKC Breeder of the Year

Helyne Medeiros was presented with the 2017 AKC Breeder of the Year Award for Seasyde Pointers at the AKC National Championship on Saturday, December 16, 2017.  The annual award honors breeders who have made an impact on their breed and dedicated their lives to improving the health, temperament and quality of purebred dogs.

AKC Meet the Breeds®
The Mastiff booth won AKC Meet the Breeds® Best Booth in Show.

Click here to download images and video from the AKC National Championship.

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FCPX LUT HDR Was Released by Pixel Film Studios for Final Cut Pro X

ALISO VIEJO, Calif. (PRWEB) December 17, 2017

FCPX LUT HDR gives users a new way of creating HDR footage. Editors can add intense color grades and dynamic gradient overlays to any media. A LUT is a Lookup Table that contains a mathematical formula for modifying an image. The LUT changes every pixel’s color to the corresponding color indicated by the table. FCPX LUT HDR includes 60 different CUBE LUT files, which can be combined other included effects.

FCPX LUT HDR with 60 enhanced Look-Up Table files, plus a few added effects. A “LUT” changes every pixel’s color to the corresponding color indicated by the table. By manipulating each pixel, LUT’s can change each color range differently, giving the user more control over their look. Using the LUT combined with adding any gradient overlay, enhances the style of any shot.

FCPX LUT HDR is a tool designed for any skill level. FCPX LUT HDR consists of one single effect, with all LUT color grades found in a single drop down menu. Film editors can simply select a color grade, and begin stylizing the color to fit their needs. High-Dynmaic enhanced color is just a few clicks away.

Final Cut Pro X users can add more than just look-up table color grades to each clip. Within the inspector are controls for adding film grain, gradient overlays, and much more. FCPX users have full control over effect opacities, blend modes, and more. Each effect is arranged in order of hierarchy, letting users to work their way down the list, completing the look.

FCPX LUT HDR allows users to add vibrant color grades and gradients to any media. Further changess can be made to the color of the highlights, shadows, and mid-tones. LUT HDR includes Gradient Overlays and film grain effects, allowing the user to add more to each look. FCPX LUT HDR enables quick color changes to be made on the fly.

Established in 2006, Aliso Viejo, California-based Pixel Film Studios is an innovative developer of visual effects tools for the post-production and broadcast community. Their products are integrated with popular non-linear editing and compositing products from Apple FCPX. Apple, the Apple logo, Mac OS X, and Macintosh are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. All other trademarks and trade names are the property of their respective owners.

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JNC becomes first Chinese baijiu maker to display at UN headquarters

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JNC becomes first Chinese baijiu maker to display at UN headquarters

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NEW YORK, Dec. 16, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Chinese distilled liquor (also known as baijiu) remains virtually unknown outside China, but one Chinese liquor manufacturer sought to close the culture gap by joining an exhibition and gala event at United Nations headquarters.

UN Deputy Secretary-General delivering a speech

The Chinese Arts Gala was held at the UN headquarters in New York on December 11, 2017, with the aim of sharing the beauty of Chinese culture with the world. The event was an endeavor in telling China’s story through Peking Opera and tai chi performances alongside calligraphy displays as well as other unique elements of Chinese culture, among them, the country’s ceramic artworks and its distinct variety of distilled liquor. Jiannanchun Group Co., Ltd. (JNC), one of three leading baijiu makers in China, signed on as a strategic partner and the exclusive baijiu sponsor of the event to promote Chinese baijiu culture, making the alcoholic beverage the first Chinese distilled liquor to be displayed at UN headquarters.

Culture is an integral part of a country. A country will find it very difficult in dealing with challenges that arise as a result of cultural and culturally-related conflicts as long as it has not discovered and developed the benefits that are inherent in its own culture and found a place for its culture as a part of its economic and social development as well as its international influence amid increasingly fierce global competition. The fact that a country is required to strategically enhance its soft power in terms of culture is closely tied to the significance of holding the Chinese Arts Gala, and JNC was a strong contributor to the event.

JNC, acting as the strategic partner, played a significant role in both hosting the event and in the promotion of Chinese culture. The distiller pulled out all the stops to comprehensively promote Chinese culture by displaying culturally rich JNC products as a way of intuitively presenting Chinese baijiu culture, in addition to setting up large LED screens that used multimedia to tell the JNC story and the history of baijiu. In addition, a variety of unique cocktails made with JNC products were proffered to guests at a special counter that was set up for the occasion. After tasting the concoctions, several guests commented: “It left a deep impression on me.” “It has a pleasant and soothing taste.” “The taste… it’s quite cool.” JNC’s attendance at the event went a long way in breaking the ice between the Chinese and the other attendees from many nations around the world, serving as a “friendship bridge”, as many experienced the distinct taste of baijiu for the first time.

JNC has been working to enhance its international presence for years. One of the unique approaches that the distiller chose was to display its Lunar New Year message on one of the large billboards overlooking New York’s Times Square earlier this year. JNC became the recipient of two international awards at TUTTOFOOD, an international food and beverage show open exclusively to the trade held in May. In August, JNC partnered with Caixin Media in launching the Jiannanchun Belt and Road Index, an indicator of the level of influence of the Chinese government’s One Belt, One Road initiative, as part of the distiller’s efforts in accelerating international expansion. All the international events have helped the Chinese baijiu maker establish strong brand awareness worldwide.

The key to succeeding in the competition among rivals, which is similar to that between countries, depends on production competence and brand culture. A strong cultural foundation opens the door to more opportunities where a company can succeed. JNC, with a strong cultural background, has mastered how to leverage the salient features of Chinese culture to promote Chinese baijiu on the global stage via branding events. JNC’s proactive efforts in promoting Chinese culture also serve as a vehicle for an introduction to JNC’s own culture, Chinese baijiu and Chinese traditional culture at UN headquarters and as a way of correcting many of the misunderstandings that Westerners have about baijiu. The Chinese alcoholic beverages maker’s mission is to have the world discover the charm of Chinese baijiu and establish a strong cultural basis for JNC with the aim of further paving the road for the firm’s global expansion.

Guests learning the history of JNC

JNC employee displaying products

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