Sven van Slijpe judges the National Specialty Sweepstakes USA 2022
Author: Wil de Veer, American Staffordshire Terriër specialist, written for the ASTCH-Clubmagazine
National Specialty Sweepstakes, 3rd and 4th of November 2022, Missouri USA
The National Specialty Sweepstakes took place at Purina Farms in Gray Summit, Missouri on November 3 and 4.
The dogs were judged by Sven-Olaf van Slijpe, breeder/owner of the Hickory Junior kennel and member of the American Staffordshire Terriër Club in Holland.
It is a great honour if you, as a Dutch person, are invited to the Specialty to serve as a judge. This has never happened before.
Via Facebook (which I don’t have), several Am Staff enthusiasts were able to enjoy the judging by Sven live and the reviews were positive from both those in our country and the spectators and exhibitors in the USA!
There was a lot of respect and appreciation the way Sven judged the dogs.
Compliments came from Greg Roadhouse, who was also a judge at “our” Champion Club match, the famous handler Kim Rudzik and Benny Cheek.
Various Dutch breeders use Benny dogs in their breeding programs.
The National Specialty Sweepstakes divides dogs into five categories ranging in age from 6 months to 18 months.
The prizes are for Best Puppy and Best of Opposite Puppy.
The National Specialty Veteran Sweepstakes divides dogs into three categories ranging in age from 8 years to 12 years.
The awards are for Best Veteran and Best of Opposite Veteran.
80% of the entry fee goes to the winners.
BOB in Sweepstakes was the bitch Cimar´s Over The Moon (Maze), born on 06-02-2022. She is out of the combination Ch. Ambition’s Crossed Arrows x Ch. Irresitibull´s Don’t Give A Fig, bred by Kameron Sheppard and Kelly Townsend and owned by Kelly Townsend, Kameron Sheppard and Mat & Lori Wardingley.
Handler was Kameron Sheppard (17 years old).
The bitch was only eleven months old!
Best Of Opposite Sweepstakes was the male Fraja EC Made Ya Look (Joker), born on 03-03-2022. He is out of the combination Ch. Keystone’s Willie Farm Boy x Ch. Fraja EC Eyes On The Prize, owned and bred by Kimberly & Julia Rudzik and Ellen Bannin.
Handler was Julia Rudzik.
BOB Veteran in Sweepstakes was the bitch Ch. Dotcom-Alcala´s Not Conceited Just Convinced (Giselle), born on 16-10-2015. Out of the combination Ch. Vaca Valley’s Bold Ruler For Fraja EC x Ch. Dpt Com´s Just Ask Alcala and bred by Kelly McCabe, Judy Morris, Andre Smith and Gustavo Abud and owned by Kelly McCabe, Samantha & Robert Whitlow Jr.
Handler was Kelly McCabe.
Best Of Opposite Veteran In Sweepstakes was the male Ch. Old Mountain´s You´re Looking At My Wing Man (Solo), born on 13-12-2013 out of the combination Ch. Old Mtn’s Daddy’s Kid Rooster x Ch. Dapple Hills Sindelar Dutch Treat, bred by Igor Miletic and owned by Igor Miletic and Mironslav Lazic.
Handler was Igor Miletic.
Max, Sven’s father, would have been proud and believe me that he and Steffie would have travelled to the states to see this happen.