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Top Winning Newfoundland 1985

AM Can BDA CH Topmast's Showboat

by Anne Williams

THE TOP WINNING Newfoundland in the United States in 1985 was Am. Can. Bda. Ch. Topmast's Showboat. 

At the end of November '85, when these statistics were being compiled, Topmast's Showboat had defeated over eleven thousand dogs at 57 all-breed shows, with six Best in Show wins, 16 times Working Group l. 12 times Group II, six times Group III, four times Group IV, and Best of Breed at the Great Lakes Regional Specialty Show. 

Bred at Margaret Willmott's Topmast Kennels in Pense, Saskatchewan, Showboat, known as "Bill," arrived in the States in August of 1981 at the age of three months to join the Paddlewheel Newfs of Bob and Mary Price in Edina, Minnesota. 

Bill has been exclusively handled by W.D. (Mac) Hesser. At his first outing at the age of five months, at an AKC Sanctioned Puppy Match, Bill won the Working Group in an entry of 120. Bill finished his American Championship at 20 months, and his Canadian Championship on his second birthday, winning the Working Group on the same day. 

Campaigned in Canada throughout 1983, Bill ranked as #3 Newf in Canada that year. His few times out in the States in '83 included two Group placements. 
Bill's show career in 1984 ranked him #3 Newf in the States, with one Best in Show, nine times Group I, 11 times Group II, four times Group III and three times Group IV. 

By August of 1985, in ratings reported in the October AKC Gazette, Topmast's Showboat was #1 Newfoundland, # lO Working Dog and #40, All Breeds. 

In November '85, Bill went to Bermuda for the four-day Bermuda Kennel Club shows. He finished his Championship there with a Working Group II one day, Group I three days and a Best in Show. 




Mary Price says that “while Bob and I are happy to claim ownership of Bill, most of the credit for the dog's success belongs to his breeder and to his devoted handler. Bill is special! We are not likely ever to have another Newfoundland with his combination of affable personality, sweet and gentle temperament, handsome appearance and super-showmanship." 

Mac Hesser calls his friend Bill "not a good dog-a sensational dog. He is one in a lifetime, As a show dog, he is uncanny. He knows the routine better than I do, and he throws his whole heart into it. He is a wonderful traveler and seems to enjoy every minute of it. He turns on in the ring and snores in the van. In the motel room, he watches TV or talks to himself in the mirror. He seems to save himself, to reserve himself for when he needs it, and I get more from him when the competition is keener. He just doesn't do anything wrong." 

Mary Price does take credit for reserving a puppy from that Topmast breeding before it took place. When Bill was about a week old, Margaret Willmott wrote Mary Price to “tell Mac Hesser that I have a Best in Show Newf for him." 






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