English Springer Spaniel 'Jace' Takes Top Spot in Sporting Group
The No. 1 Sporting dog in the country is a 5 ½-year-old male English Springer Spaniel named “Jace,” whose pedigree includes some of the most prominent dogs in history. Multi-BIS/Multi-BISS GCH Brightwater Gilchrist Dreaming Out Loud, the winner of 16 Bests in Show and 100 Sporting Group Firsts, is handled by pro Robin Novack of Jackson, Michigan. “The greatness of this dog is because of his heart, great temperament and charming personality,” says Novack, a handler of some of the winningest show springers of all time. Jace’s dam, CH Wynmoor Brightwater Timeless, the No. 1 English Springer Spaniel bitch in 2008 and 2009, and sire, CH Capulet Black Ice, both have CH Telltale Freestyle in their lineages, as sire and grandsire, respectively. This male was heavily linebred to CH Salilyn’s Aristocrat, the top-producing sire of all time among all breeds, with 188 champion offspring, and the No. 1 dog in the country in 1967. Proving his excellence early, Jace finished quickly. The No. 1 English Springer Spaniel in all-breed competition was bred by Nancy Siver of St. Petersburg, Florida, Ruth Kirby of Cape Coral, Florida, Kathie Milne of Tarpon Springs, Florida, and Dr. Erin Kerfoot of Marion, Virginia. Co-owners are Beth Fink of Bluffton, South Carolina, Dr. Timothy Lowe of Lexington, Ohio, Nancy Siver, and Carrie Racey of Valencia, California, who raised the dog in her home and began his show career. Jace is fed Purina Pro Plan SPORT Performance 30/20 Salmon & Rice Formula.