Local dog scores well at pair of major shows | VailDaily.com

Local dog scores well at pair of major shows

Scott N. Miller
Shane Macomber/Vail DailyGemmie, a wirehaired pointing griffon, won awards at two major dog shows this year.

SWEETWATER – Gemmie can retire in style.In January, Sweetwater residents Bob and Cathy Jarnot loaded suitcases and a few bags of dog food into the family RV, along with Gemmie, the couple’s 6-year-old wirehaired pointing griffon, and set off on the trip of a lifetime.The Jarnots’ travels took them to two of the country’s top dog shows, the Eukanuba Classic in Florida and the Westminster Dog Show in New York City. Gemmie brought home ribbons from both shows, where she was honored as “best of opposite sex” in her breed.”Whatever sex of dog wins best of breed, the best of the other sex is best of opposite sex,” Bob Jarnot said.

She’s also been successful at dog shows around the state and Rocky Mountain region, thanks to training and the fact Gemmie is a relatively rare breed. Male wirehaired pointing griffons usually win best of breed, Jarnot said, so Gemmie has several best of opposite sex titles.Gemmie’s titles in Florida and New York came with ribbons, and her class win at the Florida event came with a rare treat: $100.”That should keep us in dog food for a couple of weeks,” Jarnot said.Gemmie didn’t make the national cable TV broadcast of the Westminster show, but her win there is preserved on video. Show organizers taped all the individual breed shows, and have posted them on the Westminster Kennel Club’s Web site.

The Jarnots already have a copy, of course.For Gemmie, the trip to the East Coast was a kind of victory tour. The Jarnots are retiring her from shows, and will start showing Jasper, one of her pups, this year.”We just had a great time,” Jarnot said. “Cathy even got to drive in New York a little. It only made her cry twice.”

Staff Writer Scott N. Miller can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 613, or smiller@vaildaily.com.Vail Daily, Vail Colorado

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