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Judges Notes and Winners for the National Specialty 2022
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Judges Notes and Winners for the National Specialty 2022

Mr. Peter Friedrich Berchtold

Last Wednesday was kind of a historic day for me judging the Nationals of Spinone Italiano in Portland, Oregon. My first appointment in the US & one of THE assignments in the breed. 

Pictured here with my BOB out of 95 record entries! 

This outstanding male also won BOB at Westminister 2021 as I learned after the show as well as a handful of his relatives won classes or high prizes under me.

I would like to take the opportunity to thank Rebecca Van Ess, Sue Acquistapace, Susan McGregor, Ted Wentink & the Spinone Club of America (SCOA) for their invitation. You ran a wonderful show! The whole week was filled with interesting seminars & stuff for all Spinoni at the terrific venues of Boulder Falls Inn! We could all learn from that… 

My winners pleased me to the max & sportsmanship was second to none! Thanks to all exhibitors/owners/handlers for accepting & appreciating my decisions the way you did! 

In- & outside of the ring I had Christine Cameron as my steward piloting me through. Thanks for your precious help & sacrificing your time next to me!

Last but not least I enjoyed my stay after the show was held in company with my biggest mentor in the breed Nadia Guerrini who took over her father´s Spinone Del Mucrone Kennels in 1967. Thank you, Nadia & Salvatore la Spada, for our friendship!

To put it in a nutshell: These were days to remember for the rest of my life❣️

Mr. Peter Friedrich Berchtold


SCOA National Speciality, Lebanon, Oregon, May 18th, 2022

Judge: Mr. Peter Friedrich Berchtold, AT

Breed: Spinone Italiano

Entries: 95

Firstly, I would like to thank the Spinonoe Club Of America committee for inviting me to judge at the show. One of THE appointments in the breed. Thank you to my Steward and mostly to all the exhibitors who brought their beautiful Spinoni with a record entry for me to go over on the day and took my decisions so respectively.

I did notice fronts are still to look after in the breed. Angulations should be more pronounced, not too straight in shoulders and upperarms, therefore lacking forechest. Temperaments were very good generally. All the Spinoni were presented in immaculate condition, not always in their typical harsh coat texture.



Impressive quality male in excellent coat. Very typical and sound throughout with good bone and substance. Well-balanced masculine long head with lovely head planes. Well-shaped eyes and lovely expression. Strong neck running into well-laid shoulders. Excellent topline, typical croup, and good tail set. Wonderful depth of brisket and broad chest, excellent forechest. Well angulated behind. Moves with good reach and drive keeping his super topline. Definitely an outstanding specimen of the breed.



Lovely, feminine bitch showing the quality features of the breed we are looking for. Excellent format with lovely outlines, good bones, and substance. Sweet head and expression. Good neck and shoulders. Correct topline, croup, and tail set. Nice proportions of the chest, well angulated in front and rear. Lovely harsh coat. Covers the ground easily on the move with good power and nice carriage.



Well presented male of younger age. Nice type with typical head and expression. Good eyes and ears, correct neck and topline. Good substance of body and bones. Deep chest, correct coat. Moves well, beautifully keeping his topline.



Best of Breed GCHG CH Kalas Fly Me To The Moon JH CGC TKN (D), A Matias/K Hamaker/Atlas (also Best NOHS)

Best Of Opposite Collina D'Oro Scotian Miss Marple (B),

S Anderson Belt/P Bruce/L Reeves Stacy Belt Laura Reeves

Best Of Winners Collina D'Oro Scotian Miss Marple (B),

S Anderson Belt/P Bruce/L Reeves Stacy/Laura

Select Dog GCH CH Dry Grass Condurre Con Il Mio Cuore R Van Ess/D Forry

Select Bitch GCHS CH Quattro Zampe Cosabella T Turner/K West/P Beaver Laura Reeves

Winners Dog Fedele Bacio Di Venticalmi S Hudson/D Poole

Winners Bitch Collina D'Oro Scotian Miss Marple S Anderson Belt/P Bruce/L Reeves

Reserve Winner Dog Collina D'Oro's American Dream CGC C Simpson

Reserve Winners Bitch Collina Baia Tupelo Honey S Dean

Best Junior Theron Hull-Walton GCH CH Dry Grass Just Call Me Hank BN RI CGC

Reserve Junior Morgan Schutte Vericool L’Inferno Congelo

Award of Merit Reyna Fedele Bacio Di Venticalmi S Hudson/D Poole

Award Of Merit GCHB CH Kala’s Hunters Moon CGC TKN : A Nortley/ T Nortley/ K Hamaker

Award Of Merit CH Avorio Spinone Del Mucrone :S Acquistapace

Best Bred by Exhibitor Collina D’Oro Scotian Miss Marple : S Anderson Belt/ P Bruce/ L Reeves

Best Stud Dog GCHS CH Darby Canyon’s Million Dollar Cowboy MH CGCA: E Dunn/T Wentink

Brood Bitch Ch Vericool Pezzo Del Mio Cuore Oap Ojp: S Acquistapace/Dr. D Flory

Best Brace Chanter Tenore & Rebecca CH Dry Grass Rhythm Of My Heart JH, GCH CH Dry Grass Condurre Con Il Mio Cuore: R Van Ess/D Forry

Best Veteran GCH CH Del Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy CDX BN RE MH CGC: A/V Bush

Best Field Dog Alan Bush/Harry GCH CH Stannamore Blinded By The Light JHA: V/A Bush

Open Dog Del Mare Appeninno Tosco-Emiliano, Brdr: Sue McGregor, Owner: M Herrera

American Bred Fedele Bacio Di Venticalmi : S Hudson,/Mrs D Poole

 Bred By Exhibitor Dog Del Mare Quinault: W Allen/ N Allen/S McGregor/ R Van Ess

Dogs 12-18 Months  Collina Baia Stanley Tucci: H McGetrick

Puppy Bitches 9-12 Months Spinsetter’s Dream’n Of Scarlett Rose: E Bergenheier/C Ferrier/R Ferrier

Bitches 12-18 Months Collina D’Oro On A Lark : S Anderson Belt/ L Reeves/C Abraham

 Amateur-Owner Handled Bitch CH Quietwood Maddelena Our Hearts Desire CGC : H Eagleton

Bred By Exhibitor Collina D’Oro Scotian Miss Marple: S Anderson Belt/P Bruce/L Reeves

American Bred Bitch Quattro Zampe Black Velvet Limited Edition : P Beaver/T Turner

Open Bitch Collina Bia Tupelo Honey: S Dean

Veteran Dog 7-9 Years CH Dry Grass Rhythm Of My Heart JH: R Van Ess/M Van Ess/H Van Ess/D Forry

Veteran Dog 9-11 Years GCH CH Del Mare Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy CDX BN RE,MH, CGC: A/V Bush

Veteran Dog 11+ GCH CH Collina D Oro Pretty Boy Pink Floyd JH THDX CGC: R Tevis/K Tevis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

Veteran Bitch 7-9 Years GCHG CH Collina D’Oro Adele By Royal Design: S Anderson Belt/L Reeves

Veteran Bitch 9-11 Years GCH CH Del Mare Remember My Name: S McGregor

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