Flash showed great promise in the conformation ring at an early age. He started by winning a best puppy in show at 3 months of age and then by being awarded a reserve best in show puppy at 5 months! At his first AKC show with competition, Flash earned two points as best of winners at age 6 months and ten days, and then a major win a month later. He also defeated specials as a class dog. He earned his UKC championship at 11 months of age and his AKC championship at 13 months of age. He has completed his AKC grand championship at 2 years of age and his bronze grand championship at 3 years of age.
In Canada, he earned his first champion points as best of winners, was a junior sweepstakes best in show placer, and was selected as best puppy in show at 6 months at the Elora Gorge KC show in December 2013! Flash ended 2013 as the #1 puppy in the breed in Canada.
At the 2014 National CCRCA Specialty At Purina Farms in Gray Summit, MO, Flash won Best of Breed in Puppy Sweepstakes. At the end of 2014 he was ranked #8 in the breed in AKC and #3 in the breed in UKC after his first year of showing in the ring.
Flash ended his first full year of competing as a special in 2015 by placing #2 in the AKC Owner Handler Series and #5 in the AKC CCR breed rankings. He is a multiple group placer in owner handler groups and has been pulled mutiple times in regular groups.
In 2016, Flash was awarded an owner handled reserve best in show, earned an award of merit at the Westminster Kennel Club show, and also completed his Canadian championship by the end of February. He also earned a Judges Award of Merit at the 2016 CCRCA National Specialty.
He was the #1 owner-handled curly-coated retriever for 2017 and was in the top 5 in the breed, earning him an invitation to the 2018 Westminster Kennel Club show. He earned an Judge's Award of Merit at the 2017 CCRCA National Specialty and was selected as the Top Stud Dog Flash in an OH Best in Show and multiple OH Reserve Best in show placer. He was awarded best of breed at the 2018 Westminster KC show in New York City, which was a dream come true!
Flash will be taking a break in the conformation ring to start concentrating on training for field and performance events. Flash has already earned a Barn Hunt Instinct title and legs toward his Barn Hunt Novice title.
Flash has passed all of his health clearances. He is available for stud to approved females. He sired two litters in 2015. His first litter has produced an AKC Master Hunter/HRC Started Hunter Retriever titled dog and three AKC Champions including a multiple group placer. His second litter has included a bitch that has earned her Canadian conformation championship. She was a best in show puppy award winner and received a group placement in Canada at 6 months of age. Another bitch from the litter is currently being trained for search and rescue work. We are certainly excited about Flash's get so far!
Pedigree - "Flash"
GCH Sun Devil Bohemian Rhapsody Ordered by the Queen CGC
Kelsmere Kumera KCR
|Su CH Cornerstones Take A Chance On Me at Kelsmere |
|Kelsmere Knightingale |
|CH Sun Devil Deo Vindici
||CH Sun Devil Rock The Casbah RN |
|INTUCH Caballus Kingfisher|
AM GCH CH CAN CH UKC CH INTL CH Choccashaws Dawn Comes Quickly RN CA BN WC CGC CGN TDI TT
|AM CH CAN CH UKC CH Jangio's Lightning Bug RAE CD CGC ROM
||BIS BISS SR CH Fairway Itís My Party, WCX, JH|
|CH Gladrags Water Bug, ROM|
|CH Chocca-Shaw's Christmas Wish
||CH Aberbran Bar Von Bern SH WC|
|Chocca-Shaw's Winter Wonder, MH, WCQ|