30 Jun BBCR 2017 National Specialty Best in Breed American Staffordshire Terrier
Thank you for coming out to the 2017 BBCR National Specialty at Purina Farms! The BBCR was established in 2004 and has since grown into a major international registry.
We congratulate all our winners – like Courtney Morris, whose American Staffordshire Terrier won Best Female, Best of Winners, and Best of Breed.
Courtney says she first fell in love with dogs when she was just a young girl. “I have always had a passion for dogs,” she recalls. “I have been in the animal care industry since I was fifteen years old and I got my first Amstaff when I was seventeen.”
In fact, her love for dogs ultimately extended well beyond Courtney’s personal life and into her career: “I own my own boarding/grooming/daycare facility,” she explains. “I have made dogs my life’s work.”
Going back to her teen years, Courtney remembers when she first became involved with conformation shows.
“I started showing Amstaffs in the American Kennel Club when I was seventeen,” she remembers. “My first bitch was too big for the standard and had thyroid issues, so I couldn’t finish her. But I got my second Amstaff, a male, from Lydia Duarte Castagna of Raging Moon. I showed and finished him. I bred him to a female and two of the six puppies from that litter went on to championships.”
Courtney learned about the BBCR through her connection with Lydia and Carrie Huddleston. Although she mainly shows Amstaffs at conformation events, she has also shown a Boston, a Frenchie, an Irish Wolfhound, and a Wheaten Terrier.
“I have found that knowing dog conformation has helped my grooming ability tremendously. It helps to understand how to look at a dog and see how to set patterns, and how to hide flaws by covering with their hair in those areas. Conformation has helped my business grow,” says Courtney, who feeds her own dogs Fromm, Victor or Maximum Bully.
If she hosted her own event, she says there would be “friendly, warm faces and wonderful bullies,” adding that “everyone was very welcoming at the 2017 BBCR National Specialty.”
Courtney has already shown her current bitch in more than one championship: “She finished her championship in style at our STCA National in 2015,” Courtney says, “taking Winners Bitch and Best of Winners. It was an honor to show her at the very first BBCR Nationals to take Best Female, Best of Winners, and Best of Breed. I look forward to more championships in the future!”
Again, a big congratulations to Courtney and thank you for attending the 2017 National Specialty.