Chancey's Legacy Lives On

by Sandy Herzon

October 4, 2007




Chancey’s Legacy Lives On


This past weekend’s shows at Deland Fl. truly was a true testament to the enduring quality that Am/Int Ch Chambrays Chisholm Chancey has brought to the Florida show Labradors.


Looking at a show catalog, it is not easily discernable who the ancestors of any dog are other than the sire and dam that are listed under each entry. A bit of history is necessary to go deeper into the pedigree of any of the dogs present at any such venue. If we could look deeper into the sires and dams at the catalog for these shows in Deland it would reveal that Chancey was the grandmother of 9 of the dogs showing here.


Chancey’s history is well documented in many articles and pages throughout the , but a small refresher course will bring up to date anyone who has not been following our dogs for too long.


Chancey is a 4th generation Chambray dog, a descendant from our foundation bitch Beaver Creeks Crystal Chambray who was purchased in 1987 from Drs. Carol and Francis Rabalais.


In 1990 Crystal produced a litter from which our very first homebred champion bitch, Ch Chambrays Indian Summer was out of. Producing a first bred-by champion is an event that will last in the breeder’s fond memories forever, however those of us that have been breeders for a long time know that a first generation champion is 80% credits due to the breeder where that dog’s mother came from and 20% credits to themselves. So, in accordance to the preceding, a big “thank you” to Beaver Creek Labradors for Crystal who produced Summer!


Summer herself had several distinctions; one she was the highest ranked 8-week old puppy from that 1990 litter and that distinction lasted until 1996 and another memorable distinction is that she won her championship in 12 shows, the fastest ever for a Chambray dog.


Summer only had 1 litter in 1992 which was the highest ranked litter until 2001 and that litter produced 1 champion that was nationally ranked #9 and competed at Westminster in 1995. Now a second generation champion is big kudos to the breeder, as the majority of the credit for its production may be taken by that person. From that one litter she also produced Chambrays Summer’s Rebel Amber who won 13 points and 3 majors before she was bred and also produced 1 litter for Chambray Labradors.


From Amber’s first and only litter in 1996 came the highest ranked puppy until 2007!!!! Chancey was that awesome WOW of all WOW puppies until recently. Chancey’s show career was stellar with Best Of Breeds and Group Placements galore, however the true value of any bitch to a kennel is her production and produce she did. Not in quantity mind you, because she only had 2 litters for a total of 8 puppies, however 4 of those puppies she produced will go down in our kennel’s history, with titles, awards, accolades and best of all with produce of their own into the 7th generation.


Chancey’s first litter of only 3 females in 2001 was the highest ranked litter for Chambray since our inception into the conformation arena and that distinction lasted until this year with one of those puppies producing the best ever litter herself!

  • Am/Int Ch Chambrays Twist Of Fate (Karley) would finish her title in 2004 and continue on as a specials, chalking up 17 Best Of Breeds and a #22 National Ranking earning her a ticket to compete at the most prestigious venues of all  for breeders, the AKC’s Eukanuba National Championships. Karley was bred to the winningest dog in Labrador history, BIS, BISS Ch Aquarius Centercourt Delight producing several dogs that are currently showing and champion pointed.
  • Am/Int Ch Chambrays Mad About Madeline (Maddie) would finish her title the following year after Karley and would rack up 18 Best Of Breed as a special’s dog and make an appearance at the most storied canine event of them all, Westminster at Madison Square Gardens. Maddie’s owner has bred her once producing 3 males that are currently showing and champion pointed.
  • Am/Int Ch Chambrays Chance N Counter (Connie), finished her championship in 2004, 3 weeks after Karley did and she would be Chambray’s first and only winner of a Best Puppy In Show. Connie recently produced the highest ranked litter of all times and the 2 highest ranked puppies of all time, with all four of those puppies from the litter debuting at the Deland shows!!!!!
  • Am/Int Ch Chambrays Chisholm Sir Lancelot came from Chancey’s second and last litter in 2002 and he has the honor of being the youngest Chambray dog to finish his title on his second birthday. Lance is a multiple Best Of Breed winner. There were also 2 of his puppies that debuted at the Deland shows.



All four of the above dogs have had litters of their own recently and it was at the De Land shows on September 29th and 30th that brought to focus how Chancey’s influence has affected the Florida dog show scene. Out of 47 class dogs/bitches entered from breeders in Florida, 10 of those were grandkids, owned by 9 different people came from 4 of Chancey’s offspring! That’s more than 20% of the entries and what makes those numbers even more astonishing was that the

  • 1st Open Class, Winners Dog, Best Of Winners, Best Of Breed was a grandson
  • 1st place Bred-By Bitch, Winners Bitch, Best Of Opposite Sex was a granddaughter
  • 1st place Am-Bred, Reserve Winners Dog was a grandson
  • 1st place Open Yellow Bitch was a granddaughter (RWB on Sunday)
  • 1st place Bred-By Male was a grandson
  • 1st place 6-9 Males was a grandson


Indeed it was a sight to see, so many quality dogs parading around inside the ring with Chancey’s conformationally-rich blood coursing through each one and they all have Chancey to thank for that. Congratulations Grandma Chancey!








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