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 www.chambraylabradors.com , 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!
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
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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