In a feat never accomplished by any other breeder to date, CastleGuard Corsos win 5 of the 8 top winning places in the 2009 Nationals. Jade also set a new Record by being the youngest person to win a Corso National ever! She was just 15! The judge was convinced to put a female, CastleGuard Nicolleta di Sogni, up as Best of Breed; handled by Jade. Nikki’s flawless, smooth movement undoubtedly sealed the deal! Nikki is one of only 4 females to win the Nationals. There were 70 dogs in attendance, the largest Nationals to date.
CastleGuard Midas, Nikki’s Littermate, won Award of Merit. CastleGuard Diego, handled by Derek Matson, won Winners Dog and Best of Winners. Although it was a tense moment as the judge went back and forth between he and Nikki. I thought Diego might win it all.
CastleGuard Raven, handled by Taylor, was chosen as winners Bitch. this was incredible as this was Raven’s very first show. CastleGuard Zeus di DarkStone, handled by Mike Ertaskiran, won the best of Opposite puppy. CastleGuard Titan won Working Dog of the Year.
Capturing even one of the top spots at the Nationals is Reason to be elated. But Best of Breed and 4 other places was overwhelming joyous!! Add the fact that my daughters were victorious over countless professional handlers, caused me to burst into tears. I couldn’t beleive it. One of the happiest days of my life! When one’s life’s work ( Kids and Corsos) achieve the pinnacle of success, one is extremely proud!! I blubbered like a big baby!