Smithsoii proves a young chip off the block in judging dogs By SUSAN JEFFRIES Courier-Journal and Times Do Writer Chip Smithson, a 16-year-old student at Fairdale High School, might become a famous dog judge. He proved he has the talent in the junior dog judging contest held in conjunction with the Chicago International dog show. Chip emerged the victor over 98 contenders, scoring 194 out of a possible 200 points. The contest, which was first held in 1939, has been an annual outing the last six years for several Louisville-area youngsters and their 4-H leaders. Barbara Gardner and Addie Feeday. Chip is the first winner from Kentucky. This year, Dalmatians, Bulldogs. Irish Setters and Weimaraners were judged. There were four dogs, including a champion, in each breed. The juniors placed the dogs first through fourth on scoring cards and tried to match the placements of Joseph Faigel, a well-known licensed judge. Bulldogs were Chip's biggest challenge, but he judged them, as well as Dais, perfectly. Weimaraners were a problem because he felt the over-all quality was poor. ,The boy's knowledge of dogs comes naturally. His parents, Charles and Cookie Smithson, have trained and shown dogs in conformation and obedience since 1963. They now own two champion Belgian Tervurens with Companion Dog Excellent obedience titles, and a miniature Poodle. Chip has a Border Collie, Missy, that holds a Utility Dog degree, th highest obedience title issued by the American Kennel Club, RECENT WINS In regular breed competition at Chicago, two Greyhounds won major championship points. Hewly Holocaust, owned by Dan Cleverdon, finished her title, and Sylvester of Lynnean-dale, owned by Cleverdon and his wife, Donna, brought his point total to 14. Both dogs were shown by Donna. Patti Lohr showed her German Shorthaired Pointer, Huntabird Jobless Joe, to a four-point win. Helen Case's smooth Dachshund, Case-way Fire Flame, won three points at Indianapolis. Jahil's Premier, an English Springer Spaniel owned by Jim and Diane May, won four points at Durham, N.C. Flora Alexander's Pekingese, Midway Hei Ho, was best of breed at Knox-vilie and Nashville. Tracking degrees were earned by Jeannie Fox's Golden Retriever, Daisy, and Sheryle Nussbaum's Border Collie, Vel, at the Nashville trial. Merle Lichte-feld's German Shepherd, Mollie B, completed a Companion Dog title at the Shepherd specialty in Indianapolis., UPCOMING MATCH The Bluegrass Kennel Club is staging an all-age, all-breed conformation and obedience match April 25 at Sadowski Field House in Ft. Knox. Entries close at noon. Judges are Mary Jo Replogle, Cincinnati, sporting; Dr. Sid Remmele, Versailles, hounds; Ovil Jeffries, Louisville, working; Florence Arnold, Louisville, toys; Betty Williams, Louisville, terriers, miscellaneous and junior handling; Joan Remmele, Versailles, non-sporting; Mary Somer-ville, Louisville, and Hilda Ellis, Pewee Valley, obedience. w&c J V; J I My- y "J Staff Photo by Keith Williams Chip Smithson won the recent junior dog judging contest in Chicago. Chip's Border Collie, Missy (left) and his parents' champion Belgian Tervuren, Rimouski, both 8, have been part of Chip's education in dogs.