Sharon Gerling and Dorothy Christiansen
Sharon Gerling Dorothy Christiansen
Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2013
For contribution to the Breed
Sharon Gerling & Dorothy Christiansen
Dorothy Christiansen and daughter Sharon Gerling have significantly contributed to the development of the parti-color Cocker Spaniel variety throughout their lives.
Their interest in the breed started after they attended a Richland Kennel Club show when Sharon was just seven years old. That day someone handed the little girl a black Cocker to show in Junior Showmanship and Sharon went Best Junior Handler. From then on, mother and daughter were enchanted with the breed and worked to illustrate the breed standard in the conformation ring.
Their first champion was Ch. My-Ida-Ho Ideal Deb, a red and white bitch. Dorothy was a competitor and loved the sport. She was first into the ring and one of my favorite memories is when she and I went to a Canadian show circuit with multiple Best in Show winner, Ch. My-Ida-Ho Point Bandit. Dorothy would throw treats to Bandit that he would catch perfectly each time his tail wagged for more while being free-stacked.
When Dorothy stopped showing her own dogs, she became an AKC judge, and judged nationally and internationally for many years.
My-Ida-Ho parti-colors are well known around the world and it would be difficult to find a parti-color pedigree without My-Ida-Ho dogs in it today. Some of the finest dogs in the world are descendants of the diligence and commitment of Dorothy and Sharon.
Sired by Ch. My-Ida-Ho Look N’ Good, Ch. San Jo’s Born to Win “Patrick” finished his career as No. 2 AKC Sporting Dog. He is a three time Best In Show winner at the annual ASC Flushing Spaniel Show, two time Best of Breed winner at the American Spaniel Club’s National Cocker Spaniel Specialty Show. Patrick’s puppies and descendants have gone on to high achievements internationally including winning the Gun Dog Group at Cruft’s, and at ASC national shows over the past several years.
Ch. Luzana’s Look N’ Tri-If-Fic, is another American Spaniel Club winner with a Best Cocker in Show win at the January Flushing show. His sire is Ch. My-Ida-Ho Look N’ Gorgeous who is sired by Look N’ Good. Look N’ Gorgeous also sired the multiple Best in Show bitch, Ch. My-Ida-Ho Just Bn’ Gorgeous.
Each year My-Ida-Ho parti-colors are ranked in the national standings and have won many Top Five awards from the American Spaniel Club. There have been five multiple Best In Show dogs at My-Ida-Ho and numerous Group and Best Of Breed winners, eight Top Producing Sires with eleven or more champion offspring, the most famous multiple BISS Ch. My-Ida-Ho Look N’ Good with sixty five. There are twenty one Top Producing Dams with four or more champion offspring. To date there are over two hundred My-Ida-Ho champions.
Dorothy passed away in January of 2001 and Sharon has continued with their My- Ida- Ho breeding program. She now co-breeds and co-owns some of her dogs with Emma Ross, My Jems Cockers. Sharon said her most memorable “career win” was at the January 2006 American Spaniel Club Flushing Show where Multiple BISS Ch. My-Ida-Ho N’ Jems Nabisco won Best Cocker Spaniel in Show from the Bred- By- Exhibitor Classes.
In 2008, Sharon judged the American Spaniel Club Futurity and her choice for Black Futurity winner and ASCOB variety winner were litter mates that went on to win black WB, BW and ASCOB WB, BW and BOV in their regular classes. … she has an eye for a good dog.
Sharon is a Life Member of the Washington State Cocker Spaniel Club and the American Spaniel Club. Over the years she has mentored many new breeders and is most respected by her those who know her well.
Dorothy and Sharon are true stewards of the breed and have demonstrated over a lifetime, a consistent consideration and dedication to the Cocker Spaniel. We are proud to induct them to the 2013 ASC Hall of Fame for their contributions to the breed.
Kathy Egeland Brock and Wilma Parker