Pico caught our eye as a baby puppy, strongly resembling his grandsire, Virago, at the same age. He grew quite evenly, and earned a major on his first outing at 7 months. We showed him mostly on Specialty and supported entry weekends resulting in Reserve at Midwest Borzoi Club the day after the National, and a finish in Virginia the day before the Potomac Valley Specialty in October of 2015.
Lure coursing is Pico's favorite activity, and his tremendous athletic ability has earned Field Championships in both AKC and ASFA . He is a Best in Field winner, and has been among the top contenders coursing at the National for three years, winning BOB at the 2018 National field trial. In FastCat, two of Pico's runs were under 6 seconds.
Steve Surfman photo
Pico has become our all-purpose sport dog. In obedience, we wet our feet with Rally Novice and Beginner Novice title work. In the Spring of 2017, Pico qualified in four Novice B trials, earning class placements of first, two seconds, and a third. In advanced obedience training, Pico earned his CDX title with two 1sts and a 2nd place for his three legs.
His Rally Advanced title included one perfect score and a placement. Rally Excellent title followed in 2019. Masters training is currently underway.
He proved his versatility at the 2017 National Specialty, winning the Triathlon (coursing, obedience and conformation scores) in excellent competition. The last Sylvan Borzoi to do that was Ch. Sylvan Triton, CD, FCh in 1991. Pico won the Triathlon once more at the 2018 National in Richland, Washington.
With so much time put into the other sports, Pico had not been in the specials ring, other than two National Specialties. That changed in July 2017, when we took him to Houston for big Borzoi competition. Pico earned 4 majors there, and two more the next weekend in Atlanta to finish a Grand Championship. In the Fall, Pico placed 2nd in a strong Hound Group, and was Best of Breed at both the Potomac Valley Borzoi Club Specialty and the supported entry the day before.
In a couple of early weekends in 2018, Pico won several NOHS Hound Groups, two NOHS Bests in Show and one Reserve Best. He was Best in the Dual Champion Sweeps at the National, then in the Fall, he was shown twice for the final points to finish the bronze level Grand Championship.
Now a young veteran, Pico may be out for some special events.
PIco on the occasion of the finish of his show ring championship. Warrenton, Virginia, October 2015, Potomac Valley Borzoi Club supported entry.
At his first AKC lure coursing trial. Steve Surfman photo
In the specials ring at the 2016 National Specialty. Rebecca Neal photo
IPad photo of Pico in his favorite position
Reserve Winners Dog at Midwest Borzoi Club the day after the 2015 National Specialty
Pico catches up with the lure on a straight away and dives. He didn't fall, but continued in stride.
A quiet moment as a yearling.
Pico diving for the lure on yet another straightaway. Steve Surfman photo
Pico the sire
His 15 puppies from Can Ch/Am GCH Sylvan Elance Summerlane's Limelight.
are well started in several sports. So far in 2020, four of them have earned their Championships.