BIS, BISS, DC Sylvan Seabury Virago SC, FCh, ROMX-C
Ch. Seabury Celtic Warrior x Ch. J.A.Y. Seabury JP Affectionately
Virago, a shared treasure
Virago came to be as a result of a cooperation between our kennel, and Dr. Jim Sillers of Seabury Borzoi. In 1999, Jim shared the remarkable Nara with us, an already accomplished show girl who we showed to 17 group wins, innumerable placements, BOB at Westminster, and a National Specialty win.
In 2001 Nara was linebred to the Ch. Sky Run Winter Nova son, Ch. Seabury's Celtic Warrior. The litter was mostly girls, but Virago caught our eye and heart. He was co-owned with Jim, lived at Sylvan, and was loved by all who met him throughout his long life.
In 2005, Virago was BOB, Best Bred By Exhibitor, and placed in the BBE Hound Group at the AKC/Eukanuba Invitational Tournament of Champions. He was awarded Best of Breed at the Midwest Borzoi Club Specialty in Detroit, by breeder-judge Dr. John Reeve-Newsom. Virago finished in the Top 5 in breed, and in the Top 10 all-breed competition, shown about 30 times.
He continued showing on a more casual basis, consistently winning in the Breed and Group, including two Group placements in 2009 and Best in Veteran Sweepstakes at the National Specialty, a few days before his 8th birthday.
Virago the show dog
Virago's brief class career included three majors, and two Sweepstakes wins.
Though immature, the temptation to continue the show ring fun led to five Hound Group placements in a few months of shows in 2003.
In 2004, Vir had many more Hound Group placements , a Specialty Best of Breed, and an all breed Best in Show. He finished the year as #3 in all-breed competition and #8 in breed, shown only 8 months.
Best in Show on a beastly hot day
At full maturity in 2006
Best in Specialty - Midwest Borzoi Club
Best in Veteran Sweepstakes - 2009 National Specialty
Virago on the field
Virago was fast and agile, easily completing his ASFA lure coursing title, at a time when Borzoi competition was quite keen. The AKC trials were harder to find at the time in the South, so we had to travel quite a distance to find majors. He earned the final points for his AKC Field Championship just a few months before winning an all-breed Best in Show in the conformation ring.
ASFA Winter Challenge - Cartersville, GA 2006 - photo credits Shot on Site
Virago the character
Vir inherited a lively, "look-at-me!" temperament from his mother, which made him a natural show dog as well as an engaging companion. He liked all creatures, and was especially gentle with puppies, loving to lie in the box with tiny ones when their mother was out.
Virago with his 7 week old son, Sylvan Scotch 'n Soda
Virago wanted to be part of every action, every day. He was trained to harness, but our other. older males were already a matched team, leaving him no partner of similar size. We also had to consider the possibility that the harness would pull out feathering while he was being specialed (horror!) So, Vir logged many enthusiastic miles on our country roads as a cheerleader for the girl teams, during the years Patti was actively driving the Sacco cart.
Virago continue to travel with us after retirement from the ring. He remained the center of attention in our household at all times for twelve years.
Virago the sire
During his life Virago sired forty five American Champions, and three Group winners, out of thirteen different dams, with others close to their titles. He was the top producing Borzoi sire for 2006, 2007, 2009, and 2010. He has record-breaking get in Australia, in addition to titlists in Canada and Europe. Many of his descendants beyond the first generation have equally impressive resumes.
Thanks to the miracle of frozen semen, Virago is now playing in his second act. We have some young Virago daughters that exhibit much of his essence.
The list below records his Champion get, and the lovely bitches that were put to him. Most Borzoi's names link at least to a photo and/or a pedigree. The Virago children that were born at Sylvan have more information.
Additional photos or corrections welcome.