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.

Virago at almost 12, inspecting his grandchildren out of Topanga

  Virago's American Champions

#48 titled 2019

Ch. Sylvan Fine China

#43 titled 2012

#41 titled 2012

  Multiple Best of Breed - out of Ch. KatZ Night 'N Paisley ROM-C

#40 titled 2011

 Pointed from puppy class, BOB winner - out of Ch.Iskra Kalinow

#39 titled 2011

 Multiple BOB winner from classes - out of Ch. Sylvan Metallic Minx

#38 titled 2011

#35 titled 2011

#34 titled 2011

#33 titled 2010

 Pointed from puppy class, BOB winner - out of Ch.Iskra Kalinow

#31 titled 2010

#30 titled 2010

  Group placing, dam of 5 Champions - out of Sylvan Amunet SC, FCh, ROM-C

#29 titled 2010

Ch. Sylvan Hammer Force

  Supported entry winner - out of Sylvan Amunet SC, FCh, ROM-C

#28 titled 2010

Ch. Sylvan Sovereign Isle

  Futurity class winner, Sweeps and Specialty winner - out of Sylvan Amunet SC, FCh, ROM-C

#27 titled 2010

  Three majors, BOBs over specials - out of Sylvan Amunet SC, FCh, ROM-C

#26 titled 2009

Ch. KatZ Golden Opportunity JC

  Multiple Sweepstakes winner, AOM Nat'l Specialty - out of Ch. KatZ Night 'N Paisley ROM-C

#25 titled 2009

  RWB Nat'l Specialty, MBC Specialty BOW, Group placements - out of Sylvan Amunet SC, FCh, ROM-C

#24 titled 2009

AKC/UKC Ch. Sylvan It Had To Be Me JC

  BOB from puppy class in AKC competition - out of Sylvan Amunet SC, FCh, ROM-C

#23 titled 2009

Ch. KatZ Sylvan Gladstone Gander

  Two supported entry majors at 11 months - out of Ch. KatZ Night 'N Paisley ROM-C

#22 titled 2009

GCH Sylvan Autumn Rain JC

  Three California majors, owner handled - out of Sylvan Amunet SC, FCh, ROM-C

#21 titled 2009

Ch. Karanoff Kikimora JC

  The second Champion from her litter - out of Ch. Karanoff Lastango Joyousgard

#20 titled 2009

Ch. Sylvan Hidden Asset

  The first for his dam, ASFA pointed - out of Sylvan Amunet SC, FCh, ROM-C

#19 titled 2009

Ch. KatZ Golden Haze

  Best in Sweepstakes - out of Ch. KatZ Night 'N Paisley ROM-C

#18 titled 2009

Ch. KatZ Sylvan Evita

  Best in Sweepstakes - out of Ch. KatZ Night 'N Paisley ROM-C

#17 titled 2008

Ch. KatZ Sirensong The Big Easy

  Two BOBs and a Group III to finish - out of Ch. KatZ Night 'N Paisley ROM-C

#16 titled 2008

Ch. Katz Evanescence At Teine

  Finished at 18 months with four majors - out of Ch. KatZ Night 'N Paisley ROM-C

#15 titled 2007

Ch. Sir Lancelot of Paradise Valley

  Multiple Bests In Sweeps; from a litter of two. - out of Ch. Royale Shalimar of Kyrov CD, JC

#14 titled 2008

  2 5 point majors and BOB on MBC Specialty weekend - out of Seabury's Morning Light 

#13 titled 2007

Ch. KatZ Cayenne Del Sol

  Finished with BCOA supported entry major win - out of Ch. Katz Mississippi Queen ROM-C

#12 titled 2007

Ch. KatZ Call Me Carly

  Finished with BCOA supported entry major win - out of Ch. Katz Mississippi Queen ROM-C

#11 titled 2007

  3 majors, BOB over specials - out of Ch. Katz Mississippi Queen ROM-C

#10 titled 2007

  Group winner - major pointed get - out of Ch. Katz Mississippi Queen ROM-C

#9 titled 2006

  Group winner - major pointed get - out of Ch. Katz Mississippi Queen ROM-C

#8 titled 2007

MBISS GCH Vitrina Sylvan One From The Heart JC

  Multiple Specialty winner - out of Ch. Vitrina Zoetrope CD, FCh

#7 titled 2006

#6 titled 2006

  Specialty BOW, BOB winner - three majors - out of Ch. Karanoff Lastango Joyousgard

#5 titled 2006

  Top LGRA Borzoi for 2006 - Champion get of his own - out of Ch. Zcerlov Sylvan Godiva

#4 titled 2006

  Best In Sweepstakes, RWB at MBC Summer Specialty- out of Ch. Zcerlov Sylvan Godiva.

#3 titled 2006

  Reserve and Best Puppy 2004 National Specialty - out of Seabury's Morning Light 

#2 titled 2005

  Finished at 16 months with 4 majors - out of Ch. Katz Mississippi Queen ROM-C

#1 titled 2005

 Bests in Sweepstakes, Virago's first Champion - out of Seabury's Morning Light

  Canadian Champions

titled 2010

Can. Ch. Seabury Sylvan Spitfire

  Pointed in the U.S. - out of Sylvan Amunet SC, FCH, ROM-C

  Australian Champions