Recently Maya, #1 BT in the country for some time now, won her 14th BIS and broke the record of 13 BIS for a BT. You can read a bit more of the details over on DSP.
Winning BIS is quite an endeavor because it’s seldom a simple matter of the best structured dog in the whole show. We are all aware that politics and money come into play (how often do you see an owner-handler in the BIS ring?), so it’s pretty tough for the average person to get into the final ring of the day. Karen worked hard to get Maya in this position by campaigning tirelessly and getting financial backers in order to keep up with the “big dogs”. She also was able to avoid the major California Terrier handlers (such as Gabriel Rangel) since she is based in the Midwest. It’s all about strategy!