PON Milestones in America
The history of the breed in America began rather unexpectedly. Moira Morrison, a pioneer for the Bearded Collie in the U.S.A., began to research the origins of the breed she loved so dearly and discovered that it was thought to be descended from a shaggy sheepdog native to Poland. Her search for information on this obscure dog put her in touch with a rare breed enthusiast in England, Muriel Landers Cooke. Muriel had visited Poland while writing a book on rare breeds and met with breeders who were willing to part with some PONs. In 1979, with Muriel's help, Moira became the proud owner of two roughly eight month old PONs: Bundz z Starego Lupkowa and Fajerka z Kordegardy. Then in the summer of 1980, three other puppies came to reside with Moira: Kontrapunkt Lakotka and two others by Kaduk Tytus out of Pol. Ch. Lada z Kordegardy. Moira bred several litters and luckily, one puppy remained from the last litter she would breed when the woman considered to be the foremost pioneer of the PON in America, Betty Augustowski, inquired about the breed who shared her Polish heritage. In 1982, at the age of four months, Pan Vladek would become the first PON with Betty's kennel name of Elzbieta. Although it was believed there may be as many as 12 other PONs in the U.S. at the time, brought over from Belgium and Germany by American service families and tourists, it was Vladek who would be the "father" of the breed in America. He was the sire or grandsire of nine of the first American PON champions. Having fallen in love with Vladek, Betty pursued her dream of finding a mate for him and her relentless search would eventually be rewarded when word arrived that a pregnant bitch would be sent from Poland in March of 1983. Krymka z Kordegardy, a gold-medal winner in Europe, gave birth in April to five healthy PON pups: Anetka, Anolik, Polamka, Stasia and Brunek. For breeding purposes, the Augustowski's kept two bitches from the litter, Anetka and Anolik and the only male, Brunek. Krymka, Elzbieta's foundation bitch, was the mother or grandmother of seven of the first ten U.S. champions. Then, quite unexpectedly, a pilot contacted Betty in June of that same year, with information that her two dogs had arrived at Baltimore-Washington International. Somehow, despite botched trans-Atlantic translations, Polish breeders had eventually sent Awans z Kordegardy and Branka z Kordegardy to America on a flight from Germany. These nine were joined by Moira Morrison's original bitch Kontrapunkt Lakotka in September of 1983, who by now was an adult, and it was Lakotka (nicknamed "Latchka") who would be bred with Vladek in April of 1984 to produce Elzbieta's first homebred litter. Among this litter of seven was Vladja z Elzbieta (Ski) who would become the mother of the breed's first American champion. Roughly a year later a nine-week-old pup, Klon Akribeia, was delivered from Poland bringing the number of Elzbieta's stud dogs to four. Then in 1989 Inbred Lapowka was brought to America by her breeder/owners Dr. Margaret Supronowicz and Dr. Tomasz Borkowski. Lapowka would be followed by Kontrapunkt Lawenda in November of 1991. Lawenda was the first Polish and Danish champion imported into the U.S. Premier Oligarchia came to the U.S. from Poland in January of 1992 for a few weeks to be bred to Inbred Lapowka and Elzbieta's Ciena, a daughter of Vladek and Lapowka. There would be more polish imports to the U.S. who arrived with Betty on her return from a visit to Poland in 1992. The three were: Zapaska Oligarchia Kawalkada, a female; Kontrapunkt Rozgrywka, a female; and Kontrapunkt Ryzykant, a male.

 No history for the breed in America would be complete without recognizing the individual milestones accomplished by the breed since coming to the USA. Watch here for more firsts as we begin another exciting chapter in PON history by moving into the AKC Herding Group August 1, 2001.

 

First recorded win of a Polski Owczarek Nizinny in an American show ring: Pan Vladek at the age of seven months won Best of Breed 10/1982
breeder: Moira Morrison; owner: Betty Augustowski

The American Polish Owczarek Nizinny Club (APONC) was established in 1987

First PON to become a (conformation) champion: Europa Casimir z Elzbieta 10/1988
bred by: Betty Augustowski; owned by: Loana Shields

First Bitch to become a (conformation) champion: Magda z Elzbieta 2/1989
breeder: Betty Augustowski; owners: Betty Augustowski and Janet Masters

First American PON to earn International and Mexican titles: Drobna z Elzbieta 1989
breeder: Betty Augustowski; owner: Dorene Zalis

First obedience titled PON: Europa Casimir z Elzbieta 1990
bred by: Betty Augustowski; owned by: Loana Shields

First BIS in an American ring: Elzbieta's Drzowie z Rockrun
bred by: Betty Augustowski; owner: Dorene Zalis

BOB at the first APONC National Specialty: Inbred Lapowka 1992
breeder/owners: Dr. Margaret Supronowicz and Dr. Tomasz Borkowski

BOB at the 1994 APONC National Specialty: Lechsinska's Tosia
breeder/owner: Kim Richmond

BOS at the 1994 APONC National Specialty: Shaggi Pons Duzy Bozolski
breeders/owners: Loana Shields and Tom Wason

BOB at the 1995 APONC National Specialty: Elzbieta's Czmatke z Polish Hill
bred by: Betty Augustowski; owned by Pam and Vic Siehr

BOS at the 1995 APONC National Specialty: Ponwood's Esther Ofarim
bred by: Barbara Bruns and Wolfgang Stamp; owned by: Nancy Gardzelewski

First PON (female) World champion (aka World Winner) title: Elzbieta's White Zinfandel 1997 breeder: Betty Augustowski; owner: Merrilee Finch-Cirtwell

BOB at the 1997 APONC National Specialty: Polish Hill's Batman the Caped Crusader
breeders/owners: Pam and Vic Siehr

BOS at the 1997 APONC National Specialty: Polish Hill's Boze Narodzenie
breeders/owners: Pam and Vic Siehr

BOB at the 1998 APONC National Specialty: Polish Hill's Batman the Caped Crusader
breeders/owners: Pam and Vic Siehr

BOS at the 1998 APONC National Specialty: White Star's Tzarina Alexea
breeder: Merrilee Finch; owner Cheri O'Neal

BOB at the 1999 APONC National Specialty: Burmar's Tadeus
breeders: Bert and Mary Simberg; owners: George and Jane Ghesquirre

BOS at the 1999 APONC National Specialty: Elzbieta's Isa z Sinclair
breeder: Betty Augustowski; owned by Cheryl Kerner and Ryan Kerner

The PON enters AKC's miscellaneous class: July 1, 1999

First PON(female) to earn AKC NA title: Pon z Rosa's Moseley 7/25/99
breeder: Christine Ferraro; owners: Elizabeth and Joseph Evans

First PON(female) to earn AKC NAJ title: Pon z Rosa's Moseley 7/25/99

First PON(female) to earn AKC CD title: Ksiezna Kaska 8/15/99
breeder: Margie Loewen; owner: Gretchen Barker-Murphy and Gary Murphy

First PON(female) to earn AKC OA title: Pon z Rosa's Moseley 9/12/99
breeder: Christine Ferraro; owners: Elizabeth and Joseph Evans

First PON(male) to earn AKC CD title: Kosciuszko's Stasiek Borecka Grodec 11/6/99
breeder/owner: Julia Kennedy-Cochran

First PON(female) to earn AKC OAJ title: Pon z Rosa's Moseley 12/12/99
breeder: Christine Ferraro; owners: Elizabeth and Joseph Evans

First PON(female) to earn AKC AX title: Pon z Rosa's Moseley 2/12/00
breeder: Christine Ferraro; owners: Elizabeth and Joseph Evans

BOB at the 2000 APONC National Specialty: DarBozy Oscar Harrison
breeder: Susan Stekoll; owners: Rich and Ann Glazeski

BOS at the 2000 APONC National Specialty: Elzbieta's White Zinfandel
breeder: Betty Augustowski; owner: Merrilee Finch-Cirtwell

First PON(female) to earn AXJ title: Pon z Rosa's Moseley 7/21/00
breeder: Christine Ferraro; owners: Elizabeth and Joseph Evans

First PON(male) to earn NAJ title: Kosciuszko's Stasiek Borecka Grodec 8/5/00
breeder/owner: Julia Kennedy-Cochran

First PON(male) to earn NA title: Kosciuszko's Stasiek Borecka Grodec 8/19/00
breeder/owner: Julia Kennedy-Cochran

BOB at the 2001 APONC National Specialty: Dumka Hajko-Nerita
breeder: Rafal Hajko; owner: Roxanne Connor

BOS at the 2001 APONC National Specialty: DarBozy Oscar Harrison
breeder: Susan Stekoll; owners: Rich and Ann Glazeski

First PON (female) AKC champion: Elzbieta's White Zinfandel 8/04
breeder: Betty Augustowski; owner: Merrilee Finch-Cirtwell

First American-bred PON (female) AKC champion: Elzbieta's White Zinfandel 8/04
breeder: Betty Augustowski; owner: Merrilee Finch-Cirtwell

First PON (male) AKC champion: Furman Konkury 8/04
breeder: M. Kozlowska-Koza; owner: M. Mieczyk

First foreign-owned/bred PON (male) AKC champion: Furman Konkury 8/04
breeder: M. Kozlowska-Koza; owner: M. Mieczyk

First American-bred PON (male) AKC champion: Spioszek Pacynka z Sinclair 8/11
breeder: Agata Kowalyk; owners: Cheryl Kerner and Ryan Kerner

First foreign-owned/bred PON (female) AKC champion: Ponwood's Fancy Girl
breeder/owners: B. Bruns and W. Stamp

First breeder-owner-handled PON (male) AKC champion:
Polish Hill's Batman the Caped Crusader
breeders/owners: P. Siehr & V. Siehr

First breeder-owner-handled PON (female) AKC champion:
Sinclair's Let Me Entertain You
breeders/owners: R. Kerner & C. Kerner

First PON (male) AKC Group Placement (4) : Furman Konkury 8/04
breeder: M. Kozlowska-Koza; owner: M. Mieczyk

First PON (female) AKC Group Placement (2) : Ponwood's Fancy Girl 9/15/01
breeder/owners: B. Bruns and W. Stamp

First American-Bred PON (male) AKC Group Placement (4) :
White Star's Tigger Too 11/24/01
breeder: M. Finch-Cirtwell; owner: M. Hirata

First BOB at the American Eukanuba Invitational show 2001:
Ponwood's Fancy Girl
breeder/owners: B. Bruns and W. Stamp

First BOS at the American Eukanuba Invitational show 2001:
Fuman Konkury
breeder: M. Kozlowska-Koza; owner: M. Mieczyk

First Best Bred-by Exhibitor at the American Eukanuba Invitational show 2001:
DarBozy Black Tie No Tails
breeder/owner: S. Stekoll

First BOB at Westminster KC show 2002: Furman Konkury
breeder: M. Kozlowska-Koza; owner: M. Mieczyk

First BOS at Westminster KC show 2002: Malina z Gangu Dlugich
breeder: B. Larska; owners: M. Supronowicz, K. Wagner

First AOM winners at Westminster KC show 2002:
Elzbieta's White Zinfandel
breeder: B. Augustowski; owner: M. Finch-Cirtwell
Racuch Blusalka
breeder: E. Dobrzynska; owner: R. Connor

BOB at the first AKC APONC National Specialty 2002: Ponwood's Izabella
breeder: B. Bruns and W. Stamp; owner: S. Mills

BOS at the first AKC APONC National Specialty 2002: White Star's Tigger Too
breeder: M. Finch-Cirtwell; owner: M. Hirata

First BIS by foreign-bred/owned PON (female): Ponwood's Fancy Girl 4/27/02
owner/breeders: B. Bruns and W. Stamp
total entry: 675 dogs


First PON to qualify for the AKC National Agility Championships: Pon z Rosa's Moseley 7/21/02- placed 6th
breeder: C. Ferraro; owners: E. and J. Evans

First American-Bred PON (female) AKC Group Placement (4) :
Starpons Material Girl
breeder/owner: D. Gray

BOB at the American Eukanuba Invitational show 2002:
Ponwood's Fancy Girl
breeder/owners: B. Bruns and W. Stamp

BOS at the American Eukanuba Invitational show 2002:
White Star's Tigger Too
breeder: M. Finch-Cirtwell; owner: M. Hirata

Best Bred-by Exhibitor at the American Eukanuba Invitational show 2002:
Tzarina's Got an Attitude
breeder/owner: C. O'Neal

BOB Westminster KC show 2003: Ponwood's Fancy Girl
breeder: B. Bruns and W. Stamp; owner: B. Bruns and W. Stamp

BOS Westminster KC show 2003: Zhiggins Goral White Star z Barnciarni
breeder: B. Rayska Swist; owners: M. Finch-Cirtwell and J. Cirtwell

BOB at the AKC APONC National Specialty 2003: Preciouspons Man z Starpons
breeder: K. Theys; owners: D. Gray and M. Leaf

BOS at the AKC APONC National Specialty 2003: Ponwood's Izabella
breeder: B. Bruns and W. Stamp; owner: S. Mills

BOB at the American National Championship show 2003:
Czaber z Wielgowa
breeder: J. Zerebecki, owner: A. Erickson

BOS at the American National Championship show 2003:
Nowinka Kosy Dziechcinek
breeder: Beata Lesniak-Malecka; owner: N. Bogdanow

Best Bred-by Exhibitor at the American National Championship show 2003:
Nadzieja's Icy Odyssey
breeder/owners: S. Willson & K. Willson

BOB Westminster KC show 2004: Nowinka Kosy Dziechcinek
breeder: Beata Lesniak-Malecka; owner: N. Bogdanow

BOS Westminster KC show 2004: Czaber z Wielgowa
breeder: J. Zerebecki, owner: A. Erickson

BOB at the APONC National Specialty 2004: Ponwood's Izabella
breeder: B. Bruns and W. Stamp; owner: S. Mills

BOS at the APONC National Specialty 2004: Czaber z Wielgowa
breeder: J. Zerebecki, owner: A. Erickson

BOB at the American National Championship show 2005:
Zhiggins Goral White Star z Barnciarni
breeder: B. Rayska Swist; owners: M. Finch-Cirtwell and J. Cirtwell

BOS at the American National Championship show 2005:
Tzarina's Limited Edition
breeder: C. O'Neal; owner: C. O'Neal

Best Bred-by Exhibitor at the American National Championship show 2005:
Premier's Bajka Bebe
breeder/owners: B. Gilchrist & L. Gilchrist

First American Bred BOB Westminster KC show 2005: White Star's Zachary T
breeder: M. Finch-Cirtwell ; owner: M. Finch-Cirtwell and G. Helmbrecht

First American Bred BOS Westminster KC show 2005: Tzarina's Limited Edition
breeder: C. O'Neal, owner: C. O'Neal & G. Ritter

BOB at the APONC National Specialty 2005: Poprad Azurowa Amhara
breeder: E. Besaraba; owner: A. Klocke

BOS at the APONC National Specialty 2005: Nowinka Kosy Dziechcinek
breeder: B. Lesniak-Malecka; owner: N. Bogdanow

BOB Westminster KC show 2006: Zhiggins Goral White Star z Banciarni
breeder: B. Rayska Swist; owners: M. Finch-Cirtwell and J. Cirtwell

BOS Westminster KC show 2006: Molly Dziechcinek
breeder: B. Lesniak-Malecka; owner: C. Gibson

BOB & Best Bred-by Exhibitor at the American National Championship show 2006:
White Star's Zachary T
breeder: M. Finch-Cirtwell & J. Cirtwell; owners: G. Helmbrecht & M. Finch-Cirtwell

BOS at the American National Championship show 2006:
Nowinka Kosy Dziechcinek
breeder: B.Lesniak-Malecka; owner: N. Bogdanow

BOB at the AKC APONC National Specialty 2006:
Zhiggins Goral White Star z Banciarni
breeder: B. Rayska Swist; owners: M. Finch-Cirtwell and J. Cirtwell

BOS at the AKC APONC National Specialty 2006:
Nowinka Kosy Dziechcinek
breeder: B.Lesniak-Malecka; owner: N. Bogdanow

BOB at the American National Championship show Dec 2006:
Nowinka Kosy Dziechcinek
breeder: B.Lesniak-Malecka; owner: N. Bogdanow

BOS at the American National Championship show Dec 2006:
White Star's Baron
breeder: M. Finch-Cirtwell and J. Cirtwell; owner: K. Wozniak

Best Bred-by Exhibitor at the American National Championship show Dec 2006:
Bogdanka's Amazing Amalia
breeders: N. Bogdanow, B. Wilson & M. Cabral; owners: N. Bogdanow, B. Wilson & M. Cabral

BOB Westminster KC show 2007: Ozdoba Kontekst
breeder: G. Robak; owners: A. & V. Klocke

BOS Westminster KC show 2007: Zarys Ama Canem
breeder: M. Szczygiel; owner: C. Gibson

BOB at the APONC National Specialty 2007:
Nowinka Kosy Dziechcinek
breeder: B.Lesniak-Malecka; owner: N. Bogdanow

BOS at the APONC National Specialty 2007:
White Star's Baron
breeder: M. Finch-Cirtwell and J. Cirtwell; owner: K. Wozniak

BOB at the American National Championship show Dec 2007:
Nowinka Kosy Dziechcinek
breeder: B.Lesniak-Malecka; owner: N. Bogdanow

BOS at the American National Championship show Dec 2007:
Bluegrass Ivy League z White Star
breeders: Jan & Pat Wilkison; owner: Jenny Devlin

Best Bred-by Exhibitor at the American National Championship show Dec 2007:
Bogdanka's Abba Gale
breeders: N. Bogdanow, B. Wilson & M. Cabral; owners: N. Bogdanow, B. Wilson & M. Cabral

BOB Westminster KC show 2008: Sasquehanna Malinnik Ponadto
breeder: M. Supronowicz; owners: B. Bruns & W. Stamp

BOS Westminster KC show 2008: Nowinka Kosy Dziechcinek
breeder: B.Lesniak-Malecka; owner: N. Bogdanow

BOB at the APONC National Specialty 2008:
White Star's It's a Sirius Family Affair
breeder: M. Finch-Cirtwell and J. Cirtwell; owner: N. Bogdanow

BOS at the APONC National Specialty 2008:
Bogdanka's Amazing Amelia
breeders: N. Bogdanow, B. Wilson & M. Cabral; owners: N. Bogdanow, B. Wilson & M. Cabral

First BIS by american-bred PON (male): White Star's It's a Sirius Family Affair* 10/11/08
breeder: M. Finch-Cirtwell and J. Cirtwell; owner: N. Bogdanow
total entry: 879 dogs *National Specialty Show Cluster

First BIS puppy by american-bred PON (female): StarPONs Catch Your Dreams* 10/11/08
breeders: D. Gray, C. Czerechowicz, J & J. Parks; owners: D. Gray & C. Czerechowicz
total entry: 150 puppies *National Specialty Show Cluster

BOB at the American National Championship show Dec 2008:
White Star's It's a Sirius Family Affair
breeder: M. Finch-Cirtwell and J. Cirtwell; owner: N. Bogdanow

BOS at the American National Championship show Dec 2008:
Bogdanka's Amazing Amelia
breeders: N. Bogdanow, B. Wilson & M. Cabral; owners: N. Bogdanow, B. Wilson & M. Cabral

Best Bred-by Exhibitor at the American National Championship show Dec 2008:
Bogdanka's Amazing Amelia
breeders: N. Bogdanow, B. Wilson & M. Cabral; owners: N. Bogdanow, B. Wilson & M. Cabral

BOB Westminster KC show 2009: Sasquehanna Malinnik Ponadto
breeder: M. Supronowicz; owners: B. Bruns & W. Stamp

BOS Westminster KC show 2009: Starpons Tootsie Pup
breeders: D. Gray, C. Czerechowicz, J & J Parks; owners: D. Gray & C. Czerechowicz



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