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Gabriella Gebhard and her pooch enjoy Florida. (Photos courtesy Stephanie Gebhard)

Gabriella Gebhard continues to take the world of dog showing by storm.

The Coupeville High School sophomore competed in the AKC National Championship presented by Royal Canin in Orlando, Florida this weekend.

It was her second-straight trip to the event, but not the end of her adventure, as the 147th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show awaits in May 2023.

With strong performances this season, Gebhard is actually halfway to qualifying for the 2024 edition of Westminster as well.

While in Florida she claimed multiple awards with the most experienced of her pooches, Walker (Set’r Ridge’s Legend in the Making).

Who’s a good dog?

The duo, who are ranked #7 in the nation, made it through three cuts, and Gebhard claimed 2nd place for handlers who own and show their own dogs.

They also earned their fourth Best Junior award during a season which began Oct. 1.

“Successful show for sure!” said mom Stephanie.

On to more championships!

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Gabriella Gebhard takes one of her setters for a run at a recent dog show. (Photos courtesy Stephanie Gebhard)

Gabriella Gebhard is on her way to the big time.

The Coupeville High School rising sophomore, among the best in the nation in her age group of competitive dog handlers, has earned an invite to the biggest show on the books.

Coming off of two more wins as Best Junior at AKC Sporting Dog and All Breed Shows, Gebhard has qualified for the Westminster Dog Show.

The premier event on the circuit, it started in 1877 and has run uninterrupted through the Great Depression, world wars and pandemics.

Gebhard will participate in the 147th edition of Westminster, which is slated for next summer.

To qualify, she had to earn seven Best Junior awards between Oct. 1, 2021 and Sept. 30, 2022.

Wins #6 and #7 came in Enumclaw, where she teamed up with her faithful canine companion, Walker (Set’r Ridge’s Legend in the Making) to win a Grand Championship.

While that duo is Westminster-bound, Gebhard also has Set’r Ridge’s Climbing to the Top (Everest), who bagged two wins and a Best of Opposite award.

Perfect form, and the awards keep coming.

Altogether, Gebhard has three setters, including Set’r Ridge’s Eternal Faith, and each of the trio is a champion.

While Westminster is the internationally known, broadcast on TV main event, Gebhard and her pooches have plenty of other shows ahead on the schedule.

That includes the Royal Canin AKC nationals, set for Dec. 17-18 in Orlando.

“She (Gabriella) is over the moon,” said mom Stephanie. “We are so excited!”

Westminster-bound.

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Gabriella Gebhard is the top-ranked English Setter junior handler in the USA. (Photos courtesy Stephanie Gebhard)

She’s in a groove.

Coupeville High School rising sophomore Gabriella Gebhard continues to light up the world of dog shows, guiding her canine companions to a bonanza of trophies and ribbons.

Back in April she clinched an invitation to the Royal Canin AKC nationals, guaranteeing a second-straight appearance at the big dance.

That event runs Dec. 17-18 in Orlando.

But not content to rest on her laurels Gebhard has spent the spring and summer on a tear.

The CHS standout has claimed five “Best Juniors” and eight “Reserve Best Juniors” at recent dog shows and finds herself highly ranked in the national standings.

Gebhard is currently the top-ranked English Setter junior handler in the country and sits #4 in Sporting Dog and #6 in All-Breed.

Her main pooch, Walker (Set’r Ridge’s Legend in the Making) is mere points away from being crowned a Grand Champion.

Sharing the love (and the prizes).

The duo won multiple Best of Breed awards with Gebhard facing off with adult competition, then had a big day Friday in Oregon.

Competing at the Coos Bay Kennel Club, Walker helped Gebhard earn Owner Handler Reserve Best in Show.

While he’s a magnet for awards, Walker is not the only dog Gebhard has on the awards circuit.

She has also guided another English Setter — Set’r Ridge’s Eternal Faith — to a championship and is working with a puppy — Set’r Ridge’s Climbing to the Top (Everest) — which she bred herself.

A Blue Belton English Setter chasing his own championship, Everest looks strong, having won the Group 1 Puppy Sweeps in April at the Tacoma Kennel Club.

Enjoying some free time in between winning all the awards.

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Gabriella Gebhard and one of her prize pooches.

She’s a two-timer.

Coupeville High School freshman Gabriella Gebhard has earned a return visit to the American Kennel Club national championship event after a strong showing in Tacoma this weekend.

The AKC big dance goes down at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando December 17-18.

Gebhard, who is currently ranked third in the nation among English Setter junior dog handlers, won Reserve Best Junior at the Tacoma Dome.

She was showing “Set’r Ridge’s Eternal Faith.”

Last December Gebhard took “Set’r Ridge’s Legend in the Making” to Orlando, where the duo narrowly missed the second cut while competing with 141 juniors at the AKC National Championships presented by Royal Canin.

The trip to Tacoma was a busy one for the CHS scholar/athlete, who also claimed Best In Breed with a different dog, “Set’r Ridge’s Climbing to the Top.”

Showing three dogs, Gebhard claimed multiple prizes as she continues her pursuit of fulfilling a dream by earning a trip to her sport’s showcase — the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

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Gabriella Gebhard and Walker, her faithful canine companion, are burning up the dog show circuit. (Photos courtesy Stephanie Gebhard)

Straight out of Coupeville, they wowed the big city judges.

CHS freshman Gabriella Gebhard and her English Setter, Walker “Set’r Ridge’s Legend in the Making,” were in Orlando, Florida, this weekend, competing with the nation’s best.

The duo made the first cut, then narrowly missed the second cut while vying with 141 juniors at the prestigious American Kennel Club National Championships presented by Royal Canin.

“(Making) the first cut was her goal in this kind of group,” said mom Stephanie Gebhard. “She felt good about it for her first year.”

Striking that perfect pose.

Gabriella, who has been winning titles left and right, was also awarded for being one of the top 10 sporting juniors in the US.

She has been ranked as high as #2 in the nation this season, and is intent on continuing her run to one day qualify for Westminster.

When not showing dogs, Gebhard was also a successful cross country runner during her middle school days.

“Good job, boy!”

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