Morris & Essex Kennel Club

The Morris & Essex Kennel Club deeply regrets the recent passing of esteemed judge Jane Kamp Forsyth. We extend our heart-felt condolences to her husband Robert, daughter Sioux Forsyth-Green. and all her loving family members. “Janey” was to have judged Best in Show at the upcoming 2015 Morris & Essex Show, and we will strive to have this show be one she would be most proud of, as we know she will be looking on. I will personally miss her after more that 50 years of friendship. - Wayne Ferguson, Morris & Essex President


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Click or tap on the player above to watch an introduction to the Morris & Essex Kennel Club, past and present, narrated by Wayne Ferguson, Morris & Essex president and show chair.


The Group 1 trophy that the great Ch. Bang Away of Sirrah Crest won at Morris & Essex Kennel Club in 1951 will be displayed at this year's show. Below, M&E member Bo Bengtson explains the iconic Boxer's significance, even today:

Bang Away is probably better remembered today than any other dog from the 1950s. He was the first dog ever to win 100 Best in Shows, a record he achieved in 1954 — just a few months before his constant rival, the English Setter Ch. Rock Falls Colonel, did. Bang Away was Top Dog of all breeds in 1951, 1954 and 1955 — second in 1950 and 1952 (to the Setter, who took BIS over him at the 1951 Morris & Essex, third in 1953. He won 121 BIS and was reportedly defeated in the breed only five times during his long career. He was so popular that on one of the occasions when he didn't win, the ringside spectators started to throw chairs and the judge required police escort to get out of the building!


He made an indelible impression on those who saw him. John Connolly, past president of the American Boxer Club, saw Bang Away in the 1950s: "When he was in the ring you could not take your eyes off of him, you couldn't look at anything else in the ring. … He was streamlined and added more style and flair to the breed."


Bang Away sired at least 228 litters, including 81 champions. Among his most famous offspring was Ch. Baroque of Quality Hill, who won BIS at Morris & Essex KC in 1955. Her brother Ch. Barrage of Quality Hill was considered even better than his sire by some, and was an early favorite of his handler, the late Jane Kamp Forsyth. It would be difficult today to find an American Boxer pedigree today that does not go back to Bang Away multiple times.


One of the first dogs to be shown consistently on both coasts in the U.S., Bang Away was handled in the East by Nate Levine and in the West by Harry Sangster. He was owned and bred by Dr. and Mrs. R. C. Harris of Santa Ana, California, whose kennel records, photographs, etc. are now in Suzie Campbell's possession.


The Bang Away trophy will be displayed at the American Boxer Club's trophy table during their specialty show at Morris & Essex, later in the general M&EKC trophy tent.



Photo: Dan Sayers