Am.GCh., Swed., Nor. Ch.
Aleph American Idol, TP
What a spectacular career for Simon!
Here are a few of his many accomplishments:
2014, 2015, 2016 & 2018 Top Standard Poodle Sire
Simon has sired over 90 American champions as of July, 2018.
2013 Poodle Club of America National Specialty Best in Show
2012 Crufts, England, Best of Breed- largest dog show in the world 2012 Poodle Club of America National Specialty Best Opposite Sex FCI World Dog Show, Saltzburg, Austria, Best of Breed and Group First
2012 Sweden's Top Dog of the Year All Breeds
Comments from the 2013 PCA judges on Simon:
" Seldom do you see a dog that exemplifies so well the very essence of Poodle type both moving and standing. This dog created such excitement that he could not be denied the Best of Breed Award. " - Judge Jack MacGillivray, Intervariety Judge
" One dog emerged that was definitely "in charge" . . . . I had never seen this dog before and I simply could not find anyplace that I would like to change him. He never put a foot wrong, made a fantastic outline, and covered the ring with authority, grace and balance. " - Judge James G. Reynolds , Standard Variety Judge
Libby was a great addition to any breeding program with her extreme elegance, beauty, headpiece, and sweet, gentle nature coupled with wicked intelligence. We decided not to campaign this show-quality girl because she became my most favorite pet. Libby produced three litters of puppies with Adam that have the most exceptional temperaments and beauty. Libby is now retired as a dam, and remains our wonderful companion.
Ch. Obsidian Special Event " Eva "
© COPYRIGHT 2010 Ardent Standard Poodles
We will be forever spoiled with the performance of this spectacular dog.
Adam championed at ten months of age, and was then (in the days before Grand Championships) shown as a puppy special, winning three Best of Variety, Best Puppy in Show, PCA placement and group placement, all before one year of age.
Adam was outstanding even among his many champion siblings. He was just as outstanding as our companion throughout his life, and we miss him every day.
Eva and Adam were littermates in a two puppy litter. Eva was a study in exuberant personality and sparkling intelligence. Poodles as a rule are smart, but this girl took canine intelligence to another level. There are lots of "Eva" stories! We lost Eva just shy of her 15th birthday and miss her every day.
Ch. Obsidian Champagne Event
Obsidian Ardent Surprise
What a great group of dogs we have been blessed with having! They are each unique, yet are all the best pets and companions we could ever have. Listed on this page are a few of the dogs we have bred, shown and loved.
"Tia", Valentino's Ti Amore, a tall and "birdy" brown, was our first
Standard. Bert’s family had once had a Standard Poodle, so when we decided
to get a dog, naturally that was what we had to have. Tia sold Paula
on the breed immediately.
Tia loved to play with other dogs of any age, sex or breed, so of course,
we had to get her a companion. It was just going to be one . . .
Ch. Obsidian Queen At Ardent
Ch. King's Champagne Taste X Ch. Todd's Blue Iris of Antiphon
What a gorgeous girl is "Queen"! Pointed as a puppy, Queen finished quickly after going in adult trim. She received many compliments from the judges. After finishing her show career and coming home, Queen was bred to our Simon, and whelped her puppies on the Fourth of July, 2014. Three of them are already champions.
Queen is a very feminine, refined, and beautiful blue girl who passed all of her genetic testing and has an OFA "excellent" rating for hips. She has provided us with several champion offspring for the future, including "Yankee" and "CeCe". Queen is now a pampered companion in a wonderful forever home, and we are showing her grandchildren.
Ch. D'Kamron Klassic Kosmo x Obsidian Canisy Its My Life
Simon is co-owned by Ardent and Donnchada Kennels.
Simon is strongly stamping his offspring with great structure and carriage. He has sired over 60 American champions as of fall 2016. He has several more international champions.
Simon has a totally natural, very black and lasting color that he throws reliably. He breeds by live cover only. For breeding inquiries, please contact Betty Brown, Donnchada Kennels, 713-305-0120.
Ch. Ardent Obsidian Patriot
GCh. Aleph American Idol x Ch. Obsidian Queen at Ardent
"Yankee" is a great breeding choice for those who would like Simon's great qualities and bloodline, but would also like to use shipped semen. Yankee is a most wonderful fusion of his great sire Simon, and the "Andy" (Ch.King Champagne Taste) influence in his bloodlines. Yankee finished his championship at ten months. He is stylish, with size and substance, great super black color and coat, wonderful front and driving rear.
Best of all is his friendly, mellow, happy-go-lucky temperament. He is a great cuddler.
Yankee is co-owned with Obsidian Poodles. His testing is complete and normal, He is a proven sire, with 11 puppies in his first litter. Yankee is available for breeding to approved bitches by cooled shipped semen. Please contact us for breeding inquiries.
What a feat for this young girl to finish her championship from the 6-9 months class, and then to complete a Grand Championship at ten months! This young lady is one of our Fourth of July, 2014, puppies and is a full sister to Yankee, above. She is full grown now, and her puppy "Lucci" from her first litter has now attained his own Grand Championship!
Thank you Bill and Taffe McFadden and all your crew for presenting CeCe so beautifully (and to Daniel Chavez for standing in and taking her to the Group Third in this picture).
CeCe is happy in her guardian home on the Longview Peninsula, and will be bred one more time in 2020 prior to complete retirement.
Ch. Donnchada McDreamy at Horsegate x Obsidian Brenda's Star
Ch. Harwood Ardent Sophisticate - "Sophie"
Harwood When Your Hot Your Hot - "Hotsie"
2015 Gch Aleph American Idol x Calliope Spellbound in Epic Poetry
Our beautiful, compact and very correct Sophie was born in May, 2015 to an equally beautiful Manderlay Spellbound dam - what a pedigree!
Sophie has now earned her championship with handlers Bill and Taffe McFadden and is already happy in her new guardian home in Portland.
Sophie's littermate sister "Hotsie" is also now a champion and is being shown by her co-owner, handler Betty Brown.
Ardent Country Sunday
Ch. Donnchada Power of the Dream x Ch. Ardent Idolize Me
"Sunday" is a lot of dog! At one year of age she reached 26" at the withers, the largest in the litter. She is a ton of loving, lovable fun. We planned to send her out for a show career, but she needed some time first to grow into her large frame, and alas, grew right out of optimal size and proportions for a show girl! On the bright side, she has had more time to become our wonderful pet.
While Sunday is not a show dog, we thought you might like to see one of our home dogs. Everyone who meets this girl wants to take her home.
Ch. Ardent American Express
GCh. Aleph American Idol x Ch. Obsidian Queen at Ardent
July 4, 2014
These are just a few of the dogs we have most recently owned, bred and/or shown. I hope you enjoyed reading about them!
Rev is a Grand Champion at 10 1/2 months.
We are beyond excited about Rev. He is the first male we have seen that we would say is the same caliber in structure and movement as the legendary Simon.
Rev achieved his Championship at nine months, and his Grand Championship at ten and a half months of age, with a total of eight majors. He is a tall, long legged boy with the most perfect and rare front end assembly. With his legs, size, power and extraordinary conformation, he is exciting to watch in the show ring. He is equally fun at home, where his sunny, always happy and unflappable temperament is proving to be as great an asset as his conformation.
We believe Rev will have a standout career as a sire. He is NE clear; all other testing normal.
We are excited about our 2018 puppies - Here is the first one we are keeping out of our late 2017 litter by CC's sister Debbie, being handled by our co-owner, Betty Brown. Here she is after taking a prestigious placement at our PCA National Specialty in April, 2019.
Allie will take a little break from showing in 2020 to be bred to "Revy", see above!
GCh. Tees Me Revelation for Ardent
Tees Me Shockalot Paradigm X Tees Me Cassiopia
And here is Bert with "Lucci" and "Fizz"as puppies, in a picture taken at our Poodle Palooza in August of 2018, before they joined Daniel Chavez to begin their show careers.
What a start "Lucci" had to his show career!
In very few shows, Lucci finished his championship after just turning nine months, with multiple Best of Variety wins over multiple specials, and then completed his Grand Championship at 10 1/2 months. Daniel Chavez has handled and presented this lovely boy to perfection.
Lucci will now come home for some R&R while growing coat for an adult career.
Lucci is a very sweet, loving boy who likes to cuddle and play. He loves both people and other dogs. Lucci was an extremely smart and aware puppy who was always ahead of all the other pups in the litter. While they would be sleeping, he would sit and study his surroundings and appear to be thinking great thoughts!
Lucci is another exciting prospect who is NE clear.
Ch. Tees Me Scandalous to Ardent
Ch. Tees Me Canadian Playboy x Am.Can.Ch Tees Me Karma of Highgrove
And the youngest 2018 pup at Ardent, from breeder Terill Udenberg, is a very promising black Simon granddaughter that has had a wonderful show career with Taffe and Bill McFadden.
"Scandi" has a ton of personality, style and sass, and she shows accordingly! She started winning her classes her first weekend out, and her second weekend, she took Best Puppy in Specialty! Thank you to breeder judge Dennis McCoy for this lovely win.
Her third weekend out, she has won Best of Variety both days from the 6-9 month class, earning two majors!
In April 2019 we took Scandi to our PCA National Specialty where she won a prestigious placement in a very large and competitive class under judge Eugene Blake. Following that, Scandi travelled to the Southern California Club Poodle Specialty and won Best of Variety from breeder judge Joseph Vergnetti.
Scandi is now in Canada already pointed for her Canadian championship. We look forward to having her return to Washington soon!
Ch. Ardent Nessun Dorma - "Luciano"
GCh Targa Speak of the Devil x GCh Ardent American Express
And Luciano is our newest Grand Champion!
Ch. Ardent Effervesence
GCh J Forr Joseph A Unique Dream Boy x
Ch Harwood Ardent Sophisticate
"Fizz" completed his show career in grand style. He took both a Winner's Dog and Best of Winners honors at the 2019 Palm Springs Specialties in January, and quickly won most of his championship points in the next few shows. We then took him to our PCA National Specialty where he took a very prestigious second in his class!
Champion Fizz is now loved by a family in the Czech Republic where he will be continuing his show career, as well as being a family pet.
Ch. Targa Speak of the Devil x Donnchada Debutante
Ch. Donnchada Ardent American Sweetheart