Am. & Can. Grand Victor Ch. Lance of
|1957 GV Ch. Troll v Richterbach ROM|
|Select Ch. Fortune of Arbywood ROM|
|Frigga of Silver Lane ROM|
|1967 GV Ch. Lance of Fran Jo ROM|
|Ch. Rikter v Liebestraum|
|Frohlich’s Elsa v Grunestahl ROM|
|Burgunda v Lindendorf|
GSDC of America---1966---Maturity Victor & Select #6
"His front action disappointed me somewhat…
a 2 ½ year old… very impressive, large (26") black and tan of excellent
type and extreme rear angulation. This, and his incomplete dentition
deprived him of begin in strong contention for the Grand Victor title."
GSDC of Detroit, Inc – November 27, 1966 --- Best of Breed
“Of the five Specials shown, two were more outstanding than the others. Yet not one of these animals was outclassed. Just outshown on this day. Champion Lance of Fran-Jo was the most outstanding and the first time I had judged him, as it was for at least three of the other four Specials. In the final analysis, this extra long, smooth, well-coordinated, downright spectacular gait was too much for the competition. Considering the competition, I’d say this is quite a dog. I would like the owners of each of these Specials to know that I considered these dogs all a credit to the breed. But we can award only one ribbon; this does not, however, (or at least should not) keep intelligent breeders from choosing wisely the one stud dog best for this bitch.”
Judge Mr Myron Ferris
GSDC of America---1967---Best Opposite Sex to Best of Breed
1970 Register of Merit Sire
1972 Futurity/Maturity Tabulations
"Truly a picture dog with ideal proportions, presenting a statuesque silhouette of near perfection. A noble expression, constantly alert, stylish arched neck, high wither, uninterrupted topline, short back, well formed croup, sable tail, ideal rear angulation and short powerful hocks. His color and markings were medium, his pigment, not flashy or rich hued. He could be described as dry rather than plush or coarse. It was his unique grace and symmetry that immediately caught the eye. He possessed an unusual masculine refinement. He was stunning."
Register of Merit Report---1977
"It has been eleven years since the great Lance was crowned Grand Victor. His tremendous influence on the breed is seen weekly at our Specialty shows and his sons, grandsons and granddaughters dominate the top producing bloodlines of today and of this past decade. he is the highest active Register of Merit sire. Listed below are his 50 champions and 12 Register of Merit offspring."
"From his earliest puppy hood through his teen-age awkwardness he exhibited a profound structural beauty and, as time passed, he developed in his maturity into a magnificent animal. He was a better dog than his progenitors. He was different; he was not a truly German dog but a mutant, and the type that he expressed was destined to become a model for the American conformational standard. He was influenced, it would seem, in genetic type by Troll von Richterbach and Bill vom Kleistweg, but he exhibited in himself a beauty of conformation that was completely individual. It is difficult to describe perfection.. but Lance was not perfect. He had one missing tooth, and the, perhaps, made his other qualities more precious. His character was impeccable, and in his maturity he was an elegant large black and tan dog with extreme angulation behind, excellent balance, a noble head, good depth of body fine forechest, good feet, shoulders and back and perfect hips.
But besides these physical endowments he was possessed of a presence, a charisma, that crested a gulf between him and any other Shepherd bred in the United States up to his time. No one who saw Lance could be ambivalent in assessing his worth. Needless to say he made his championship with ease. He was not vigorously campaigned yet attained, in excellent competition, 36 Best of Breeds, eight Group first, two Best in Shows, and nine Specialty Best in Shows. He reached the apogee of his career when in 1967 he was crowned United States Grand Victor and Canadian Grand Victor while handled by a young Jimmy Moses."
Ernest H. Hart