Phil Marsh was the last handler for Mr. & Mrs. John P Wagner of Mazelaine. Marsh first appears in the ABC catalogs as handler for the Cross Acre Boxers of Mrs. George Cross in 1945 & 1946. In 1946 he is also listed on a Mazelaine dog. He then appears in the 1949 catalog as handler on Mazelaine and Shouse entries. He continued to handle the Mazelaine dogs until the Wagner’s retired from active exhibiting in 1959.
Phil Marsh was the handler on CH Mazelaine’s Zazarac Brandy when he won BIS at the Garden (Westminister Kennel Club) in 1949. and campaigned Brandy to most BIS all-breed (60) including the one at Westminster. He is pictured on the parade of champions film with Brandy and in the picture of the three Westminster winners. He campaigned the last two major specials the Wagner’s fielded that won ABC – CH Baroque of Quality Hill and CH Marjack’s Windjammer.
Baroque – a littermate to Barrage – was BOB at ABC in 1956. This was a nice win but Mazie – in charge of the program now – had only one show she wanted to win and never had – Morris & Essex. M&E, as it was known then, was THE prestige show. The Wagner’s had shown Boxers there since the 30’s but had never gotten the coveted BIS. Baroque with Phil Marsh achieved this dream for her.
CH Marjack’s Golden Windjammer, a Lookout son out of Mary Jackson’s ICH Marjack’s Golden Mist, was BOB at ABC in 1958. He was specialed in 1956, 1957 & 1958 by Phil and was either the top Boxer or in contention for it. He was sire of the 1960 ABC BOB winner CH Mazelaine’s Grand Master.
Joe Gregory apprenticed with him from 1950-1952 when he got his own license (from AKC). Phil mainly showed in the Midwest and south/southwest, leaving the East to Walter Foster, Nate Levine, and later Jane Kamp. Larry Downey operated out of Libertyville, Ill outside of Chicago and the West Coast was too far away to count – plus they would have had to compete with the Sangsters. Transportation being what it was, ABC, Morris & Essex and later Westminster, were the places they all met on a regular basis. Watching the handlers at these events could be better entertainment than who won!!! After his retirement from handling Phil became a noted all-breed judge.