As every show, it all started small. In 1964 Mr José Misselyn organised the first edition in Menen, a small town near Kortrijk. In 1970 I entered my Great Dane for this show and I remember that it took place in the first Expo Halls of Kortrijk. Twenty-five years ago I started to work as a reporter for the national magazine in Belgium, WOEF, the Eurodogshow was my first show, and since then I have been a yearly visitor and have seen it grow larger, bigger and more professional.
It was a great pleasure judging the Porvoo 60th Anniversary Show and I would like to thank Kirsi Lankola and her team for putting on an excellently run show.
The showground was laid out very well although a little spread out. The standard of the dogs were of a high quality and my group winner went to the Cairn.
BIS went to the gorgeous Lhasa Apso Chic Choix Cleopatra Eurydice (pictured above) owned by Piia Helistölä-Laurila.
For the first time in Dutch history, Maastricht was allowed to organise two international all breed shows in one weekend.
The entries and the organisation were a great success. Nearly 2,000 dogs in 2012, Maastricht hosted over 3,600 dogs in 2013. With a special camper location in the direct neighbourhood and over 800 hotel rooms booked in Maastricht and surroundings the show was also an economic success for the region.
I would like to thank the Officers and Committee of the Cavalier and King Charles Spaniel Breeders Club, Prague for inviting me to judge, King Charles, a breed I am so very close to and fond of.
The show took place in Chateau Sirin, near Prague, set in a lovely surrounding venue with picturesque views.
What a great show this was, and what an honour and privilege it was to be invited to judge this Spaniel Speciality show in Hyvinkaa of the 5th of October. First class organisation, wonderful hospitality and the sportsmanlike manner the exhibitors took the judges decisions at this prestigious show. Next years World Show will be well worth a visit.
My thanks to my two ring stewards, Viveca Lindqvist and Marianne Dolmatoff who kept me on the straight and narrow and kept up with writing my critiques superbly.
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