Gibraltar’s 40th and 41st International Championship show weekend lived up to its name and was a truly international affair, writes Alexandra Forth.
Last weekend saw the Rome International dog show with more than 1200 entries in the Rome Nuova Fiera. BIS was the Bearded Collie, Ops I Did It Again Del Cuore Impavido owned by Olga Klimova (Rus), res BIS was Wymeswold Tiramisu Clumber Spaniel o, Loretta Bernardi (I), BIS3 Balou Girl del Wanhelsing, Kaninchen Wire Dachshund, o: Allevamento del Wanhelsing (I) the BIS judged by Valerio Nataletti (I)
Judging around the world has been one of my dreams since I was child and which I am pleased to say have come true right now. But in some way I never thought to judge in some countries where you couldn't imagine to find very active dog show people, like for example it was in India.
India was never in my thought for this reason and I was totally wrong!
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The Lovaniumtrophy has the reputation of being a show that attracts a lot of hunting dogs and breeds. If you want to see some rare breeds of Groups 6 & 7, than you'll have a big chance to see some. This year there was an Epagneul de Pont-Audemer, a Griffon Bleu de Gascogne, and an Erdely Kopo, or Transylvanian Hound.
As if it was to celebrate its 60th show, 90 more dogs than last year came to Liège, and this brought the total number of entries to 2,035, a new record. Every two years, on Saturday evening, Liège holds it Master Trophy (this was the sixth time), with 22 Champions in competition. Every year Liège always seems to be Belgium's hottest show. I can't remember a chilly Liège show. But that has, of course, also to do with the hospitality and the many "Golden" competitions during that weekend.
THE Pécs International was held on 21-22 of June. Pécs is in the south of Hungary, some 200 kilometres south of Budapest and close to the Croatian border, approximately 40 kilometres.
There were two shows held over the weekend with about 600 entries, quite a low entry, but there was an International Show in Komarom two weeks earlier and an International in Slovenia at the same time.
The Italian Torino, or Turin as it is known in Great Britain, is the third largest and most important city in Italy, after Rome and Milan. Here is the centre of Italian car manufacturing and the main centre for Fiat. The city is in North West Italy, the capital city of the Piemonte region at the foot of the Alps, the Po River steps out from the hills to the lowlands here.
Turin is a nice city with a typical downtown, and with a lot of green areas in the city. Two shows were held here over the weekend of the 5th & 6th of July. The Mondovi International Show with 995 entries was held on Saturday, and the Torino International Show (the 81st) with 1,347 entries was held on Sunday. The show was held in the Lignotto Fiere Oval, a huge show hall, both sides of the hall were glass, which meant a lot of natural light in the hall, but thankfully for a July Italian day, the hall was fully air conditioned. Unfortunately there wasn’t enough carpet in the rings, some of them just had a tape of carpet and some dogs were sliding about.
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