Summer Night Shows 2016
Supreme Best in Show at the Split 4 Summer Night Shows 2016 was the Maltese Cinecitta Ian Somerhalder
owned by Franco Prosperi from Italy. BIS Judge was Paolo Dondina (Italy).
We started on Tuesday with the free grooming seminar for Terriers which was held on the showground for about 30 participants and which was done by three Croatian worldwide known Terrier breeders, groomers and handlers, Mrs Suzana Verstovsek Matakovic, Mrs Angela Ban and Mr Juraj Sokolic. The seminar was really interesting and it was great to see the three professionals sharing their experience and knowledge for free. This is something you don’t find very often.
Wednesday was already the first show day. The traditional Club Show for Dalmatians with an entry of about 30 dogs was judged by a breeder judge and the Vice President of the Croatian Kennel Club Mr Mijo Fury.
In addition to that, for the first time ever, Split and Croatia hosted the prestigious Interra Winner Show. Interra is the International Association of All Terrier Clubs and their annual specialty is held every year in a different country and most of the years during the World and the European shows. The show attracted about 190 Terriers with Jack Russells being the largest entry with 34 dogs. Also, by the approval of the Croatian Kennel Club the Jack Russells and Parson Russells were for the first time judged divided into two coat varieties with the titles being given both to the Smooths and to the Wires and broken coats separately.
The show was judged by four famous breeder judges: Mr Francesco Cochetti from Italy, Mr Nemanja Jovanovic from Serbia, Mr Luis Gorjao-Henriques from Portugal who is also a General Secretary of Interra and Mr Bojan Matakovic, the General Secretary of the Croatian Kennel Club who also had the honour to judge Best in Show. Even if most of the breeds didn’t have large entries, the quality in many, including some very rare breeds was very high. Finally the Best in Show went to the Brazilian owned Wire Fox, second was the English Toy Terrier from the UK and third the Hungarian owned Miniature Bull Terrier.
Thursday was the first day of the Summer Shows and as usual, it was not enough that a very important football game was held at the same time in the stadium near to ours, but also around 5pm we witnessed a horrible storm which blew away most of the tents and then we had two hours of heavy rain. But after two very hectic hours we started judging two hours later than planned and with the great help of the Croatian KC’s President Mr Damir Skok we managed to put all back in place like nothing happened.
The next three days we had great weather and on Friday finally we managed to have a postponed opening ceremony where all the judges received wonderful statues of “their” breed, made by the famous Spanish artist Cesar Alonso Martinez. As you all know Split shows are the shows with a little bit of extra but in addition to the great International panel of judges, famous masseur, Best in Show cocktails, dancing in the main ring with Croatia’s most famous pop star Jelena Rozga, Roman soldiers and many other things there was something even more special this year.
First of all, Split International became individually the largest show in the country and Split circuit with an entry of 5,700 dogs that came from 36 different countries this year became one of the largest circuits in this part of Europe. Second, and the most important, never ever has Split or Croatia and probably any other show in Europe except of the World and European shows had so many top quality and world’s famous dogs on one place. All the four BIS judges, Mr Francesco Cochetti from Italy, Mr Andras Korozs from Hungary, Mr Augusto Benedicto Santos III from the Philippines and Mrs Hassi Assenmacher-Feyel from Germany agreed it was the hardest Best in Show they ever judged.
After the Supreme Junior handler was chosen, Supreme Best in Show of the minor puppies and puppies, Croatian breeds and juniors from all four shows were chosen and then the legendary Mr Paolo Dondina from Italy was escorted to the main ring by the Roman soldiers to choose the ultimate Supreme Best in Show winner.
He had four dogs – the Dalmatian as a BIS winner of the Club show, the Wire Fox as the BIS winner of the Interra Winner show and Thursday’s National show, the Bearded Collie as the BIS winner of the Saturday’s National show and the Maltese as the BIS winner of the both International shows.
The Dalmatian is a well-known dog, Croatian bred and owned who also won the Supreme BIS of the Croatian national breeds. The Wire Fox is a famous dog, bred in Belgium, owned by a Brazilian, handled by a famous Englishman who among all the wins was also Best in Show winner of the last European dog show which was held in the Czech Republic. The Beardie is another famous dog, bred in Italy and owned by a Russian, who was the Best in Show winner of the last World dog show which was held in Italy.
Mr Dondina’s winner was a young Maltese, bred and owned in Italy who is currently top dog all breeds in Italy. Among the new extras in Split certainly the most important were the hand made rosettes made in Serbia by Mrs Stefica Lazic which were absolutely breathtaking. When the show finished the judges had a lovely boat trip to the island of Brac and then were taken to the main square of the Diocletian’s palace to watch the opera Aida.
And while everyone was impressed by something for me as the President of the Organising Committee two things made me really proud – first the letter from Mr Tamas Berkenyi of our general sponsor Eukanuba who wrote Split was the best show he had ever attended and second, the interview Mr Dondina gave for the TV saying that even if he judged Bests in Show in most of the world’s most famous shows (including Crufts, Montgomery etc) judging the Supreme BIS in Split can be compared only with judging BIS at Westminster.