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Thursday, 03 December 2015 17:41

Libramont 2015

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Last year was the first time round for this new show. In fact it was not a new show, as Libramont is the replacement of the Namur Dog Show, which was saved from disappearing by Mr Detry. While last year it was a CAC show, expectations were high this year for its first CACIB show. 


Last year was the first time round for this new show. In fact it was not a new show, as Libramont is the replacement of the Namur Dog Show, which was saved from disappearing by Mr Detry. While last year it was a CAC show, expectations were high this year for its first CACIB show. Unfortunately, the date for the show had to be rescheduled to September at the end of a four weekends in a row period if you take the Oslo European Dog Show also into account. And that resulted in “only” 1,635 entries.

One thousand, six hundred and thirty five entries is not bad at all, in my opinion, especially for a show that still works on its name and reputation. And I can assure you that this is going to be one of the most fantastic shows in Europe. Not only is the area very nice, in the middle of the Ardennes, excellent for a combined weekend accommodation in one of the many B&B's and hotels, but it is easily accessible, close to the highway, and with splendid parking facilities.

Inside the halls everything is stylish, the emphasis on "green". The main ring is fantastic, with a large podium, a huge LED screen, a massive background that worked fantastic on the photos and excellent light. Around, everything is made in wood and decorated with leaves and branches. Even the entry form, the catalogue and the brochure for the visitors were in the very same style. I liked the leaflet a lot.

It had so much information on a few pages, introducing groups with a collage of some breeds, explaining some sports, the program of the show and some basic information on what a dog show is about. And on the last page is a contest for the public with voyage to be won as the main price. The exhibitors came from 18 different countries. 901 were from Belgium, 240 from France, 186 from the Netherlands and 144 from Germany. There were 51 entries from the United Kingdom and 14 from Ireland and, strange as it might sound, there were 6 entries from as far away as Afghanistan.

If there is one point to criticise, then it is the casting of the judges. There were a few too many judges for the number of entries, but with the rescheduling from the end of May to mid-September, right after Oslo, Mechelen and Luxembourg and at the very same date as the CACIB show of Compiegne in the north of France, it would have been better to adjust the list. Along with the investment in the main ring it was certainly not a low budget show, but on the other hand, it was one of the best, a real eyecatcher! The judges came from ten different countries, more than half of them from Belgium.

Three came from America, Mr Bruce Schwartz was invited to judge Terriers on Saturday and Mrs Jan Ritchie to judge the Smooth Fox Terriers. Mr Steve Gladstone was the most popular with a total score of 123 over the weekend.

On Saturday he had 73 dogs and was the best scoring judge of that day. Mr Theo Leenen from Belgium was the only other judge on Saturday with over 65 dogs. He had 67 on Saturday and 52 on Sunday. Best scoring judge of the show was Mrs Vija Klucniece from Latvia. She had a total of 125 entries. Best scoring judge on Sunday was Mr Victor Van Raamsdonk who judged on Sunday only. He had 87 in total, including 26 Leonbergers and 34 Chihuahuas. His daughter-in-law, Mrs Chantal Van Raamsdonk, judged the 38 French Bulldogs, the most popular breed of the show.

Mrs Maria Elisa Signorini from Bulgaria also judged on Sunday only. She had 72 dogs, the second best score on Sunday and thinks was helped by the 28 Bernese Mountain dogs. Mr Jos De Cuyper judged the Bulldogs on Sunday and had 35 of them, which was another high score. Mr Gerard Jipping from the Netherlands and was the Best In Show judge. His third place went to the famous Fox Terrier, King Arthur Van Foliny Home, owned by De Munter-Uytterwijk from Belgium. King was judged by Mr Schwartz and later approved by Mr Vesa Lehtonen from Finland to go to the Finals. Reserve BIS was the Weimaraner, Doc N' Camelot's Heaven Can Wait. Mr Theo Leenen was judged him twice. He is co-owned by Lenaerts, Finch and Van Der Sichel. And Beardie Connections Kenji, another famous BIS winner, was the ultimate winner.

His judge was Mr Manola Poggesi from Italy, and he also judged him in the Group. That means all three winners were judged on Saturday and returned to become winners on Sunday.

I will be back next year, what about you? If you were not there this year, you must come next year as it is really worth it, it's not a regular CACIB show, it is one of the best you can enter, in my opinion. Schedule it, you won't regret it!


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