The end of the Slovak dog show season was the double show weekend on the last weekend of November, the 29th and 30th. Saturday was the Winner Show and Sunday the Slovak Cup Show. The entries were good for both shows, 2,450 and 2,239.
The organisation of both shows was good, but some rings could have been bigger (as at many shows), but there was enough space for dogs, exhibitors, visitors and trade stands. There were lot of parking spaces at the fair and in the middle of the show halls. The catalogue was good and very environmentally friendly, for the two days there was only one catalogue printed. Because the dogs are 95% the same on both days, it was a catalogue for both days, just signed beside the name of the dogs (D1, D2), entered to the first, or second day, or both. The information was in Slovak and English.
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.
THIS year there are to be 13 International Dog Shows in Slovenia, the first two were on the 18th & 19th of January in Ljubljana. The Sunday show was the Crufts qualification show for Slovenia this year.
Slovenia is a good country in which to hold dog shows. It is a small country, with less than three million residents, and it is easy to get to from neighbouring countries such as Italy, Croatia, Austria and Hungary.
This year two Latvian dog people invited me to visit the Riga Double show, an ex-Junior Handler and an Australian Shepherd breeder. As I had not been to a Latvian dog show I wondered what this might be like. I made contact with the Latvian KC and they also were happy for me to visit their show.
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