For the second time Gent held its show over two days. For many years, (this is the 46th time for this bi-yearly show), was just a one day show. The Flanders Expo Halls were big enough to hold 2,000 dogs at once. There was only a very slight increase of entries, 1,966 to be exact...
Best in Show on Saturday at Maastricht was the Portuguese Water Dog, Patriot’s Life In The Fast Lane, owned by I. Griffione-van Beek. BIS Judge was Nicole Horsten-Ceustermans (Netherlands). Winner of Best in Show on Sunday was the Norwich Terrier, Wychcover Moonlight Dancer, owned by A. Schram. Group Judge was Rony Doedijns
I wondered if the increase in entries for the Belgian dog shows had something to do with the Baby Class that is always so lovely to see. All those little soldiers lining up in the main ring and presenting themselves to the world. The catalogue of the show of Liège has several statistics, and one of them shows the number of dogs per class.
Don't mistake the LKV Show in Genk for the Ambiorix Trophy that is also in Genk, both in the very same halls. The Haspengouwse Kynological Society is the youngest and had the ambition to have its own CACIB. As that caused a problem for the Belgian Kennel Club (same area, same halls, etc) it was decided that the CACIB was given alternatively to each club.
A few weeks ago I received an unusual mail from the committee. With much pride they announced an impressive number of entries. In 2013 the show had 1,619 entries, two years later 2,377 dogs were in competition, amazing!
I wrote last year that Genk would not get a nice present for its 35th Anniversary. Indeed, this popular show was only granted a CAC show, while two years ago this was the third biggest show of Belgium. But the exhibitors thought different. They wanted to celebrate with the committee and entered 1,724 dogs, and that's a lot for a CAC show, more than many CACIB shows.
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