Peggy & I had a very nice invitation to judge at a CAC National Group 1 & Group 8 show in the town of Lohja, Finland on the 8th of June, 2014.The show was held on a lakeside in the town and with glorious weather and setting the whole event was first class.
We stayed in the Rantasipty Kylpyla Spa Hotel in a lovely wooded area of Siuntion, the facilities, food and the hotel staff were all to a very high standard it was a perfect week end.
Peggy was to judge the Shetland Sheepdogs and the Lancashire Heelers, however, because of the number allowed by the Finnish KC to judge per day, the entry was well over, so the Shetland Sheepdog males and the Lancashire Heelers were allocated to other judges.
Judge’s report by Michael Gadsby
MY first visit to Malta and most certainly not my last!! I loved the island and the friendly, outgoing nature of the Maltese people... this really well run show was a pleasure to judge, with many top class exhibits on offer.
Frank Borg managed the show with his typical relaxed and friendly manner, he and the other Frank Borg stewarded ensuring all ran smoothly (yes, they do have two of them!) It was super judging outdoors on a blissfully warm evening. I would like to thank all the exhibitors for accepting my decisions in a sporting manner.
Almost a heart attack. That was what happened to the President when he informed everyone how many entries came in in a couple of days prior to closing date. His Secretary told him that they hadn’t even reached 1,000 entries close to entries closing day, but in those last few days the number climbed to 2,094, and that is 37 entries more than last year.
There was also a very high number of Dachshunds, 109, and it is long time ago since we’ve seen that number at a Belgian Show. Dogs were entered from all over Europe representing 19 nationalities including Russia. The UK had 28 entries on Saturday and 38 on Sunday. Two halls were rented with enough space for 14 rings, a big main ring and a spacious resto-area, 10,000 sq.m. In the catalogue there was a page with statistics in diagram format.
There was a slight drop in the total number of entries, but only slightly from 5,487 last year to 5,330 this time round. But still this is a fantastic number for a country so small as Luxemburg.
It is relatively easy to become Champion of Luxemburg, but is that really so? For certain less popular breeds maybe, where only a handful of dogs are entered. But winning in a breed like Chihuahua, Golden Retriever, Rhodesian Ridgeback or Cavalier King Charles is not that easy, as in those breeds competition is strong. And that has not only to do with the number of entries in the breed but also because in Luxemburg they know how to assemble an exquisite selection of judges.
DOG judges are eager travellers, and Iceland is considered one of the most desirable European destinations for judging appointments. Thanks to the young age of the Icelandic KC and a small population, there are only four dog shows a year organised in this mystic and distant country. So to get a judging appointment there is quite an honour for a judge.
This show was an International Show which took place in Reykjavik on 22nd and 23rd of February, 2014, and there were just six judges on duty: Kenneth Edh, Kurt Nielsen and Benny from Sweden, Arne Foss from Norway, Francesco Cochetti from Italy and myself from Slovenia.
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