The Lovaniumtrophy has the reputation of being a show that attracts a lot of hunting dogs and breeds. If you want to see some rare breeds of Groups 6 & 7, than you'll have a big chance to see some. This year there was an Epagneul de Pont-Audemer, a Griffon Bleu de Gascogne, and an Erdely Kopo, or Transylvanian Hound.
The Italian Torino, or Turin as it is known in Great Britain, is the third largest and most important city in Italy, after Rome and Milan. Here is the centre of Italian car manufacturing and the main centre for Fiat. The city is in North West Italy, the capital city of the Piemonte region at the foot of the Alps, the Po River steps out from the hills to the lowlands here.
Turin is a nice city with a typical downtown, and with a lot of green areas in the city. Two shows were held here over the weekend of the 5th & 6th of July. The Mondovi International Show with 995 entries was held on Saturday, and the Torino International Show (the 81st) with 1,347 entries was held on Sunday. The show was held in the Lignotto Fiere Oval, a huge show hall, both sides of the hall were glass, which meant a lot of natural light in the hall, but thankfully for a July Italian day, the hall was fully air conditioned. Unfortunately there wasn’t enough carpet in the rings, some of them just had a tape of carpet and some dogs were sliding about.
THE Sighthound Festival was held in Donaueschingen, Germany on the weekend of the 2nd & 3rd of August.
There were two shows, Saturday was the Donaueschingen Winner Show, and Sunday the Club Show of the DWZRV. Over the two days there were more than 1,200 entries, which is a record in the history of this event.
Michael Forte in Lisbon
I am just back from a wonderful weekend at the International Lisbon show.
Because of the warm weather the show committee decided to try a new starting time, 5pm in the evening, when the weather would be cooler, and indeed, it worked well the entry was up by nearly 13%; quite an achievement in this day and age.
At the Championaat de France in Angers on the 7th & 8th of June, Friponne Du Pic D’Espade Kelltara was awarded CACS, CACIB and BOB by Breed Specialist, M. Alain Pecoult.
She was then selected 2nd in the Group 1 by Hans Van Den Berg, only being beaten by the eventual BIS winner, a Berger Blanc Suisse.
She is a French import, owned by Pat Phillips and handled by Steve Phillips, and has been doing well here in the uk with 11 BOBs and 4 Group placings.
A delighted Pat told Our Dogs, “It was great to get this in her country of origin”.
Photo by Pat Phillips
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