Dortmund: Dog & Horse Show Success
A top win for a Tibetan Terrier with a British owned Pointer in Reserve spot crowned a busy weekend in Dortmund. This followed a super win for Barbara Bruns and Wolfgang Stamp in the National Show with their Samoyed.
70,000 visitors came to the sixth edition of the dog and the horse in Westphalia, Dortmund, just a small drop in numbers from previous years. The organizer of the exhibition, the German Kennel Club (VDH), had already pointed out some difficult traffic conditions over the weekend. “A major reason for the decline in visitors is likely to have been the blocking of the B1 motorway.
This has led to significant traffic problems as they arrive, and has held visitor numbers back,” said VDH Director General Bernard Meyer. “Altogether, however, the trade stands were generally happy and the halls were filled Saturday and Sunday very well” he added.
With over 8,000 registered dogs and a horse fair with a big show and related events featuring about 300 horses, the visitors got value for money. "We have again received a very positive response from exhibitors, visitors and stakeholders and are pleased that the show is so well received," said Mr Meyer.
The next dog & horse will take place from 12.-14th October 2012 and the next Dortmund show will be in May as part of the joint British and German Festival held in conjunction with the National show at Stafford.
A further report will appear in a future issue of OUR DOGS on Dortmund which had a number of UK and Irish judges officiating and a small number of exhibitors.
Top UK winners for the weekend were the Ledgands Pointers owned by Mark Andrews and Jonathan Ledger as they won both groups (Group 7) for the two shows with two different Pointers!
Mark worked really hard over the weekend and eventually took Reserve BIS at the main Sieger show with ‘Summer’ Multi Champion Aurichalcum Miss Tified Ledgands. Well done chaps from everyone at ODi.
Report & Photographs By VINCE HOGAN
- Best in Show
- BIS 2
- 3rd BIS
- Rabart Pro Choice
- Kevin Berry(UK)
- Junior Handling
- VDH President
- Salzburg 2012
- Horst Kliebenstein VDH
- The National
- German qualifier
- National Exhibition
- Bundessieger Federal-show
National Show Groups & Bundessieger Group WInners
Reflections on Dortmund
Kevan Berry writes:
I was honoured to be invited to judge Cavalier King Charles Spaniels at this prestigious show held in Dortmund, flights over there were good, on arrival I was met and whisked away from the airport in style, to a lovely 4 star hotel in the complex of the show ground, followed by a stupendous meal the night before the show. The show is the German equivalent of our own Crufts.
From left to right: the first Blenheim is Bonitos Companeros Zoom Zoom. This bitch was attending her first show at 13 months and she was BOB, she is owned by Markus Kirschbaum and Klaus Vorderstrasse. The dog second from left is Tri. German Ch Craigowl Santana, Dog CC winner, with the same owners. Third is Mrs Tania Engel’s Ch Anglespride Gentle Star, the Bitch CC winner and the same owner was the Tri Junior Dog winner.
You could have been forgiven for thinking you were at Crufts; some of the trade stands were magnificent. I must confess to being taken aback by seeing amongst the many other prominent dog food representatives, a huge stand for Pedigree Pet foods. I think it regrettable that we no longer see them at the U.K. shows – I wonder why this is.
The organisers of this Bundessieger Federal show are to be congratulated on their fine tuning of this magnificent event. In particular Prof. Dr. Peter Friederich, the President, and Show Director Bernhard Meyer. How often does this happen, all the exhibitors and officials received private letters advising them of major roadwork’s affecting the show I have never know this to happen in the U.K. - but such was the fine tuning of this well run show.
For those that don’t know the FCI judging system is slightly different to our own, for instance the groups are pre judged i.e. on the table etc., prior to entering the big ring where the judge in front of the spectators only moves the dogs, makes a short list, and then calls for the boards. The group ring and layout was first class. There were huge screens around this ring for the public to see all the dogs as they entered the big ring (to music!). All very theatrical and well-staged.
I was delighted to judged Cavalier King Charles Spaniels with an entry of 52, from which I selected as my Dog CC Ch. Craigowl Santana a well broken tri colour who looked splendid, gleaming from top to toe, my Reserve Winners Dog, which had travelled from Prague, Ch. Zippy Prokopska Hvezda. A Blenheim of great quality, a dog I had already awarded BIS to in Prague, I was pleased to see him. My BCC was Ch. Angels Pride Gentle Star who many may remember I awarded her the BCC in Cavaliers at the Cavalier Club Show in U.K. this year and a worthy English Champion. Res Winners Bitch Hollyberry of an Excellent Choice, a very well presented tricolour with a pretty head.
Where the FCI judging differs from our show, is that there are five eligible to challenge for Best in Breed, they are the Veteran Bitch , the Junior Dog and the Junior Bitch (the juniors are not eligible to compete for the CC neither is the veteran bitch), and the two CC winners. I reduced my line up to two - the Ch Bitch (CC winner) and the Junior bitch winner and the final nod went to the Junior bitch winner Bonitos Companeros Zoom Zoom.
A beautifully broken Blenheim of the highest quality – I would not change a thing about her, and I felt proud seeing her in the big ring, her tail never stopped wagging.
As the end of the weekend I had a smooth uneventful journey home, having had a wonderful weekend meeting and enjoying dogs with like-minded folk. My thanks again to everyone who made my stay so pleasant and well run.