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The Martinidogshow in Groningen in The Netherlands is traditionally held the weekend before Crufts, and is therefore a show that lots of exhibitors from Scandinavia, Germany and Eastern Europe go to on their way to Birmingham.
The show has a very interesting judge’s list with many international specialist judges and a lot of foreign exhibitors; from England Mrs Marilyn Prior, Mr Ray Strudwick and Mr Hugh Jones were invited to judge Labradors, Golden Retrievers, Shetland Sheepdogs and Bearded Collies.
This year was the 54th International Show organised by the Northern Canine Association, Noorder Kynologen Club, one of the oldest clubs in the Netherlands.
The "Dog of the Year Show" aka "Hond van het Jaar Show" is held at the beginning of every year, a very special show organised in order to put the best dogs of the Netherlands in the spotlight.
At the beginning of every year a very special show is organised in order to put the best dogs of the Netherlands in the spotlight.
The "Hond van het Jaar Show" is not an open show, you have to qualify before you are invited to enter. In addition, the first owner of the dog must be resident in the Netherlands and the dog must be registered at the Dutch Kennel Club (NHSB).
The show is held in the centre of Eindhoven and the hall consists of two floors. The railway and bus station are right next door, and there is lots of parking nearby, so it's a good show for everyone and easy to get to.
The second floor is obviously a challenge for the organisation, after all, people not only have their dogs with them, but also show trollies, grooming tables, chairs and all sorts of other dog stuff. However, no problems to report.
It was a great honour to be invited to judge at the 34th Brabants Rashonden Festival, organised by the Waalwijk Club. This show had a wonderful atmosphere, a hard working and innovative committee and a number of generous sponsors, including Paul & Mariel from Jean Peau, who are regular standholders at Crufts.
This Club has over 900 members and organise a lot of events over the year for their members including ring training, and before Group judging commenced each day, they made presentations to members who had crowned Champions and Junior Champions in the previous year.
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