The Eukanuba World Challenge (EWC) has enjoyed a strong connection with some of the world’s top winning dogs. It has aptly earned an enviable reputation in the six years since its inception. Former EWC representatives, breeders and exhibitors have enjoyed remarkable show ring and breeding success with their dogs, this year is no exception the EWC representatives have won major accolades at prominent shows, some since competing in the EWC and vice versa.
Some of this year’s qualified dogs are BIS Winners having won at the FCI World Dog Show, the 3 FCI Section Shows, the AKC Eukanuba National Championships (AENC), Westminster and Crufts. They will be competing in this prestigious event that has found some of the most spectacular dogs winning the title Eukanuba World Challenge Champion plus the very generous prize money of $10,000. $3,000 & $2,000 prize money is awarded to the two runners up respectively.
Jose Luis Ibanez, Eukanuba Breeder Mgr. EMEA and Show Chair EWC says “Eukanuba is passionate about dogs and is committed to providing the best in premium nutrition to enhance their wellbeing and aid responsible, caring breeders and exhibitors to keep their dogs in optimal condition. For dogs to be competing at such a high level such as the EWC it is essential for them to be maintained to their best advantage.”
The EWC 2011 Champion was Leslie Franks and Judy Harrington’s Australian Shepherd Ch/It Ch Propwash Reckon who was the 2010 AENC BIS winner and as such the USA representative. Judy said of her EWC win “”That was amazingly wonderful to win this with so many outstanding dogs in the ring.” The 2011 winners, runner up Yukiko & Toshi Omura’s White Toy Poodle Multi Ch. Smash JP Moon Walk from Japan who was the FCI Asia Section Show BIS Winner and Margaret Anderson’s Ch Zentarr Elizabeth, the UK’s Eukanuba Champion Stakes winner representative, who then went on to win BIS at Crufts 2012. Margaret says, “The EWC is such a wonderful event we are delighted to be invited back to compete in 2012. Margaret is also the breeder and co owner (co-owned with Stefano Paolantoni in Italy) of Ch Zentarr Morgan who won BIS at the FCI European Section Show this year in Romania., handled by Javier Gonzalez Mendikote.
At the EWC qualifying event at the EDS, judged by Ron Menaker, two dogs won to become EWC competitors. Representing Bulgaria is the Bullmastiff “FCI International Ch. / Multi Ch. Gamekeepers Play My Game” owned by Todor Baev Markovo and handled by Fabrizio Manni and bred in Norway by Trude Hegle & Rune Aga. Representing Malta is “Multi Ch Travella Special Feature” owned by Johann Schembri & Ivan Calleja who handled him to his win. Bertie was bred in the UK by Bill Browne-Cole under the well establish, highly successful world renowned “Travella kennel.
The UK’s representative is the Eukanuba Champion Stakes winner, Nigel and Trudy Blythin’s Bichon “Ch Arthlorn's Ready To Rumble” handled to his success by Tamara Dawson. Nigel says, “Winning the UK Eukanuba Ch Stakes Final is the greatest achievement in our dog breeding career. It is a chance in a lifetime, both for Trudy and myself but above all for Rumble and Tamara. To say we are proud of them both representing the UK is an understatement. They have been a team since Rumble won his first class as a puppy and I am confident that they will do their best as they always do in Orlando. I'm sure the EWC will stay in our memories forever. The Irish Representative is Ashling Connelly’s Bichon “ IR CH & GB CH Ashmair Double Act” who won the Irish Top Show Dog award.
One very privileged and EWC seasoned exhibitor, Nick & Ingunn Erikson, who have enjoyed the good fortunate to do so much winning with their Saluki “Multi Ch Shiraz California Dreaming”, though he was selectively campaigned, has competed in the EWC an amazing four times. Twice represented Sweden as their top dog, once as the 2010 FCI European Dog Show BIS Winner in Slovenia and this year as the 2012 FCI World Dog Show Winner in Austria. Ingunn says, “We are absolutely thrilled to be invited again. It is truly a special event and really worth visiting for all dog-show enthusiasts. The quality of the dogs is extremely high and it has increased with each year, making it more and more difficult for any dog to even make the cut.”
This year’s FCI Americas & Caribbean section show was hosted by the Federacion Canofila Puerto Rico was the penultimate opportunity for a dog to qualify for the EWC event 2012. Rafael De Santiago, FCI Vice President, President of the Federacion Canofila Puerto Rico and BIS judge says, “The Eukanuba World Challenge is a very important annual event in the dog show calendar. It brings together all the best elements and benefits to the sport of dogs. It provides a wonderful platform for great dogs from around the world to be seen globally via live streaming on the Internet. Our FCI section show was a hotly contested BIS as the winner would become an EWC representative”.
Rafael continues “We had an excellent show with many exceptional dogs and exhibitors from 19 countries from all around the world including Europe, Russia, Asia, Canada, USA & South America, all vying for this prestigious BIS award. My BIS winner was Juan Miranda’s spectacular 5 year old afghan “Multi Ch, MBIS, Fashionista of Damos” (also known as “Jimmy James”), he will proudly be representing the FCI Americas & Caribbean section show”.
Juan was asked if he entered the show hoping to claim the BIS title to qualify him to compete in the EWC, smiling demurely, he says “Of course, since competing in the EWC the first time I have always want to compete in it again. The competition is very strong; wonderful special dogs from all over the world. Winning this BIS fulfilled me, and even more satisfying was that judges who judged me are Afghan Breeders who are highly recognized worldwide”.
The last opportunity for a dog to participate will be the winner of the North American Breeders Stakes champion (NABS Ch.) This representative will be selected at the breeder’s final heat held in Orlando. Breeders and dogs bred by them who have won their heat to date are Michelle Edling’s Belgium Tervuren from the Sky Acres Kennel, Elaine Paquette’s Bouvier of Quiche Kennels, Jean Boyd’s Great Pyrenees of the River Grove Kennel and Leanna Mottus’s Pug of the Siosalach Kennel. One more breeder and their dog will win the heat on Friday 14th and will compete for the NABS Ch on Saturday prior to the EWC pre judging where the NABS Ch. competitor will be selected.
Michael Canilizo, AKC Director of Event Management, expresses “The EWC remains one of the highlights of the year for the dog world. 2012 looks to have one of the most impressive collections of top dogs ever!
Details on how to access the Live streaming of the EWC can be viewed by on the Eukanuba Facebook page www.facebook.com/events/505613112791316/
The full AENC judging program can be viewed at www.onofrio.com/jp/AKCI1JP.pdf The EWC opening ceremony and section selection of 12 dogs (3 from each of the 4 sections) will be presented in the main arena at approx. 7.15pm USA EST on Saturday. On Sunday at approx. 7.30pm USA EST the 12 finalists will compete under the watchful eye of the judge, Luis Pinto Teixeira who will award the EWC 2012 Champion title. Who will be crowned? The AENC will be broadcast on national TV in the USA on Feb 2nd and will include the EWC highlights.
For further information visit www.eukanubaworldchallenge.com