THE first International Show of 2013 in Slovakia was held on the 26th & 27th January in the small city of Trencin, which is 130 kilometres to the north of Bratislava in the Valley of the Vag River. Trencin has a small exhibition centre with 4 or 5 small halls.
Entry numbers were good with nearly 2,000 dogs. Groups 1, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 were judged on Saturday; and Groups 2, 3, 4 and 10 on Sunday.
The judges and exhibitors nationalities were very similar, mostly from Slovakia and the Czech Republic and a few from other Eastern European countries.
Unfortunately with the show halls being very small there were a lot of people around the show rings, and it was not easy moving from one place to another. Nearly all the trade stands were in one building on the ground floor and the BIS ring was on the top floor.
The main problem was with the BIS ring being on the first floor, when the people and dogs came running into the ring and with all the spectators around the ring, the floor was shaking under the footsteps.
Best in Show, as chosen by Miroslav Vaclavik from the Czech Republic, was the American Staffordshire Terrier, Jericho Long Step, bred by Darko Zivanovic and owned by Grékova and Shwan from Slovakia.