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Thursday, 07 March 2013 11:49

Historic win in Milan Featured

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ONE of the most important Italian shows of the year was held in Milan on the 12 & 13 January. Held over two days, there were 2,300 entries and with the club shows as well, nearly 4,000 dogs were here. This was also the Crufts qualification Show of Italy. There weren’t too many foreign dogs on show, but one of them, a Karelian Bear Dog was the Best in Show winner.

Milan is the second largest city in Italy and this show was held in quite a new exhibition centre, the Fiera Milano-Rho, outside the Milan city centre, in Rho, but there good transport links to the city, a great motorway, and its at the end of the red metro line from Milan. From the middle of Milan, you can be at the showground in 30 minutes by metro. On Sunday, especially, there were lots of members of the public who attended. The shows were in two great halls. These show halls will also hold the World Dog Show in two years time.

The show was organised by the Gruppo Cinofilio Milanese, led by Mrs Jolanda F. Vandoni. The show was opened by Mrs Vandoni, Mr Tamas Jakkel, Member of the FCI Presisium; Mr Francesco Balducci, President of the ENCI (The Italian Kennel Club); and a representative of the main sponsor of the Show, Royal Canin Italy.

In the entry there weren’t too many foreign dogs, as more dog shows were held the same weekend, such as Nurnberg in Germany and Ljubljana in Slovenia, and it was seen in the line-up that more well known Italian faces were missing from this show. The Judges were very international, on both days there were more foreign judges than Italians. The UK was represented by Carol Coode, Ian Ganney and Bert Easdon.

There were more Club shows too, called “Raduno” in Italy, that are very important, because for the dogs the Italian Champion title can be won at club shows too. Saturday were ‘Raduno’ of Schnauzers and Pinschers, Leonbergers, Bulldogs, Dachshunds, Retrievers, and on Sunday for the Nordic breeds only, but it is a great club show with more rings.

In the final list of the winners we found a lot of Italian dogs, but one from Japan and one from Canada too. On Saturday was the judging of Terriers, Nordic and Sleddog breeds, Scenthounds, Pointing dogs and the Sighthounds. Sunday was Sheepdogs, Working Dogs, Dachshunds, Retrievers and Water Dogs and Companion Dogs.

BIS winner was the Karelian Bear Dog, Tsarshadow’s I Speak Of War, bred and owned in Canada by Dawne Deeley. Reserve BIS was Smash JP Take It All, a Black Toy Poodle, bred by Yukiko Omura and owned by Akiko Owada from Japan. Third was Cordarragh Rachmaninov, an Irish Setter bred by D. A. Farndell and owned by Alessandro Bertolini from Italy.

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