a celebration of fox terriers, the answer was yes please! We left Manchester airport early on Friday June 1st leaving our friend Jill in charge of everything at home. On arrival at Prague we were met by Jan Zdaril who had been my steward at the show in 2007 and we had remained friends since then.
He took us on the three and a half hour journey to Brusne and the penzion where we would stay for the three days which was about half an hour from the show venue and hotel where the exhibitors were staying. The penzion is a wonderfully quaint place complete with working waterwheel and such a lovely welcome.
The first evening was spent enjoying a meal and the odd glass of wine or beer before a good night’s sleep preparing us for the judging ahead. Following our breakfast Jan drove us to the show venue which was all set out with a lovely big ring and a wonderful array of special prizes and rosettes. As is the custom there was a podium decked out with flowers for the winners’ photo call.
Before judging began the ex-President Eva Letckova opened the proceedings and the show got underway, a wonderful entry of 53 Smooths and 27 Wires with Smooths being judged first. So I started the proceedings and what a joy it was to see so many Smooths of quality and in such good form. The Junior bitch class was lovely with 13 exhibits many of which could I’m sure compete anywhere in the world. My eventual BOB Smooth was Frederick-Wilhelm Schoneberg’s Wanda vd Schonen Bergen handled by Juraj Sokolic with BOS awarded to kennel mate Nero vd Schonen Bergen.
Best of Breed Wanda vd Schonen Beergen, BOS Nero vd Schonen Bergen. While I was busy judging the Smooths Roger was taken on a sightseeing trip of the local area by Petra Capikova visiting an old church in the hills with magnificent views of the surrounding area before returning well fed and prepared to judge Wires for the afternoon session. In Wires Roger found his BOB in Mr Schoneberg’s Quirinius v Waldhaus with BOS going to Leona Varechova’s Kikki Orkif Star Fox.
I have to say one of the highlights of Day 1 was the breeder group which was won by Frantisek Polehna’s team of Wires I then had the honour of judging BIS to complete the proceedings for Day 1 which went to Wanda vd Schonen Bergen. With Day 1’s judging complete we returned to our penzion for some relaxation and downtime with Jan which of course involved a glass of wine, or maybe two before the three of us were collected and taken back to the show place and hotel for the evening’s dinner and entertainment.
What a pleasant evening it proved to be with ex-Presidents Eva Letckova, and Frantisek Sveda along with current President Iveta Novakova all in attendance. Gifts were handed out which we were delighted to receive followed up by speeches. We enjoyed a lovely meal then it was on to a history of Fox Terriers in Czech Republic all put together by Vladimir Hutecka, a great insight into the problems there had been over the years in keeping the breed to the forefront.
A disco followed along with more food all in the cellar of the hotel before we returned to the penzion. Day 2 saw the 90th Jubilee Show starting with the hunting horn ceremony so much part of the tradition of this club. Once the formalities were over it was Roger’s turn to judge Smooths where, as the day before BOB went to Frederick-Wilhelm Schoneberg’s Wanda vd Schonen Bergen with BOS awarded to Nero vd Schonen Bergen. And what super rosettes and glass plates there were for BOB!
Following a short lunch break it was my turn to assess the wires and for the first time there was a heavy shower of rain which interrupted the proceedings for a short time. Once again the Junior class was a delight and it was from there that I found my BOB in Frederick-Wilhelm Schoneberg’s Stella Z Kuliaru once again handled by Juraj Sokolic with BOS going to Galileo vd Schonen Bergen. This time it was Roger’s turn to award BIS and as on the previous day it went to Wanda vd Schonen Bergen with Reserve BIS the Wire Stella z Kuliaru. With the show over we returned to the penzion here we enjoyed a last night with Vladimir and Jan.
The following day saw us return to Prague and after a short guided tour, it was time for the airport and to say our goodbyes to Czeska. So concluded a superb weekend filled with fox terriers, fun and friendship. Congratulations to Vladimir Hutecka and his wonderful team for a great event, to the exhibitors a huge thank you, it was a privilege to go over your dogs, not forgetting Jan Zdaril who looked after us and entertained us so well over the four days. It truly was a great weekend with memories to cherish. And our favourite photo of the weekend:- I think the future of fox terriers in Czeska is safe in these hands and paws…