The venue is close to the borders of Slovakia, Austria, Poland, Hungary, and Germany and was ideally placed to attract a large entry which reached 14,648 dogs from 394 breeds.
The show centre was an ideal venue for a European Dog Show, spread over several halls allowing much space for exhibitors and the rings plus spectators. Ample amount of trade stands, restaurants and excellent parking facilities. Some people had complained that the show was too spread out and halls did not look so busy, but for the welfare of the safety of the dogs, cages and grooming areas, plus decent size rings, I would think that many people were happy with the organisation of the show.
Golden Retrievers gained the highest entry with 234 dogs. During the four day European Dog Show, over 30 breeds clubs from the Czech Republic also hosted their national club shows, allowing dogs to compete for 2 CACs during the weekend. The Czech Kennel Club also allocated a National Show for all breeds at the European Dog Show, to also gain the CAC and become Czech Champions.
Group judging commenced from 3pm each day and finished no later than 7pm most evenings, with the Best in Show finishing close to 7.30pm.
The overall judging panel consisted mainly of Czech judges, with a smaller international panel of judges than is normally seen at these events. Best in Show judge on Day 4 was Mr Václavík Miroslav, the most famous all rounder in the Czech Republic and his choice was to be made from the following groups:
Group 1 was the Old English Sheepdog (Bobtail) Zottel’s Xtravagance, sent through by Andras Korozs from Hungary. Group 2 was the Great Dane, Diamante Baia Azzura, owned by Fabio Ottaviani, handled by Fabio Allegra, sent through by Boyan Matakovic from Hungary.
Group 3 Wire Fox Terrier, Ch King Arthur Van Foliny Home, owned by Victor Malzoni from Brazil, handled by Warren Bradley and bred by Rony and Dieny Di Munter from Belgium, sent through by Sean Delmar from Ireland, Group 4 Miniature Longhaired Dachshund, Ursa Emmonsi Anamsunamon, judged by Andreas Tornau from Denmark, Group 5 the Pomeranian Winningmood 2000 Volts Caletto judged by Claudio De Guiliani from Italy. Group 6 the sent through by Simck Frantisek from Czech Republic, Group 7 the Gordon Setter, Frederick Frankenstein, sent through from by Francesco Balducci from Italy, Group 8 the English Springer Spaniel, Aint Got You Cardhu, judged by Korda Frantisek from the Czech Republic, Group 9 judged by Tamas Jakkel from Hungary awarded 1st place to the Black Miniature Poodle, Extra Girl s Tsvetochnoi Poljany and the last finalist for Best in Show from Group 10, sent through by Gerard Jipping, the Azawakh, Khemosabi Azamour owned by Andrey Klishas, handled by Francesco Zampini.
Making the commentary in the main ring over the four days were two well known ladies on the European circuit, Linda Volarikova and Irena Mikschova. Main sponsors of the show were Eukanuba, with OUR DOGS as the official Media Partners plus Bauer the suppliers of the Trophies for all Group winners and Best in Show. Eukanuba made great efforts to make a show for all those who could not attend with live streaming of all the group finals and Best in Show. Their main stand greeted Eukanuba Breeders and Judges each day and a very impressive stand overlooked the Best in Show ring.
Changing the flag
Back to the judging and after the changing of the flag, from the Czech Republic, to next years European Dog Show, Oslo in Norway, the final competition could begin.
All dogs were assessed, and asked to make a lap of honour before being asked to leave the ring. In true FCI style, different from the UK way of shows, the results were presented in reverse order from 3rd place to 1st. Winning the 3rd Best in Show went to the Gordon Setter, Frederick Frankenstein, 2nd Best in Show went to the Great Dane, Diamante Baia Azzura, with the Best in Show going to the Wire Fox Terrier, King Arthur Von Foliny Home, expertly handled and presented by Warren Bradley, owned by Victor Malzoni in Brazil, whom on the same day also won Best in Show at Midland Counties in the UK with Ch Travella Striking Steel, Wire Fox Terrier.
Congratulations to Lubomir Siroky – Chairman of the CMKU and his team of excellent staff, including Helena Jankova, whom translated each day to English, the press conferences, took general enquiries, assisted in the main ring duties and much more.
On the Monday following the show the FCI held their European meeting and voted for Poland to host the show in 2018.
OUR DOGS will feature more on this event in OUR DOGS ANNUAL and our next International Special.
Photos by Hanus Brychta.
- Best in Show
- Reserve BI
- BIS 3rd
- BIG I
- Best Junior in Show
- BIG IV
- Junior Handler
- BIG V
- BIG VI
- BIG VIII
- BIG X
- BIG IX
- BIS Veteran
- Brno trade fair halls
- Brno trade fair halls
- One of the main halls