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Thursday, 13 October 2011 08:46

Czech Republic - Border Collie Club

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The club held its annual championship in Brno an historic town 210 kilometres East of Prague on Saturday 24th September 2011. Peter Bailey judged the dogs & Peggy Bailey judged the bitches then both together for the Finals.

Peggy Bailey with her reserve best in show the bitch multi Champion Highland Rose Tennant. Peter Bailey with Best in show Champion Borderline Country Justinstyle.

The club held its annual championship in Brno an historic town 210 kilometres East of Prague on Saturday 24th September 2011.
Peter Bailey judged the dogs & Peggy Bailey judged the bitches then both together for the Finals. The week end started with good flights from Manchester to Prague.


 We were met and driven to our hotel in Brno by our host for the show and weekend a young lady who spoke perfect English, Veronika Janku. The first afternoon was taken up by sight seeing and a visit to the ancient castle Spilberk a building that dominates the town, we both found it very interesting. On Saturday the weather was still  wonderful and we were taken to the show; we had some 121 Border collies to judge, most but not all, were given excellent, the main problem was the tail on the males.

Temperaments were excellent on the exhibits and in the main movement was sound. For the Best male and Best of Breed I selected a multi Champion dog, Borderline Country Justin style, a black & white with a great head and expression, his coat and condition was perfect; he was very sound to handle, great on the move, we both agreed to make him Best in Show.

Peggy judged the bitches and the Best Opposite Sex was a quite lovely feminine black and white bitch multi Champion Highland Rose Tennant a quite lovely mover again best of heads and expressions, she was in perfect condition We must mention two exhibits that travelled from Poland the Junior show winner Tehya Destiny Of Her Own and the Working show winner Alderaan Sgian Dubh, both lovely sound Border Collies All the exhibitors were very sporting, and after the show, we talked of the breed and its development at great lengths.

We had a great show, followed by a first class evening meal.

On Sunday we visited at the same venue a Border collie fit for form and function test some 80 dogs were put through their paces for temperament movement and even a blood test by Czech republic judges Kennel club representatives and a vet who was in attendance.

We then had again a tour of the city of Brno medieval buildings and a long climb up to the cathedral of St Peter & Paul that was quite wonderful. We had a great time and must thank the club and our host the lovely lady Veronika Janku.

Peter & Peggy Bailey

OUR DOGS ADDS: BRNO is the venue for the 2014 European Dog Show and OUR DOGS has already covered two major events from this impressive showground.
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