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Saturday, 23 April 2011 01:00

Szilvasvarad Show

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 Glorious weather adorned the Szilvasvarad show-ground on the 23rd and 24th April April, 2011, the sun shone brightly for the entire weekend...

The BIS winner judged by Ron Menaker (USA), was the Kerry Blue Terrier, Rollick’s Super Hero, bred by Charlotta Mellin,
owned by Igor Mioc és Ivana Bilic from Croatia, handled by Ante Lucin, pictured here with all the judges at the show.


Glorious weather adorned the Szilvasvarad show-ground on the 23rd and 24th April April, 2011, the sun shone brightly for the entire weekend. The two day show was held in this fabulous outback of spectacular Hungarian countryside with its scenic breathtaking natural beauty, giving the impression that time had stood still.

It made for a perfect show setting with the backdrop of picturesque mountains. The show dog fraternity, hailing from the various surrounding countries to as far afield as Russia, had descended upon the relatively small town, well known as a main stud for breeding the famous Lipizzaner horses which tourists flocked in to see usually during the summer months. 

The main show, traditionally held every two years, ran concurrently with the “special” breed club shows over the weekend, the main sponsor of which was Eukanuba. The regular show is a Crufts’ qualifying show and is held under the usual CAC/CACIB rules. There were some 30 plus invited judges, including some of our very own UK judges such as Border Collie Breed Specialist and Our Dogs Breed Note writer, Doug Collier along with his lovely wife Louise, and Golden Retriever Specialists George and Lynne Hennessy, plus Ireland’s very own Harry O’Donoghue. There were many FCI all breed judges from around the world including BIS judge Kari Jarvinen and from the USA was Super BIS judge Ron Menaker. All in all it was a very good judging panel with an overall nice entry of dogs.

This well organised event was managed by the Hungarian Kennel Club President, Andras Korozs and his wife Judit along with their extended team, they did a fantastic job. The hospitality was superb and every detail was meticulously taken care. There was a TV crew who filmed the dogs in and around the show rings and interviewed the judges for local broadcast, lots of well known photographers attended including OUR DOGS stalwarts Hungarian Gabor Szalanczi & Hot Dog magazines’  Oleg Bochkov and his partner, Nataly Feofanova. HOT DOG is always available on OUR DOGS stands at shows. There was main ring entertainment with Lipizzaner horse displays which was spectacular in itself, this added into the mix, made for an exciting finale.

This show in itself is a very unique event, given that as soon as BIS is complete they have a Super BIS competition where the Super BIS winner has the opportunity to win and own a young Lipizzaner horse although there are strict stipulations attached. The winning dog’s owner has to be able to prove that they have the facility to correctly look after the horse.  In the event that they cannot offer the proper home and proper care then the value of the horse will be divided in half, with half of the going to an animal charity and the other half will go to the winning dog’s owner. The show’s organisers are extremely strict on the criteria being met.

Kari Järvinen had the honour of selecting and awarding BIS from the 10 FCI Group Winners. His BIS winner was Igor Mioc & Ivana Bilic’s Kerry Blue Terrier Mutli BIS Winner “Ch Rollick’s Super Hero” professionally handled by Ante Lucin from Croatia, bred in Sweden by Chalotta Mellin.  RBIS was the Tibetan Terrier a Multi BIS winner “Multi Ch Atisha’s Blanc De Noir” professionally handled by Zsolt Hano, bred in the USA by Sheryl Rutledge.

Immediately after BIS, swiftly entering into the main ring arena in the Lipizzaner horse drawn carriage was the Super BIS judge Ron Menaker. The horses trotted elegantly around the ring at considerable speed, driven with such skill and precision by the coachman. Several times around the ring at speed and coming to a halt with equal precision, the horses gave off a snort in the air as if to say “Here we are”.

Alighting from the carriage Ron Menaker was introduced by Hungarian Kennel Club President Andras Korozs to the applauding ringside audience. The horses and carriage departed swiftly from the ring, circling around a few times for good measure before exiting at a fast and most impressive canter, bordering on a gallop.

The Super BIS line up entered the ring as Ron Menaker cast his very experienced eye and hands on each one individually. The line up included the Best Puppy, Best Junior & Best Veteran of each day plus the freshly selected Best In Show, the Kerry Blue Terrier.  Ron Menaker says of his line up “From a very nice line up of dogs my Super Best In Show winner was the Kerry Blue Terrier, he was out in front the entire time, very pleasing to the eye, outstanding in movement with excellent reach and drive, sporting the proper breed standard coat of excellent texture and colour. 

I was pleased to award him Super BIS. It was a wonderful show, in a fabulous location, we enjoyed great weather, superb company, some lovely dogs and everyone on the panel was very well looked after.”

Easter dog show in Eastern Europe - Szilvasvarad

Szilvasvarad is a nice, small village in Eastern-Hungary, at the foot of the Bukk Mountains, near to the one of the most famous Hungarian wine regions - Eger. The most famous wine of the area is the Eger Bull’s Blood, maybe the most well known wine of Hungary, and fittingly all the BOB winners of the show also got a bottle of red wine!

Szilvasvarad is 25 kilometres from Eger, and is also famous for the nicest Hungarian waterfall, and is famous  for its Lipican horse breeding farm, and there is a cave in the Bukk mountains where imprints can be seen of the people who lived there in the stone age. And now, Szilvasvarad is known – in the circle of the dog people – for its Easter Dog Shows.

The Easter Dog Show saw a CACIB show on the Easter Saturday and Sunday, and a Special Hunting Dog Show on the Monday. And there were more special shows, too, including very high quality specialities, the ISPU show for the Schnauzers, Crystal Cup for Fox Terriers, and then more Hungarian Club shows.

Well travelled

The International Show had near 2,000 entries and the exhibitors arrived from 26 countries. The judging panel was full of well known judges, including Uwe Nölke (D), Roberto Velez Pico (PR), Beata Petkevica (LV), Bojan Matakovic (CRO), Milan Dosen (SRB), Lokodi Csaba Zsolt (RO), Kari Jarvinen (SF), Eugene Yerusalimsy (RUS), Otto Schimpf, Vladimir Piskay (SK), Ramuné Kazlauskaité (LT), Stefan Stefik (SK), Viera Staviaraska (SK), Gerard Jipping (NL), Dusan Paunovic (SRB), Cristian Stefanescu (RO), Luc Detry (B), Phillip Horspool (PR), Jari Spagna Rosario (I), Harry Rellstab (CH), Jose Homem de Mello (P), Ron Menaker (USA), Harry O’Donoghue (IRL), Nikki Ruigrok (IRL), Susan Stone Amport (CH), Lynne Hennessy (GB) and George Hennessy (GB). the Hungarian judges were represented by Sandor Szabo, Peter Harsanyi, Laszlo Erdos and Gabor Hargitai.

And it was not just the judges who travelled a long way, the press were also represented by well known persons, including Jadranka Miatovic, from Croatia, and Oleg Bochkov and Nataly Feofanova from the Russian Hot Dog magazine.

The show place was the presentation field for the horses, there were four great show tents for the exhibitors, and parts of the rings were under the tents also. It was needed at the end of he show, because  Saturday and Sunday were sunny days, Monday saw a little bit of rain.

Before the BIS programme  there was a dog dancing presentation in the main ring, and more horse ones, too. First there came a pair riding by, two Lipicans and then the Horse-Gymnastic team of Szilvasvarad Horse Sport Club.


The Saturday saw three groups on the CACIB, but the bigger ones,  1. 2 and 9. The winner of the Pastoral group was the Australian Sheperd, Thornapple America The Beautiful, bred by  Brandenburg and Carson, owned  by  Marko Ljutic (CR). The G2 won by a Dobermann, Aqvilion Dorian Den Dias, bred by  Gergel, owned  by  Gnedoy Yu (Ukraine). The Companion dogs’ first was a Tibetan Terrier, Atisha's Blanc De Noir, bred by  Rutlege  Schultis, owned  by  Füzeséri Éva and Teppaz Mission Francois.

The Sunday Group winners were a Kerry Blue, from Croatia: Rollick's Super Hero, bred by  Charlotta Mellin, owned  by  Igor Mioc és Ivana Bilic (CRO), handled by Ante Lucin. The Dachshund winner was represented by an another famous handler, by Zsolt Hano, his own bred Wire Dachshund, New Wave Make a Memory, bred by  Hano Zsolt, owned  by  Hano Zsolt and  Füzeséri Éva (H). The G5 winner was an American Akita, Woorlock Yankee's Avatar bred by  Nagy József, owned  by  Krizsán György (H).

The Basset hound won the G6 (this was a very valuable win, because the judge was Jose Homem de Mello, well known Portugal Basset Hound breeder): Bassbarr Hard Rock basset hound, bred by W. P. O'Loughlin, owned  by  Lakatos Lívia (H). The Gundog Group won by the Hungarian Vizsla, Luxatori Zeline, bred and owned by Hámori Tibor (H). The next winner came from Russia, Moonlight Show Magic Moment American Cocker Spaniel, bred by Ludmilla Mun, owned  by  Olga Klimova (RUS). The Sighthound winner was a Whippet, Belle from Boogie Dog's, bred by  Borsfai Boglárka, owned  by  Novák Dániel (H), handled by Dorottya Zahonyi Abel (she won the Junior Handlers’ competition both days).

The Junior Best of Day judged by Stefan Stefik, he gave the winner title to Cabaka's Hailey of Robbie, Samoyede, bred by  Gitte Morell and Kim Jensen,  owned  by  Nox-Poli kennel, F. S. Kovacev (CRO).

The BIS was judged by Kari Jarvinen, who gave the 4th to the Vizsla, the 3rd to the American Akita, the reserve BIS to the Tibetan Terrier, and the BIS went to the Kerry Blue Terrier, Rollick's Super Hero, bred by  Charlotta Mellin, owned  by  Igor Mioc és Ivana Bilic (CRO).

Finally Ron Menaker had to choose from the two days all Best of day winners, babies, puppies, juniors, veterans and BIS, and had to give the Super BIS. The judge arrived in the ring on a coach pulled by the two pairs of Lipicans, also a showy part of the Szilvasvarad dog show. Mr. Menaker chose the BIS Kerry Blue Terrier, so the owners now had to choose, what they would like to do with the main prize, the Lipican stallion!

Report & Photographs By GABOR SZALANCZI


Group Photos & Extra Shots


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