IT ALL started in 1964, 49 shows ago, in Menen, a small town in the neighbourhood of Kortrijk. Now it is, without any doubt, the number one show in Flanders and the strongest rival of the national show of Belgium in Brussels. It is the most famous and best known in Belgium, but also in Europe.
The Eukanuba World Challenge (EWC) has enjoyed a strong connection with some of the world’s top winning dogs. It has aptly earned an enviable reputation in the six years since its inception. Former EWC representatives, breeders and exhibitors have enjoyed remarkable show ring and breeding success with their dogs, this year is no exception the EWC representatives have won major accolades at prominent shows, some since competing in the EWC and vice versa.
Some of this year’s qualified dogs are BIS Winners having won at the FCI World Dog Show, the 3 FCI Section Shows, the AKC Eukanuba National Championships (AENC), Westminster and Crufts. They will be competing in this prestigious event that has found some of the most spectacular dogs winning the title Eukanuba World Challenge Champion plus the very generous prize money of $10,000. $3,000 & $2,000 prize money is awarded to the two runners up respectively.
November seems to be the month of the Afghan hound winning Best in Show at top events in the world of dogs.
Last week it was Axel, the UK owned Afghan topping the lot in Kortrijk in Belgium, then on the same weekend across at the important FCI Americas and Caribbean show, a Mexican owned Afghan grabbed first place. Making a hat trick of winners for Afghans, Dutch judge John Wauben from Limburg in Holland, had the honour of judging The Amsterdam All Winners show making the Finnish owned Afghan Hound M. Ylitalo’s Agha Djari’s Blue Blood the overall winner from 4,500 dogs.
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THE SUPREME BIS winner at last weekend’s Double CACIB Zagreb was the Medium Poodle, Jasenak Back To The Future owned by Dragana & Ivan Vasiljevi? (Srb). The judge was Mr. Vibor Jezek from Croatia
It was a great day for the Brits at the 49th Kortrijk Show when the Afghan Hound, Afterglow Jumping Rainbows of Sofico bred by Mike Gadsby and co-owned by Claire Millward together with Dudley and Glenys Chadwick from North Wales took top spot out of 3000 dogs at this popular Belgian event.
This club is one of the younger Belgian clubs that organises dog shows in Belgium. For a few years now, this club has awarded CACIB’s and has grown a lot since. The number of shows in Belgium has decreased, especially in Wallonia where only two shows remain, Liège and Mouscron. However, Charleroi again had a one day CAC show and there are plans to restart Namur too, but that is not the case for La louvière.
ON THE weekend of 3rd & 4th November Dordrecht KC held the International Dog Show at Bleiswijk for the 15th time. Almost 2,000 dogs were entered.
Best in Show was the Kaninchen Dachshund, Grandgable MS Just A Teas, owned by Philipp Meijer and Reserve Best in Show was a formidable English Cocker Spaniel, Nickle and Dime’s Moskow Night, bred and owned by Gerda van Empel. BIS 3 belonged to the Bullmastiff, Leatherneck N’Rodels Road Warrior, owned by W. Bus and D. Cominotto.
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