'Perfect' Standard Poodle crowned Eukanuba World Challenge Champion 2013
Sunday 15th December saw the grand final of the seventh annual Eukanuba World Challenge and the crowning of Ch 'Afterglow Maverick Sabre' - or Ricky to family and friends - as "Eukanuba World Challenge Champion 2013".
Hosted at the 13th annual AKC / Eukanuba National Championships in Orlando, Florida, the prestigious Eukanuba World Challenge saw 43 elite dogs from around the world - each representing their respective countries after having previously won a local qualifying event or BIS at a major dog show - compete against each other for the highly coveted title of "Eukanuba World Challenge Champion 2013" and $10,000 prize money.
For the first time in Dutch history, Maastricht was allowed to organise two international all breed shows in one weekend.
The entries and the organisation were a great success. Nearly 2,000 dogs in 2012, Maastricht hosted over 3,600 dogs in 2013. With a special camper location in the direct neighbourhood and over 800 hotel rooms booked in Maastricht and surroundings the show was also an economic success for the region.
VDH LV Nord held its two day international show on the 1st and 2nd of June 2013. The entry of 2,250 dogs was a bit less than last year. Exhibitors came over from 15 different countries, with a very high number coming from the neighbouring Scandinavian countries of Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland, but with others travelling the long way from Belarus, Poland and Austria.
The judges list (11 countries) was also international e.g. from Denmark, Sweden, The Netherlands, Romania with Andrew Jones (Cocker Spaniel), Penny Govland and Malcolm Godefroy (Golden Retriever), David Coode (Labrador Retriever) and Lynne E. Martin judging Chow Chow from United Kingdom.
HAVING received an exciting invitation to judge in Malta, it was a fortunate opportunity for Ann and myself to have a short winter break.
When you think of Malta, you think of warm weather. During my stay to judge the Malta Canine Society Championship Show held over the weekend of Saturday and Sunday, the 9th and 10th of February, the weather was reminiscent of home, being cold, windy and showers with only the odd glimpse of sun.
A world record for the largest FCI one-day show was set by the Finnish Kennel Club on Saturday, December 8, 2012 at the Helsinki Winner International Dog Show that had entry of a little over 7,500 dogs and broken on Sunday December 9 at Finnish Winner International Dog Show with entry of over 8,100 dogs that competed in conformation rings for the prestigious titles.
At the 36th International Dogshow De Kempen, held on 1-3 February and located in Eindhoven, it was Nagant From Michel that stole the show and all the silver and gold coloured trophies for Best in Show.
After winning the Terrier Group, the small equivalent of the King of Terriers, this very special Welsh Terrier from P. M. J. Krautscheid made the difference in the grande finale, judged by Simon Oates. Runner-up was the Italian Spinone, Novella dal Podere Antico, loved, bred and owned by Jenneke van Doorn and Trudie van Lieshout-Pennings. The third place went to the representative of a Belgian breed, the Schipperke, Monterrez Jingle Belle for Hantraved, owned by J. Lawless.
The DuoCacib Brno, organised by the Czech Moravian Kennel Club, took place on the first weekend in February. The Best in Show on Saturday, judged by Vaclavik Miroslav, went to the Schnauzer (Pepper-Salt), Ave Concord Magnifique and Sundays BIS, judged by Ridarcikova Gabriele (SK), went to the Landseer, Arun Z Laderova both from the Czech Republic.
With a few more than 8,000 dogs over the two days the entry was quite comparable with the year before.
ONE of the most important Italian shows of the year was held in Milan on the 12 & 13 January. Held over two days, there were 2,300 entries and with the club shows as well, nearly 4,000 dogs were here. This was also the Crufts qualification Show of Italy. There weren’t too many foreign dogs on show, but one of them, a Karelian Bear Dog was the Best in Show winner.
Milan is the second largest city in Italy and this show was held in quite a new exhibition centre, the Fiera Milano-Rho, outside the Milan city centre, in Rho, but there good transport links to the city, a great motorway, and its at the end of the red metro line from Milan. From the middle of Milan, you can be at the showground in 30 minutes by metro. On Sunday, especially, there were lots of members of the public who attended. The shows were in two great halls. These show halls will also hold the World Dog Show in two years time.
Michael Dougherty had the honour of judging Best In Show at the 137th Westminster Kennel Club Show. This year saw the introduction of a Reserve Best In Show award and in-keeping with the American tradition of showmanship, this was announced in advance of the ‘big one’.
To a hushed Madison Garden Arena and to millions of Americans watching on live television, not including all those who were monitoring the event on social media and the internet, Reserve Best In Show was the Old English Sheepdog, Bugaboo’s Picture Perfect, owned by Colton & Heather Johnson. ‘Swagger’ was clearly popular with the audience who responded with a roar of approval. Best In Show was the Affenpinscher, GCH Banana Joe V Tani Kazari, handled by Ernesto Lara and co-owned by Zoila ( Tina ) Truesdale and Mieke Cooymans. The roof almost came off with the cheering and applause for ‘Joey’, a favourite of both the audience and yours truly, as everyone rose from their seats to show their approval.
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