The 124th Amsterdam All Winners dog show was itself a winner in deepest December at the Rai Centre in Holland, with all the Christmas trimmings!
For anyone who does not know the European scene or Holland specifically, this is their Crufts dog show, their Westminster…the biggest they hold in the Netherlands. Normally held over two days in late November, the organisers decided to move from their traditional date to accommodate an extra days showing and in order to facilitate a transition to a better hall. The extra day became the National Show on Friday offering CACIB’s or FCI versions of Challenge Certificates in the UK. The move to the better hall was from the older Europa Hall into the more modern side of the Rai. (Pronounced ‘Rye’…) This typical Expo or event centre is on the outskirts of the historical city of Amsterdam, obviously known for its infamous ‘Red Light’ district and liberal attitude to smoking a certain type of plant, but equally one of the great European capitals with superb sights and culture if you ever want to mix dog showing and an interesting weekend away.
'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.