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I was very honoured and privileged to be invited to judge Norwich Terriers at the combined Finnish Norfolk & Norwich Club Open Show in March this year.
I set off early on the Saturday morning from Manchester and arrived in Helsinki around 3.30pm Finnish time. I made my way to the hotel, 10 minutes away from the airport, and awaited my co judge, Dot Britten who was to judge Norfolks at the same show. 

At the recent huge winter shows in Helsinki, Our Dogs asked Kari Järvinen to look back at the Nordic Show held in Helsinki in December and forward to the World Show in August

Svetlana Valoueva asked the questions:

 

First of all I would like to thank you for such a great start to this December weekend and for giving me the opportunity to get first hand information about the upcoming World event that will be held in Helsinki in August of 2014.Can you review the Winner shows and explain how they came about?

It was a great pleasure judging the Porvoo 60th Anniversary Show and I would like to thank Kirsi Lankola and her team for putting on an excellently run show.

The showground was laid out very well although a little spread out. The standard of the dogs were of a high quality and my group winner went to the Cairn.

BIS went to the gorgeous Lhasa Apso Chic Choix Cleopatra Eurydice (pictured above) owned by Piia Helistölä-Laurila.

BIS at the International Dog Show in Seinäjoki in Finland on the 19th & 20th of October was the Pomeranian, CIB, FI CH, CR CH, HNCH, EE CH, LV CH, BY CH, MD CH, LT JCH, LV JCH EE JCH, UA CH, BALT JCH JWW-11, JWA-11, LTW-13, LVW-13 Tiny Life Superstar, owned by Terhi Virtanen from Finland. Best in Show Judge was Jancik Leos from the Czech Republic.

Best in Show at the International Dog in Eckerö, Finland on the 28th/29th of September was the Miniature Schnauzer, LV JCH, EE JCH, HeJW-12, SEW-12, SEJW-12, LVJW-13, TLNJW-13 Blackgalazy Victor, owned by Eija Nurmela & John Nieminen from Finland. Best in Show Judge was Marija Kavcic from Slovenia.

What a great show this was, and what an honour and privilege it was to be invited to judge this Spaniel Speciality show in Hyvinkaa of the 5th of October. First class organisation, wonderful hospitality and the sportsmanlike manner the exhibitors took the judges decisions at this prestigious show. Next years World Show will be well worth a visit.

My thanks to my two ring stewards, Viveca Lindqvist and Marianne Dolmatoff who kept me on the straight and narrow and kept up with writing my critiques superbly.

The Finnish Akita Speciality Club Show was held on the 1st September in Hollola, about an hours drive from Helsinki.
The entry was a superb 110 dogs, believed to be a record for an Akita Breed show in an FCI country. Dogs attended from Finland, Norway, Sweden, Estonia and also Russia.
The weather was very changeable with mostly rain and drizzle for this outdoor show.


Best in Show at the International Dog Show in Tervakoski, Finland on the 24th & 25th of August, was the Skye Terrier, Multi Champion Finnsky Momentous, owned by Carina Kitti & Elizabeth Stewart from Finland. Best in Show Judge was Maret Kärdi from Estonia.

Best in Show at the International Dog Show in Pori, Finland on the 27th & 28th of July, 2013, was the Rottweiler, CIB, CIE, LT JCH, LV JCH, EE JCH, BALT JCH, V-11, BALTW-12 Heizelwood Farro, owned by Susanna Tuominen and Mika Auvinen from Finland. Best in Show Judge was Rui Oliveira (Portugal).

 

Photo: Koiramme

Fin Ch Paparottsie Painted Lord JW won at Ylivieska Int All-Breed Show on 20 July, 2013 under BIS Judge Marja Talvitie (Finland). Breed & Group Judge was Pirjo Aaltonen (Finland).

Fin Ch Paparottsie Painted Lord JW is being handled at the moment by Vesa Toivanen.

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