I was delighted to be invited to Jyvaskyla in Finland, and while I have judged in 22 different countries, this was my first visit to Finland (the snow was a bit of a shock to the system).
The show had drawn a huge entry of well over 5,000 dogs over the two days! The judging panel contained judges from many different countries. The UK was well represented with Mrs Meg Purnell-Capenter, Michael Gadsby, Des Jenkins, Ronald James, Colin Reed and daughter Melanie Reed-Peck, Grace Goodwin, and it was Graces BOB Apso that finished BIS.
Well done to Juha Kares and the Chic Choix Lhasa Apso for winning the Breeders Team award at last weekends Finnish Winners Show in Helsinki.
The breeders groups are highly valued in Europe and to win this award, breeders must compete at the highest level.
The Best in Show winner of the Helsinki Winner All-Breed International Dog Show held on December 6 in the capital of Finland was (pictured below) Marianna Korpi's and Annet Finnig's Cocker Spaniel, Coastline Johnny B Good.
More than 6,700 dogs competed for this title and the other three finalists chosen by the Finnish all-rounder Marja Talvitie were Laurent Heinesche's and Maarit Kalke's Pomeranian, Linnanhaltijan Quartz; Selen Stina's Miniature Dachshund, Naa-Naan Llotulitus, and Raimo Suominen’s Norwich Terrier, Nanstop Polkagris, who also won a prestigious Veteran BIS competition out of over 200 veterans presented at this show.
Photo by TexTerri
Best in Show at Kemi, Finland on the 19th & 13th July was the Rottweiler, Multi Champion Heizelwood Figo, owned by Sari Miilukangas from Finland. BIS Judge was Harri Lehkonen (Finland).
Photo by TexTerri
Best in Show at Oulu, Finland on the 12th & 13th July was the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen, Multi Ch Nightdream Ricky Martin, owned by Kristina Bergström from Finland. Best in Show Judge was Harry Tast (Finland).
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