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Wednesday, 08 February 2012

Hoogstraten 2012

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THE 39th Schaal der Kempen was another success, although it did not equal the record of last year and didn’t pass the total of 2,000 dogs. On the contrary, there was a nine per cent decrease compared to last year. 


Winner of Best in Show, as chosen by Judge Mr Norman Deschuymere (Belgium),
was the German Shepherd Dog, Zanta Av Quantos, owned by Tor Johansen from Norway.


THE 39th Schaal der Kempen was another success, although it did not equal the record of last year and didn’t pass the total of 2,000 dogs. On the contrary, there was a nine per cent decrease compared to last year. It is hard to say what the reason was, that this year, there were  1,764 entries, though still a very good number.

The show was very early this year, hardly more than a week after New Year.  Maybe for some people it came too close after one of the most expensive periods of the year. Or maybe some people remembered the very harsh conditions of the last show when driving was extremely difficult. Who can tell.

Anyway, many shows would be very glad to welcome 1,764 dogs and I think the committee was more than happy. 

Situated very near to the Dutch border, this show has always lots of exhibitors from there and it is almost an Interland contest. Besides the 835 Belgian dogs and the 646 Dutch entries there were 147 dogs from Germany, 100 from France, 9 from Poland, 7 from the UK, 9 from Denmark and 4 from Norway; and especially those from Norway will not easily forget this show as they returned with several podium places including the BIS. 

As last year, the One-Stop-Dog-Shop grooming and accessory shop was the main sponsor of the event. It is rather unusual that a national company is willing to become a sponsor and I think it is very courageous of them as it is not easy to have enough return to compensate for the sponsorship. 

Again applause for the main ring in carpet tiles, it proved practical and clean again after a few “accidents” during the main ring program. The affected tiles were removed in seconds and the ring looked spotless again. The catalogue was almost perfect, I only missed a statistical page and an alphabetical lexicon of the dog breeds present. These are two things that are easily distilled from the database nowadays and are most appreciated by the visitors as that is something that they can understand.  It is a matter of 4-5 pages more. And on the other hand, as the addresses of the exhibitors/owners are mentioned under the dogs’ names, it can be considered to drop the alphabetical pages of the owners which saves 30 pages. No cups here, but the usual modern glasswork, that is well appreciated.

Gaps

Eight Belgian judges, some only to fill certain gaps or judging a new breed for the first time, and 16 others from 10 different countries, offering the perfect mix for a CACIB show. However, probably due to the unexpected decrease in entries, some judges didn’t have a big number of dogs to judge and judges with big entries were few. 

From Ireland we  had a few judges. Mrs Laura Cox had the 32 Staffordshire Bull Terriers on Saturday and she ended with 114 dogs over both days. Mr Gerard Cox judged the 39 American Staffordshires on Saturday and finished with 100 dogs over both days. Mrs Dorothea Carroll had 40 Newfoundlands on Sunday when she had a total number of 77 dogs, the third best score of the weekend. On Saturday she had only 33 dogs to judge. Mr Nodalli Bruno from Italy finished with 132 dogs, and on Sunday he judged all the Poodle varieties.

Popular

Mr Piet Roosenboom is one of the Belgian judges who often fills gaps but who is very popular. He judged Border Collies only on Saturday, good for 42 specimens, more than the Aussies who are more popular on shows. On Sunday he had 54 Bulldogs, the second most popular breed of the show. 

Mrs Myriam Vermeire, who was comparable to Mr Roosenboom, was rather busy on Sunday where she had 34 Rhodesians and a total number of 78 dogs. Her husband Mr Dirk Spruyt had 33 Rottweilers that day, a number that is worth mentioning. Mrs Julia Lewis from the UK was invited to judge the 59 Labradors only. That was on Saturday. It has been a long time since there were more Labradors at a Belgian show than Golden Retrievers. Mr Sand Sverre from Denmark was invited to judge them. For him too, it was the only breed he judged at this show. Best scoring judge of the show was the French judge Mr Boris Chapiro. He had 69 dogs on Saturday and 73 on Sunday. His compatriot was the day’s record holder with 81 dogs on Sunday, when he took all the Pinsher and Schnauzer varieties for his account. From Greece came Mr Dimitris Antonopoulos. He had a total score of 117 on both days, but worth mentioning were the 58 Dachshunds he judged on Sunday, and that is a very nice score for a show of this kind. 

Mr Norman Deschuymere was again on term to choose the Best in Show dog. For the third place he chose the Siberian Husky, Snowmist’s Quidditch Seeker, owned by Leblanc-Van Gorp. This dog was Best In Show in Kortrijk, remember? This dog was judged by Mrs Myriam Vermeire.  He won in Champion Class and won the Group also under Mr Deschuymere. 

Great memories

Although there were only a few dogs entered from Norway, they went home again with the two biggest trophies and lots of fantastic memories. In second spot he placed the Pug, Windsome Gold Standard. This dog was bred in the United States by Virginia Flatley but is now owned by Björn Lôkes-Torres who had a finalist in Paris at the World Dog Show. Gold Standard was entered in Champion Class under judge Sjong Kitty. She defeated 19 opponents and persuaded later Mr Jo Shepers, who judged the Group, to try his chances in the finals. 

The Best in Show dog was another dog from Norway and another dog that has scored well lately, she was one of the selected dogs on the Champion of Champions Show in Brussels. But this time she finally reached the top. Her name is Zanta Av Quantos and she is almost 6 years. She is a dog that is not a characature of the breed and that is very good. Tor and Zanta floated around the main ring and as you see Tor is like a Viking God with his long blond hair. Zanta was the choice of Mr Deschuymere during the breed judging in the morning, while Mrs Vermeire gave him the ticket for the Finals. 

I am almost sure that Tor and Zanta will be back soon in Belgium.

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