BIS goes to UK Newfoundland
Winner of Group 2 and Best in Show was the Newfoundland, Hanningfield Touch Of Magic, owned by Julie Sheridan from the UK.
Best in Show Judge (pictured left) was Vincent O’Brien (Ireland).
Report & Pictures By KARL DONVIL
30 Jun – 1 July 2012
WITH only two weekends inbetween, another successful show took place in the province of Limburg, in Genk that is not far from Lommel. There was a big increase if entries compared to last year, from 1,487 to no less than 1,636.
The reason might have been tha, as last year, there was a specialty for the Ca de Bou, the Mallorcan Mastiff. For this specialty dogs came from as far as Lithuania, Russia and Ukraine. Seeing 48 of them together is probably only possible at a world show or a specialty like here.
Anyway, LKV Genk is getting famous for this and I suppose more editions will probably follow. Saturday was a rather quiet day as only 643 dogs were on parade. Sunday, on the other hand, had the remaining thousand dogs plus the BIS programme.
Many judges were pretty busy then. The weather was splendid for this show and even rather warm inside the halls, but not too hot. It is also good for attracting visitors, however, dog shows are not that popular in Belgium. It has everything to do with budgets for publicity and TV.
If you ask someone on the street to name a dog show, he will mention the Kortrijk Eurodogshow or the Brussels Dog Show.
There is little chance that any other show will be named. Both these shows are the only ones that ever had publicity years ago and were nationally broadcast and it is funny that people still remember these but no others. Not that this is very important, but as dog shows are there to promote pure bred dogs, dog schools and other pet friendly public relations, it would be better if all dog shows would be a little better known.
Of course it is not easy to get the attention of the networks and that counts for dog sport in general. In Belgium only football, cycling and tennis get daily attention. Before the successes of Cleysters and Henin, tennis was blessed with the same fate. Anyway, those who are interested in dogs, dog sports and shows know the way well enough. That certainly applied for this show. Dogs came from as far as Russia (5), the Baltics (2), Ukraine (1), Finland (1), Ireland (1) and even the USA (1). Twenty countries in total.
The 20 invited judges represented 8 countries like Russia, Ukraine and Ireland, as if foreign judges bring dogs with them.
The total capacity of the halls is enough to hold all those dogs, however, one side hall is not that comfortable and somewhat dark. In the large reception there was enough room to make an extra ring and that was a good idea.
Before it was used as a snack restaurant but for that there were other options and now this place can hold a large extra ring. The main hall is not large enough to have a ring for demonstrations or a separate main ring, but it is more important and better to have the rings as large as possible in such a case. As told before, the judges could afford to work in a relaxed way on Saturday. Only two judges were well occupied. Mrs Ingrid Hectors had 74 dogs on this only day that she judged. She had only two breeds; the breed with the highest score. Besides 21 Aussies, she had a fantastic number of 53 Border Collies in her ring. Sean Delmar from Ireland had the highest score that day.
His 84 dogs consisted of 18 Flatcoated Retrievers, 46 Golden Retrievers and 20 Labradors. Mr Theo Leenen had 27 Swiss White Shepherds, a breed with an ever growing popularity. On Sunday Mr Delmar again had a nice score with 86 dogs, including 31 American Staffordshires and 21 Staffordshire Bull Terriers, and that made him the top judge of the show with 170 dogs in total. Mr Erwin Deutscher, however, was the top scorer of Sunday.
He did all the Poodles, some other breeds and 27 Yorkshire Terriers. Over the weekend he had 140 entries for him alone. From Finland Mrs Kirsti Louhi came to judge on Sunday no less than 47 Chihuahuas and ended with 138 entries for both days. Mr Jos De Cuyper from Belgium had a nice total score too - 19 Dalmatians, 19 Shih Tzus and 30 Cavaliers along with some other breeds helped him reach a nice total of 124 entries over the weekend. I think in the last five years and probably longer, Mr Piotr Kroll from Poland is a regular attender at Genk, on the Ambiorix Trophy as well as on the LKV Grand Prix of Limburg, and the exhibitors never seem to get tired of him as again he scored well, especially on Sunday when he had 34 French Bulldogs and a total of 85 dogs to judge that resulted in 118 entries for both days.
Mrs Kalynchenko Galyna came from as far as Ukraine. On Saturday she had 38 dogs to judge, but on Sunday when she was mainly occupied with all the Pinsher and Schnauzer varieties, she was pretty busy with 75 entries. For the Ca de Bou or Mallorcan Mastiff a judge from Spain was invited, Mr Gual Sergio. 48 specimens turned up for him, and that is remarkable. The Best In Show was in the hands of judge Vincent O’Brien from Ireland. He was pleased and honoured to get this job.All BOG’s were to be placed. Unfortunately for those who won BOG on Saturday as the three first placed dogs all won BOG on Sunday.
His third place went to the Yorkshire Terrier Every Jackson de la Castelviroise. This French dog was entered in Open Class for Mr Delmar who also made him Best of Group. Every Jackson was bred three years ago by Nathalie Peter and is owned by Serge Mindeau, both from France. Second place was awarded to the Maltese Funny Ladies Super Boy who was entered also in Open Class Males, judged by Mrs Rita Reyniers and made Group winner by Mr Erwin Deutscher. Super Boy is bred in Japan from the famous kennel Funny Ladies of Mr Ayako Ito.
One of his kennelmates was another frequent winner over here a few years ago. It is very well possible that Super Boy will follow in his European footsteps. At two years of age his start is promising and is how his master/handler Patrick Houthuys thinks too. Best In Show went to a dog that crossed the channel to show here, the Newfoundland, UK Ch Hanningfield Touch of Magic. Julie Cheridan, owner/handler entered him in Champion Class to be judged by Mr O’Brien himself.
He won the breed from 18 competitors and entered again in the afternoon in the main ring for the Group judging. This Group was judged by Mrs Kuleshova from Russia who awarded him the ticket to compete for Best In Show. Here he was again subjected to the verdict ofMr O’Brien who finally made him his ultimate winner. A British Victory! Touch of Magic is almost five years old and was bred my Mr and Mrs Walker. I wonder what was served in the evening to celebrate this victory: whisky or whiskey.
Next edition of this show will be on June 29 and 30. Hope the British finally understand that leaving their Island can be rewarding. A few hundred would be great and bring the Irish too!
- Winner of Group 1
- Winner of Group 2
- Winner of Group 3
- Winner of Group 4
- Winner of Group 5
- Winner of Group 6
- Group 7 winner
- Group 8 winner
- Winner of Group 9
- Group 10 winner
Report & Pictures
By KARL DONVIL