This club is one of the younger Belgian clubs that organises dog shows in Belgium. For a few years now, this club has awarded CACIB’s and has grown a lot since. The number of shows in Belgium has decreased, especially in Wallonia where only two shows remain, Liège and Mouscron. However, Charleroi again had a one day CAC show and there are plans to restart Namur too, but that is not the case for La louvière.
In Flanders, Oostende has lost its hall and this year Wieze did not figure on the show schedule. Other shows took advantage of this, like the Ambiorix Trophy, Lommel and the Lovanium Trophy.
A total entry of 1,571 is very good in this period of international crisis. I think that people are willing to sacrifice a lot before they will cut the budget for their hobby. It is possibly our hobbies that keep us from giving up and get depressed! Certainly in the canine world the joy and pleasure we get from our pets is encouraging us not to give up taking care of them. The amount of toys, food in all shapes and varieties, clothes and fancy stuff is amazing. We dive into a fantasy world to forget the daily problems we have to face due to the economic crisis. Dog shows are pretty expensive, but the number of entries doesn’t seem to drop drastically and exhibitors don’t mind travelling thousands of kilometers, notwithstanding the high fuel prices. Here in Leuven no less than 13 different countries were represented, the vast majority from Belgium, 993, but besides good interest from the neighbouring countries like France, Holland and Germany, I counted 4 Russians, 5 Danish, 5 Spaniards, 2 Swiss, 4 Italians, 2 Austrians and no less than 26 dogs from the United Kingdom. Maybe the reputation of this club is partly responsible for this success as this is the only show where the winners not only go home with a nice cup, but also with a gift in nature, an Ikea Chandelier. But all those who did not win went home with a drybed. The halls offer plenty of parking, are located next to Belgian’s most important highway, but are not spacious enough to have an extra ring for demonstrations and entertainment. But nobody complains as the atmosphere is friendly and cosy.
Only 12 judges were invited and that resulted in very busy days for them and four of them were judging one day only. Most busy was Mr Dirk Spruyt from Belgium. He had the overall day record with 111 dogs to judge. No wonder as he had two popular breeds, 47 Chihuahuas and 40 French Bulldogs. He did not judge on Sunday. Mrs Willemine Van Deyl came very close and was also invited to judge on Saturday only. She had no less than 37 Border Collies which brought the total to 104 dogs. Mr Rune Fagerström had 104 dogs on Saturday, 26 Swiss White Shepherds and 39 Cavalier King Charles Spaniels contributed this success. On Sunday he had 70 dogs. Best scoring judges for both days were Mrs Melchior from Luxemburg who had 181 dogs to judge, 96 on Saturday and 85 on Sunday, but there was another judge who she shared this honour with, Mr Robert Blümel had 92 on Saturday and 89 on Sunday, which included 41 Great Danes and 24 Whippets. Mrs Jelena Kruus finished with 138 dogs in total, a good score, but to attract 26 Dalmatians and 36 Rhodesian Ridgebacks for a show of this kind is certainly worth mentioning. That counts for Leonbergers too, although very popular in our area, 28 is a very nice number. Mr Peter Machetanz is responsible for this result. He finished with 160 dogs in total and that is worth mentioning too. Mrs Viviane Boesmans judged three breeds only, but she scored well with 30 Goldens, 36 Labradors and 6 Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers.
BIS Show judge was our famous All Round Judge, Mr August De Wilde. He finished his job after 158 dogs in his ring. 26 Chinese Cresteds on Saturday and 28 Bernese Mountain Dogs was very nice. But that was not enough as we wanted his opinion on the 10 Group winners and were very curious who he would make his BIS for this edition for the Lovanium Trophy. His third place went to the Pug with a famous kennel name and top ancestors, Tangetoppen's Ballroom Blitz, this little male was entered in Junior class, and was not even a year old. He was bred by Mr Olson from Norway and is owned by Inge Wilmsen from Belgium.The least we can say is that he made an amazing start to his show career. He had 11 competitors and was judged by Mr De Wilde himself. The Group Judge was Mr Dirk Spruyt. The second place was awarded to a Leonberger, the male Hakuna C. Bora Z Miloticek, a Multi Champion, bred by Jaroslava Smrhova and owned by Carine Bauwens-Roobrouck from Belgium. This dog is used to standing on a podium. He was of course entered in Champion Class and won the Group under Judge Mr Minzoli from Italy. Best In Show was a Belgian bred dog that is now living in the Netherlands, Bearded Collie, Beardie Connections Kenji. Bred by Mrs Ingrid Hectors and owned by Otto Rinus. This male was entered in Intermediate Class under Willemine Van Deyl from Belgium. He won the title from four competitors but won the Group 1, Shepherd Dogs, one of the largest Groups in the FCI, judged by Mrs Melchior.
I nice panel of three lovely dogs. Next year you can participate and maybe finish on that podium too. But then you need to book this show now and pay attention as it will be a summer show again, 3rd & 4th August. Don’t forget.