For its 25th anniversary, the club was granted only a CAC title, but nevertheless 1,245 dogs were in competition. It's not bad at all taking into account that the World Dog Show in Finland was only a week later. But that didn't stop exhibitors coming from nine different countries, even from the United Kingdom and Spain. It is a cosy show, quiet, as there is no main ring during the day, so no demonstrations or indoor sports competitions.
Only 11 judges were invited, four of them from Belgium. Attila Czeglédi is a Hungarian judge. He had 71 dogs including 24 Rhodesian Ridgebacks, on Saturday and 58 dogs on Sunday. The Serbian couple Davidovic Natasa and Nenad had 267 dogs to judge, nicely devided in 135 for Nenad and 132 for Natasa. Nenad had 24 Staffordshires on Sunday and Natasa, 34 Golden Retrievers on Saturday. Anja Gregoire from Belgium judged on Saturday only. She had 34 French Bulldogs. Swiss White Shepherds have become more and more popular. Contrary to the German Shepherd, they are popular on regular shows, while German Shepherds have their own specific shows. John Wauben judged them on Saturday. He had 20 of them. He had 68 dogs on both days. On Sunday he judged the Great Danes and counted 40 in his ring. Another couple came from Ireland, Colette and John Muldoon. Colette had no less than 41 Chihuahuas, John had 29 Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. On Sunday he judged the Bulldogs, 31 in total. Top judge of the weekend was Mr Theo Leenen from Belgium. He had 80 dogs on Saturday, the day record, included were 29 Chinese Cresteds and 22 Pugs. Also on Sunday he had the day record with 88 dogs. He did some dogs from Group 5 and all the Dachshunds. And because he had both day records he had also the weekend record.
The honour to judge Best In Show was Mrs Muldoon. Her number 3 was the Basenji, Akuaba N Eldorado Xtra Terrrestrial, a 4 year old American bred male Champion who won under Mrs Rita Reyniers from 12 competitors and who also judged the 5th Group. Belordeal Louwik is only two years old but a Champion. He was Judged by Mr Dick Baars. He and Mr Wauben are both from Holland. Mr Wauben judged the Group. Belordeal is owned by Aerts Peter from Belgium. Mrs Muldoon's husband was the one who picked out the Shih Tzu on Saturday to go to the Group finals. Aga's A Dream Come True is holding company to Mrs Dorien Van Slycken. Mr Theo Leenen judged the 9 Shih Tzu's. Aga was entered in Veteran Class, 8 years old. There was really a dream coming true for Mrs Van Slycken when she ended up Best In Show.
Next year the show will be later in the year. Reserve 24 & 25 October in your diary and don't miss this nice show.