Lommel 2015 - small but with many British entries
Winner of Best in Show at Lommel was the Harli Great Dane, Brisseida Enid Von Haus Das Freude, owned by Roger & Josiane Vanstraelen-Leenen. BIS Judge was Jean Francois Vanaken.
Due to the geographical situation of Lommel, a border city to the south of the Netherlands, it is no surprise that the majority of foreign dogs came from the Netherlands. However, Lommel is not that far away from Germany, certainly compared to France and the United Kingdom, but there were more British entries than French, and there were very few Germans. Remarkable to, is that most of them were on Saturday. A few dogs came from Spain, Russia, Italy, Romania and Denmark.
The main ring started right on time and each judge had a limited time to finish his judging. That gave the impression that everything went so smoothly and fast and few shows finish as early as this one. 17 judges were here. Eight of them were Belgians and from those eight, four were judging only one day. That means that a lot of judges were invited from other countries like Romania, Poland, Bulgaria, Estonia, Hungary and Germany. On Saturday we had two remarkable scores.
One was from Mrs Malgorzata Wieremiejczyk from Poland who had 65 Spitz. The other score was from Mr Augustin Ionescu from Romania, he had 94 dogs, included were 31 Bernese Mountain Dogs. He was also the best scoring judge with 137 entries in total. On Sunday Mrs Signorini from Bulgaria had 66 dogs, including 27 Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. The Chinese Cresteds were for Mr Vanaken, 31 in total. The 31 Chihuahuas and 27 Pugs were all for Mr Rainer Jacobs from Germany. Best scoring judge on Sunday was Mr Jef Verrees, former President of the club. He judged on Sunday only but had 25 Labradors, 21 Flats and 36 Golden Retrievers or 82 dogs all together. Best in Show judge was Mr Vanaken from Belgium. It was his first Best In Show judging in his young career. For his third place he chose the Lhasa Apso of Mr Marion Radstok from the Netherlands.
The four Lhasas were judged by Mr Vanaken himself. He also judged the Group. The dog with a confusing name, Marion To Radstok is a 5 year old male bred by Mrs Radstock herself. Bart Scheerens entered his Whippet, La Belle Helène Da Rosiera Brava to be judged by Mr Györy Tesics from Hungary. This 3 year old bitch had more competition. She won it from 10 other competitors. Mr Tesics was also the Group judge. The Best In Show dog was the Harlequin Great Dane, Brisseida Enid Von Haus Das Freude, and is living with Roger and Josiane Vanstraelen-Leenen.
Brisseida is a 3 year old female, judged by Mr Victor Van Raamsdonck. Mr Draganescu judged the Group. A small show with great hospitality, always nice weather in a pleasant environment...fun for you and your dogs. See you next year?
Report & Pictures By KARL DONVIL