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Eurodogshow 2015, Kortrijk Featured

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With 3,231 entries nothing was alarming for the committee of one of the most successful shows of Belgium. For years now this show has attracted over 3,000 dogs from all over Europe and a lot from the United Kingdom. This year 23 countries were represented and 202 UK entries. About half of the entries were Belgian dogs...

Best in Show winner at Kortrijk

Best in Show winner at Kortrijk was the Standard Wirehaired Dachshund, Gennarino Della Costa D’Amalfi,
owned by Mauro Scarlato from Italy. BIS Judge was Mrs Liliane De Ridder-Onghena (Belgium).

With 3,231 entries nothing was alarming for the committee of one of the most successful shows of Belgium. For years now this show has attracted over 3,000 dogs from all over Europe and a lot from the United Kingdom. This year 23 countries were represented and 202 UK entries. About half of the entries were Belgian dogs, France, nearby, had 842 entries, the Netherlands 368 and Germany 139.

Two dogs were entered from Israel while the other countries had entered in general only a few dogs. If the committee would focus more on these countries, it would be possible to attract a thousand entries more. Maybe a special title could help. It is strange that so many countries are represented by only a couple of dogs, even when these countries are not that far away. Kortrijk is within easy reach with an important highway almost crossing the town.

But I suppose the committee members have been thinking this over many times and it is probably not easy in a country known for not giving away Championship titles for free. Many things have changed on the Committee, although not visible to the exhibitor. Mr Jose Misselyn has died. He was the last founding member of this glorious club and show. Bruno Misselyn, his grandson, stepped aside as President, due to his job, but he remains on the committee. The new President is Mr Joël Vanlerberghe, who always was the driving spirit of the show itself. The whole committee has always been very special, as the majority are related to each other in a direct or more remote way.

Mr Vanlerberghe is very proud of his show and new things will appear for sure in the coming years. Kortrijk has often been a pioneer in cynology and that was the case again this time. All results were collected and transferred by tablet directly from the rings and immediately put online. And it worked perfectly. But also the results of the finals in the main ring were online almost in real time. Visitors don't come only from the neighbourhood but from all parts of the country, from France and from other countries too. The Eurodogshow is also one of the most popular and best known Continental shows in Britain and as continentals dream to visit Crufts, UK dog people dream to participate at Kortrijk. Many visitors means many trade stands, 67! All these stand holders are glad to come, and in general they all go home satisfied, happy to come back next year.

This is the result of the popularity of this show and it's many visitors. The big main ring was animated all day long with several demonstrations and side competitions like Fly Ball, Frisbee, Doggy Dance and Assistance dogs for disabled people. New was a demonstration of Hiatsu for dogs, a relaxing and pain relieving therapy. Due to a double booking, part of the usual halls was not available and for this reason six rings were placed in hall XXL. Besides some exhibitors who were confused in finding these halls it caused no serious problems. Maybe the visitors were missing a part of the show because of this, but probably without being aware of it. It will be ok again next year. Kortrijk's international reputation is also projected in its international judging panel. 38 Judges were invited from no less than 17 different countries.

Only 5 of them were Belgian judges. 38 is a lot, but considering that 23 of them only judged one day of the weekend explains a lot. Together with the 15 judges who officiated both days, we have 53 equivalents to divide into the 3,231 entries, resulting in an average of 60.9 dogs per judge per day, which is very good. Leuven had 85.5 entries/judge/day, which was outstanding, Luxembourg Autumn 64.65 and Libramont only 38. Sixty Dogs per judge per day is well in the comfort zone. On Saturday Mme Anne Marie Class from France had a very nice entry of 86 dogs.

She is specialised in big Molossers and breeder of Mastiifs herself, but here it was the 46 Dogues de Bordeaux who made the biggest contribution to her success. Mr Van Hummelen from Belgium had 47 Leonbergers, a very nice number.

The second best score of Saturday came from Mr Oskar Kelemen from Serbia. 45 Boxers, 53 Rottweilers, a number not seen Belgium for a long time, and a few other breeds made him finish the day after 128 judgings. With another 49 entries on Sunday he finished 4th in the weekend ranking. Mrs Adrian Griffa from Italy was third with a total of 181. On Saturday she had no less than 138 dogs, the highest day score of the weekend. Mr Milan Krinke from the Czech Republic had an impressive number of Great Danes, 101.

He was the best scoring judge of the weekend because Sunday gave him no time to relax with another 93 dogs to judge. A good result also for Mr Goran Bodegärd from Sweden who had 124 dogs in total of which 75 were on Saturday. Mr Volker Shön from Germany judged Malamutes, Akitas and Shibas and that was good for 87 entries. Mrs Marja Talviite from Finland helped him judge Group 5 breeds. She had 134 entries on Saturday and 56 on Sunday. The 41 Miniature Spitzs were certainly responsible for these nice scores.

Mr Zeferino Silva from Portugal had the popular Chinese Cresteds, 48 , and 51 Pugs and finished his weekend after inspecting 151 dogs. Mrs Gitty Schwab from Luxembourg judged all the Dachshunds, 70 in total.

Mr Guy Kips, also from Luxembourg, who judged on Sunday only, had 83 entries thanks to 66 Border Collies. All the Poodles were for Mr Mikael Nilsson from Sweden. He had 73 in total. His compatriot Mrs Brigitta Hasselgren judged all the Pinschers and Schnauzers and she had 75. Mrs Nancy Liebes was invited from the States to judge 56 American Staffordshires. Tom Hehir from Ireland was given the Staffordshire Bull Terriers. He had 84 and along with a few other breeds he had the best score of Sunday, 109 entries. Derek Teylor from England, was asked to judge the Golden Retrievers. He had a good entry of 81. MrThomasz Kuszyk from Poland had also 81 entries, his 52 Whippets helped him to get this good score.

A last remarkable score was for Mr Roland Dierendonck from Belgium who managed to get 47 German Shepherd to Kortrijk and that is an unusually high number for a regular all breed non German Shepherd specialty show. Mrs Liliane De Ridder, Belgian all rounder, was on term to judge Best In Show of this prestigious big show. She had 61 Chihuahuas on Saturday and another 69 dogs on Sunday. A good average and relaxing enough to focus on her big task, judging the finals. All ten dogs were placed and all Saturday winners returned on Sunday to compete. All three best placed winners were winning dogs from Saturday that returned on Sunday for the finals. A Chihuahua Shorthair took the 3rd place.

It was J-Megan My Pride And Joy, a 5 year old Belgian bred bitch that was entered in Champion Class, where she defeated 24 opponents. Thus, Mrs De Ridder gave the chance to Mr Dirk Spruyt to make her Best of Group. J-Megan was undoubtedly one of Mrs De Ridder's favourites. Mr Rigaux is the proud owner. Minioso's Bear Balinor At Worthysway is an American Akita Champion, UK bred and owned by Mr Worthington, but living in Belgium and handled by Mrs Nancy Daponte.

This 3 year old Champion Male had concurrence from 19 competitors, but Mr Jean-Louis Grunheid from France gave him the ticket to go through and win his Group under Mr Vincent O'Brien from Ireland. And that left us with our winner, a Dachshund! Indeed, a decision that thrilled many, as Dachshunds are often put somewhere behind. And this makes this win so nice, even courageous. His name Ch Gennarino Della Costa D'Amalfi, betrays its origin, being one of the few entries from Italy.

He is two and a half years old, bred by Julie Ruel and owned by De Taddeo Pascal. He is a Standard Rauhaar and it was Mrs Gitty Schwab who judged him and also gave him the ticket of Best of Group. This win proves that even for a Dachshund it is worth coming back for the finals. Kortrijk’s 53rd show will be on 19 & 20 of November 2016. Follow all the news on www.eurodogshow.be and see you then.

Group Winners

Report & Pictures By KARL DONVIL

A word from Derek Taylor who judged Golden Retrievers

I would like to compliment Kortrijk organisers and committee for their welcome and hospitality for the two days of my stay at your well run show.

I had a quality entry of Golden Retrievers with an excellent Best of Breed going through to the Group ring. What a stunning male of 20months, one of these that catches your eye when entering the ring, was not disappointed going over him. He has a lovely head and sound body with good angulation's front and rear, happy sound mover with driving action, he flowed around the ring keeping his top line and tail carried level, nicely handled, a credit to his owner.

It would be nice to have more mats on the floor for I found that a lot of the Golden Retrievers were jumping over the metal plates and in places the floor was uneven. More lighting on the ceiling in Hall 6 would give a brighter outlook but not withstanding that I wish Eurodogshow every success for the future.

Seen at Kortrijk

A word from Carol Newman who judged Bulldogs

Had a wonderful weekend judging Bulldogs at the 52nd Eurodogshow, Kortrijk – Belgium, thank you to the wonderful steward and all the people that entered under me.

Had some great dogs, thank you. Found my CAC AND CACIB female and BOB was Mystyle Truly Scrumptious, lovely white standard girl stood out for me moved and show well just fell in love with her. My CAC and CACIB male was Impressive Bull Luca Memory lovely red and white boy moved and show so well.

Res Dog CAC and CACIB, Kesupa Freemans Choice For Testwood and Res Bitch CAC and CACIB was Juanta Banana Del Caliborso, all nice standard types. The show was run so well and so well organised, the gala dinner was out of the world, so much food and wine and the sweet, well, what can I say, it was just fantastic. I would like to specially thank Joel Vanlerberghe for looking after us so well, it really was a great weekend.

British successes at the Eurodogshow 2015

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