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Thursday, 01 March 2012

Mouscron '12

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Next year it will be the the 40th anniversary of this show, and there will be some changes, as the President, Mr Raymond Deconink, will hand over his title to a new President...

Pug wins the same show two years running!

BIS was chosen by replacement Group Judge Mr L. Heinesche (Luxembourg) and eventual Best in Show, chosen by Mr H. O’Donoghue from Ireland, was the Pug (who also won the same show last year), Winsome Gold Standard, owned by Loken/Torres from Norway, bred by Mrs Virginia Flatley in the USA.

Report by Sibylle Benoit

Photos by Karl Donvill

Next year it will be the the 40th anniversary of this show, and there will be some changes, as the President, Mr Raymond Deconink, will hand over his title to a new President. But not looking that far ahead yet, for 2012 he can look back on another successful show and again with a slightly increasing number of entries, 1,805! 

The whole show at Mouscron this year gave a much more balanced impression compared to previous events. Both days had an almost equal number of entries. Instead of having one date to close down the entries, a maximum quota per day was applied, in other words the entries went on so long until the maximum acceptable number of dogs per day was reached. A simple but brilliant solution! On Saturday 863 dogs were accepted consisting of dogs from groups 2,3,4,6 and 7. As in Belgium Group 4 and group 6 usually are rather small in number more dogs out of Group 2 could be accepted ending in a total of 405 dogs. For the 17 judges out of nine countries this system can better keep things under control for them too and in case there are too many entries for one judge a reserve judge can be contacted or the entries can be closed sooner. I prefer the second solution as this can prevent frustrations.

I don’t know if there was less public interest this year. I think it was only a false impression due to the more even number of dogs each day. Mouscron always attracts many visitors and trade stand holders like to come here. It was much better moving around this time. But nevertheless there were still people who think they can take all the place for themselves and just want to install themselves in front of the entrance of the ring, creating a bottleneck and this while on the opposite side of the ring there was still enough places to sit. 

Mouscron is also probably the fairest show in Belgium. Prices for food and drinks are absolutely cheap, bravo! In terms of budget for a show this can make a lot of difference. Great catalogue as always, including a list of the judges who started their career in this club. I still miss statistics of the nationalities of the exhibitors however.

Judges like to come to Mouscron for its hospitality. Only six were from Belgium. Mr G.Christensen from Denmark judged 50 Great Danes on Saturday and 82 dogs on Sunday, including 48 French Bulldogs. Mr Norman Deschuymere from Belgium was more busy on Sunday when he had no less than 88 entries. The reverse applied to Mr Jean Jacques Dupas from France. He had 83 dogs on Saturday. Mr Feyaerts from Belgium could warm up on Saturday when he had only 46 dogs. On Sunday on the contrary he finished 105 dogs in time.

As a Group 8 specialist he had 46 Goldens, 19 Flats and 33 Labradors. Mrs Elina Haapnaiemi from Finland  finished the weekend with the very same number of entries, 151. On Saturday she had the busiest day when she judged 88 dogs out of Group 2. Mrs Judit Korozs Papp from Hungary judged on Sunday only but was pretty busy with 72 dogs. Mr Joel Vanlerberghe judged on Saturday only and finished with 71 dogs, all the Pinschers, Dobermans and Schnauzers. Most successful judge of the weekend was Mr Cristian Stefanescu from Romania with a total entry number of 185. It was not the first time that he had judged at this show. He had 81 dogs on Saturday, including the American Staffordshire Terriers. On Sunday he had 104 entries, among others 40 Aussies and 23 White Swiss Shepherds. Harry O’Donoghue from Ireland came very close with a total entry of 161, of which 94 on Friday. On Sunday he was granted the honour to choose the Best in Show. All Group winners needed to be present on Sunday to line up before him. Only the BIS and Res BIS were placed, making all others BIS 3rd place, which is much more acceptable than getting a place in front of your dog with No. 8, 9 or 10 on. It creates a false feeling as if you have lost. (How very fair! Ed)

As his Res BIS he chose the American Cocker Spaniel Royalty Inc. Beat It, a two year old male, entered in Champion Class under Mrs Boesmans.  Mr Andras Korozs from Hungary gave his ticket for the BIS competition. Royalty is bred by Mrs Jessica Van Den Boom from Holland and is owned by Mr Rui Vincente Cordoso Da Silva from Belgium.

The big surprise came from the Danish Pug that became BIS last year. He was back again this year and won the breed under Judge Christensen from Denmark. I was at first not 100% sure it was the same dog as in the catalogue, there was a series of titles and only part of the name, the kennel name in fact. But a closer look at the tattoo number and the parents, it proved to be the very same dog as the one who became BIS last year at this very same show. Winsome Gold Standard was again entered in Champion Class Male and is 3 years old now. Mr Laurent Heinesche judged the Group and gave him the ticket for the finals. Gold Standard is an American bred dog by Mrs Virginia Flatley and is now owned by Loken/Torres from Norway. 

This fact proves that it can make sense to enter a BIS dog a second time at the very same show. Coming back always creates new chance. I am not going to bet on a 3rd victory next year, but it might be his lucky show. If the 40th edition will be your lucky show depends on you. Anyway, enter in time if you want to attend this show as the system of flexible closing date’s works and is promising. 

Next year we have the 40th edition of this show and there will be some changes as the President Mr Raymond Deconink will hand over his title to a new President.  But that is in the future and for 2012 he can look back on another successful show and again with a slightly increased number of entries, 1805, a great success in these hard times.

BIS & Group Photos by Karl Donvill
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