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Friday, 14 October 2011

Leonberg Specialty

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To start at the beginning, we go back to the early years of the 19th century. In Leonberg, a small rural town 20 km northwest of Stuttgart in Wurttemberg (Germany) Heinrich Essig was born in 1809.

Leonberg, Germany September 25th 2011

To start at the beginning, we go back to the early years of the 19th century. In Leonberg, a small rural town 20 km northwest of Stuttgart in Wurttemberg (Germany) Heinrich Essig was born in 1809.

This account was written of Essig's creation of the Leonberger "Amongst his dogs there was a black and white Newfoundland female (Landseer type). He crossed her with a longhaired Barry-dog (St. Bernard) he owned also. He crossed them for 4 generations, out crossed again with a Pyrenean Wolfhound (Pyrenean Mountain Dog) crossed again with a St. Bernard". There is, however, no proof that this is in fact what was done and that there were no other dogs involved. Essig started breeding in 1846, which is the date we now attribute to be the birth of the Leonberger.

The Annual Leonberger Club of Germany, home of the breed, held their annual clubshow, the last weekend of September in the outskirts of the town of Leonberg. Leonbergers from all over the world attend this show each year. For the show this year 307 dogs were entered. Judges were breed specialists from across Europe, Mrs Alferink-Lerche (NL), Mrs Pleibel-Seyffer, Mr Mayer, Mr Hellener, Mr Knape, Dr Peper, Mr Güllix.

A minutes silence took place in memory of the well known Leonberger enthusiast and German Leonberger Club Committee member, Mr Georg Leipelt who sadly died this year. A special trophy in memory of him was to be awarded to the eventual Best of Breed winner.

Class winners

In the Champions male class, more than 20 dogs exhibited. Judging the males was Mr Willi Gullix. All dogs came into the ring in number order. Split into two, the dogs were asked to move together around the ring twice. Then the individual assessment began on each dog. What was nice to hear was the judge, making his opinion of the dog, as he assessed. The transcriber was also typing the critique for the owner after the assessment with the certificate of grading from the judge. Two hours later and Willi Gullix had finally assessed all dogs and his notes made him decide which dogs to shortlist to compete for 1st, 2nd 3rd and 4th place in the Champions class. At this point, the ring was four deep with spectators glued to the shortlisted dogs. Travelling all the way from Russia to the show was Natalia Kurbatskeya and her boy, Amicus Optimus Antonius. Antonius became the overall winner of the Champion male class at Leonberg, handled as always by Kristina Lyagina, at the show he gained the National CAC. 2nd in the Champion male class was Tone Mosby’s Skjaergardens Chief of Potowatomi, Res CAC. 3rd, Bugsy Roy Arcondia, and 4th place was Zidane Von Der Osnitz.

Willi Gullix judged the Champion Female Class. Winner of Champion Female was Ezra D Bora c Miloticek owned by Katharina Walder. 2nd in Champion female was Tone Mosby’s Golden Charmer Baywatch Beach Bunny owned by Tone Mosby, 3rd place Tone Mosby’s Skjaergardens Halloween Memory and 4th place was Maria Kerekes & Jozsef Vida’s Neverending Story v Sissy Haus..

English exhibitors also had a great show, Madeleine and David Jephcott’s female, Leodania’s Cacharel Noa at Vinkasse (Import Denmark) was awarded an excellent from the Open Bitch Class, Racquel Walker’s Skjaergardens Iwazaru Speak No Evil (Import Norway) was awarded excellent in the Intermediate Male Class, handled by breeder Tone Mosby. Racquel’s other boy, UK Ch Condalf Baldur, also gained an excellent in the Champion Male class, handled by Bill Crawley and also Bill handled Carol Lear Schofield’s Kwenobe Zendi Yenta, to excellent, 1st in Open Bitch and CAC. UK Breeder Bev Hellewell (Kwenobe) enjoyed her visit to Leonberg. Of her breeding, three of the dogs were at the show. Kwenobe Balfen Shiku, returned to Leonberg to his owner Petra Junehall from Sweden, after a long summer break in America where he became an American Champion in no time. In the International Champion Class at Leonberg, Shiku was placed 3rd. Kwenobe Balfen Aplin exhibited in the Champion Male class and was awarded excellent. And Kwenobe Zendi Yenta was exbited in the open female class and won the class overall. Great success for the team Kwenobe.

Once all the classes had been judged, the finals then took place. All the rings were opened up, people took their place on the grass on the floor with cameras ready to see the class winners, as they were paraded into the ring and honoured with a trophy from the team of judges.To decide the overall winner, all of the judges decide amongst themselves as a team (majority vote). Best of Breed was awarded to the bitch, Kusbolejonet Interesting Dream (Bjorntassen Himmler x Kusbolejonet Destinys Dream). Owned by Catrin Eriksson from Sweden. Best Male and Clubsieger Male was awarded to Liongate’s Agasi (Freid Is Gay Av Eirabelstone x Leonbergetz Santa Maria Tex Mex) owned by Lacis Raimonds from Latvia. Clubsieger Female was awarded to Ezra D Bora z Miloticek (Djambo vom Eichbuel x Audrey Zaricke Udoli) owned by Katharina Walder from Switzerland. Best Junior was New Hope v Lowengarten, owned by Tom and Jacqui Stein in Ireland. Best Veteran was Bacina Baronesse v Schloss Turm (Arpad vom Heidersiefen x Okley vom Muhlenbach), aged nine years owned by Pelz Waltraud from Germany.

Before leaving for home, many of the Leo fanciers had one more place to visit. In 2006, Two Hungarian sculptors, Edit Nagy and Balasz Pintér were assigned to make a natural sculpture of a Leonberger in a bronze finish. It is a superb piece of art that every Leo lover would like to have in his garden.This statue can be seen in the town of Leonberg in the centre of the Amber Hotel. A must visit for anyone.

This statue is a gift from Eukanuba/Iams to the town of Leonberg. Mayor Bernhard Schuler, past patron of the German Leonberger Club, explained how the town council came to the idea and with the help of the Iams Company the project could be financed.

The showground, the clubhouse, the exhibitors and breeders and handlers all came together and made it a great show. Fanciers of the Leonberger should make the effort to attend Leonberg in 2012


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