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Saturday, 27 April 2019

National All Breed Show, Västerås

Featured Written by Paula Heikkinen Lehkonen
Best in Show at Västerås in Sweden was the German Shepherd Dog, Qazy av Quantos, owned and bred by Tor Johansen from Norway. BIS Judge (centre) was Paula Heikkinen Lehkonen, also pictured is the Chairman of the Show Committee, Bengt Pettersson. Best in Show at Västerås in Sweden was the German Shepherd Dog, Qazy av Quantos, owned and bred by Tor Johansen from Norway. BIS Judge (centre) was Paula Heikkinen Lehkonen, also pictured is the Chairman of the Show Committee, Bengt Pettersson. Pictures by TEXTerri

There was a national all-breed show in Västerås, Sweden, on the last weekend of April. There were almost 3,000 dogs entered, so the show committee was pleased as it was more than the previous year.

Västerås lies not far from Stockholm, the venue is good and atmosphere very nice, so no wonder this is quite a popular show. Most judges were Scandinavians, the jury was strenghtened by Viva Maria Soleckyj Spunar from Poland and Catherine Collins from Ireland.

Roxana Opris from Romania lives nowadays in Denmark after marrying Carsten Birk, and Zorica Salijevic, now Blomqvist, from Serbia, lives in Sweden, speaks Swedish fluently and is very happily married with her Swedish husband, so they are considered as Scandinavian judges, too.

Also the Australian Brett Hamilton lives in Sweden now and he was judging, too. I was, in fact, invited quite late to replace Jörgen Hindse, who had to travel to Shanghai for the FCI general meeting which was held in connection with the World Show. As I didn’t need to attend the meetings, I travelled to China the day after this show. Although this was “only” a national show, there were exhibitors from several countries, not only Scandinavian countries but also from Russia. I inherited the task of the BIS judge from Jörgen Hindse, too.

It was a great pleasure to award BIS to the German Shepherd, Ch Qazy av Quantos, owned and bred by Tor Johansen from Norway. I had judged the breed and was very impressed by this perfectly balanced bitch, who moves like a machine. After the show Mr Johansen told me that there are nine generations of his own breeding behind this one. He was showing both “normal” haired and longhaired GSDs, also BOB longhair was bred by him. He usually travels to all the big shows in Scandinavia with several dogs, accompanied with the owners of the dogs of his breeding and they seem to have good time together.

Now, when the breed was judged on Saturday, the rest of the gang had gone home and he had to stay alone with the bitch in his mobile home for Sunday’s final, but surely it was worth all the trouble. At least they could have a good rest before entering the final ring in the afternoon. After the show he mentioned also that he had a ten hour drive back home to southern Norway, but hopefully the excitement of winning BIS kept him awake. Talking about the crazy doggy people… The runner-up was the young Irish Terrier, Merrymac Edition Of Gold, one of the newest links to the long chain of top winners of the Hagström family.

Being younger than two years, he can’t be a Champion yet, but bears the title of Swedish Winner -18, meaning he got that in the big Stockholm show last December. Another youngster was the third, the Irish Wolfhound Gulliagh Mercury, owned by Per Lundström & Anna Lena Danielsson. He is bred by the Finneys in Ireland. I believe this was his first show after his second birthday just a few days earlier, so now he got also his Ch title.

Huge in size but still elegant and very sound, had also excellent coat. Fourth place went to the red Cocker Spaniel, Manaca’s Double Dreams, owned by Sandra Svensson. Obviously this one gained her Ch title now, too. Nice to see that some new young dogs are reaching the top spots.

The Spitz group winner, the black Chow Chow, Connesseur’s Black Leporis, owned and bred by Claes Bergström, was also an up-and-coming youngster. The Basset Hound, Ch Swede Sun’s Gazton, owned and bred by Paula Sunebring, is an established champion and winner.

He won the combined Dachshund & Scenthound group. I believe not for the first time.There was also a veteran among the rest of the group winners. The Standard Schnauzer, Ch Velvet Dandy’s Neapolitan Dynamite, owned by Eva Andersson, is already nine, but still going strong. Then there was the Irish Setter, Dubliner Merlotta, owned by Ann Carlsson and the Lhasa Apso, Ch Diamella Love in Black Boots, bred in Finland but owned by Linda Friberg Andersson in Sweden. Great line-up altogether.

Photos by TEXTerri

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