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Thursday, 26 January 2012

Nordic Winner 2011

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Despite 2011 being financially unstable and an overall troubled year, it was still memorable for everyone in the dog show world – the FCI celebrated its 100th anniversary and many kennel clubs around the world made a collective effort to congratulate the International Canine Federation.

Judge Rainer Vuorinen’s (Finland) choice for Best in Show was the Wire Fox Terrier,
DK FI SE Ch JWW-08 SE W-09 WW-10 WW-11 Crispy Legacy, owned and bred by Agneta Aström from Sweden.


Report & Pictures By SVETLANA VALOUEVA

December 10-11, 2011 Stockholm, Sweden 

Despite 2011 being financially unstable and an overall troubled year, it was still memorable for everyone in the dog show world – the FCI celebrated its 100th anniversary and many kennel clubs around the world made a collective effort to congratulate the International Canine Federation.

Founding clubs got the honour to host World and European events and title shows, but many others chose to celebrate in their own way. 

Over 8,000 dogs of 306 breeds gathered in Stockholm for the prestigious Nordic Winner Show – the largest and most glamorous event of December. 

Swedes must really know some magic – this huge show was moving through in a dance-like fashion – smooth entry through the veterinary control into the huge halls of the Stockholm Fair Center (Stockholmsmässan) and then off to judging in the 52 large rings. While the majority of show judges arrived to Stockholm from various Nordic countries, the international part of the judging team was also well-represented – USA, Australia, Russia, Poland, Italy, Greece, Slovenia and the Netherlands. UK was represented by Moray Armstrong who judged FCI Group 8 on Sunday, Peter Greenway and David Shields.  Michael Leonard represented Ireland and judged the Breeders Group Competition.

Breeds with the highest number of entries were the Staffordshire Bull terrier (148 dogs), Chinese Crested Dog (146 dogs) and the Flatcoated Retriever (145 dogs).
The Swedish Kennel Club
The Swedish Kennel Club was founded in 1889 and has about 300 000 members today.  It is referred to for considerations in dog matters in Sweden and actively cooperates with the Swedish government and media.  Geographically, the Club is divided into 25 county sections and each section governs over membership matters in its own county. There are also 35 breed clubs in the country. Young people who want to become involved in the world of dogs and various activities can become members of the youth club called Sveriges Hundungdom.

The central organisation has an office with about 70 employees. All decisions are made by about 20 central committees/working groups. All final decisions are made by the General Assembly, Kennelfull-mäktige that meets every two years. All member clubs send delegates to Kennelfullmäktige.  During the period between the KF assemblies, all major issues are solved by the Central Committee. The Swedish Kennel Club became a member of FCI in 1937 and the last pre-war FCI General Assembly met in Stockholm in 1939.

A couple of years ago, the Swedish Kennel Club started an important educational program dedicated to raise the awareness of the show judges of certain characteristics that affect health and function of various breeds. The Swedish Kennel Club published The Breed Specific Instructions that identify areas of risk and aim at preventing possible future health and development problems. Judges education program specialists travel the world with presentations and reports. The BSI document is a complement to the breed standard and was created to remind show judges about the risks of exaggerations. These instructions are the result of an inventory made possible through extensive collaboration between dog show judges, breed clubs, veterinary surgeons and health insurance statistics. This inventory constitutes the basis for the selection of the high profile breeds and for the written directions for each individual breed.

This year Swedish Kennel Club also ran a program for the visitors called HUNDSnack Café – a small stage was set up in one of the halls near the Main Ring where everyone could stop by for a snack and a short lecture from various speakers who took the stage in turns all day long. Topics covered various activities with dogs and training and temperament issues that many dog owners encounter on their day to day lives.  The day-time program in the Main Ring included Swedish Championship in Heelwork to Music and Swedish Freestyle Championship.

Junior Handlers had two opportunities to compete.  On Saturday Dorota Witkowska (Poland) selected her winners as she judged Nordic Junior Handling Championship.  Her winning team in the team competition became Sweden with Iceland and Norway in the second and third place and Viktoria Gill (Norway) won the first prize in the individual competition.  On Sunday, December 11th, Swedish judge Linda Naslund who took over the Main Ring in Swedish JH Championship chose Pernilla Lindström to represent Sweden at Crufts this year.

This year the Main Ring was decorated in a clever black and white color scheme with the FCI light blue thrown in for the good measure.  Moreover, the whole evening had a theme set up – and the Swedish Kennel Club took everyone on the trip around the world and across the 100 years.  Fantastic freestyle show team and stewards dressed in smart flight attendants attire brought everyone in the house to their feet as Kenneth Edh and Sara Nordin, Main Ring speakers, entered the stage.

Besides group finals, Swedish Kennel Club presented Breeder of the Year award to Heléne Hulthen and Maria Söderkvist who breed Irish Softcoated Terriers under Cameron kennel name and Top Show Dog of the Year award to Nicklas & Ingunn Eriksson, owners of Saluki Shiraz California Dreamin’. Various awards were presented to dogs who serve in police and army forces

Best in Show time

However, the most exciting moment, as usual was the Best in Show judging. This year the judge was Finnish all-rounder Rainer Vuorinen, a past member of the Finnish Kennel Club's Board of Directors and the Kennel Club's honorary member. 

His top four dogs were all Swedish if not bred, but owned.  Mr. Vuoriner’s Best in Show winner has an impeccable and very impressive show record to date and captivated the audience from his first entry into the Main Ring.  Fox terrier wire DK FI SE CH JWW-08 SE W-09 WW-10 WW-11 Crispy Legacy bred, owned and handled by Agneta Åström, rBIS at the European Dog Show 2011, already met with Mr. Vuorinen in the Main Ring of the Finnish Winner Show in 2009 where he also became the BIS winner. 

Reserve BIS placement went to the US-bred Australian Shepherd Int Nord Ch Dk W-10 FI W-10 SE W-11 Thornapple Mercury All Jacked Up, owned by Anna-Lena & Niklas Munkvall. This top winning blue merle male finished as Runner-Up Top Dog of the Year.  Third place went to the Top Show Dog of the Year Saluki Int Nord Sk Sl Am Ch Euw-10 Euw-11 WW-09 Shiraz California Dreamin', owned by Ingunn Solberg & Nicklas Eriksson.  Fourth place went to the Pharaoh Hound male FI SE Ch Farao Anubis Golden Gait bred and owned by Maria Westman.

This young male became the BISS winner at the The Pharaoh Hound Club Championship Show on June 5th 2011 in Coventry, UK under the breed specialist Mrs. D. Kenis-Pordham.

Congratulations once more to the SKC for another smooth running and successful show.

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