Going Around by Andrew Brace


MyDog four day extravaganza starts the Swedish season by Andrew Brace Having joined a few of his close friends to celebrate Adrian Marett’s 30th birthday on New Year’s Eve I remained in the Midlands to fly out of Birmingham on January 2 to Gothenburg where the four-day MyDog event was being held.
Christmas congestion in Rome by Andrew Brace It was a flying visit to Rome for their one-day International Championship show which was being held on the Saturday before Christmas. I flew into Fiumicino airport via Amsterdam and on arrival met up with Italian judge Anna Albrigo...
A Pug specialty then the AKC National by Andrew Brace THE PUG Club of South Florida had invited me to judge its specialty on the Friday, which was the day devoted to breed specialties at the Orange County Convention Centre.
Skye shines among the stars in Orlando by Andrew Brace Ever since the American Kennel Club launched its National Championship show in conjunction with Eukanuba, originally in California but more recently in Florida, the event has run alongside the Eukanuba World Challenge final.
Central Florida winds up the Orlando Cluster by Andrew Brace THE THIRD and final day of the Orlando Cluster was possibly the one I was most looking forward to as among the breeds that the Central Florida Kennel Club had given me were Bulldogs, Boxers, Afghan Hounds and Pekingese.
Owner handled competition gathers momentum Stateside by Andrew Brace THE BREVARD Kennel Club Show took place on the middle day of the Orlando Cluster and for me it was very much a sporting day, beginning at 8am with Pointers. I must admit to being rather disappointed in the quality...
Space Coast kicks off the Orlando Cluster by Andrew Brace Much as I was sad to miss the Eukanuba World Challenge in Amsterdam and being able to provide the commentary, I was already contracted to judge at the American Kennel Club/Eukanuba National Championship and the Orlando Cluster Shows as well as a...
Dreams come true for Diego by Andrew Brace When I realised that the Cotswold Boxer Club had invited Diego Garcia to judge their 2014 championship show I was determined I would attend if it was humanly possible.
The dangers of excess; the beauty of moderation by Andrew Brace Several years ago in an issue of Britain’s Kennel Gazette – the then Kennel Club chairman Ronnie Irving warned of the dangers of excesses that can sometimes take over in breeds. He concluded an interesting leader article by suggesting that...
Why the chairman’s surprise? by Andrew Brace So, the lack of response to the new Kennel Club’s legacy fund and few suggestions as to where land may be developed into dog activity centres and the chairman’s surprise to such a reaction made front page news in DOG WORLD.
International flavour at British Chihuahua Club by Andrew Brace Having a free weekend, I spent an enjoyable day in Slough at the British Chihuahua Club’s championship show. My good friend Francesco Cochetti had travelled from Italy to judge the Smooths...
Thirst for Knowledge in Estonia by Andrew Brace At dinner in Tallinn last year after I had judged one of the superbly organised shows in Estonia, in conversation with Marko Lepasaar we were discussing how the Estonian Kennel Club trains its stewards and judges.
The frustration of the ‘high profile’ breeds by Andrew Brace Although I was only judging on the Saturday and Sunday I decided to book myself into the Dog & Doublet, one of my favourite hotels which is so near the Stafford showground, for the four days of Midland Counties.
Gundogs and goodbyes by Andrew Brace A busy and somewhat demanding week began with the Gundog Society of Wales championship show on the Wednesday, sadly (spoken as a Welshman) now held in Malvern.
Last minute stand in at South Wales by Andrew Brace It is always a secretary’s nightmare when judges have to withdraw at the last minute and at SWKA Bridget Croucher had a few replacements to find.
A grim week for British dogdom by Andrew Brace Just as I was feeling uplifted with the time so many of us had spent listening to Frank Sabella and Jason Lynn at their Handling Masterclass, the sad news came through that Judy Averis had lost her battle with cancer.
Masterclass shows great hope for the future by Andrew Brace When Frank Sabella told me at the end of last year he would like to come back to visit the UK for a week in 2014, and we compared diaries so that we could find a week when we were both free...
Great crowds for Belgium’s green dog show by Andrew Brace Having had a day at home after a marvellous visit to Japan I set off for Belgium on Saturday, having agreed to judge at the Libramont show on Sunday.
Overwhelming generosity in Japan by Andrew Brace Each time I visit Japan I am impressed by its people’s kindness, politeness, generosity of spirit and embarrassing hospitality. It is also little wonder that Japan has become a nation of clever dog breeders when you talk to the fanciers...
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