Going Around by Andrew Brace


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 while Stephen Goodwin...
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...
Progressive clubs in Northern Norway by Andrew Brace It was probably 12 or so years ago that I last judged in Tromsø in the north of Norway. Since that time I became particularly fascinated by the town having been amazed by a BBC documentary featuring Joanna Lumley who...
Great champions and hair splitting decisions at The City by Andrew Brace It was a joy to judge the Eukanuba champion and the Higham Press veteran stakes at the City of Birmingham which saw David Bell properly in harness as the new secretary and he seems to have taken over from Keith and June Young seamlessly, with the...
Cavalier numero uno at SKC by Andrew Brace It was 22 years since I last judged BIS for the Scottish Kennel Club and I remember my winner was the handsome Standard Poodle, Ch/Sw/Nor Ch Racketeer Exquisit Sinner at Vanitonia, handled by Philip Langdon. Reserve was Christina Bailey’s well...
Wales beats the weatherman by Andrew Brace Despite an indifferent start to the weekend, the Welsh Kennel Club was blessed with three dry days for its representative championship show this year.
Helsinki on top of the World by Andrew Brace It was always expected that this year’s World Show would be spectacular. Finland has over the years acquired a reputation for staging international dog shows that are impeccably organised with a unique style. The Finnish Kennel Club’s previous FCI...
Kuopio provides overture to the World Show by Andrew Brace Every two years the ‘Sawo shows’ take place in Kuopio in Finland, three international shows held at the vast sports stadium venue. This year was no exception, even though the traditional Sawo weekend fell just days before the Helsinki World Show...
Split summer night shows – any judge’s dream assignment by Andrew Brace EACH YEAR I look forward to the week of the Split Summer Night Shows as my summer holiday. Having judged twice for Ante Lucin, whose brainchild these four shows were, hosted by the Sporting Dog Club of Split, I realised how little sleep he was...
Golden Dog Trophy shows in Liege by Andrew Brace PACKING is not something I enjoy but preparing for this latest trip was a nightmare as I am away from home for more than a month so needed to pack the car with the necessary to cover the weekend in Liege, a week in Split and then two weeks in...
Split leads the way again – Team GB makes an impact by Andrew Brace It is difficult to know where to begin when reporting on the Four Summer Night Shows at Split in Croatia, a concept that was the brainchild of professional handler Ante Lucin who is president of the organising committee of the...
Last minute trip to the Emerald Isle by Andrew Brace When we were judging together in Italy the previous week I made the fatal mistake of telling Colette Muldoon how much I was looking forward to the next weekend at home in view of the hectic month ahead.
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