Going Around 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.
Top dogs and precocious puppies at Torino by Andrew Brace It is always a pleasure to visit Italy. Not only are the shows these days efficiently organised, the quality of dogs is usually high and the hospitality, with wonderful food and wine, can always be relied upon.
Learning about Pyrenean Mastiffs from the master by Andrew Brace It was an unexpected pleasure to be able to attend a seminar on Pyrenean Mastiffs that had been arranged on the Friday evening before the Kotka show began, the speaker being Spanish expert Rafael Malo Alcrudo.
Just deserts for blistering Blackpool by Andrew Brace After their unbelievably bad luck in the past as far as weather is concerned everyone was delighted that Blackpool was blessed with three splendid sunny days for its 2014 show, ironically the last to be held at...
The root cause of exhibitors' dissatisfaction by Andrew Brace I will be covering the majority of my Blackpool experience in next week’s issue, but before doing so I feel so strongly about one aspect of my awards that I decided this column should precede it.
The 20th ‘Rose of Kotka’  by Andrew Brace As someone who is fortunate enough to frequently judge overseas, it would be obvious that I can see the advantages of inviting established foreign judges to the UK.
Hat trick of group winners at Three Counties by Andrew Brace I had four enjoyable days at Three Counties. Poor Jackie Lane had quite a few replacement judges to find but remained her usual unflappable self and the weatherman was kind to us for the most part though sadly it rained on first-time BIS judge...
Return Cavalier appointment after 33 years! by Andrew Brace Having read the ‘From the Chairman’ introduction in the latest online Kennel Gazette (thank heavens for Simon Parsons; I can’t wait to get my next paper edition), I am seriously wondering if Steve Dean understands the difference between democracy...
The beauty of moderation and the advantages of free standing by Andrew Brace At a time when there is much talk of exaggeration in our breeds, much of it in my opinion unjustified, we should always remember the importance of moderation in the context of the various breed Standards.
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