Going Around by Andrew Brace


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.
Exciting puppies make their mark in Scotland by Andrew Brace The SKC proved a busy show for me with eight breeds with CCs and this year I had booked into the Holiday Inn Express hotel on the showground...
Surreal silence at the National by Andrew Brace My first day at Birmingham National was a day of mixed emotions for me as, having awarded CCs to the breed for 37 years, this will be the last time I do so until the Kennel Club sees sense and abandons the vet checking of BOB winners in a handful...
Farmina Italian Top Dog and Top Junior by Andrew Brace On the Sunday following the International Show in Viterbo, Farmina sponsored the Italian Top Dog of the Year and Top Junior Dog of the Year competitions at a nearby sports complex.
Irish takes his first best at Viterbo by Andrew Brace IT WAS 1977 when I first judged in Italy and I was fortunate in that my Italian debut was at the beautiful Bellagio show on Lake Como that was at the time run by Marisa Brivio Chellini...
A Grand Tour of great breeders by Andrew Brace My good friends Ante Lucin and Javier Gonzalez Mendikote arrived at Birmingham airport, having taken a week out from their busy schedule as two of Europe’s most popular and successful professional handlers.
Irish Red and White triumphs at Tallinn Winner by Andrew Brace It was good to be back at the Meriton Grand Conference and Spa Hotel in Tallinn after just a few weeks, this time for the Tallinn Winner Show. Having had two trouble-free flights, Marko Lepasaar had met me at the airport and brought me to the...
A breed seminar with extras by Andrew Brace THE PRETTY church in Banwell proved how popular Di Fry was as so many of her friends had travelled from far and wide to pay their last respects to this vivacious and glamorous lady who for so many years brightened up our shows and our lives.
Should judges subsidise  dog shows? by Andrew Brace THE QUESTION of judges’ fees has always been a contentious one in this country, and by fees I actually mean expenses. The sport in the UK has always prided itself on its amateur status and very few, be it judges, breeders or exhibitors, actually...
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