Going Around by Andrew Brace


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...
Open critiques – are they really a bad thing? by Andrew Brace Birmingham Toy Dog Society is known for the jovial atmosphere of its open shows and the lavishness of its raffle. I was happy to spend a day at its last show where Julie Baldwin was celebrating her upcoming birthday and had brought along a...
Seeing type and movement in context by Andrew Brace I SPENT an enjoyable day at Tredegar Leisure Centre, just 15 minutes from home, where SWKA was hosting the South Wales Open Shows Dog of the Year 2013 competition.
Reflections on Ricky’s recognition by Andrew Brace I HAD GOT to the stage where, if I heard ‘happy healthy’ one more time at the NEC, I would scream. However I can now say that the powers that be could not have found a happier, healthier dog to win BIS at its flagship show as Ricky is the ultimate...
History made at the 2014 Boxer Event by Andrew Brace IT IS ALWAYS a joy to be surrounded by Boxers and Boxer people and the 2014 Boxer Event gave me another chance to act as MC for a function which encompasses the Mancunian Boxer Club’s Pup of the Year competition, the Boxer Quarterly awards, the...
Croatian congestion and jubilant juniors by Andrew Brace Having a free weekend, I decided to have a few days in Croatia visiting my good friends Ante Lucin and Javier Gonzales Mendikote at their new home outside Zagreb.
Will judges heed new FCI regulations? by Andrew Brace At a meeting in Helsinki at the end of last year the FCI approved a set of regulations for show judges that remind them of the need to focus on dogs’ health and wellbeing when they officiate.
Estonia shows the way in efficiency and hospitality by Andrew Brace I had never been to Estonia before, but having heard what a beautiful city Tallinn was it was with pleasure I was able to accept an invitation to judge at the Winter Cup International show...
Different opinions and the danger of numbers by Andrew Brace The judging of purebred dogs revolves around one basic principle: the judge of the day places the dogs in front of him in order of merit based on each individual’s closeness to its breed Standard...
The Manila Marathon – four days, 12 shows, judging for 12 hours daily by Andrew Brace The Philippine Circuit Dog Show was held over four days and was in a way something of an historic event in that it marked the last circuit of shows where overseas titles can be won...
Two heavy days at Manchester by Andrew Brace A busy week began with a drive to Henley in Arden in readiness for meetings of the Canine Alliance, the evening session having been called as an open meeting where the Kennel Club’s Assured Breeder Scheme could be discussed at length and some...
The importance of profile by Andrew Brace All judges, as they officiate more and more, develop their own method of judging but most will adopt a variation on the same basic theme. Once the class assembles they will study the static picture of the dogs, move the class around the ring...
Are judging priorities changing? By Andrew Brace On my way north to spend Christmas with my sister and her family and my mother who has, at the age of 86, decided to relocate, I dropped in for a pleasant day at the Sports Connexion where Birmingham & District Toy Dog Society was holding a seasonal
Matisse continues to impress at AKC National Championship by Andrew Brace After several days of all breed championship shows held at the same venue, the American Kennel Club Eukanuba National Championship took place on the Saturday and Sunday of Orlando week.
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