Going Around by Andrew Brace


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...
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...
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