Going Around by Andrew Brace


Cavalier Triumphs at Hobart Royal by Andrew Brace AND SO we came to the final day of the Hobert Royal, Tasmania’s premier dog show, and yet again it was a rather breezy but sunny day. I managed to complete a few of my hound breeds outside but then took the balance of the group indoors, returning...
Terrific toys in Hobart by Andrew Brace MY FRIDAY at Hobart gave me what was by far the strongest group for overall quality in the toys and several breeds were hotly contested.
Confusing group names Down Under by Andrew Brace As you travel the world it is interesting and sometimes puzzling to see how breeds are classified into the different groups and indeed how the groups are named.
Refreshing win for Bull Terrier at Hobart Royal by Andrew Brace THE FIRST day of the Hobart Royal dawned sunny but chilly; the Royal Showground provided two superb outdoor rings with equally large indoor pavilions should they be needed.
Handling hints and Dachshund delights by Andrew Brace GENERALLY the dog sections of the Australian States’ Royal Shows are judged by just two judges over a period of several days; consequently the time tends to involve having breakfast with your co-judge, judging all day, returning to the...
Race for Dog of the Year heats up at SWKA by Andrew Brace I was saddened to read of the death of Walter Goodman, one of the most substantial figures of the American dog scene and a gentleman of the old school, at the age of 91. For more than 20 years, Walter had been president of the Montgomery County...
Fairness is fundamental by Andrew Brace In the recent past there have been thousands of words written on the subject of why exhibitors leave the sport disillusioned, and why fewer new recruits seem to be appearing. If we were to analyse the realities and perceptions several things seem...
Belfast attracts the best by Andrew Brace It was good to be back in Belfast and the Balmoral Hotel is always a convenient base for the King’s Hall Complex, home to the Belfast Dog Show Society’s championship show. Marion Gregg proved an excellent transport coordinator and everything ran...
The darker side of critiques by Andrew Brace ONE OF THE main attractions of DOG WORLD is the inclusion of judges’ critiques. Exhibitors turn religiously to the show reports as, unlike those who show in many FCI countries, there is no way of someone who has shown knowing what any judge...
The importance of moderation by Andrew Brace BACK IN May of this year I wrote a column that was entitled ‘The Reasons Why Breeds Change’ and was, frankly, amazed at the reaction. Never before has anything I had written had such a reaction and both the editor and I have since received...
Beautiful bitches at distinctive Darlington by Andrew Brace Changing venues for a major general championship show requires an incredible amount of effort and planning but David Guy and his Darlington team seem to have triumphed with their new Ripon Racecourse location. The weather forecast was grim at the...
Stones in Stoneleigh! by Andrew Brace I always look forward to the City of Birmingham show with mixed emotions. In the past I have enjoyed some memorable wins there such as groups and Pup of the Year qualifiers and since the days of Owen and Olive Grindey I have had some marvellous...