FOR THE second time Gent in Belgium held its show over two days. For many years this biennial show was a one-day event. The Flanders Expo Halls are big enough to hold 2,000 dogs at once but the one-day formula had several disadvantages...
Lithuania is the southernmost of the Baltic countries. It hosts five weekends a year with double international shows, one of them actually a triple show...
FOR AN outsider it might seem odd that Westminster carries such enormous prestige. It was, as usual, held on a Monday and Tuesday early in February – hardly the most auspicious dates for a great dog show.
THE FIRST international show of the year in Norway was held in Boe, in Telemark county, south west of Oslo.
THERE WERE three shows in Slovenia on the third weekend of January; Friday saw the Slovenian Champion Show, Saturday and Sunday were international shows.
THE FIRST time I judged in Malta was in 2010 when the Pug Dog Club of Malta had the misfortune to lose the usual venue and, by unhappy coincidence for the organisers, it happened yet again this year!
MID JANUARY saw an international show in Padova, the fifth this year in Italy, where there will be 72 (!) international shows this year.
THE FINNISH Dog Show Judges’ Society held its traditional educational weekend in the middle of February at Lahti, for the 13th time.
THE MAIN event of the Czech Kennel Club (CMKU), Duo CACIB Brno, was held at Brno Fair Centre at the beginning of February.
IF A SHOW has a limited entry, one year’s event is often almost a mirror image of the previous one. In 2014 there were 1,995 entries at Mouscron; in 2015 2,179 dogs were entered.
FINLAND’S traditional Turku January show was this year called the Winter Dog Show, organised by a combination of local canine clubs. Every other year it is their turn, while another group of clubs has the Top Dog Show in the alternate years.
THE TWO-DAY Kajaani international show in January traditionally starts the Finnish dog show year. It is a very popular show, and again this time there were over 3,000 dogs entered, although everybody knows that the circumstances are, to put it...
IT WAS A truly wonderful experience and a privilege to be invited to judge at the most prestigious Swedish Kennel Club (SKK) show at Stockholm. The organisation was superb and everything ran like clockwork; praise must go to all involved.
MORE THAN ten years ago I wrote in my report that the Brussels Dog Show should do something to become the leading show of Belgium. I said that committees of our other shows should help to achieve this goal as Brussels needs to be the window on all...
ANOTHER success for a Hungarian handler in Austria – at the last Austrian dog shows of 2015, in Wels, Gabor Maroti won best in show twice with the same Newfoundland.
THE FINNISH show season ended with the two great big Helsinki shows. Both days saw 7,000 dogs entered and in addition there were two separate puppy shows with 800 youngsters each day.
THE AMSTERDAM Winner Show played host for the second time to the Eukanuba World Challenge. In its ninth year, the prestigious international competition has firmly secured its mark on the dog show scene during mid December.
THIS YEAR’S was the 126th Winner Show and the second Eukanuba World Challenge to be held in Amsterdam. The exhibitors came from far and wide – 48 countries – partly to participate at the World Challenge but also for the three CACs and three titles...
WITH 3,231 entries, the committee of Kortrijk, one of the most successful shows in Belgium, had nothing to worry about.