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Saturday, 09 February 2019

Tallinn Winter Cup, Estonia

Featured Written by Paula Heikkinen Lehkonen
Best in Show at the Tallinn Winter Cup in Estonia was the Great Dane, Euro Power Kid Of Lone, owned and bred by Kati-Maija Korhonen from Finland. Best in Show Judge (left) was Mrs Astrid Lundava (Estonia). Also pictured (right)   are two leading ladies of the organising Club, Margit Siigur and Juta Haranen. Best in Show at the Tallinn Winter Cup in Estonia was the Great Dane, Euro Power Kid Of Lone, owned and bred by Kati-Maija Korhonen from Finland. Best in Show Judge (left) was Mrs Astrid Lundava (Estonia). Also pictured (right) are two leading ladies of the organising Club, Margit Siigur and Juta Haranen. Pictures By TEXTerri

On the second weekend of February there was a big show weekend in Tallinn, the capital of Estonia. There were two-days of International Shows organised by the Dog Breeders Association of Northern Estonia, and many breed clubs held their specialty shows on the day when their breeds were not in the ring in the international one.

So many exhibitors from neighbouring countries were attracted by two possibilities to win something, including me. I and a friend of mine went to the Terrier Club Show on Saturday, I was showing two of my Smooth Fox Terriers and she two Border Terriers.

We had done a similar trip two years ago and found it very convenient. Now the show was in a new venue, a sports centre just outside Tallinn. About 200 dogs were entered, I guess half of them from Finland, Sweden, Latvia and Lithuania. The hall was just big enough for two rings, but the other facilities of the sports centre seemed to be well occupied by swimmers, bodybuilders etc.

The judges were Melita Groselj from Slovenia and Malgorzata Jurek-Erenska from Poland, can’t remember having met either of them before but it is always interesting to see new faces. Melita Groselj is a Pug breeder and Malgorzata Jurek-Erenska’s own breed is the American Staffordshire Terrier. There were many final competitions starting with baby puppies, judged by the two ladies in turn.

However, the Polish lady chose the final Best in Show, and her choice was the famous Airedale Terrier, Multi Ch Saredon Deliverance, bred by John Averis and owned in Estonia by Jekaterina Kantijevskaja. My Smooth Fox Terrier, Ch Wolfheart Frequent Flier was Res BIS, but I was not disappointed at all being second to this great Airedale, I have awarded BIS to him myself in one of the Dracula Cluster Shows two years ago! Now he was looking even better than then, if possible.

Third was the Cairn Terrier from Sweden, Ch Rottriver’s Hit’n Run, owned Liz Högdahl and fourth the Bull Terrier, Tegelinski Havanna, owned by Mirje Uibo from Estonia. So a very international final indeed. Best Junior in Show was an Amstaff from Sweden, Zican’s Have To Have Mudcake, owned by Cacilia Benjaminsson & Therese Börseth, and Best Veteran the Australian Terrier, Int Ch Truozzy’s Hand In Hand, owned by Anne-Lii Sild from Estonia.

All the four placed breeders’ groups were Finnish, topped by the Truozzy’s Australian Terriers, bred by Anne Moilanen. In Finland you have to show four dogs of your breeding in the team, but in Estonia only three are needed, so it is easier to get an even team of three. On Sunday it was time to go to the International All-Breed show, which was held in the Saku centre, where many of the biggest dog shows and also other events in Estonia take place. It is situated next to a big shopping mall, so many exhibitors find something to buy after their dogs have been judged. About 1,300 dogs were entered altogether and again both the the judges’ panel and bunch of exhibitors were very international. Most Estonians are fluent in Russian language, so it is easy for them to invite Russian judges.

Most of the Terriers were judged by Oleg Vasiliev, who is originally from Vladivostok, the farthest end of Russia, but obviously nowadays lives in Moscow. He dictated his critiques in English though. He judged my Fox Terriers and also my friend’s Borders and we were both lucky enough to win BOB and BOS with our dogs! The BOB Border was Akenside Fidelity, bred in the UK by Lesley Gosling, and this win makes her International Champion.

This time neither of us had luck in the group final, the winner under the German Terrier expert Hans-Erhard Grüttner was the fabulous Welsh Terrier, Multi Ch Ak Mil Vista Jubilee Jazz, owned by Alvi Kabur, Estonia. He was finally placed fourth in the BIS final. The BIS judge was Mrs Astrid Lundava, one of Estonia’s own allrounders, herself a successful Corgi breeder. Some years ago she was also the President of the Estonian Kennel Club for a while. Her choice for first place was the young Great Dane from Finland, Euro Power Kid of Lone, owned and bred by Kati-Maija Korhonen.

This dog had just celebrated his second birthday a week earlier, but has collected many Junior Winner titles from several countries already, including Finnish Junior Winner when I judged the breed a year ago! Great to see he has developed so well. Also the next placings went to Finnish dogs. Res BIS was the American Cocker Spaniel, Int Ch Very Vigie Let It Be, jointly owned by Sanna Vartiainen in Finland and Vibeke Paulsen in Norway. He has been staying in Norway but started his Finnish career by winning the Group at Jyväskylä just a couple of months ago.

Third place went to the Pembroke Corgi, Ch Siggen’s Another Chance, owned by Anneli Sutela & Maija Kosunen, mother and daughter. This dog is a great result of international co-operation, he is bred in Norway by Leif Herman Wilberg, but sired by Anneli’s dog, who comes out of a combination between American and NZ lines, and on the dam’s side there is also Australian blood.

As said, fourth was the Welsh Terrier. Other Group winners were the young Rabbit-size Smooth Dachshund from Russia, Lisego Nosa Yarilo, owned by Marina Kovalenko, the Alaskan Malamute, Ch Galilahi First Minister Of Colone, owned by Egon Teder & Berit Kirs, Estonia, the Beagle, Ch Love Legacy Endless Emotion, owned by Heleri Ilver, Estonia; the Irish Setter, Ch Sarmando Dream Noble Choco, owned by Pille Lang, Estonia; the Lhasa Apso, Ch Chic Choix Kumi Kian Marco Polo, owned by Hedi Kumm, Estonia and the Afghan Hound, Oghanameh’s Mark My Words, owned by Anne & Iren & Alexandra Naarits, Estonia.

The Naarits family had a good weekend, because their veteran Afghan Hound won also Best Veteran in Show on the first day, Multi Ch Oshanameh’s Join The Ride. Also Hedi Kumm did well with her other Lhasa Apso, Int Ch Soleydan Unique Of Chic Choix, who was Best Veteran on Sunday. Best Breeders’ teams were the Galilah Alaskan Malamutes on Saturday, bred by Berit Kirs and Alfalex English Springer Spaniels, bred by Riin Remma, on Sunday. Both these are Estonian breeders.


Tallinn Photos by TEXTerri

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