A Dalmatian from Croatia (where else!) did the double in Warsaw where he won not only Best Veteran in Show but also the actual BIS at the FCI European Winner Show in Warsaw, the capital of Poland on 11-14 October. This four-day event attracted over 15 000 dogs from all over Europe and also entries from further afield. The Polish Kennel Club had its 80th anniversary jubilee in one of the halls of the huge Ptak Fair Centre with over 4000 dogs entered.
Best in show of the European Winner Show was judged by the present President of the Polish Kennel Club, the popular Prof. Andrzej Kazmierski, who is a well-known all-breed judge. His choice was the Dalmatian from Croatia, Int Ch Dalmino Voodoo Vision, owned and bred by Zeljka Halper Drazic. This 9-years-old dog had done a lot of winning during his long career, and started as a junior by winning European Junior Winner title already eight years. Since that has taken two European Winner and two World Winner titles.
His win at the show was made all the more dramatic because his Hungarian handler Attila Schlosser was in a car accident on the way to Warsaw. Apparently the car went out off the road, turned upside down and burst into fire. Luckily all the passengers and dogs managed to get out unharmed, but they still had 200 kilometres to Warsaw.
Help came via social media and they made it through! On Sunday there was also the BIS final of the Jubilee Show judged by Harri Lehkonen from Finland. The winner was the young American Cocker Spaniel from Denmark, Galaksi All Right Reserved, owned and bred by Michael & Lotte Kristensen. This couple had really a good weekend, because another one of their home-bred American Cockers won the group in the European Dog Show The organisation held not one, but two Gala dinners over the weekend and many judges and FCI delegates were highly complementary about the hospitality and organisation from their perspective.
Trade stands were less enthusiastic as the size of the showground placed the rings and the exhibitors a long way from the only shopping hall.