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Saturday, 03 August 2019

Kuopio August Show

Featured Written by Paula Heikkinen Lehkonen
Best in Show at Kuopio Two Day International Show was the American Cocker Spaniel, Int Ch Very Vigie Let It Be, jointly owned by Sanna Vartiainen and Pirjo Huovila and Vibeke Paulsen. BIS Judge was Hans Almgren from Sweden. Best in Show at Kuopio Two Day International Show was the American Cocker Spaniel, Int Ch Very Vigie Let It Be, jointly owned by Sanna Vartiainen and Pirjo Huovila and Vibeke Paulsen. BIS Judge was Hans Almgren from Sweden. Pictures By TexTerri

The traditional Kuopio August show was this time only a one two-day international show. Every second year it is a three-day cluster with three different shows, called the Sawo Shows. Savo is the name of the county.

The showground was the same, trotter horse arena, where there is a lot of space even for really big shows. Now there were 2,500 dogs entered. After exhausting and long-lasting heatwave the weather suddenly changed and especially the first day was chilly, we even got some raindrops. When people had been used to hot and sunny days, not many were prepared for the change and those trade stands selling fleece jackets and such things sold out their stuff. The ice cream booth holder was not quite as happy!

Sunday was better weatherwise, after a cool morning the sun came out. There were some breed club specialty shows near by during the same weekend, so at least some breeds had two chances to try to win something. Probably the biggest one was the Collie Specialty with over 200 dogs altogether, and that’s why both coats had very good entry also at Kuopio.

The two leading ladies of the Kuopio area, Eja Jägerroos and Tuula Laitinen, were again in charge of everything. Eja used to be always there organising things, but has been retired for some years. Now she is back, as one of the organising clubs was the regional Dachshund club and she is a Dachshund enthusiast. She is an optician by profession and has that kind of shop in Kuopio. I remember when some years ago one of the judges had his glasses broken during the day, but Eja said: “no problem, we will go to my shop to fix them!” and after the show on Saturday evening the whole bunch of judges went with her to try new frames!

Tuula Laitinen had many roles in the show, as usual. She had made the contacts with the judges and got some extra headache because two of the invited judges had to cancel just before the show and had to be replaced, which is never easy at such short notice. She was also holding the microphone during the group finals. She is, by the way, vice-president of the Finnish Kennel Club nowadays.

The BIS judge was Hans Almgren from Sweden, a frequent and well liked visitor to our shows and well known internationally, too. His favourite was the American Cocker Spaniel Int Ch Very Vigie Let It Be, jointly owned by Sanna Vartiainen & Pirjo Huovila and Vibeke Paulsen, the latter being the top Norwegian breeder. This dog and his successes are really a good example of international co-operation.

He was born in France, the breeder is Laurent Pichard, who has now taken Sanna Vartiainen as his partner in the kennel. Sanna is usually grooming and handling the dogs over here, as she did again this time. The dog himself bears Ch titles of six countries and he was European Winner in Austria this year, too. He is sired by UK Ch Afterglow Dragon Quest, and of course there are many American ancestors in his pedigree.

The world is small for the dog show people! Runner-up was the Smooth Collie, Int Ch Clingstone’s Make My Day, one of the fabulous litter of Shulune Imperial Faberge, bred by Satu Asikainen. There are four International Champions and big winners among the littermates and one more Finnish Champion.

Third in the BIS final was the young Lakeland Terrier from Russia, Ars Viva Tramontana, owned and bred by Olga Alekashina. She was the only one in the breed but went to win the tough Terrier Group and got this honourable placing. There was a small mix-up when announcing the winners, because Olga doesn’t understand Finnish and Tuula the speaker doesn’t speak Russian. It is customary in our shows that after the BIS judge has gone over all the group winners, he then tells his decision to the ring steward who brings the results to the speaker.

To keep the secret, the names of the group winners are not announced earlier, but after the judge has made his decision, the speaker presents the contestants and tells the names of the dogs and their owners to the audience. When Olga heard her and her dog’s name called, she obviously thought this is now the placing, and as no other dogs were placed yet, she supposed hers will be fourth and went to that stand.

Then Hans the judge said of course “no, no!” and Olga had to return to the line and the Finnish Lapphund Int Ch Peikkovuoren Caesar, owned by Taina Friman & Jaana Miettinen, was called to the fourth place. Olga didn’t need to be disappointed for a long time, because then she was guided to the third place.

This Lakeland has in fact had some big success in Finland before, she was shown then still in puppy class at Helsinki Winner shows last December, and she was Best Puppy in Show both days. Her sire was bred by the famous Spanish breeder Alberto Velasco, who passed away recently. Taina the Lapphund breeder was once again successful with her breeders’ team too, the four Lapphunds were placed in breeders’ final. She and Tarja Hovila with her Adamants’s Springer Spaniels are competing again side by side for the Breeder of the Year title, points are almost equal so far. The rest of the finalists were by all means worthy winners, too.

The young Bernese Mountain Dog, Bernbear’s Daughter of Diamonds, and her owner-breeder Miia Martikainen, experienced the absolute climax of their career. Miia is a young and new breeder, has bred only five litters so far, among them one champion. This bitch got her first CC today after two Reserve CCs. She is sired by a Danish dog and is just one of the litter of two.

The sire was shown here at Kuopio a couple of years ago, and I guess then Miia saw the dog and decided to use him. Certainly this kind of big win gives a “kick” to this young breeder! The Scenthound group winner was another new youngster, the Beagle Cardiem Grand Canyon, owned and bred by Satu Laitinen, who was only in his fifth show. However, he got now already his fourth CC and second group placing. He has a lot of American blood in his pedigree.

The best of the Dachshunds was the Miniature Longhaired, Rodel’s Rambling Rose, owned and bred by Perttu & Heini Ståhlberg. She has done well in the show ring before, she was among other things European Winner in Austria this year, but just needs the field trials to finish her Ch title. She comes out of the strain with many generations of home-bred Champions of the Ståhlberg siblings. They really swept the board, their breeders’ group won that final on Sunday and one of the team members was placed in Veterans’ final. The Pointing Gundog winner was the Gordon Setter Goango Black I Am Yours, owned by Noora Kolari, a local one, lives in Kuopio.

As it often happens in this breed, her career has been variable, sometimes big wins, sometimes less so. Those judges, who come out of the hunting fraternity, don’t value the so-called “show type” dogs. This one has a background which combines Australian and American lines, and of course she would need the qualifications on the field to make her Champion, but she has some “Winner” titles. The Toydog group was won by a Russian visitor, the Papillon, Ch Ne Me Quitte Pas de Costalina, owned by S Telesh, obviously a brother to the Crufts BIS winner. He has been once before in Finland, last year when he was still a junior and was BOS then.

Now he got the whole catch. Last but not least comes the Sighthound group, topped by the Afghan Hound Ch Scaramis One Hot Minute, owned by Sonja Simonen. He won the group also at Turku Winter show earlier this year and has several “Winner” titles. The breeder Liisa Airas was at the ringside to witness this achievement.

There are at least seven-eight generations of her own breeding behind this one. Best Veteran on Saturday was the nine years old Pomeranian, Int Ch Pipperoo Catch Me If You Can, owned by Soile Tuuli, on Sunday the Toy Poodle, Int Ch Executive Nocciola, owned by Päivi Tirkkonen, same age. Both these old ladies were in great form.

Both have done well in the breed ring and also in the veteran finals. On Saturday the breeders’ groups final was won – for the umpteenth time by Tarja Hovila’s Adamant’s English Springer Spaniels. Because Royal Canin was the main sponsor of the show, there was also Best Junior in Show final, always very popular.

On Saturday best of the youngsters was the Smooth Collie, Timonan Joleen Joys Journey, owned by Pilvi Seipäjärvi, just ten months old but has already three CCs. Sunday’s winner, the Wire Fox Terrier, Mindhunter Under My Thumb, owned by Marika & Jarkko Sinkkonen, is a some months older and has collected already seven CCs. Certainly names to remember for the future!

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