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Saturday, 30 March 2019

Lahti Spring Show

Featured Written by Paula Heikkinen Lehkonen
Best in Show at the Lahti spring show was the Spanish Water Dog, Aquacrest Magic Mike, owned by Päivi Uurtola-Kahri & Noora Haapane. BIS Judge was Leni Finne. Best in Show at the Lahti spring show was the Spanish Water Dog, Aquacrest Magic Mike, owned by Päivi Uurtola-Kahri & Noora Haapane. BIS Judge was Leni Finne. By TEXTerri

The traditional Lahti spring show was the biggest show in Finland this year – so far. In many other traditional shows the entry figures have gone down, but the Lahti show was now bigger than last year, 4,400 entered dogs for this two-day international event.

Actually this is the maximun amount faswe want the rings to be of decent size. We don’t have benched shows in Finland any more, but the exhibitors have their crates and grooming tables with them, and so areas for those must be fitted in too.

Usually when half of the groups are judged on Saturday and half on Sunday, each day has had approximately the same number of dogs, but for some reason now Saturday was bigger and we needed to invite some extra judges.

Even if you make statistics counting the entry figures of each breed in the past few years and plan the necessary amount of rings and judges, you would still need a crystal ball!

This is actually ‘my’ show, I’ve been working for this show for over 40 years. I guess everybody who knows me understands why our BOB winners can choose if they like to have a teddybear or a trophy, and all our Group winners get an even bigger teddybear and finally the BIS winner the biggest teddybear.

As a matter of fact, our show has become famous for this and the bears are very popular! Many exhibitors tell us, that they come to the show hoping to win a teddybear!

We had quite a few exhibitors from Russia, and also some from Sweden, Norway and other countries.

Particularly two Russian exhibitors were pleased because two of the Group winners had come from our eastern neighbour. They were the Schipperke, Oso de Miel Smuglianka, owned and bred by Maria Spiridonova and the Rhodesian Ridgeback, Ch Bazar Abangy Zari Bmari, owned by Anna Paechkina. For the Schipperke this was her first visit to Finland and immediately it went so well!

It does not happen very often that a small Schipperke wins the Herding group, because usually the bigger and more glamorous breeds beat them, but when you have a really good one, why not! This little black one managed to beat many of our top winning stars of this group.

The Rhodesian Ridgeback has been shown a couple of times here before, but then he was young and although did quite well, did not really get what he was hoping for. Now, being fully matured, he had his day. Also in FCI Group 2 a Russian Tibetan Mastiff was placed third, so it was a good day for them.

A Swedish dog was among the Group winners, the Irish Setter Copper’s Riddarsporre, owned and bred by Camilla Östman (not the same Camilla Östman who breeds American Cockers and Flatcoats!) I remember having seen this dog win the group at Stockholm last December, so he is an established winner indeed.

This was his first and very satisfying visit to Finland, though. The rest of the group winners were Finnish dogs. Some Swedish BOB winners had to leave before the group finals because they had to hurry to the ferry, but at least a Swedish Miniature Schnauzer got a group placing.

The winner of the FCI Group 2 (Pinschers, Schnauzers and Molossoid breeds) was the Boxer, Ch Helios della Cappastorta, owned by Anne Rikkilä & Sinikka Pietilä.

This young dog, imported from Montenegro, has been quite successful before this, gaining some group placings and a win, too, but winning the group in this kind of a big show was the highlight of his career – so far.

These ladies have been showing in the last years another, a little older Boxer from the same kennel with great success, but now they concentrate on campaigning this one The breed was judged by Sigurd Wilberg, who has been breeding Boxers himself, and was ever so pleased to see his BOB winner to take the group, too.

The Terrier Group winner, the West Highland White Terrier Ch White Villan Ace Of Hearts, owned and bred by Minna Jaakkola, is a son of the famous Int Ch White Villan King Of Hearts, who has gained his Ch title in UK. The son is obviously following in his father’s footsteps.

The breed was judged by the French breed expert Catharina Round. The Dachshund Group winner was the Standard Longhair, Int Ch Huppaluuran Suvijuhla, owned by Katariina Kinos, herself a second generation Dachshund breeder.

This one is actually not bred by herself, but out of a bitch of her breeding. The Spitz Group was topped by the Finnish Spitz Ch Kekkeruusin Vellamo, who has been very successful. She was BIS in Jyväskylä last year and won also the Spitz Club Specialty earlier this year, and won the group at Turku international in January.

The owner, young man Perttu Ala-Iso was not prepared to stay, because the breed was judged on Saturday and he had come with some friends in their car, but he decided to stay anyway and take a train back home on Sunday evening.

That is the attitude! Then there was the Spanish Water Dog, Multi Ch Aquacrest Magic Mike, owned by Päivi Uurtola-Kahri & Noora Haapane, who is having a really good year.

He has already taken several group wins was he was BIS at Turku in January. The Toy & Companion dog group was very strong, and it was topped by two superb veterans. The winner was the fantastic Lhasa Apso, Int Ch Chic Choix Cleopatra Eurydice, who has made a comeback as a veteran after her eighth birthday, still looking as good as ever and skillfully handled by Sanna Kopola-Hirsimäki as always The Havanese, Int Ch Jatakabi’s Xtempore was pushing hard, but had to be satisfied with second place, but got a revenge in the Best Veteran in Show final, which she won.

Last but not least comes the Sighthound group, and the most beautiful one was now the Borzoi, Int Ch Yegorov Morning Glory, owned by Seija & Jari Piippo. She is now five years old and has done quite a lot of big winning. She descends from the very old Finnish bloodlines, with some drops of American blood. The BIS judge was Leni Finne, one of our own all-breed judges.

She has a special memory of the Lahti show. Eleven years ago, when she was driving to the show, just before arriving to the showground she got a phone call from her only daughter, who had given birth to a baby. Leni was of course in quite an emotional state, when she called immediately and told me the news that she had become a grandmother.

I was in the hall and waiting for the judges to arrive and said: “Ok, but you have to judge anyway!” So our show has since then had a special meaning to her. As usual, we do the BIS finals so, that after the judge had gone through all the dogs, she tells her decision to the speaker, who then announces the placings in reverse order.

Fourth place was the elegant Borzoi bitch, then third the young and lively Boxer. The veteran Lhasa Apso got the second place and finally the Supreme winner was the Spanish Water Dog. This is at least his second BIS win this year in a big and important show, and as he has also some group wins and placings, he is climbing high on the ladder of Dog of the Year list.

As said, the Havanese Int Ch Jatakabi’s Xtempore was Best Veteran on Sunday, but on Saturday the top oldie was the Cairn Terrier, ten years old, Int Ch Sanderfield Shake Before Use, owned by Anne Heikkinen. Neither was he for the first time on the highest winner’s stand. Best Breeders’ Group on Saturday was the team of Welsh Springer Spaniels of the Benton fame, bred by Marjo Jaakkola, and on Sunday this award went to the four Smooth Chihuahuas from Jaana Casagrande’s Kennel Piccolinin.


Lahti Spring Show Photos by TEXTerri

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