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Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Sight Hound Weekend

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A FANTASTIC weekend for sight hound enthusiasts was held on Sunday 22 July 2012 at the superb outdoor venue The Tvonarkinkarthon Vintcikorakeskus Show Complex which is just a twenty minute drive from the centre of Helsinki. The venue boasts large manicured outdoor grass rings which enables all hounds to show of their paces. 

Super Kartano Sight Hound Weekend

The winning team of Strenhimmel’s Kennel


A FANTASTIC weekend for sight hound enthusiasts was held on Sunday 22 July 2012 at the superb outdoor venue The Tvonarkinkarthon Vintcikorakeskus Show Complex which is just a twenty minute drive from the centre of Helsinki. The venue boasts large manicured outdoor grass rings which enables all hounds to show of their paces. A unique feature is the racetrack which encircles the rings.

It is extensively used for race meetings which enables all hounds to let off steam!! The event is put together by the ever busy Kaija Linturi, and she leaves nothing to chance, even ordering superb weather for the whole weekend! My assigned breeds were Basenji’s of which there were 40 entered, an above average entry of which I was most impressed by the depth of quality in both the juveniles and adults. Pharaoh Hounds had an entry of 24 which was normal, again quality was there in depth.

Judging commenced in all rings at 10am prompt; I had the extra bonus of two excellent Ring Stewards, Jaana Tschokkinen, who undertook my critique writing and Kirsi Ahrenberg, who managed the exhibits, all of which enabled me to finish in plenty of time to get ready to watch the finals in the well decorated large main ring.

The honour of Best Puppy in Show was allocated to Irishman Mr Tony Redmond who earlier on had judged a huge entry of Irish Wolfhounds. I was well pleased to see my Best Puppy in Breed Basenji take Best Puppy in Show from a strong line-up, a very exciting red and white who truly could move and hold a stunning profile on the stack. Best in Show was judged by Mr Tapio Eerola from Finland; he had some exciting hounds to sort out but narrowed it down to the Group 10 winner, the cream Saluki and the Group 5 winner, the Pharaoh Hound.

At this point I was bursting with excitement! Finally the nod went to the Saluki with the Pharoah runner-up, not a bad ways work. I know self praise is not always an attribute, but I must mention that my winning Pharoah from the working breed class was also awarded Best Working in Show, smiles all round!!

All those who had stayed to watch the finals were treated to a glass of sparkling bubbly, including exhibitors!My flight back was not until 6.30pm the next day, so to my surprise, Kaija Linturi had kindly organised a days sight-seeing around Helsinki, taking in many national monuments and buildings.Aluncheon was also organised.

I was particulary taken with how extremely clean the streets of the capital were and the visit to the harbour with its outdoor market was most interesting. One impressive moment was when a black Ferrari super car pulled up right along side where I was sitting causing much attention and admiration – we can all dream!!!

Finally, if anyone else from within the Hound Group in the UK receives an invitation to judge at this show, please do not hesitate, take it with both hands and enjoy!!!

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