A French Etoile (Star) Shines On Monaco
This years event opened its rings in a different way. The President of the Kennel Club, S.A.S the Princess Antoinette of Monaco died a few weeks before the show living the event without its captain.
A minutes silence took place before the judgements to remember her long engagement in the dog world. Monaco belonged together with the International shows of Nice (F) and San Remo (IT) to the Mediterranean week. It was one of the first ideas to organise three events in three different countries close by and in only one week. These three shows were very famous for a long time. The BIS of Monaco was the top because the winner received the prize from the Princess herself.
Monaco and San Remo are still “members” of the Mediterranean week but since two years San Remo takes place in October/November. The third member is changing almost each year. A member of the San Remo Kennel Club told us that next year their show is planned in the same week as Monaco. The French city is still not official but the main idea is to recreate the triple show week. The idea is to relaunch the Mediterranean appointments and to bring them again on the highest podium of the dog events.
Most of dog shows are suffering of the decreasing number of entries. This year Monaco had 1,005 entries. The event took place on two days under the tent where each year is organised the circus festival in the Fontvieille area. We had the impression to be in a botanic garden with a wonderful view of the sea. The dogs were judged in ten rings by an international jury worthy of an European event.
Each year the Monaco Kennel club chooses a couple of breeds to whom they give a special prize. It is a way to emphasise breeds. A specialist judge is invited to choose the best. This year the two biggest meetings were that one of the Golden Retriever and of the Labrador retriever. The last one had also the honour to have a special stamp printed by the National Post Office. Mrs Zena Thorn-Andrews (GB) had the pleasure to judge these two breeds. The Golden Retriever BOB (25) was Amilone the Laird to Hareswith (F). The Labrador (16) winner was Loch More Quartermaster (IT). The two winners received a wonderful cup (honour prize) offered in remembrance of S.A.S the Princess Antoinette of Monaco and given by her daughter, the Baroness Elisabeth-Ann de Massy. The Labrador won later the group in the main ring and also the RBIS.
The other nine group winners of the show that entered into the main ring under the judgment of Guy Mansencal (F) were the Pyrenean Shepherd Dog, Athos du Domaine des Elweis (F); the Russian Terrier, Hollywood Haelleas Bohemica (CH); the Scottish Terrier, Sunny Beam ot Sofiieleny (Russ); the Kaninchen Rough Coated Dachshund, Alpheratz the Boss (IT); the Basenji, Etoile d’Amour of Swala Pala (F); the Dalmatian, Non Solo Macchie delle Crose (IT); the Weimaraner, Artù (IT); the Epagneul Papillon, Connection I Know Nothing (B) and the Borzoi, Black Devilish Angel (F).
The BIS was the French Basenji and the Reserve was the Italian Labrador. “In the show of Monaco there are only two places on the podium, told us Mr Guy Mansencal. The first one is a bitch with high quality, an extraordinary movement. We must not forget that it is an African breed. Her movement remembers us that one of an antelope. Beautiful head! The Reserve? you must see his profile. It is a dog with a great substance, tail, expression and a typical movement. If I would have had a third place I would have given it to the Kaninchen Dachshund or to the Scottish Terrier.”
Both of the winners are very young subjects. The Basenji is only 16 months old. The Labrador is 20 months old. He needs to win one CAC more and he will be an Italian champion. In his pedigree we find Amber, his grand-mother, well-known also in England.
Report By: Louis de Liedekerke
Photos By: Costanza Ferraris