Rafa was resplendent in a suit made in the colours of the Spanish flag and received rapturous applause from the enthusiastic gallery.
In second spot was a Bulldog from Peru, sent through by English judge Paul Harding who also judged French Bulldogs. Third place went to the popular OES from Hungary handled by Zsolt Hano and winner of the RSCE show on Thursday. A Spanish owner mini w/h Dachshund too the fourth place. The final line up featured top winners including Baxer from Norway, the Crufts BIS winner, an Afghan from Chile and a first for Group 9, a Tibetan Terrier handled by Katja Rauhut.
Early in the main ring programme, all the background workers came into the ring. On Monday, show President Jose Doval paid an emotional tribute to all the team, saying, “It is still early to make an evaluation of this World Canine Show Madrid 2022 and also to assimilate all the moments we lived, all the emotions accumulated; it is still too early to think that there is no early tomorrow to put the show on, it is still early and I still feel tired but I don’t want to let another minute go by to thank everyone who made it possible. INDIVIDUALLY WE ARE ONE DROP, TOGETHER WE ARE AN OCEAN"
A number of UK and Ireland judges and exhibitors were at the show which was attended by a team from OUR DOGS as International media partner of the Spanish KC.
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