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Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Halland Show

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It was a great pleasure to be invited to return to judge at the Hallands Show weekend in Tvaaker.  Hallands is a county on the west coast of Sweden and this Club really knows how to put on a super show at their wonderful Showgrounds.

This year the All Breed International Show was held on the Friday,  the All Breed National Show on the Saturday and a number of Breed Specialties took place on the Sunday. With  3,300 dogs entered on each of the first two days, there was an extensive panel of judges required and it included Stephen & Patsy Hollings, Gordon & Jan Rual, Carl & Julia Sparrow and Penny Williams from the UK, Eddie & Gail Patterson, Robert & Heather Lamont, Louis Hogan & John Yek along with myself and Jean from Ireland. Arne Foss from Norway would judge Best in Show on Friday and Wayne Burton from Australia would have the honour on Saturday. Other judges on the panel for the weekend included Hans Lehtinen & Johan Juslin from Finland, Marko & Siret Lepasaar from Estonia,  Rui Oliveira, Zeferino Silva, Vitor & Gabriela Veiga from Portugal, Stefan Sinko from Slovenia, Jos De Cuyper & Anja Gregoire from Belgium.  

The weather was outstanding and the Showgrounds were set up perfectly with tenting allowed around the 52 rings for the exhibitors, this led a really nice atmosphere at ringside with appreciative applause for winners. On the first day I had a nice entry of Cardigan & Pembroke Corgis to judge, with my Best Dog & Best Bitch in Pembrokes being litter mates imported from the Pemcader kennel in the UK. 

Jean judged the Group 1 Final and her winner was the OES male, Ch Dizzny'Z Supernatural, a son of the UK bred Champion, Bahlambs Beaming Blue Beard. Eddie judged Group 3 and his winner was the Kerry Blue Male Shyloch Professor. Gail judged Group 5 and her winner was the Pharaoh Hound Multi Champion Faouziah's Faramir and it would go on to win BIS under Arne Foss with the OES runner up. On the second day, Jean had a super entry of 50 Beardies whilst I had a nice entry of Miniature Pinschers with my BOB being a young 10 month old red bitch, I also had a good entry of Swedish Vallhunds and my BOB winner was the Champion female Bodatorp Madame Saaba with the CAC going to a lovely 9 month old bitch Svedala Hjordis Hjortron bred by Anita Whitmarsh, this will be a star of the future as she nearly topped the breed on this day. I was particularly taken with my BOB Affenpinscher, a 20 month old male, Oceanwild Hugo Boss, he was of lovely shape and size with a very typical head and very sound on the move. John Yek judged Group 9 on the second day and his winner was the Lhasa Apso bitch,Multi Champion Rebellic'sIn The Spotlight and it would go to finish 4th BIS behind the Pharaoh Hound who repeated it's feat from the first day.  A well organised show which ran really smoothly and a very nice touch by the organisers as they got all the judges to sign a get well card for a couple of judges who had to withdraw from their appointment due to ill health..

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