Exhibitors came from 25 countries showing 325 different breeds. It is always exciting to see what the theme of the main ring will be and this year it was a Christmas theme with a giant calendar as back drop with windows from 1 to 24 and one was opened for each new event in the main ring finishing with 24 for BIS.
Judge was the world renown handler and groomer from Spain but now living in Croatia Javier Gonzalez Mendikote. Finland won the team event with Norway second and Iceland third. The individual winner was Sabrina Snellman from Finland, second Sanni Pulli also from Finland and third from Norway was Irja Sofie Nyheim. The breeders group finals are always exciting as breeders compete with their groups throughout the year but of course most points are on offer at Stockholm.
Saturdays winner were the Pugs from kennel Zuma’s Susanne and Magnus Andersson and Sundays winner was the American Cocker Spaniels from kennel Caci’s Carina Östman, Mikael Persson and Caroline Lundqvist which put them in 2nd place overall beaten by the Flat Coated Retriever kennel Almanza Ragnhild Ulin and Susanne Karlström who placed fourth on Sunday. Best Veteran Saturday and also winner of Group 5 was the black Chow Chow, Multi Ch Chow Posses Black Passion, owned by Stine Hjelme, Denmark.
Sundays Best Veteran was the Flat Coated Retriever, Multi Ch Almanza Strike Of Luck, owned by Tony Persson. For only the second time at Stockholm there is now a competition for Best Junior which was won on Saturday by a Pug, Hekuba Every Moment Matters owned by Susanne Andersson and Sundays winner was a Beagle, Örnbergets Peter Pan, bred and owned by Elisabeth and Jill Rhodin world famous for their Longhaired Dachshunds. The BIS line-up was very impressive and even and one of the best I have seen in many years!
Winner of Group 1, the Bearded Collie, Multi Ch Farmarens Take Me To The Circus owned by Linnea Sandberg. Winner of Group 2, the Rottweiler EUW-19 KORAD Poker Von Wilden Westernowner Gerard O’Shea. Group 3 winner was the Wire Haired Fox Terrier, Multi Ch Louline Repurcussion At Random owned by Agneta Åström. Winner of Groups 4/6 the PBGV, Multi Ch Cookie Crunch v Tum-Tums Vriendjes owned and bred by Gwen Hukeshoven, Netherlands. Winner of Group 5, the Veteran BIS winner, black Chow Chow, Posses Black Passion, owner Stine Hjelme, Denmark.
Group 7 was won by an unusual but very attractive Braque Du Bourbonais owned by Marjo Vinikka, Finland. Group 8, and a very strong group, was won by the American Cocker Spaniel from Denmark, Multi Ch Galaksi All Rights Reserved owned by Michael Kristensen and bred by him and Ruth Henn Kristensen. The Group 9 winner was the Papillon, Multi Ch Multi winner, Planet Waves Forever Young Daydream, owned by Madeleine Ottosson, bred in Belgium by Kathleen Roosens.
Winner of Group 10 was the brindle Whippet, UK Ch West Chelan Quick Look At Me, owned and bred by Shelby Mowbray, Belgium. BIS judge fresh from having had the huge honour of judging BIS at Crufts, Dan Ericsson entered the main ring with three of his Scottish Terriers under the world famous prefix kennel Raglan. After careful examination and watching the dogs move in the large and light main ring Dan handed out silver rosettes to those placed equal 5th, the Bearded Collie, Rottweiler, PBGV, Chow Chow and Bourbonais.
Now the excitement was growing and in 4th place the WFT, 3rd the American Cocker, 2nd to the Whippet (group 2nd at Crufts this year) and again first place to the Papillon repeating his Crufts win. BIS 3rd for the American Cocker gave her enough points to be acclaimed Top Dog All Breeds in Sweden. Another successful Stockholm show is over and the Swedish KC are to be congratulated again with special appreciation to Hans Rosenberg who is the mastermind of the finals in the main ring.
Photos by Johan Fryck-Meijer