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Belgian Shepherd National Specialty
– France 2002

On the 23rd and 24th August, the annual French National Belgian Shepherd Dog Specialty took place just east of Orléans.

This show has become the largest and most important international show in the Belgian Shepherd calendar, with just under 600 exhibits entered from many different countries in the world. It is to the Belgian Shepherd world what the Seiger show is to the German Shepherd.

Exhibits came from many different countries, with the best of breed Groenendael coming all the way from Israel. There was a huge international contingent of spectators, including several groups from as far away as Australia.

History was made when a British owned and bred bitch, Corsini L’Air du Temps at Belamba went Best in Show. She won out of an enormous Open Class of 83 bitches on the Saturday, went on to win the bitch CAC, Best of Breed, then ultimately on the Sunday Best in Show of all four varieties of Belgian Shepherd Dog. She was ably handled by the American, Russ Beach.

Corsini L’Air du Temps is owned and bred by Amanda McLaren of Corsini Belgian Shepherds from a highly successful litter. Her litter sister, Ch Corsini La Boheme was top Terveuren in the UK in 2001. Both her parents are French imports, the sire being Ch Magnum de la Clairière aux Louves, top Tervueren stud dog in the UK 2000-2001, who was imported jointly by Neil Harris and Amanda. Her dam is Lauren de Condivicnum at Corsini.

Success also come to a number of other British dogs who went over to compete in the show. Jackie MacAndie’s Tervueren import from Belgium, Zeffirelli van de Hoge Laer at Niavana, was placed 9th in the Open Dog Class (56). Babs Robinson and Tommy Goode’s imported Swedish Tervueren bitch Hexen House Guienevere of Xanova was placed 12th in the Open Bitch class (83) and Phil Sharpe and Angela Moslin’s Tervueren dog Nightfires Thunderbolt Into Wildfire was graded Excellent. Jan Ralph’s homebred Malinois Bonvivant C’est Chic was placed sixth in the Malinois Open Bitch class (21). Amanda McLaren’s second bitch entered, the Terveuren Ch Corsini Moulin Rouge placed fourth in the Open Bitch class (83).