Photo by Karl Donvil
Leslie Franks homebred and stylish Australian Shepherd Dog Propwash Syzygy handled by Richard Hellman was best in show at World Show.
The show held in Dortmund, over four days attracted an entry of 18,716 with 143 exhibitors from the UK travelling to the show which attracted huge crowds on the first day.
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Pictured on the completion of a successful World Show, from left to right:
Bernhard Meyer - Sec VDH, Karl Reisinger - Vice Pres FCI, Hans Muller - President FCI,
Lief Kopernik - Show Manager (and Assistant to Bernhard Meyer)
The World Show in Dortmund took place in the middle of a heatwave worthy of next years event in Rio - especially in the main ring on Sunday when the Brazilian carnival came to town!
The show got off to a very busy start as Thursday was a bank holiday and it seemed like everyone was at the dog show.
Even the VDH (German Kennel Club) were a little surprised about the attendance on the opening day, but things settled into a better pattern for the remaining three days.
Top honours at the F.C.Is most prestigious show went to Leslie Franks homebred and stylish Australian Shepherd, Propwash Syzygy. At rising six years of age, this dog is clearly at the peak of maturity, and moved with style and panache throughout.
Combined with a gleaming coat, first class conformation, complete rapport with his excellent handler, and air of total self confidence he is dog that demands attention and cannot be ignored in any company. His merle markings are beautifully broken, and round off the winning package. This dog is no stranger to the winners rostrum, and has taken a number of top wins over the last few months culminating in this, the highest honour a dog can achieve on mainland Europe.
Reserve best in show was the Group ten winning Greyhound from the famous Scandinavian Jets kennel. In this case Norwegian Ch. Jets Somethng In the Way U Smile, who is owned and bred by E.Engh, and Äge Lier Gjetnes. Fawn in colour, this dog was rippling with well sculpted muscle, and moved with grace and elegance. Had it not been for this dog, the Best In Show line up might well have been completely dominated by the Italians, who took both first and third in the Best In Show line up. Third Best In Show was the Dandie Dinmont from Group three, Anna Taucci and Ladospoli Gioias Int.Ch.Pennywise Patriot Games.
The British entries did well, with perhaps the greatest wins going to our very talented trio of Junior handlers. Both CACIBs in Hungarian Pulis also went to the Brits, and Margaret Boulcotts Affenpinschers did well
For more details and a fuller report watch the Eurodogs pages in next weeks edition of Our Dogs and our special issue on sale at windsor show.
See World Shows section for more photos, results and reports.