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American Cocker wins first ever
Eukanuba World Challenge in Long Beach, California

Ch. Very Vigie Vamos a la Playa
The EWC winner from Switzerland was the American Cocker Spaniel
Ch. Very Vigie Vamos a la Playa

And the winner is . . . Sealyham Terrier Ch Efbe’s Hidalgo at Goodspice, known as ‘Charmin’ of Cochranville, PA owned by Margery and Richard Good and Sandra Middlebrooks.

Earning a $50,000 cash prize and the title of AKC/Eukanuba National Champion, Charmin was crowned the nation’s top dog at the conclusion of the two-day competition in Long Beach, CA. Best in Show judge Miss Maxine V. Beam of Fort Worth, TX awarded the National Champion title.
In total, nearly 2,500 dogs competed in conformation for prestigious titles and $225,000 – the largest prize money of any dog show in the world.

The AKC/Eukanuba National Championship will be simulcast on Animal Planet and the Discovery Channel on February 2, 2008.

“We welcome Charmin and his proud owners to the elite group who have become part of dog show royalty by being crowned the AKC/Eukanuba National Champion,” said Ron Menaker, AKC Chairman. And, I congratulate the breeders and owners of Newton, a Golden Retriever, our Best Bred-By-Exhibitor in Show. These breeders exemplify the dedicated and responsible purebred dog breeder who makes our sport possible. Also recognized today was our Eukanuba World Challenge winner – Vamos, a Cocker Spaniel from Switzerland. I am so pleased to honor all of these dogs – they represent various aspects of this wonderful sport which brings canine enthusiasts all over the world together to celebrate the international language of ‘dog.’”

“It was a great honor to award Charmin with The Eukanuba Celebration of Champions trophy, which features a likeness of all AKC/Eukanuba National Champions, plus a check for $50,000 and a lifetime supply of Eukanuba dog food,” said Dan Rajczak of Eukanuba. “We congratulate Charmin and his owners for their tremendous accomplishment.”

Eukanuba World Challenge

This exciting and unique new international competition featuring the top dogs from 40 countries across the globe is the first event of its kind. Taking home the title of “Eukanuba World Challenge Winner” and $10,000 was a Cocker Spaniel named Ch Very Vigie Vamos a La Playa (Vamos) owned by Laurent Pichard and Joelle Doucet of Switzerland.

Junior Showmanship

In the Junior Showmanship competition (for those under 18 years of age) CT Giese of Baltimore, MD with his Border Terrier named Ch Towzie Tyke Laird O’ Glenmore JE, known as Glen, was awarded Best Junior Handler, along with a $2,000 scholarship.

Best Bred-by-Exhibitor In Show

Golden Retriever, Ch Easthill Broxden the Fig is Up, known as Newton, owned by Sandra Kim Hoffen, A & J Ovalle and Amy Rodriques of Modesto, CA was awarded Best Bred-By-Exhibitor in Show. Over 980 dogs representing nearly 43 per cent of the total competitors were entered in the “Bred-By” competition. Newton’s owners were awarded a $15,000 cash prize.

Agility and Obedience

The 2007 AKC National Obedience Invitational and the AKC Agility Invitational were held in conjunction with the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship. The two events demonstrated the highest level of training and teamwork between dog and handler and are the culmination of thousands of trials held throughout the year.

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