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Philip and Yogi lead the way in Eukanuba World challenge

The quest is again on to find the UK’s representative for the 2008 Eukanuba World Challenge.
The highly acclaimed event, held in Long Beach, California is hosted by the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship on 13th & 14th of December. The UK representative will receive, courtesy of Eukanuba, an invitation to represent the UK at this prestigious event. The package will include an all-expenses paid trip for the owner and their dog, along with hotel accommodation and meals.
In the UK dogs will be required to qualify through the accumulative points system. The qualifying points can be accumulated from wins at 23 General Championship Shows starting from Manchester Championship Show on 17th – 20th January 2008 through to Belfast Championship Show on 27th - 28th September 2008 where final points can be gained.

For clarification all the Championship Shows where points can be gained are: Manchester, Crufts, WELKS, National (Birmingham), SKC (May and August), Bath, Southern Counties, Three Counties, Border Union, Blackpool & District, Windsor, SWKA, East of England, Leeds, Paignton, Bournemouth, WKC, City of Birmingham, Richmond, Darlington, Driffield and Belfast.

Mike Bloxsome, National Breeder Manager for Eukanuba UK says “The 2007 inaugural Eukanuba World Challenge created a lot of interest in the UK. We were delighted when Neil and Angie Allen with their Australian Shepherd “Shocka” (Ch & Am Ch Heatherhill Shock ‘N’ Awe) co-owned with Robert Harlow represented us. They were great ambassadors for our country and for our Great British Show Dogs. I look forward to following closely the results this year with unlimited anticipation”.

The points system computes as follows: Best in Show = 20 points, Reserve Best in Show = 10 points Group Winner = 10 points, Reserve Group Win = 5 points;

An indication of how the system works, using the wins at the first two eligible shows, Crufts and Manchester, as an example: Kevin and Sandy Cullen’s Giant Schnuazer won Best In Show (20 points) and the Working Group (10 points) at Crufts which gain them a total of 30 points. And N Cragg’s and K Armstrong’s Hungarian Vizsla, Sh Ch Aust Ch Hungargunn Bear It’n Mind (Imp) who won BIS at Manchester (20 points) and the Gundog Group (10 points) giving them 30 points which places them joint first.

Currently tying in second place both dogs with 20 points is Lisa Bobrowski’s Samoyed, Ch Vandreem Imperial Hermioni By Berezniki JW ShCM, Reserve BIS (10 points) and winner of Pastoral Group (10 points) and Paul Eardley’s Australian Terrier, Ch Silhill Red Rock at Sherex, Reserve BIS (10 points) and winner of Terrier Group at Manchester Ch Sh.

There are 10 dogs on 10 points each and 13 dogs on five points.

As the show season progresses and the points accumulate the list will be regularly updated and published. It will be clear which dog and owner will be in the lead. The ultimate winner will need to ensure that they comply with the entire criteria which will include having a current Pet Passport for their dog and a passport for themselves.

U.K. Exhibitors who are interested in registering and qualifying for the Eukanuba World Challenge 2008 event are advised to contact Mike Bloxsome at the trade stand at the shows or email him on

There will be regular updates in the dog press or you can visit the Eukanuba World Challenge website on for complete information including the entire criteria.