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Ruby tops the lot!

Ch Blackdale Carousel
Photo: Show Dogs Ireland
BIS at the Winners’ Show was Goodsell’s WFT, Ch Blackdale Carousel, seen here with
(l-r); breeder Harry O’Donoghue, group judge Carla Molinari, BIS judge
and IKC President Sean Delmar and a representative of the main sponsor, Royal Canin

THE EUROPEAN Winners’ Show, held in Dublin last weekend, saw the breed record holding WFT, Andrew Goodsell’s Ch Blackdale Carousel take the much sought after BIS under IKC President and judge, Sean Delmar.

Hot on the heels of Ruby’s Bath BIS the previous weekend, the two-year-old bitch, bred by Harry O’Donoghue, had been sent into the BIS ring by Carla Molinari. Ruby has now automatically qualified for the Eukanuba World Challenge in December.

Hot on her heels was the Akita, Int Ch melodor Burn the Witch, handled by Fabrizio Manni, owned by Natalia and Oleg Kovriguina, and bred by Our Dogs correspondent Chris McLean.
At the show, the Kennel Club signed an historic agreement with the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI), where a new ‘letter of understanding’ was signed by both parties at a special ceremony which took place at the Show on the Saturday.

The last formal agreement between the Kennel Club and FCI dates back over 70 years to 1935, but was no longer valid. It was felt that a new document outlining the relationship between the organisations should be prepared. The two parties have agreed the new letter of understanding after considered negotiations.

Swiss KC
Photo: Show Dogs Ireland
Barbara Mueller and Peter Rub from the Swiss KC being congratulated from
(left to right) by Brian O’Hara Chairman of the IKC, Vince Hogan of OUR DOGS, Barbara Mueller, Rita McCarry Beattie, Treasurer of the IKC,
Peter Rub, and Stefan Stefik who is the organiser of the World Show in Bratislava in October.

The agreement states that the two organisations ‘share the common goals of promoting and protecting, in the case of the FCI - pedigree dogs and in the case of the Kennel Club - all dogs’. It goes on to state that ‘It is agreed that the relations between KC and FCI and its member registries should be explicitly written with a view towards future cooperation’.

Amongst the subjects covered by the agreement are the recognition of breeds, national dog registries, the holding of shows and events – and the sharing of knowledge which would affect or be useful to the other party.

Significantly, the FCI has formally agreed permission for Kennel Club teams to participate in FCI World or Section Agility, Utility, Obedience, etc Championship events, provided that this participation does not prevent representative teams of FCI member organisations from taking part.

Following the signing of the agreement, Ronnie Irving, Chairman of the Kennel Club said: “We are very pleased to have signed this agreement with the FCI after a great deal of hard work from both sides to ensure that it encapsulated our aims and beliefs. Whilst much of what the agreement contains was already in place informally, we believe that this will go a long way towards strengthening the relationship between our two organisations without in any way compromising our respective positions.”

Hans Müller, President of the FCI, echoed Mr Irving’s feelings, saying: “The FCI is happy that it has formally reached agreement with the Kennel Club on so many areas of mutual understanding. We hope that this will provide added strength to our relationship and we look forward to working together for the benefit of dogs across the world in the future.”

On the Tuesday morning it was time for a team of delegates to decide who would be the hosts of the European Winners Show in 2013. Bids had been tendered by the Cyprus KC, the KC of the Czech Republic and the Swiss KC. The winning country was announced later on Tuesday morning, with the nod going to the Swiss KC. The bid was fronted by Laurent Pichard, Barbara Mueller and President Peter Rub.

See next week’s issue for Kerry Rushby’s report and more pictures.

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