Bulldog Brando off to America
A CHAMPION Bulldog handled by Glynn Payne (Fearnought) has been chosen as the UK’s representative at the prestigious Eukanuba World Challenge, to be held in December in Long Beach, California.
Ch, Int Ch, Fin Swe Est Lt Ch Black Hope Brando will represent the UK on 12th /13th December. The event will be hosted by the AKC/ Eukanuba National Championship 125th Anniversary Show.
Four-year-old Brando qualified to compete in the Eukanuba UK Champion Stakes Final (held at the end of October) by winning at Southern Counties CA championship show in June under judge Mrs Gunnell Holm.
At the Champion Stakes final, Brando and his handler Glynn Payne competed against many other top winning dogs. Brando was the highest placed dog in the final six who met all the criteria, offering him the opportunity represent the UK at the third consecutive annual Eukanuba World Challenge. The UK representative will compete in Section Three, as per the country section draw held at the World Dog Show last month. This section will be judged by Roberto Velez Pico from Puerto Rico.
Should Brando be fortunate enough to be one of three dogs selected in Section 3 he will go through to the final 12, which will be judged by world renowned judge Frank Sabella (USA). Thus Brando and Glynn would further be able to compete for the title Eukanuba World Challenge Champion 2009, along with winning the $10,000 prize money. In addition there is $5,000 awarded to the winning country’s Kennel Club.
Brando is a very international bulldog. Bred in Finland by Helena and Ari Hyvonen, he is owned and was campaigned by Tarja Jarvinen before coming to the UK, where he resides with handler Glynn Payne and partner Karina Le Mare, from the world famous Helmlake Kennel.
Glynn says, ‘Brando is a great ambassador for the breed. He is a delightful dog with great affection for people, he adores children. He simply loves human contact. Highly intelligent, he is very intuitive and totally aware of what is going on around him all of the time. He is fabulous to show but more than anything he is an absolute pleasure to live with’.
The Bulldog has already notched up an illustrious show career. sired by Int. Fin. Rus. UKR S Ch Lav Epril Bomond out of Fin. DK S Ch Black Hope Peppermint, he is already a Multi BIS winner in Finland, where he was Top Dog all breeds in 2008, he was European Winner 08, & 09 in Dublin where he was awarded Group 3.
Last month he took the World Winner 09 title and was awarded Group 2 at the World Dog Show in Bratislava, where he was handled by Glynn. In the UK this year he has already acquired nine CCs, eight with BOB’s, two Group 1s, two group 2s and a Group 4. He was also BOS in Show at Windsor.
Brando successfully gained his UK Champion title in three successive clubs show under three breed specialist judges. He is the first overseas dog to have won the Bulldog Club Incorporated Show, the oldest dog club in the world.
On his imminent trip to the Eukanuba World Challenge, Glynn told us: ‘There is a great sense of pride in representing our country with our national breed, the bulldog. It will be an honour to represent the UK and to be able to promote the Bulldog to a worldwide audience”.
Last year the UK was represented by the Mike Gadsby and Jason Lynn with their outstanding Standard Poodle, Donny, Ch Am Ch Afterglow The Big Tease. They said of this year’s challenge: ‘We wish Glynn and Brando all the best as they embark on this fantastic adventure. We are certain they will have as wonderful a time as we did and be great ambassadors for British dogdom. The AKC/Eukanuba National Championship show is a world-class event, and the World Challenge competition is unlike any other. Eukanuba truly goes above and beyond to support the purebred dog community and this opportunity is a prime example of that’.
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