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Eukanuba World Challenge

Eukanuba World Challenge 2011

Eukanuba is pleased to announce the launch of the Eukanuba World Challenge 2011. This globally recognised, prestigious event is, this year, celebrating its fifth anniversary. The excitement for breeders, owners and handlers to qualify their dogs and be nominated for participation is set to build up throughout the show calendar year.
In 2011 another new qualifying event has been introduced to the Eukanuba World Challenge and will take place at the FCI Americas and Caribbean Section Show in Guatemala. The Eukanuba World Challenge grand final will be hosted at the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship on 17th &18th December at a new location, the Orange County Convention Centre in Orlando, Florida.
Courtesy of Eukanuba, 42 of the world’s top winning dogs will be afforded the opportunity to travel to Florida and compete for the highly coveted title “Eukanuba World Challenge Champion 2011” along with the prize money of $10.000. The runner up and first runner up will each receive $3,000 and $2,000 respectively and the winning country’s Kennel Club will receive a $5,000 recognition prize.

A Great Concept... an outstanding success

Jose Luis Ibanez, Eukanuba EMEA Breeder Manager says, ‘We took a great concept, and worked with the AKC, the FCI and their member Kennel clubs. Utilising their collective and extensive “Dog Show” expertise along with Eukanuba’s knowledge of producing top class premium nutrition to bring out the excellence in dogs, we have created a first class event, unlike any other in the world of dogs. The Eukanuba World Challenge brings together all of these talented, foremost organisations making it possible for breeders, owners and handlers with their outstanding dogs to experience, first hand, a unique superlative event.’
American Kennel Club Chairman, Ron Menaker comment: ‘The Eukanuba World Challenge has grown to become a very important International event, worldwide, in the sport of purebred dogs. Now celebrating its fifth successive year, we are delighted, once again, to host this exciting Eukanuba World Challenge finals competition at the AKC/Eukanuba National Championships 2011.
‘The American Kennel Club prides itself in presenting the only International competition in the USA with thanks to our good friends at Eukanuba and the FCI along with their member Kennel Clubs. The World Challenge has earned a great reputation and is recognized for its outstanding quality of dogs which continues to "wow" the spectators. We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the FCI on their Centenary this year.’
Hans Muller, President of the FCI comments: ‘The FCI is delighted to see and be part of the momentous success of the Eukanuba World Challenge, now in its fifth consecutive year. The FCI will be celebrating it’s Centenary, one of the main celebrations will take place at the FCI World Dog Show in Paris. We look forward to another EWC Qualifying Event taking place in Paris. The FCI views the Eukanuba World Challenge as a very important event in the global world of dogs, bringing together and involving the participation of FCI member Kennel Clubs and their countries' top dogs. The well established working relationship between Eukanuba, the AKC and the FCI has flourished; year on year, it is going from strength to strength. The FCI firmly believe that by working in harmony with other important organizations, it will serve to benefit dogs worldwide.’

The Competing Countries - Nomination & Selection Process

As the quest begins, Eukanuba working with the AKC, the FCI and the Kennel Club’s around the globe will be pronouncing the top dogs who will be nominated or dogs who will win a place to represent their country in a bid to claim the EWC Champion 2011 crown. Dogs will be able to qualify in accordance with the nomination/selection process decided upon by their national Kennel Club.
Top Winning dogs will become a country representative at the discretion, in most instances, of the national Kennel Club utilising one of the following systems: Top Dog competition; Points – highest number of points gained at nominated shows through the qualifying period; A pre-designated BIS win; UK Representative will be selected from the highest placed winning dog at the Eukanuba UK Champion Stakes Final in October who fulfils the criteria and has a valid pet passport.
The North American Eukanuba Breeders Stakes Champion representative will be selected from the winner of the Eukanuba Breeders Stakes final in Florida. All winning teams will have been selected from qualifying ‘heats’ held at prestigious shows in North America and Canada.
The European Qualifying Event hosted at the FCI World Dog Show in Paris on 9th July. Twenty-one European countries are invited to compete to win one of three places. These countries will be in addition to the other pre-designated European countries. Judges for this QE will be announced in due course.

“NEW Qualifying Event”

The Americas & The Caribbean FCI Section Show Qualifying Event to be held on 20th November in Guatemala. Sixteen of the Americas Countries are invited to compete to win one place. These will be in addition to the other pre-designated Americas countries. Judges for this QE and the format will be announced in due course.

The Eukanuba World Challenge judges

The four section judges for the final in December in Orlando will be Dr Tomas Jakkel (Hungary), Mrs Barbara Muller (Switzerland), Mrs Zena Thorn-Andrews (United Kingdom), and Mr C V Sudarsan (India). The 12 finalists’ dogs (3 winners from each of the 4 sections) will be judged by Enrique Filippini (Argentina).
There will be a total number of 42 dogs from countries around the world competing at the Eukanuba World Challenge in Florida selected from a total of 75 dogs representing their countries. Please see attached for comprehensive list of participating countries.

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