Eukanuba World Challenge 2011
The Eukanuba World Challenge, a globally recognised, prestigious event, celebrates its fifth anniversary. The excitement for breeders, owners and handlers to qualify their dogs and be nominated for participation is set to build throughout the show year. In 2011 another new qualifying event has been introduced to the Eukanuba World Challenge taking 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 the Orange County Convention Centre in Orlando, Florida. Courtesy of Eukanuba, 43 of the world’s top winning dogs will have 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.
Jose Luis Ibanez, Eukanuba EMEA Breeder Manager says “We took a great concept, and worked with the AKC, the FCI and their members. 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 comments "The Eukanuba World Challenge has become a very important International event, worldwide, in the sport of purebred dogs. We are delighted 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 recognised for its outstanding quality of dogs which "wows" the spectators. We take this opportunity to congratulate the FCI on their Centenary this year"
Hans Muller, President of the FCI comments "The FCI is delighted to be part of the momentous success of the Eukanuba World Challenge. We look forward to the EWC Qualifying Event 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 organisations, it will serve to benefit dogs worldwide."
Eukanuba working with the AKC, the FCI and the Kennel Club’s worldwide, will nominate top 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 may become a country representative at the discretion of their National Kennel Club as follows: Top Dog competition; Points – highest number of points gained at nominated shows through the qualifying period; A pre-designated BIS win; UK Representative - highest placed winning dog at the Eukanuba UK Champion Stakes Final in October who fulfils the criteria including 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; The European Qualifying Event hosted at the FCI World Dog Show in Paris. 21 European countries invited, this is in addition to the other pre-designated European countries; The Americas & The Caribbean FCI Section Show Qualifying Event to be held on 20th November in Guatemala. 16 of the Americas Countries are invited to compete to win one place. This is in addition to the other pre-designated Americas countries.
The Eukanuba World Challenge Finals Judges:
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 sections) will be judged by Enrique Filippini (Argentina).
43 dogs from countries worldwide will be competing at the Eukanuba World Challenge in Florida selected from a total of 75 dogs representing their countries.
For further information visit www.eukanubaworldchallenge.com