Eukanuba World Challenge 2011 Finals in Orlando
UK representative, Ch Zentarr Elizabeth, with her owner and
breeder Margaret Anderson pictured winning
at the Eukanuba Champion Stakes this year along with the Judges Val Foss,
and Peggy Beisel-Mcllwaine.
Eukanuba are celebrating the 5th anniversary of the prestigious and spectacular annual Eukanuba World Challenge. For the first time, the judging will be available to be viewed via live streaming with live commentary on the Eukanuba Website. The 2011 final will take place on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th December hosted at the AKC / Eukanuba National Championships at the Orange Country Convention Centre in Orlando, Florida.
Throughout 2011, dogs from around the world competed to represent their country. Generally the National Kennel Clubs nominate the dogs using a ranking points system, a BIS win at a designated show or a Top Dog competition. In the UK the winner of the Eukanuba UK Champion Stakes is the representative. The USA representative is the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship BIS winner from the preceding year. Additionally there is the North American representative who is selected from the Eukanuba USA Breeders Stakes competition. This is a dimension that was added to the event in 2010. There are five regional qualifying heats held at prominent, designated shows in North America between January and December. The qualifying heats enable breeders to exhibit a team of 3 dogs, all bred by them, from at least two litters chosen from their breeding program. The breeder winning “Best In Eukanuba Breeders Stakes” from each heat select one dog from their winning team and are invited to the AKC/Eukanuba National Championships to compete in the Eukanuba Breeders Stakes final. The winner of this final will become the North American representative (Eukanuba Breeders Stakes Champion).
More than 75 top winning dogs have competed directly in the Eukanuba World Challenge 2011. Vying for a spot in the limelight at the final in Orlando, 41 dogs will compete and challenge for the crown, Eukanuba World Challenge Champion 2011 along with the $10,000 prize money.
All the 41 competing dogs will attend the opening ceremony, which in years past has been compared to that of the Olympics; with competitors and their dogs accompanied by their Kennel Club representative carrying the flag around the arena. It is spectacular to see and a very emotional event equaled with pride. The dogs will be prejudged in one of the four non-geographical sections on the Saturday afternoon and the actual selection of the dogs will take place in the evening where three dogs will be chosen from each of the four sections by the respective section judge. UK all breeds judge, Zena Thorn Andrews, judging section 3, says "Having been to this exciting AKC/ Eukanuba National Championship show a couple of years ago and having seen the Eukanuba World Challenge, I was very eager to accept this judging appointment. To see the "best of the best" from around the world, come into the ring representing their country and proudly waving their national flag to such applause was a great sight! Superbly organized by the Eukanuba team and the AKC and I am truly looking forward to being part of this great event. "Representing the UK is Margaret Anderson and her Lhasa Apso, Ch Zentarr Elizabeth. Margaret has always selectively campaigned Elizabeth. In her puppy show career Elizabeth qualified for the annual Puppy Stakes. Much to her credit, she has gained 22 CC’s; 17 with BOB. Elizabeth has won numerous groups and group placing’s; she won Best In Show at BUBA Ch. Show in 2009. This year she qualified for and won the very prestigious Eukanuba UK Champion Stakes. Margaret said “I was absolutely so overwhelmed by winning at such an esteemed event. We were in fantastic company, and under three very different judges who were totally complimentary about Elizabeth’s virtues. Words fail me to express the emotion at enormity of this win and the amazing opportunity to compete with some of the world best dogs at the Eukanuba World Challenge in Orlando.”
Representing Ireland is last year’s UK representative William and Amanda Dobbin’s Newfoundland, UK / Irish Ch Fairweather’s Knockout With Brooklynbear (imp) who in 2010 made it through to the ultimate final 12 dogs. Storm is a Multi Best In Show, Top Winning Newfoundland 2009 & 2010; amassing 29 CC’s along the way. William says “We had the most amazing time last year as the UK representative. Eukanuba organized absolutely everything and took care of every little detail. I am really looking forward to going again this year with Storm.”
Elizabeth and Storm will be two of 41 magnificent top winning dogs who will be competing for the highly coveted title Eukanuba World Challenge Champion 2011. Judging Section two which includes the UK representative, judge C.V. Sudarsan says “Judging at the Eukanuba World Challenge is a dream come true for me. I have attended several Eukanuba World Challenge shows in the past and consider it as one of the most prestigious shows. I don't think one would ever get to see a galaxy of top dogs from all over the world representing their country. Needless to say this is got to be the best show one could ever witness or judge. It is truly an honor bestowed upon me and I am very much looking forward to being a part of the Eukanuba World Challenge. I sincerely thank the organizers for having included me in the panel of great judges. I will cherish this honor forever.
Other high fliers will include the three winning dogs selected at the EWC qualifying event held at the FCI World Dog Show in July by Roberto Pico Velez (Puerto Rico). A new qualifying event was introduced to the Eukanuba World Challenge this year at the FCI Americas & Caribbean Section Show where one dog won the opportunity to represent their country at the Eukanuba World Challenge 2011 finals
The ultimate winner and titleholder of the “Eukanuba World Challenge Champion 2011” will be selected by Enrique Filipini from Argentina, winning the title plus $10,000. The runner up and first runner up will each win $3,000 & $2,000 respectively, and the winning country’s Kennel club will be awarded $5,000, all courtesy of Eukanuba.
The AENC and the World Challenge event is being televised for broadcast in America on the ABC network on Saturday 4th February primetime and will roll out in other territories.
The Eukanuba World Challenge live streaming can be viewed
via www.eukanuba.co.uk/live-streaming from
Dec 17th to Dec 19th.
please visit www.facebook.com/EukanubaWorldChallenge.
Eukanuba World Challenge 2011 Final
Live Streaming Premiere with
Live Commentary by Andrew Brace
Eukanuba celebrate the 5th Anniversary of the annual Eukanuba World Challenge 2011 final with online live streaming. The final is scheduled to take place on 17th & 18th December during the AKC / Eukanuba National Championship event in Orlando/Florida.
This celebration of magnificent dogs competing in the Eukanuba World Challenge final can for the first time be viewed online via live streaming at http://www.eukanuba.co.uk/live-streaming. All up to date information regarding the Live Streaming schedule will be available on facebook.com/EukanubaWorldChallenge. As another premiere the streaming will have live commentary by the renowned dog show expert, judge and journalist Andrew Brace (UK).
at Convenient European Time
The streaming will be available for viewing as two separate schedules, the first stream will be totally live from the event as it happens and will include the prejudging and the evening program. The repetition stream will be scheduled for a more appropriate time for viewers in Europe, given the 5 hour time difference between the USA east coast and Central European Time.
by Andrew Brace
This is the first time that the Eukanuba World Challenge live streaming will be enriched with live commentary provided by the highly respected Andrew Brace from the UK. Andrew has a long and very successful association with dogs, formerly as a breeder, owner and exhibitor, probably best known for his Tragband Beagles owning the UK CC record holder Ch Too Darn Hot For Tragband, although he did make up Champions in Pekingese. Currently, he is well known as a talented judge and prolific writer on canine matters, writing for some high-profile publications such as the UK’s Dog World, USA’s Dog News and Dog News Australia. He has authored several breed books and was the co-editor with Anne Rogers Clark on The International Encyclopedia of Dogs.
Andrew himself judged a section at the Eukanuba World Challenge in 2008 so is well aware how exciting the event is from a judge's perspective.
Andrew pronounces "The live streaming is an exciting development enabling dog enthusiasts from around the world to experience the whole Eukanuba World Challenge 2011 in Orlando as it happens. I am thrilled to be undertaking the commentary for the event and to be working with the Eukanuba team and the World Challenge finalists in Orlando. I hope to give viewers as much information as possible on the proceedings as the competitions reach their climax and an insight into all the magnificent competitors."
Andre Gruenwald, P & G Petcare Marketing Manager, says “The live streaming is a wonderful opportunity for those in the dog fancy, who are unable to experience the Eukanuba World Challenge 2011 final in person, to be able to share in the excitement generated at the final and to see for themselves these magnificent dogs who have the great honor of representing their country. Eukanuba, in addition to providing first class premium nutrition for dogs, is pleased to be able to provide this live streaming facility.”
|Repitition of Stream
|Sat 17th Dec
|14.00 - 16.00
||20.00 - 22.00
||Sun 18th Dec
||08.00 - 10.00
||14.00 - 16.00
|Sat 17th Dec
|19.00 - 23.00
||01.00 - 05.00
|Sun 18th Dec
||10.00 - 14.00
||16.00 - 20.00
|Sun 18th Dec
|19.00 - 23.00
||01.00 - 05.00
||Sun 18th Dec
||12.00 - 16.00
||18.00 - 22.00
(Mon 19th Dec)
& The Countries’ Dogs They Will be Judging:
Judge Barbara Muller (Switzerland)
Australia, Czech Republic, Germany, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, Singapore, FCI Asia Section Show BIS Winner.
Judge C.V. Sudarsan (India)
Austria, Croatia (WDS QE – Qualifier), Cyprus (WDS QE – Qualifier), Denmark, Finland, Hungary, Italy, Republic of Korea (South Korea), Switzerland, United Kingdom.
Judge Zena Thorn-Andrews (UK)
Argentina, Brazil, Canada, France, Latvia (WDS QE – Qualifier), Norway, Poland, Puerto Rico, North American Eukanuba
Breeders Stakes Champion, FCI Americas & Caribbean Section Show BIS Winner,
Judge Dr. Thomas Jakkel (Hungary)
Ireland, Philippines, Russia, Taiwan, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, United States of America, FCI European Section Show BIS Winner, Latin Americas Qualifying Event Winner.
For further information visit www.eukanubaworldchallenge.com and www.facebook.com/EukanubaWorldChallenge
Enrique J Filippini (Argentina)
EWC 2011 Final Judge
Enrique J. Filippini began his career in the world of dogs showing Boxers more than 30 years ago. Expressing an interest in other breeds he ventured into and became involved with breeds such as Miniature Pinschers, Borzoi, and Italian Greyhounds, Enrique has shown dogs of various breeds in the different groups to their championship titles and winning numerous Bests in Show. He has won "Best Dog of the Year, All Breeds" with several of his Alba’s Imperial Shih Tzu and, as a result, was "Best Breeder" and "Best Exhibitor," all breeds, in 1979, 1980, 1984, and 1989. He and his partner, all-breed judge David Ojalvo, were the first breeders in their country to earn this title four times. In 1984,
Enrique was approved to judge FCI’s Group IX, the Toy and Companion Group. Attaining all-breed and Best in Show status as an FCI International judge in 1988. Currently he judges all groups and BIS for the AKC and the Federacion Cinolégica Argentina. He is recognized as a "specialist judge" for all varieties of Poodles, both varieties of Chihuahuas, Dalmatians, Shih Tzu and Afghan Hounds.
His judging assignments have taken him around the world and he has officiated at high profile shows including the FCI World Dog Shows in Mexico City (2007), Argentina (2005), Brazil [2004), and Holland (2002). He has also judged several American and Caribbean championship dog shows.
Retired from exhibiting since 1994, Mr. Filippini is still an active breeder and judge.
He states “ I am very much looking forward to judging the final 12 dogs at he Eukanuba World Challenge. I know that I will find great quality of dogs and that my judging colleagues will send through to the final the best of the best”.
Barbara Müller (Switzerland)
Judging EWC 2011 Section 1
Barbara Müller grew up surrounded by her family’s Newfoundlands and German Shepherd Dogs, dogs have very much played a large part of her life ever since. Breeds she has successfully bred, and still breed from time to time, are English Cocker Spaniels, Old English Sheepdogs, and Petit Basset Griffon Vendéens.
Barbara was first approved to judge by the Swiss Kennel club (SKG) in 1980. She is qualified to give Challenge Certificates for all breeds of FCI groups 1, 2, 6, 8, and 9. She has judged at many national breed club specialties, FCI European Section Shows and several FCI World Shows. She has judged in most European countries, the UK and Australia.
Since 2006, Barbara has been a member of the SKG board and president of the judges and show commission. She is a member of the organizing committee for Swiss Top Dog, which is the annual event where the Swiss Representative for the Eukanuba World Challenge is selected.
When Barbara can find some spare time, her other hobby is playing golf with her husband.
She says, "I’m very honored to judge at the Eukanuba World Challenge 2011 and I look forward to that event with great pleasure."
Zena Thorn Andrews
Judging EWC 2011 Section 3
Zena Thorn-Andrews’ interest in dogs started at an early age. She grew up with the family German Shepherds and a Bulldog and became involved in the world of show dogs in 1967 when she purchased her first show dog, an Irish Wolfhound, Edgecroft Simon. He became a Champion and went on to be Top Irish Wolfhound for four years. In 1970 Zena introduced Miniature Wired Haired Dachshunds to her Drakesleat Kennel and her first litter produced Ch Drakesleat Hussy who went on to produce 4 Champions.
Zena enjoys tremendous success as a breeder exhibitor, she has bred or owned more than 120 UK Champions, creating and maintaining many breed records. Drakesleat is the all-time second top-winning kennel in Irish Wolfhounds and in collaboration with Jeff Horswell, it is the top-winning kennel in all coats of Dachshunds.
A keen breeder exhibitor and a talented judge, Zena has attended Crufts since 1965 and hasn’t missed one since. Her judging career started in the early 1970’s she awards CC’s in all breed recognized for CC status by the Kennel Club. She has judged the Hound Group, the Working Group and Pastoral Group at Crufts and in 2007 she had the prestigious honour of judging BIS. Her judging assignments have seen her travel extensively around the world and she has judged at many FCI World Dog Shows. She is keen on good conformation and fitness in all breeds. She is the only breeder outside Germany to be awarded the German Kennel Club (VDH) Baron Von Gingins medal for outstanding achievement in breeding Dachshunds to the correct type over many years. Zena is the Hound Group representative on the Kennel Club breed council.
C V Sudarsan
Judging EWC 2011 Section 2
C.V. Sudarsan began in the sport of pure-bred dogs over 35 years ago, exhibiting and breeding Pugs, Dachshunds and Beagles. He has since bred and exhibited successfully in a number of other breeds and is currently committed to his Dobermans, Whippets, and Pugs under the Magic Million prefix.
His kennel has produced three Dogs of the Year, two Reserve Dogs of the Year, and two Dogs the Year Bred in India. His dogs have also won Puppy of the Year and he has been awarded Breeder of the Year. C.V.holds the distinction of being the first and the only exhibitor in India to have won all the five major trophies instituted by the Kennel Club of India.
An FCI All-breed International judge since 1984, C.V. has judge at every show of all the registered clubs in India and has judged at the most prestigious shows across all five continents. He has judged a number of Breed Club Specialties around the world, the Contest of Champions in the UK, the FCI World Dog Show in Mexico and Bratislava in Slovakia and FCI Section Shows including the 2011 European Dog Show in the Netherlands. Forthcoming assignments include the European Dog Show in 2012 and World Dog Show in 2013. C.V.’s association with the Kennel Club of India dates back to more than three decades. He is secretary of the Kennel Club of India and editor of the Indian Kennel Gazette. He is on the panel of the Asian Kennel Union and FCI Judges been on the Executive Committee for the last 25 years. He is also the Vice President of the Doberman Pinscher Club of India, and the President of the Great Dane Club of India.
Dr Tamas Jakkel (Hungary)
Judging EWC 2011 Section 4
Dr. Tamas Jakkel has spent many years involved in the world of dogs. Initially as a breeder and exhibitor of English Cocker Spaniels, and smooth, standard, and miniature Dachshunds, since 1972. He has made up more than 150 FCI International champions including many FCI World and FCI European Winners.
With much breeding and show ring success to his credit he started his judging career in 1984. He is now an FCI International All breed Judge having judged in over 50 countries and on all five Continents. His assignments have included prestigious FCI World Dog Shows & FCI Section Shows and Championship Shows in the United Kingdom, Canada, and the United States of America and assignments at the eminent Royal shows in Australia. He has also judged many breed club specialties around the world.
Dr Tamas Jakkel has been President of the Hungarian Spaniel Association for 20 years and the President of the Hungarian Kennel Club judges’ board for 10 years. He is past Vice-President of the FCI Judges’ Commission and past Vice-President of the FCI European Section. Currently he is a member of FCI General Committee serving since his election in 2009.