Eukanuba World Challenge 2011
Eukanuba World Challenge 2011
Qualifying Event at the FCI World Dog Show - Paris
For the third successive year, Eukanuba pledges another dynamic Eukanuba World Challenge Qualifying Event, which will be hosted at the FCI World Dog Show, in Paris, France on Saturday 9th July.
Jose Luis Ibanez, Eukanuba European Breeder Manager says, “This exciting annual event continues to develop year on year. The breeders, exhibitors and owners with their excellent dogs enjoy this great opportunity to compete for a place at the magnificent Eukanuba World Challenge final in Orlando, Florida. This year we have invited an additional 2 FCI European member countries, bringing the total of this qualifying event to 21, thus increasing the opportunity for more dogs to participate in the Eukanuba World Challenge. Eukanuba provides extraordinary nutrition for extraordinary dogs and at the FCI World Dog Show we will see some of these great dogs perform in the Qualifying Event”.
The participating dogs from the 21 invited European countries will be prejudged in the afternoon by three renowned judges Miguel Angel Martiez (Argentina), Boris Chapiro (France) and Jose Homem De Mello (Portugal). The judges will examine and award points to each dog. Upon completion of the prejudging these points will be added up, and will only be revealed later in the main ring events programme.
All of the participating dogs and the three judges will be invited into the main ring later in the day, this presentation is scheduled to take place during the main ring event programme. Based on the points, 9 successful dogs will be selected and go forward for consideration by AKC Chairman and highly respected judge, Ron Menaker. He will choose three winning dogs, in no particular order, who will be afforded the opportunity to travel on an all expenses paid trip courtesy of Eukanuba, to compete in one of the four non geographical sections at the Eukanuba World Challenge 2011 final hosted by the AKC / Eukanuba National Championships in Orlando, Florida on 17th & 18th December.
These three winning dogs from the Qualifying Event will undoubtedly enjoy good company with over 40 of the World’s Top Winning dogs, all of whom will be competing fervently in Orlando for the title Eukanuba World Challenge Champion 2011 along with the prize money of $10,000. The first runner up and the runner up will each be awarded $3,000 and $2,000 respectively.
For further information on the Eukanuba World Challenge visit www.eukanubaworldchallenge.com
Qualifying Event Judges
Boris Chapiro (France)
Boris has been involved in the world of dogs since the mid 70’s. The first breeds he became involved with were Dobermans and Rottweilers, before truly establishing himself within the American Staffordshire Terriers fraternity under the kennel name “Nevsky Perspective”.
He successfully bred and exhibited them for 20 years, with a large number of dogs bred by him gaining many Champion titles across the European territories as well as gaining International Champion status. For the past five years, Boris, in partnership with his wife, has been breeding Standard Apricot Poodles under the “Iz Volzhskoy Serenady kennel name, once again gaining tremendous success making up multiple Champions, World and European Winners throughout many European Countries.
Boris’ is a well recognised FCI judge with many high profile judging assignments already completed in countries across Europe including France, Russia, Finland, Belgium, Luxembourg, Ireland, Italy, Slovakia, Czech Republic , Portugal, Spain, Slovenia, Latvia, Lithuania, Gibraltar, Germany Serbia, Belorussia and overseas assignments include Canada. Currently he judges breeds in FCI Group 1, 2,3,5,6,9 &10 however by the beginning of 2012 he will have gained his FCI All Breeds status. This is his first FCI World Dog Assignment and he says of the Eukanuba World Challenge assignments “It is a great honour for me to be one of the judges for the Eukanuba World Challenge Qualifying Event here in Paris. I am very much looking forward to seeing and judging many top- quality show dogs in one ring during my judging assignment. Thank you to the S.C.C. and to Eukanuba for giving me this wonderful opportunity.
Jose Homen de Mello (Portugal)
A breeder, exhibitor and judge, Jose’s vast success and experience in the world of dogs is extensive and well documented. He was fortunate enough to be born into a Portuguese family that had always owned dogs, namely Estrela Mountain Dogs and Boxers but his life-long passion has always been for Basset Hounds, a breed he has owned and exhibited since 1980.
A renowned breeder and exhibitor, dogs’ sporting his “dos Sete Moinhos” kennel name have won many prestigious awards; in excess of 110 Best In Shows, more than 60 Reserve BIS, and 348 Best In Group 6 winners, 11 FCI World Winners and 5 FCI European Winners in various countries, including winning the prestigious FCI World Dog Show in Brussels in 1995 with the highly acclaimed “Ch. Humphrey dos Sete Moinhos”. His breeding program began in 1984, to date he has bred dogs who have gained Champion status in more than 15 countries. Several of those dogs have gained Top Dog status in a number of countries, including Portugal.
A recognized FCI judge; he awards BIS, judges all breeds in Group 4, 5,6,8 & 10 plus several breeds in Group 1 & 2. His judging assignments have seen him judge in countries around the world including having the great honour of officiating at the UK Basset Hound Club Championship show in 2010 and Basset Hound Club of Southern California Show in 2005.
Currently the President of the Portuguese Basset Hound Club, he has served as a member of the Portuguese Kennel Club Board of Directors and several Portuguese Kennel club committees.
Jose, who had the great fortune of representing his country in the 2010 Eukanuba World Challenge says “I am very much looking forward to this assignment and to be able to select some very worthy dogs at the World Dog Show Qualifying Event for consideration to compete in the USA. The level of competition at the final event, this year in Florida, sees some of the world’s top dogs competing at this very prestigious event, the Eukanuba World Challenge”.
Miguel Angel Martinez (Argentina)
A globally celebrated, amiable, “larger than life” character in the world of dogs, Miguel started his life-long association with and his passion for dogs from the young age of eight, when he was gifted his very first Pointer from his father.
He was enchanted with life in dogs and began exhibiting in 1968 making up many noted Champions, Grand Champions and World Winners along the way, through his famous “Crehuatun” Kennel of Sporting dogs. One of his famous Hungarian Vizslas remained undefeated throughout its breed ring show career, gaining 60 Best Of Breeds in succession; never having been defeated in the breed ring and was retired after some seven years as the best. In addition to breeding and showing Vizslas, Miguel enjoyed tremendous success with the breeding and campaigning of his Pointers, Doberman’s and Setters as well as his Vizslas.
After much show ring success, Miguel’s judging career commenced and it has taken him around the world several times over, seeing him visit most countries numerous times in all continents. He has judged at many FCI World Dog Shows and was the President of the FCI 2005 World Dog Show, Buenos Aires. An FCI all breeds judge who embraces each assignment with great enthusiasm in his inimitable style.
Currently, Miguel is a member of the FCI’s General Committee, since being elected by the General Assembly in 1995 and he is the President of the Americas and Caribbean Section. Also, he is the current President of the Federación Cinológica Argentina.”
Familiar with the Eukanuba World Challenge, having judged a section at the inaugural event in 2007, Miguel is pleased to be part of the judges’ team selecting dogs to go forward for consideration to be given the opportunity to compete in Florida. Miguel says “The competition at the final Eukanuba World Challenge event in America is very strong, we should only send through the very best. I am looking forward to this judging assignment and selecting some excellent dogs.”
Ronald H. Menaker, Chairman
Akc Board Of Directors (USA)
Ron Menaker has enjoyed a very active involvement within the sport of purebred dogs for more than four decades, encompassing all aspects of it.
Firstly as a breeder/exhibitor/owner and currently, for more than the past 10 years, in an official capacity, culminating his years of experience and honed leadership skills, as Chairman of the AKC Board of Directors. He first served on the AKC Board from 1996 to 1998. Elected again in 2000, he became Vice Chairman in 2001 and has served as Chairman since March 2002. He is the longest serving Chairman in the 125 plus year history of the AKC.
Starting out as a breeder and exhibitor of Giant Schnauzers, Bedlington Terriers, and Norfolk Terriers, he continued his interest and developed his knowledge in many other breeds; he is deeply involved in many breed and all-breed clubs, dedicating his time in various capacities.
As a member of the Bedlington Terrier Club of America, Ron has held positions as President, Director, AKC Delegate, and Show Chairman. Additionally, he is a member of the Giant Schnauzer Club of America and the Border Terrier Club of America. He is the Show Chairman for the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship, past show chairman of the WKC show, and is an Honorary Member of The Kennel Club in England.
An AKC judge, Ron has judged at more than 200 AKC Conformation shows.
His many judging assignments have taken him across the country and around the world. He has judged at five FCI World Dog Shows and is currently approved to judge Best in Show, all Working breeds, all Sporting breeds, all Terrier breeds, and multiple other breeds.
In addition to his vast experience in purebred dogs, Ron also has extensive business experience, having served on the boards of several for-profit and not-for-profit organizations, including several New York Stock Exchange listed Corporations. Most recently, Menaker was the Managing Director and head of Corporate Services Worldwide for J.P. Morgan & Co., Inc. and the president of J.P. Morgan Services, where he was responsible for managing a $512 million budget and 1,100 employees.
Ron says “Having been involved with the Eukanuba World Challenge since its inception in 2007, I have witnessed the world class dogs who have competed in previous years’ events. I am delighted to have the opportunity to participate as a judge in this year’s qualifying event selecting the final three dogs who will participate in this prestigious competition”.