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Eukanuba World Challenge


Eukanuba, the global premium dog nutrition company; the FCI and AKC have announced the laun ch of the Eukanuba World Challenge 2008. The event is scheduled to take place on 13th and 14th December and will be hosted at the AKC / Eukanuba National Championships. This year there will be an additional 12 invited participating countries bringing the total up to 52 dogs.

Those 52 representing countries will be divided into four sections predicated on the geographical region. There will be four world renowned judges, one for each section, officiating at this prestigious event. Each section will be judged independently and three winners from each section will be selected to go on to the final Challenge. The excitement and anticipation will be intensified for spectators, breeders, owners and exhibitors alike as the 12 dogs go through to the final to compete for the coveted title and prize money. The 12 finalists will be presented in the Best In Show ring to the FCI President and all breed judge, Hans Muller. He will then select the ultimate winner, awarding the title of Eukanuba World Challenge Champion 2008 along with a beautiful trophy and prize money of $10,000, a runner up will be awarded $3,000 and a first runner up $2,000. The national kennel club of the ultimate winner will be presented with a recognition prize of $5,000.

A Eukanuba World Challenge panel discussion took place at the World Dog Show in Sweden on Friday 4th July followed by the draw to assign each European country to a section. It was exceptionally well attended by kennel club Presidents, photographers and journalists from around the world. Panel members were Michael Canalizo, Director AKC Event Management; Karl Reisinger, FCI Vice President and Eukanuba World Challenge Champion 2007 judge; Rafael De Santiago, FCI Treasurer and forthcoming judge at the Eukanuba World Challenge 2008 and Zbyszek Kalenik, Eukanuba External Relations Director. Lorna Hastings, who chaired the panel, addressed significant questions to the panel members which produced interesting and informative responses.

The European countries accounted for the largest section in 2007 and with the increase in participating countries for 2008, a collective decision was taken that the participating European countries are apportioned into two sections. A draw took place at the World Dog Show to determine which European countries would be assigned to Edd Bivin from the USA, judge for the Europe & Africa section 1 and Rafael De Santiago from Puerto Rico, judge for Europe & Africa section 2. The Hon. David Merriam, Vice Chairman of the AKC, was the adjudicator of the draw held at the Eukanuba World Challenge Press Briefing and Panel Discussion. He drew out the participating countries’ and announced the relevant section to which each country was assigned. The results as drawn on Friday 4th at the World Dog Show are as follows:

Section 1 - Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Ireland, Netherlands, Portugal, Russia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Kingdom, *Turkey.

Section 2 - *Bulgaria, * Cyprus, * Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Italy, *Luxembourg, Norway, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, South Africa.

*denotes new participating countries for 2008

For further information please contact Lorna Hastings or Zbyszek Kalenik