The heat is on - heading to California
Hundreds of spectators gathered around the Best In Show ring at the
WDS in Bratislava and watched with excitement the Qualifying Round of
the Eukanuba World Challenge taking place last Sunday.
Just before BIS judging, Jenny Hall’s Northgate’s As You Like it
from Sweden won the BIS title, the Eukanuba World Challenge qualifying
EWC heat took place. The three well known judges selected three
fantastic dogs to represent their countries in the forthcoming
Eukanuba World Challenge taking place in Long Beach this December.
The Eukanuba World Challenge has become a high profile event in the
three years since its inception. Hans Muller President of the FCI
commented “This qualifying heat is a welcome addition and an
important part of the competition and we are delighted that it is
being held at the FCI World Dog Show”.
Fifteen dogs representing their selected countries from around Europe
were presented to FCI all breed judges, Horst Kliebenstein from
Germany, Rui Oliveira from Portugal and Espen Engh from Norway who
initially selected nine dogs. These nine dogs were evaluated by FCI
all breed judge, Stefan Sinko. Ultimately he selected three finalists
in no particular order. These three dogs secured a place to compete
in one of the four non geographical sections at the Eukanuba World
Challenge 2009 in California in December.
The selected dogs were the greyhound Multi Ch Estet Classic Glamorous
from Estonia, owned by Olga Gorbatsjova & Oleg Galiakberov; the
Alaskan Malamute Multi Ch Sno Quest’s King of Landwood from Malta
owned by Denis Ciappara and Ivan Calleja and the Siberian Husky Mutli
Ch Tomika’s Northwest Passage from Slovenia owned by Maja Golob.
Zbyszek Kalenik, External Relations, Eukanuba says “We are looking
forward to seeing these three outstanding dogs compete in Long Beach
where they will join many other great top winning dogs at the Eukanuba
World Challenge 2009. Eukanuba is in an enviable position having a
partnership of excellence with the FCI the AKC and a working
relationship with many of the Kennel Clubs around the world. With the
working co-operation of these organisations the Eukanuba World
Challenge is established as a unique and major event in the world of
Many presidents and representatives of the Kennel Clubs were in
attendance at the World Dog Show including the AKC Chairman, Ron
Menaker said “The American Kennel Club is pleased to host the
Eukanuba World Challenge at the AKC / Eukanuba National Championships
and we are delighted with our partnership with the FCI and Eukanuba in
this outstanding event”.
At the Eukanuba/ FCI Judges dinner a lottery determining which
countries would be in each section was held. Ron Menaker and Hans
Muller had the honour of selecting and opening the small globes
containing the countries’ names. As each globe was opened a country
was revealed and placed in a section until all countries had been
The four section judges will be: Section One - Carla Molinari
(Portugal); Section Two - Greg Eva (South Africa); Section Three -
Roberto Velez-Pico (Puerto Rico) and Section Four - Sergio Lopes Meira
Section 1: Ireland, USA, Finland, South Africa, Winner of FCI European
Show, Slovakia, Mexico, South Korea, Estonia (European QD), Malta
(European QD) and Switzerland.
Section 2: Germany, France, Norway, Hungary, Spain, Australia,
Canada, Argentina, Portugal and Japan.
Section 3: Austria, Philippines, United Kingdom, Sweden, Winner FCI
Americas Show, Slovenia (European QD), China, New Zealand, Brazil and
Section 4: Puerto Rico, Winner FCI Asia Show, Czech Republic, Italy,
Belgium, Denmark, Russia, Taiwan, Uruguay and Netherlands.