At the Champion Stakes final, Brando and his handler Glynn Payne competed against many other top winning dogs. Brando was the highest placed dog in the final six who met all the criteria offering him the opportunity represent the UK at the third consecutive annual Eukanuba World Challenge. The UK representative will compete in Section Three, as per the country section draw held at the World Dog Show last month. This section will be Judged by Roberto Velez Pico from Puerto Rico. Should Brando be fortunate enough to be one of three dogs selected in Section 3 he will go through to the final 12 which will be judged by world renowned judge Frank Sabella (USA). Thus Brando and Glynn would further be able to compete for the title Eukanuba World Challenge Champion 2009 along with the $10,000 prize money. In addition there is $5,000 awarded to the winning country’s Kennel Club.
Brando is a very international bulldog. Bred in Finland by Helena and Ari Hyvonen and owned by Tarja Jarvinen before coming to the UK where he resides with handler Glynn Payne partner Karina Le Mare from the world famous Helmlake Kennel. Glynn says “Brando is a great ambassador for the breed. He is a delightful dog with great affection for people, he adores children. He simply loves human contact. Highly intelligent, he is very intuitive and totally aware of what is going on around him all of the time.
He is fabulous to show but more than anything he is an absolute pleasure to live with”.
An illustrious show career to date, Brando, sired by Int. Fin. Rus. UKR S Ch Lav Epril Bomond ex dam Fin. DK S Ch Black Hope Peppermint, is a Multi BIS winner in Finland where he was Top Dog all breeds in 2008, he was European Winner 08, & 09 in Dublin where he was awarded Group 3. Last month he took the World Winner 09 title and was awarded Group 2 at the World Dog Show in Bratislava, handled by Glynn. In the UK, this year he has acquired 9 CC’s, 8 with BOB’s, 2 xG1, 2xG2 & 1x G4. He was BOS in Show at Windsor Ch show. Brando successfully gained his UK Champion title in three successive clubs show under three breed specialist judges. He is the first overseas dog to have won the Bulldog Club Incorporated Show which is the oldest dog club in the world.
Glynn commented on his imminent trip to the Eukanuba World Challenge “There is a great sense of pride in representing our country with our national breed, the bulldog. It will be an honour to represent the UK and be able to promote the Bulldog to a worldwide audience”.
Last year the UK was represented by the notable Mike Gadsby, Jason Lynn and their outstanding Standard Poodle, “Donny” Ch Am Ch Afterglow The Big Tease. They endorse the Eukanuba World Challenge and say “We wish Glynn and Brando all the best as they embark on this fantastic adventure. We are certain they will have as wonderful a time as we did and be great ambassadors of British dogdom. The AKC/Eukanuba National Championship show is a world-class event, and the World Challenge competition is unlike any other. Eukanuba truly goes above and beyond to support the purebred dog community and this opportunity is a prime example of that”.