Rony Doedijns writes about the recent Amsterdam Winner which was the last to be held at the Rai in Amsterdam
OUR DOGS asked Rony Doedijns to look back at the Winner Show.
Rony told us that they had very successful 2018 Show with nearly 5000 dogs were competing in all disciplines. The atmosphere was great and the teamspirit under the exhibitors, judges, stewards, partners and organisers was seen and felt. This show made history because it was the last edition in the RAI centre in Amsterdam. Since 1925 the Winner Show has been a customer of the exhibition centre. As a matter of fact the Winner Show is the oldest customer of the RAI organization. Three World Dog Shows were hosted in this centre and many of us dog breeders and handlers have made footsteps in the RAI during the years.The entry number for the 129th edition of the Amsterdam Winner Show was again lower than previous editions. Also trade stand holders and visitors did not get the expected numbers. The Amsterdam Winner Show is still the biggest canine event in The Netherlands and attracts thousands of visitors. "We need to change the concept and location" said show chairman & CEO of the Dutch Kennel Club Rony Doedijns.
"As a Kennel Club we need a yearly event as a title show for our breeds and breeders and also to show to the general public, the role of dogs in society. Working, sporting, dancing, showing, rescue, assistant dogs and all other activities you can do with mens best friend, the dog. We have very good conditions in renting the RAI centre but still the RAI is one of the leading show and exhibition centres in Europe and so are the fees and overall conditions.
Early in 2019 we will make the final decisions about the future of our Hond Event and the Amsterdam Winner Show"
See pages 22-24 of this week's issue for our Amsterdam Winners and Holland Cup coverage.