smoothly and it did. Lisa’s attention to detail, her calmness and her kindness to everyone was breathtaking. If, as a
judge, you want to be well looked after, go to Denmark! May I tell you my room boasted its own private sauna (!) with a
vase of beautiful white roses on the coffee table along with a dish of perfect strawberries. When I first saw the suite
I said the show could go on without me – I’d stay and enjoy the weekend in my room, thank you very much!
But of course I didn’t. The weekend’s events
included – on the Saturday - a very interesting and
thought-provoking seminar on "Genetics and
hereditary diseases" given by Dr. Helle Proschowsky,
PhD. There was a river cruise and an excursion to
the home of Hans Christian Anderson - this year
being the 200th anniversary of the birth of the
famous storyteller. Of course, there was the usual
and much-anticipated Golf Tournament, won by Barbara
Mueller from Switzerland. There were obedience
trials, with Hans Ove Pedersen and Laila Larsen
officiating. And clicker training for fun went on
all day in the park.
The casual dinner on the Saturday evening featured prime rib of beef and we were treated to a Line Dancing display as dessert.
Many visitors learned a new dance that evening with a few hangovers next day to prove it!
And then it was show day! There was wet weather accommodation planned but with the weather forecast looking very encouraging,
the committee cancelled the hall a few days before. On the day before the show, it rained but our Danish friends must have
been very good girls and boys all year, because show day arrived with glorious sunshine, just a hint of a breeze – perfection.
The showground was a sight to behold. Two enormous rings, lots of attractive tents and enormous bowls of gorgeous flowers on
tall stands – and a red carpet for the judges’ entrance with a fanfare of trumpets to herald our arrival. The Lord Mayor of
Nyborg opened the show – and so we were off….
Jesper Ravn acted as my superb ring steward and Klaus Andersen patiently typed up the reports. These two were such fun to work
with all day. Thank you.
The microphone was manned by Ole Staunskjær who kept everyone entertained with his chat. Ole has been a supporter of the
OES Club of Denmark through the 40 years of its existence. Incidentally, he will be judging BIS at Windsor this year.
Overall comments on the dogs: Lack of correct rise to loin was the most noticeable problem within the entry. There were far
too many lacking this very necessary breed characteristic. Many dogs were weak in rear action and there were also a number of
dogs who lacked any depth to body. On the positive side, I found some superb heads with good stops and excellent wide
forefaces with correct bites. Coats were mixed – some of good quality, some too soft and a few needing to clear in colour. Eye
colour was pretty much acceptable with only a few tending to a medium brown eye. And of course I loved my winners.
The system in Denmark is a little different to elsewhere. In the first place, we start with the Champion class. In that class
and each subsequent class, the judge can award what is known as a CK which means the dog is considered worthy of champion
status. All dogs with a CK – however many - go thru to the final class of the day, the Best Male and the Best Female class –
there are 4 placings in these final classes. It would sound to be confusing when you can have quite a few dogs from each class
in the ring, but in practice it isn’t at all.
Best Male Class:
1. and BIS: DJCH DCHVDH
Big Funny Flashy Fineness
Open class winner. Bred in Hungary, living in Germany, this stunning male is sired by the well-known Ch. Reata’s A1, a
previous Euro-OES-Show BIS winner. He is a very well-made dog with nice head, excellent bone and depth to body, good
topline, excellent angulation front and rear, so balanced throughout and was shown in profuse coat. He commanded the
ring, beautifully made in all departments, a super mover when viewed from any direction, a real stallion of a dog. I
couldn’t look past his overall style and masculinity – just loved him.
2.ICH ECH LCH INTCH
Manrose Power of Love
. 2nd in Open class. A beautiful slightly smaller male, so typy, good mover, really
covering the ground. He has an excellent head with good stop, good wide foreface. Beautifully made throughout with good
angulation, good topline and shown in excellent coat. Beautifully presented by these well-known Swiss breeders, he is sired by
Ch. Hibray Action Replay from the UK out of their Vigilat’s champion bitch, bred in Holland.
3.DKCH NCH SCH NORDCH DCHVDH INTCH KLBV02 DKKV02 DKKV03 DKKV04 KBHV03 UVV02
Danish Delight Formula One
Winner of the Champion
class. Super headed dog with good skull, good wide foreface, correct bite, fully pigmented eyes. Excellent bone, depth to body
and spring of rib, good angulation and a good strong mover. A stylish balanced masculine dog who just needs to clear in coat
4.FINCH INTCH FINW04 LvW00
Sent through by Ray from the Senior class. Such a beautifully balanced dog
with everything in order. Good angles, masculine and typy and shown in profuse coat. He moved beautifully, really filled the
eye – lovely presentation.
Best Female Class:
1. and Reserve BIS.
Rapunzel Von Den Blue Zottel`s
. A beautiful bitch who topped this excellent class
and the quality Open class she won earlier. Excellent head with good stop, full pigmentation. She has good bone and depth to
body. A super free mover, she’s lovely to handle and presentation was first class. Shown in good quality coat. In the
challenge, she complimented the male so well. I’ve always loved what this talented German breeder produces.
2. LCH DCHVDH ACH CHCH INT CH
Argovian Cherry Blossom
. Winner of the Champion class. Beautiful feminine bitch – so pretty.
Stunning head, good stop with excellent wide foreface. She has a good front and rear with good depth to body and covered the
ground well. Beautifully shown and presented, she exudes breed type. She has an English sire, Krisendaw, with Multichampion
Pennylane Love’n Kisses from Switzerland as her mother.
Helga Hufflepuff from Beautiful Highland
. 2nd in the Open class and close up in style to the winner, just slightly
bigger. Super to handle and, as always, beautifully presented from this successful kennel. She has a good head with good
strong foreface, good bite, nice dark eyes. Good bone, depth to body and good spring of rib. Excellent topline. Good
angulation and a super mover when viewed from any angle, really reaching out. Shown in profuse coat of good texture which
needs to clear a little in colour. Sired by a Barkshire import from the US.
4. FCH ICH DCH VDH NLCH CHCH ACH INTCH
Bobbington Kiss Curl
. Sent thru by Ray from the Senior class, this nine and a half year
old beautiful English-bred little bitch is an old favourite of mine. She’s won pretty much everything going in her career,
including Best Bitch at Crufts some years ago. I’ve judged her before and she can still move with the best of them. Shown in
beautiful coat, she exudes femininity and breed type and more than deserved this placing in a strong Best Female class. Super
to see her again. Royally bred, she is sired by Ch. Bobbington Latin Lover out of a Lamedazottel’s champion bitch.
The Gala Dinner at the Euro-ows is always a great event and so it was in Denmark - this year it was a ‘Fairytale’ dinner
in honour of Hans Christian Anderson. I’ve never before seen waiters flicking fairy dust on to each guest – how we all
sparkled that night! The tables were strewn with flowers and every guest received a super gift of a charming little wooden
bobtail on wheels. The beautifully designed menus were ours to keep as a memento of the evening and the truly delicious food
that was to follow – the presentation was stunning; something the Danes are very good at in their superb cuisine. In fact, we
were not only celebrating the 18th Euro-OES-Show but also the 40th anniversary of the Danish OES Club so the champagne and the
wine and the speeches flowed.
This year the Euro-OES-Show committee announced there was to be a silver pin given – at this show and in future - to the
‘person who has contributed more than usual to the positive image of the Euro-OES-Show’ and it was no surprise to learn that
this year’s recipient was Lisa Thielfoldt Nielsen.
As usual there were some marvellous cabarets, including one from Holland with Rosemarie Wibier, as a mysterious cleaning lady,
keeping us all in fits of laughter. Ray and I decided it would be a fun for the judges to entertain the exhibitors and visitors
for a change – and so we did ‘We’re a Couple of Swells’ from Easter Parade. All right - we may not be Fred Astaire and Judy
Garland, even tho we sported the requisite tramps’ outfits and top hats, but it seemed to go down very well and we thoroughly
enjoyed ourselves. Future Crufts/Euro-OES-Show judges, you have been warned! Get your dancing shoes on and get rehearsing! I do
believe we’ve set a precedent…Mind you, you might need the skills of Angie Owen as choreographer.
We all sang the now famous Euro-OES-Show song and the finale was, as always, the serenading of the winning breeder and owner of
the BIS dog – always a moving moment as we wave our arms - this year we waved sparklers - and sung our hearts out. Every year I
tell myself I won’t cry and every year I do!
Throughout the evening we had a super band and I hear dancing went on to the small hours – nothing unusual at a Euro-OES-Show.
I can’t finish without mentioning the rest of the Danish team who, alongside Lisa, worked so hard to make this, the 18th
Euro-OES-Show, the tremendous success it was. President of the Danish OES Club, Johnny Nielsen along with Bendte –
Gyrithe, Tina, Malene, Marianne and of course Birgitte Schjøth.
I’d also like to thank all the exhibitors who gave me the pleasure and honour of handling their dogs. Thank you.
So finally, it’s time to say goodbye and a last big thank you to Denmark for a job they did so very well. Now we say -
‘See you in Italy, where we’ll be gathering at Mantova, Lake Garda on the weekend of 3-4 June 2006 for a weekend of
and Art in Italy
Fino ad allora, Italia!