If we look back in history, no show in Belgium has changed more often than the one organized by the club of Moldernete, held in Lommel. For several years the show was held in the ice rink at Mol, a town close to Holland. But that was not the most convenient place. Most rings had to be placed outside. There was always the risk of rain spoiling the weekend, and when it was warm, there was hardly any shade to find shelter.
But then, some 10 years ago, the show moved to Lommel, a town not too far away. There was a new sports arena, big enough to have a one-day show. But this show became bigger too, and some rings had to be in open air, again with the risk of summer showers. Fortunately rain has never caused too much problem in the past. In Belgium we are not used to open air shows at all and that can affect the entry number for shows like this. But for Moldernete it was not such a big issue as it was an open show for a long time, a low level show without a championship title, but therefore a lot cheaper, ideal to test young dogs.
Last year had a record entry of 1,353 dogs and that was a little too much for one day. The halls were too small to hold that many dogs, causing stress. Suppose it would rain the whole weekend? That would be a disaster. The committee was well aware of that and did not want to risk a drop in entries, and so it was decided to have the show over two days in the future. This year was the first time, and it was very much appreciated.
The committee’s ambition was to match this record again and it succeeded – almost – with another top entry of 1,342 dogs. Next year we can expect probably more entries, as I presume many exhibitors hesitated and preferred to wait for the comments on this drastic change. I can provide assurance that it was positively welcomed by the majority of exhibitors. Not one ring was outside, but the gate was open so people could walk around outside. This area is cozy compared to the rather dark interior of the halls. Although when the sun turned to the east in the afternoon there was enough soft daylight inside to photograph without flash in the main ring – a real luxury! For next year, the organizers plan to revise the layout of the rings to make them somewhat larger, especially for the large breeds.
This show is only a CAC (Certificat d’Aptitude au Championnat or Certificate of Aptitude to the National Beauty Contest) show, yet it has a lot of international radiation. Close to the borders of Holland, the 862 Belgian exhibitors could welcome no fewer than 307 entries from across the border. Germany had 75 entries and France, 69. Surprisingly, there were 18 entries from the United Kingdom, seven from Luxemburg, three from Denmark and even one entry from Australia!
The panel of judges was even more diverse. They were 17 all together representing nine European nationalities. Eight judges were from Belgium, and this has a reason. This show is a strong promoter of new judges offering them the possibilities to make a start of their career. It is not easy to be invited to judge a CAC for the first time, as there are not many any longer. This year there were two first-timers. Mrs. Carine Swysen judged all the Dachshunds on Saturday and had a very nice entry of 54 dogs, which is really very good for a show of this size in Belgium. The second was Mr. Bart Vandaele who judged on Sunday and had also a good entry. He judged the Border Collies and had 28 specimens to compare.
On Saturday, two judges were kept pretty busy. Mrs. Tina Peixoto from Portugal judged Retrievers, 74 in total. The Golden Retrievers were the best scoring breed of that day. She had 41. Top scoring judge of Saturday was Mr. Des Manton from Ireland. He had a total of 99 dogs. He thanked this success to the popularity of the English Bulldogs that turned up with 40 specimens. On Sunday he had 59 dogs to judge. Mr. Augustin Ionescu from Romania had a very relaxing day on Saturday when he had only 28 dogs, but on Sunday he accepted to judge 148 dogs, all of Group 5. He didn’t want to give some breeds to another judge as he found this not fair toward the exhibitors who entered their dogs to be judged by him in particular. With the help of extra ring stewards, he managed to finish his job within the scheduled time.
On both days the main ring started well in time and ended comfortably early before 6 p.m., and that was very much appreciated and proof that everything went smoothly. If the main ring program takes too long, the public loses interest, especially if children came along.
Mrs. Liliane De Ridder-Onghena, one of our all-rounders, was granted the honor to line up the 10 Group winners. The three podium places were all for dogs that were on term on Sunday. Her third place went to Bouvier des Flandres Belordeal Louwik, a 1-year old dog that was entered in Junior class, bred by Buysse-Costermans and owned by Mr. Peter Aerts, all from Belgium. He was the favorite of judge D. Carsten from Denmark who judged the breed. Mr. Wieldaaijer from Holland approved this and gave him his Group ticket for the finals. The second place was taken by a Dutch Lhasa Apso Deelane Zaar Too Busy. It is an American dog bred by Madeleine Lewis, the only dog of its breed at this show and entered in Champion class at the age of 6. Deelane was judged by Mr. J. F. Vanaken from Belgium for the breed judging, as well as for the Group judging later on in the main ring.
Mr. De Vadder from Belgium was suddenly wide awake when Mrs. De Ridder sent him to first place. The day before he went to a marriage party and slept not even two hours in order to be in time for the show. His 5-year-old male Bloodhound (called Chien de Saint Hubert in Belgium and named after the monastery in the Ardennes where this breed was created since the ninth century) Hector Of Lufon Royal Pride, won the breed under Mr. Peixoto from Portugal. He is proudly bred and owned by Mr. De Vadder himself. It was only a few weeks ago that he managed to win BIS at the show of Wieze that was on the very same date as the World Show in Budapest.
Next year you will probably be able to see Hector here in Lommel again. I am confident that there will be more entries then, now that this first two-day edition was very much appreciated. Take note of the date in your agenda, June 7 and 8, 2014. See you there!
Results are provided by Karl Donvil. A complete listing of Group winners appears below and at www.dogshowsonline.be
Karl Donvil lives in Belgium, where he is a freelance photographer and reporter specializing in dogs. He founded the World Dog Press Association in 2001 and is the current CEO. He is a member of the editorial board of the FCI newsletter and covers shows throughout Europe, including Crufts and the World Dog Show.
Main Ring Results – Lommel 2013
Group 1 – Sheepdogs and Cattle Dogs, except Swiss Cattle Dogs
Judge Mr. E. Wieldraaijer, Netherlands
1st: Bouvier des Flandres Belordeal Louwik, owned by Peter Aerts, Belgium
2nd: Smooth Collie Gallant Darya Happy Magic Star, owned by De Feijter, Netherlands
3rd: Briard Aurelie Le Beau Voyou, owned by Snoeks-Gijsemans, Bangladesh
Group 2 – Pinschers and Schnauzers, Molossoids and Swiss Mountain Dogs
Judge Mr. V. Van Raamsdonk, Belgium
1st: Chinese Shar-Pei Jade East Catch Me If You Can, owned by Minne, Netherlands
2nd: Bernese Mountain Dog Berner-Emmas Ebony Exception, owned by Thomas Dielentheis, Germany
3rd: Leonberger Jommeke from Yellows Garden, owned by Bauwens-Roobrouck, Belgium
Group 3 – Terrier
Judge Mrs. L. De Ridder, Belgium
1st: American Staffordshire Terrier Carmichaels Sex Appeal, owned by Verhorevoort, Netherlands
2nd: West Highland White Terrier Happy Hero of Nightingale, owned by Rossbrei, Germany
3rd: Norwich Terrier Ragus Jazz King, owned by Schram, Netherlands
Group 4 – Dachshunds
Judge Mrs. C. Swysen, Belgium
1st: Miniature Smooth Dachshund Vityaza V Tugrovoy Shkure Iz Mishkinogo Doma, owned by Lewantowitsch, Germany
2nd: Rabbit Smooth Dachshund Benjamin Blumhen Iz Mishkinogo Doma, owned by Stefanie Doering, Germany
3rd: Standard Wirehaired Dachshund Ilka Van De Nerendijck, owned by Vermeiren, Belgium
Group 5 – Spitz and Primitive Types
Judge Mr. A. Ionescu, Romania
1st: Akita Dynamic Force Sharp Dressed Man, owned by Huls, Netherlands
2nd: Siberian Husky Chinanook’s Jack, owned by Gwen Guillaume, Belgium
3rd: Basenji Akmer Queen Ankhesenamun, owned by Steele, United Kingdom
Group 6 – Scenthounds
Judge Mrs. L. De Ridder, Belgium
1st: Bloodhound Hector Of Lufon Royal Pride, owned by De Vadder-Van Buggenhout, Belgium
2nd: Dalmatian Perfect Kiss Of Duke’s Proud, owned by Hertogh, Netherlands
3rd: Rhodesian Ridgeback Jockular Lady Leandra, owned by Coppens-Janssens, Netherlands
Group 7 – Pointers and Setters
Judge Mrs. T. Urek, Slovenia
1st: Vizsla Alfa Pogo Joey, owned by Geens, Belgium
2nd: Weimaraner Grey Classics I Kick Azz, owned by Lenaerts, Belgium
3rd: German Wirehaired Pointer Vicomte v/d Tuindershof, owned by Verheugt- Meyer, Netherlands
Group 8 – Retrievers, Flushing Dogs and Water Dogs
Judge Mrs. T. Peixoto, Portugal
1st: Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Gowan Of Great Pleasure, owned by Bogaerts, Belgium
2nd: Golden Retriever Hayissa Of Cay’s Happiness, owned by Biesbrouck-Vermeersch, Belgium
3rd: Clumber Spaniel Bears Bay Full Speed To Cape Lewisporte, owned by Counotte-De Vree, Belgium
Group 9 – Companion and Toy Dogs
Judge Mr. J. F. Vanaken, Belgium
1st: Lhasa Apso Deelayne Zaar To Busy, owned by Lewis, Netherlands
2nd: Lowchen Royalgrowl Bruno Mars, owned by Vansteelant-Benoit, Belgium
3rd: Pekingese Vannity Guillaume The Conqueror, owned by Lasero, France
Group 10 – Sighthounds
Judge Mrs. T. Urek, Slovenia
1st: Saluki Elamir Amar, owned by Wybou, Belgium
2nd: Afghan Hound Figaro Del Ghyryo, owned by Chapelle Donni, Belgium
3rd: Irish Wolfhound Kilmara Of First Avenue, owned by Janssens, Belgium