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World News: American Scottie Tops 6,211 at Eurasia 2013

The second day of Russia’s biggest dog show weekend, Eurasia, had a total entry of 6,211 dogs, all judged on Sunday, March 24. Mostly the same dogs competed as the previous day, but the results were mostly different — not surprisingly, in view of the large entry and the diverse group of 66 judges, who came to Moscow from all over Europe and beyond. The total number of spectators was reported to be around 150,000.

The Best in Show-winning U.S. bred Scottish Terrier Ch. McVan’s To Russia With Love takes a victory lap on the second day of competition at Eurasia 2013. All photos courtesy of Lana Valoueva.

The Best in Show-winning U.S.-bred Scottish Terrier Ch. McVan’s To Russia With Love takes a victory lap on the second day of competition at Eurasia 2013. Photo by Lana Valoueva.

The only North American judges on the panel were Mike Macbeth from Canada and Burt Yamada from Southern California. Mike Macbeth felt the show was well and efficiently run, and the finals in the big ring were beautifully presented, with music accompanying the finals judging. “A huge TV screen was facing the audience so they could see close-ups of the dogs being judged. Interestingly, there were commercials for a number of competing dog food companies in between the Groups.

“Although we were told we would not have more than 100 dogs each day to judge, quite a few judges had more than that, and as we only had three-and-a-half to four-and-a-half hours to judge them, the written critiques [which are obligatory at most FCI shows] had to be shorter than usual. The critiques were dictated to a steward who then translated them into Russian.

“The Russian dogs are beautiful! Certain breeds are particularly good: the Black Russian Terriers (naturally), Kerry Blues and Scottish Terriers, Yorkshire Terriers, Dachshunds and Alaskan Malamutes are examples. The native Russian breeds had their own competition in the finals, and it was interesting to see breeds that few of us had encountered before.

“The hospitality was second to none and included a visit to Yar, the legendary nightclub that has hosted famous and infamous personalities as disparate as Rasputin and Stalin, Indira Gandhi and Arnold Schwarzenegger.”

In spite of the lack of American judges, the influence from both the U.S. and Canada was strongly felt among the winners. Best in Show, judged by Horst Kliebenstein of Germany, went to the U.S.-imported Scottish Terrier, Ch. McVan’s To Russia With Love. ‘Knopa,’ as she is also known, was bred in the Pacific Northwest by Vandra Huber and Michael Krolewski, and is owned by Marina Khenkina in Russia. Knopa is sired by Ch. Land Rose JP All Right out of Ch. McVan’s Fire Starter, and has an AKC champion title to her credit as well as top wins in Russia. Knopa has produced winning offspring, which have been imported to the U.S. from Russia.

Runner-up BIS was a Maltese, Ch. Cinecittá Diane Lane, owned by Franco Prosperi in Italy. Third in the BIS finale was the Labrador Retriever who had won BIS the previous day, Ch. Etu Asti Mondora, owned by Elena Akimova of Ukraine. ‘Etu’ was one of only two dogs to repeat their Group wins from the previous day; the other was the Beagle Ch. Varinhouse Eashly Lucky Choice.

The winners of the 10 Groups, with some added information when available, were:

FCI Group 1

Judge Norman Deschuymere of Belgium awarded Group 1 to the Schipperke Ch. Beachview’s Snowstorm, imported from the U.S., an AKC champion, bred by Carol Gundel Falk and John Penatello, sired by Ch. Raffinee Ready T’Rumble out of Ch. De Lamer Pink Flamingo.

Judge Norman Deschuymere of Belgium awarded Group 1 to the Schipperke Ch. Beachview’s Snowstorm, imported from the U.S., an AKC champion bred by Carol Gundel Falk and John Penatello, sired by Ch. Raffinee Ready T’Rumble out of Ch. De Lamer Pink Flamingo. Photo by Lana Valoueva.

FCI Group 2

Judge Christina Rossier of Switzerland found her Group 2 winner in the Giant Schnauzer Ch. Gently Born Domingo. Russian Schnauzers are world famous; ‘Domingo’ is mostly of native breeding for several generations, the result of a half-brother/sister combination, with both parents sired by Ch. Gently Born Chaikovsky.

Judge Christina Rossier of Switzerland found her Group 2 winner in the Giant Schnauzer Ch. Gently Born Domingo. Russian Schnauzers are world famous; ‘Domingo’ is mostly of native breeding for several generations, the result of a half-brother-sister combination, with both parents sired by Ch. Gently Born Chaikovsky. Photo by Lana Valoueva.

FCI Group 3

The Best in Show-winning U.S.-bred Scottie Ch. McVan’s To Russia With Love with Group judge Paul Stanton from Sweden.

The Best in Show-winning U.S.-bred Scottie Ch. McVan’s To Russia With Love with Group judge Paul Stanton from Sweden. Photo by Lana Valoueva.

FCI Group 4

Judge Åke Cronander of Sweden judged Group 4 and awarded first to the Longhaired Dachshund Imperator S Vishnevoy Roshi.

Judge Åke Cronander of Sweden judged Group 4 and awarded first to the Longhaired Dachshund Imperator S Vishnevoy Roshi. Photo by Lana Valoueva.

FCI Group 5

Judge Chantal Mery of France awarded Group 5 to the Alaskan Malamute Gold of Maya Cowboy. Although born and bred in Russia from mostly European breeding, ‘Cowboy’ is a grandson of the American dog Ch. Storm Kloud’s Hhudson Icy Wind.

Judge Chantal Mery of France awarded Group 5 to the Alaskan Malamute Gold of Maya Cowboy. Although born and bred in Russia from mostly European breeding, ‘Cowboy’ is a grandson of the American dog Ch. Storm Kloud’s Hhudson Icy Wind. Photo by Lana Valoueva.

FCI Group 6

Beagle Ch. Varinhouse Eashly Lucky Choice, runner-up to BIS the previous day, won Group 6 again, this time under judge Karl Reisinger from Austria.

Beagle Ch. Varinhouse Eashly Lucky Choice, runner-up to BIS the previous day, won Group 6 again, this time under judge Karl Reisinger from Austria. Photo by Lana Valoueva.

FCI Group 7

Judge Hana Ahrens of Austria awarded the Group to English Setter Ch. Set’r Ridge’s Straight Flush. Imported from the U.S. and co-bred by Melissa Newman and Kathy Rodriguez, ‘Omaha’ is a BIS winner in Russia and titled in Slovenia, Belarus, Ukraine, Latvia and Estonia as well.

Judge Hana Ahrens of Austria awarded the Group to English Setter Ch. Set’r Ridge’s Straight Flush. Imported from the U.S. and co-bred by Melissa Newman and Kathy Rodriguez, ‘Omaha’ is a BIS winner in Russia and titled in Slovenia, Belarus, Ukraine, Latvia and Estonia as well. Photo by Lana Valoueva.

FCI Group 8

Third in the BIS finale, Labrador Retriever Ch. Etu Asti Mondoro, the previous day’s BIS winner, judged in the Group by Hannele Yokisilta of Finland.

Third in the BIS finale, Labrador Retriever Ch. Etu Asti Mondoro, the previous day’s BIS winner, judged in the Group by Hannele Yokisilta of Finland. Photo by Lana Valoueva.

FCI Group 9

Runner-up to BIS, Maltese Ch. Cinecittá Diane Lane from Italy, judged in the Group by Mexico’s José Luis Payro.

Runner-up to BIS, Maltese Ch. Cinecittá Diane Lane from Italy, judged in the Group by Mexico’s José Luis Payro. Photo by Lana Valoueva.

FCI Group 10

Judge Jean-Louis Grünheid of France awarded the Group to the Borzoi Ch. Metelitsa Volshebniy Viking. Born and bred in Russia, ‘Viking’ descends from mostly Finnish breeding but also carries some Russian lines all the way back to pre-revolutionary native dogs.

Judge Jean-Louis Grünheid of France awarded the Group to the Borzoi Ch. Metelitsa Volshebniy Viking. Born and bred in Sweden, ‘Viking’ descends from mostly Finnish breeding but also carries some Russian lines all the way back to pre-revolutionary native dogs. Photo by Lana Valoueva.

In addition to the usual competitions for Best Baby, Puppy, Junior and Veteran, there were also brace, team and breeders competitions, and even a separate contest for “Best Provisionally Approved Breed by FCI.” This was judged by Russia’s Dmitri Trofimov and won by a Phantom (black-and-tan) Toy Poodle named Improvizacija Dlya Severnovo Stilya. Apparently the Russian Kennel Federation offers classes at its shows for both black-and-tan and harlequin (particolor) Poodles, but these “new” color varieties have been met by protests from more traditional FCI countries.

Best Provisionally Approved Breed by FCI

“Best Provisionally Approved Breed by FCI” was won by a Phantom (black-and-tan) Toy Poodle, Improvizacija Dlya Severnovo Stilya. The judge was Dmitri Trofimov of Russia.

“Best Provisionally Approved Breed by FCI” was won by a Phantom (black-and-tan) Toy Poodle, Improvizacija Dlya Severnovo Stilya. The judge was Dmitri Trofimov of Russia. Photo by Lana Valoueva.

Best National Breed

“Pride of Russia,” or best of the Russian breeds, was the Black Russian Terrier Ch. Dorofey iz Russkoi Dinastii.

Best of the National Russian breeds, judged by Anatoly Zguk from Belorussia, was Ch. Cherni Rytsar Iz Russkoi Dinastii, a different Black Russian Terrier from the same kennel as the previous day’s winner. Photo by Lana Valoueva.

Best Junior in Show

Best Junior in Show, Siberian Husky Bright Colour Dream Speigas with judge Mike Macbeth from Canada.

Best Junior in Show, Siberian Husky Bright Colour Dream Speigas with judge Mike Macbeth from Canada. Photo by Lana Valoueva.

Mike Macbeth judged Best Junior in Show and reports: “They brought every dog that won Best Junior in Breed (9–18 months of age) into the ring all together, over 130 breeds. Although there was pre-judging in a separate ring, it was a bit challenging. It occurred to me at the time that I had as many juniors in that ring as we sometimes have in one of our tiny rural shows in Canada! The sight of so many dogs in the ring was amazing; the ring was huge, yet the dogs were three deep, circles within circles, with the largest dogs on the outside, the medium dogs in the middle, and the small dogs making the inner circle. I was asked to pull 10, then choose three. My third place was a Scottie, second a Chihuahua and winner a Siberian Husky, Bright Colour Dream Speigas. I think the juniors may have been the biggest class, although the spectacular breeders class totally filled the ring as well. One team of Standard Smooth Dachshunds was particularly memorable, as the exhibitor had all four on leashes on her left side and they trotted as one.”

The Norfolk Terrier junior that Mrs. Macbeth had awarded BOB the previous day — and went on to win the Group and BIS-3rd — won BOB again, but did not stay for the Group or Junior in Show.

Best Baby in Show

Best Baby in Show, Australian Shepherd Seventy Seven Silver Bullet, with judge Nina Karlsdotter from Sweden.

Best Baby in Show, Australian Shepherd Seventy Seven Silver Bullet, with judge Nina Karlsdotter from Sweden. Photo by Lana Valoueva.

Best Puppy in Show

Best Puppy in Show, Alaskan Malamute Ilmira Snezhnaya Fatazija, with judge John J. Walsh from Ireland.

Best Puppy in Show, Alaskan Malamute Ilmira Snezhnaya Fatazija, with judge John J. Walsh from Ireland. Photo by Lana Valoueva.

Best Veteran in Show

Best Veteran in Show, Miniature Poodle Ch. Cover Girl S Tsvetochnoi Polyany with judge Claudio de Giuliani from Italy.

Best Veteran in Show, Miniature Poodle Ch. Cover Girl S Tsvetochnoi Polyany with judge Claudio de Giuliani from Italy. Photo by Lana Valoueva.

Best Baby in Show was the Australian Shepherd Seventy Seven Silver Bullet under Swedish judge Nina Karlsdotter. Best Puppy in Show was the Alaskan Malamute Ilmira Snezhnaya Fntazija, judged by John J. Walsh from Ireland, and best of the veterans was the Miniature Poodle Ch. Cover Girl S Tsvetochnoi Polyana, Russian-bred but by a Swedish-owned Australian sire, Ch. Saisonelle Master Class, who in turn carries U.S. blood from Ch. Kiyara Legends of the Fall.

Before the Groups began, there was a procession of about 40 shelter or abandoned dogs, many of which wore signs saying, “Adopt me!” Some of the caring foster people had taught them tricks or dressed them in cute hats; anything to draw attention to them for the chance of finding a new home. There were mongrels and Shepherd crosses, even a couple of Pit Bull-Am Staff types.

As Mike Macbeth put it, “You could see the love between the caregivers and the dogs. The look on the faces of these dogs tore at our hearts — more than one judge was weeping. At least I think so, as I could only see through my tears.”

In a final report from Eurasia, to be published on Wednesday, April 10 we’ll take a closer look at some of the many native Russian breeds, most of which are rare or as yet non-existent in the West.

I hope you read Burton Yamada’s interesting comments that appear after Friday’s Eurasia report. He remarks on how good especially the Samoyeds were, “any of which could win easily at our AKC show[s],” and suggests that their excellent coat quality may have something to do with the freezing Russian winter temperatures.

I was not at the show, of course, but I’ll be in Russia in June and hope the Moscow River will not be frozen over at that time…

Written by

Bo Bengtson has been involved in dogs since the late 1950s and judged since the mid-1970s in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Great Britain, France, Germany, Austria, Holland, Italy, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Brazil, Japan, China and Russia. He has judged twice at Westminster, twice at Crufts and four times at the FCI World Show, as well as the U.S. national specialties for Scottish Deerhounds, Whippets, Greyhounds and Borzoi.
Comments
  • Mike Macbeth April 7, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    loved the photos and the report – especially as it is written by one of the finest international canine journalists in the world, Bo Bengtson!
    Warm regards,
    Mike Macbeth

    • kayla
      kayla April 7, 2013 at 10:51 AM

      Hello Mike!
      oopsy daisy, thank you for being so kind to let us know and in such a fun way, too! We’re swapping the captions now. BISD loves your post, the gentle humor and your compliments to Bo. Thank you for being part of our community. –Kayla

  • Rebecca Cross March 24, 2014 at 11:56 AM

    I had never seen this article, I’m so thrilled to read about my own Knopa! Knopa is still on her winning ways, so neat to see all of the judges and dogs that were there, what a great day that was. Knopa’s owner Marina was on cloud nine and so was the young girl who stepped in to handle her! So far Knopa is having a heck of a year campaigning here in the US! ;)

    Rebecca Cross (Knopa’s handler here in US) :):)

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