Only two years ago, Limburgse Kynologen Vereniging in Genk, Belgium, only had 1,487 entries, a good number, but not a top show. Last year a new president was elected, Mrs. Viviane Boesmans. If the success this year is due to her and her committee is hard to tell, but probably it is as last year the entry raised to 1,636, and this year was a total boost with a record entry of 2,133 dogs! That is a difference of 44 percent!

The dogs represented 14 nationalities, and the Belgian dogs were only little more than half of the entries. This gives the show a very international aspect. Dogs came from as far as Portugal, Russia, Finland and Poland, and no fewer than 42 British dogs crossed the channel. Notwithstanding this overwhelming success, it was decided in the Belgian Kennel Club that the CACIB title must be shared with the Ambiorix Trophy every two years. Not hard to tell that the club is absolutely not happy with this decision, and I must admit that this is contradictory to the big success that they had the two last editions.

Best in Show at Gent 2013 under judge Mr. Ronny Doedyns of Holland was French Bulldog A’vigdors Ramasseur des Compliments for A. Nikulina of Russia. All photos by Karl Donvil.

In order to house all these dogs, an extra ring was made in the central hall where the bar used to be. Some people complained about the size of the rings, but for next year, according to the president, some changes will be made if possible. There is extra capacity available, and that possibility will be considered if the success goes on. Fortunately it was not too warm. For weeks everybody in Belgium was longing for better weather, and this weekend was the start of better days.

The success of a show depends largely on the judges that are scheduled. The LKV club has focused on Belgian judges and that saved money. That money was spent on a few exotic judges. Mr. Seamus Oates is somewhere in between, as Ireland is not that far away and Mr. Oates is a well appreciated and regular visitor to judge over here. Mr. Douglas Taylor was invited from the States to judge the Australian Shepherd Specialty during this show. Unfortunately in the very last minute he had to cancel for private reasons and was replaced by Ms. Joanne Paulk, also from the States. And literally exotic was Mr. Rajiv Shadilya coming all the way from India. The new Jet Airways connection India-Brussels has opened new perspectives also for the cynological world.

The Dutch Irish Wolfhound Skibberdeen’s Bryanne received second place for breeder/owner-handler Christa Hermsen of the Netherlands.

With such a sudden explosion of entries, it was to be expected that some judges were really overloaded, but they all brought it to a good end and well in time. Mr. Oates had a total of 183 dogs. On Saturday 47 Rhodesian Ridgebacks helped him to reach the nice entry of 82 dogs. On Sunday he was the only judge of all the Dachshunds. Normally this would mean a quiet relaxing day as over here it is rare to have a lot of them, but the exception occurred on Sunday when no less than 101 turned up to get his opinion. The very same number of dogs was booked for Mr. Douglas Taylor. His busiest day was Saturday when he was supposed to judge the Aussie specialty. Fifty-three turned up for him as well as 33 Border Collies and 22 Akitas. Ms. Paulk took over from him and was very pleased. Mrs. Monique Van Brempt had 118 dogs on Saturday and 64 on Sunday, while Mrs. Martha Heine from Germany had 100, then 74. Mr. Rajiv Shadilya judged Shepherd dogs and Spitz on Saturday, 108 in total, and on Sunday he judged 67 Golden Retrievers and 53 Labradors. With 228 dogs, he was the second most successful judge of the show.

But it was Belgian judge Mr. Jos De Cuyper who outnumbered all others with no less than 249 entries. On Saturday he must have suffered most when he had 71 Chihuahuas and 64 French Bulldogs. With a total of 135 dogs, he was also the best scoring single day judge. On Sunday two other popular breeds were responsible for the total of 114 dogs, 32 American Staffordshires and 35 Staffordshire Bull Terriers. Mr. Viktor Van Raamsdonk was one of the judges that only judges on Sunday, notwithstanding this he finished with a good number of 102 dogs. And there was also a well respected other Belgian judge, Mr. Piet Roosenboom, who finished his busy day after his 117th dog.

Third place at Gent 2013 was Affenpinscher Mambo Jambo V Tani Kazari with breeder/owner-handler Mieke Cooijmans of Holland.

Mr. Ronny Doedyns from Holland was asked to judge Best in Show. He finished third on the popularity list. His 210 entries were composed of 81 dogs on Saturday and 129, including 48 Bulldogs, on Sunday, which made him the second best scoring single day. His third BIS went to the Affenpinsher Mambo Jambo V Tanu Kazri, a 4-year-old male that was bred and showed by Mieke Cooijmans from Holland. Although Mambo Jambo had no rivals to beat, he is a top example of his breed and Mieke is world famous for her little black monkeys. Breed judge was Mr. Roosenboom and Group judge, Mr. Van Raamsdonk.

Skibberdeen’s Bryanne was runner-up to Best in Show. As the name suggests, Bryanne is an Irish Wolfhound, and she is also from Holland and a 4-year-old. Breeder-handler is Christa Hermsen. She entered her for Mr. Christophe Coppel, who did the Sighthounds on Saturday and who also judged the Group. Bryanne was entered in Champion class and challenged seven other competitors.

A’vigdors Ramasseur des Compliments or “A’vigdors collector of compliments” – I love the name – is a dog from Russia who came over with his Russian mistress Mrs. A. Nikulina who entered him in Champion class. He had to compete with 63 others before Mr. Jean François Vanaken could make him Best of Group, handing him over to Mr. Doedijns. Ramasseur is 2 and a half years old and won the breed in Romania last year. He is far from leaving the path of glory.

What can we expect next year on 28/29 June? More dogs? How far can this go? Will the sharing of the CACIB title affect the future of this show? Don’t let this influence your decision to enter your dog or not. You will probably be excited enough by the choice of the judges. Help LKV to keep its third place ranking; the show deserves it.

Results are provided by Patricia Claes and Karl Donvil. A complete listing of Group winners appears below and at

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 – Gent 2013


Group 1 – Sheepdogs and Cattle Dogs, except Swiss Cattle Dogs

Judge Ms. Joanne Paulk, United States

1st: Bearded Collie Sunday Mornings Jewel, owned by Vicky Mullens, Belgium

2nd: Australian Shepherd Risingstar’s Black Diva For Ticolana, owned by Priscilla Van Strijdonck, Belgium

3rd: Border Collie Heartland Iwwan, owned by Peter Lisens-Bussé, Belgium

Group 2 – Pinschers and Schnauzers, Molossoids and Swiss Mountain Dogs

Judge Mr. Victor Van Raamsdonk, Belgium

1st: Affenpinscher Mambo Jambo V Tani Kazari, owned by Mieke Cooijmans, Holland

2nd: Bullmastiff Social Giant Thunder, owned by Niek Bolle, Netherlands

3rd: Bernese Mountain Dog Kronblommas Pajazzo, owned by Ivan Delrue-Vandewalle, Belgium

Group 3 – Terrier

Judge Mrs. Martha Heine, Germany

1st: Staffordshire Bull Terrier Rovamel’s Chumlee, owned by Roberto Cavatore, Netherlands

2nd: Welsh Terrier Shaireab’s Celyn I Kid You Not, owned by Mat Smeets, Netherlands
3rd: Scottish Terrier Gaia Du Mat Des Oyats, owned by Solange Loget, France

Group 4 – Dachshunds

Judge Mr. Seamus Oates, Ireland

1st: Standard Smooth Dachshund Joury Of Lady Joan, owned by J. A. Holtappels, Belgium

2nd: Miniature Wirehaired Dachshund Furioso Vom Altsiedlerhof, owned by Katinka Stotijn, Belgium

3rd: Standard Wirehaired Dachshund Gidget, owned by Clemens Doornenbal, Nehtherlands

Group 5 – Spitz and Primitive Types

Judge Mr. Rajiv Shadily, India

1st: Akita American Triumph I Am Legend, owned by Nancy Daponte, Belgium

2nd: Siberian Husky Chinanook’s Jack, owned by Gwennaëlle Guillaume, Belgium

3rd: Chow Chow Hollywoodstar’s Angelina Jolie, owned by Martine Kabergs, Belgium

Group 6 – Scenthounds

Judge Mrs. Monique Van Brempt, Belgium

1st: Rhodesian Ridgeback Jockular Esquire Jamal, owned by Carla Coppens-Janssens, Netherlands

2nd: Beagle Cold Cuba Libre Vom Marschallfeld, owned by Michaela Smulders, Germany

3rd: Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen Irma Podkoldernik Jadowity, owned by Tamara Ignatieva-Agapova, Belgium

Group 7 – Pointers and Setters

Judge Mr. Rajiv Shadily, India

1st: Weimaraner Grey Classics I Kick Azz, owned by Edwin and Kristina Lenaerts, Belgium

2nd: Gordon Setter Pokerface Von Der Wilden Horde, owned by Franziska Hoeke, Germany

3rd: Irish Setter One And Only Leon Of Seesaw Fields, owned by Hamacher-St. Klinge and Wipfelder, Germany

Group 8 – Retrievers, Flushing Dogs and Water Dogs

Judge Mr. Jos De Cuyper, Belgium

1st: Flat-Coated Retriever Moon Worker’s Enrico, owned by Valérie Bavegems, Belgium

2nd: Golden Retriever Smart Phone V. D. Beerse Hoeve, owned by Mieke Gerritsen, Netherlands

3rd: Lagotto Romagnolo Nostryffelns Perla, owned by Jan Saenen, Belgium 

Group 9 – Companion and Toy Dogs

Judge Mr. Jean-Francois Vanaken, Belgium

1st: French Bulldog A’Vigdors Ramasseur Des Compliments, owned by A. Nikulina, Russia

2nd: Maltese Maltanko’s This Is It, owned by Laurent Heinesche, Luxembourg

3rd: Pekingese Vannity Guillaume The Conqueror, owned by R. Lasero and E. Pascal, France 

Group 10 – Sighthounds

Judge Mr. Cristophe Coppel, France

1st: Irish Wolfhound Skibberdeen’s Bryanne, owned by Christa Hermsen, Netherlands

2nd: Whippet Gloss And Lipstick Of Swala Pala, owned by Dominique Delabelle, Belgium

3rd: Saluki, Jelani Obi Hadi El Bashir, owned by Julie Byloos, Belgium