THE AFFENPINSCHER from Indonesia who won the Fédération Cynologique Internationale World Show at Helsinki topped the eighth Eukanuba World Challenge last Saturday evening.

Ch Tricky Ricky from Yarrow-Hi-Tech was the choice of Jorgen Hindse, FCI Europe president and president of the Danish Kennel Club. He is owned by Jongkie Budiman of Indonesia with Mieke Cooijmans from the Netherlands who bred his parents, and is handled by Tortrakul Chaiyah. He was bred in the US by Beth Sweigart and William Truesdale.

This was the eighth World Challenge but the first to be held outside the US. The event took place in conjunction with the Winner Show at the RAI Centre in Amsterdam.

Both the UK representatives – the Shetland Sheepdog Ch Edglonian Singin The Blues who won the Eukanuba champions stakes final and the Samoyed Ch Nikara Diamond Dancer who was RBIS at Crufts – reached the final 12 of the competition, as did Ireland’s Lhasa Apso Ch Heneva Raising The Bets.

Mr Hindse said afterwards:

“My ring was full of great dogs of so many breeds. All of them were outstanding, and at any time six or seven were potential winners in my mind. In the end it was the Affenpinscher who amazed and impressed me with his type and charisma. He was so full of character and simply demanded my attention at all times!”

“Our entire experience at the Eukanuba World Challenge has been wonderful, and Ricky’s win is the most amazing feeling,” said Mrs Cooijmans. “With so many great dogs in competition it was impossible to predict. I am speechless!”

Runner-up was the Old English Sheepdog representing Hungary Ch Bottom Shaker So Easy To Love. ‘Gina’ is owned by Jozsef Koroknai and Zsuszanna Vörös and handled by Zsolt Hano, who was exhibiting at the World Challenge for the seventh time.

“Tonight’s win was a proud moment for me, as she follows in the footsteps of her very special father,” he said – her sire is World Show 2013 BIS winner Ch Bottom Shaker My Secret.

First runner-up (third) was the Maltese from Italy Ch Cinecitta’ Sacha Baron Colen, handled by Javier Gonzalez Mendikote. It was his second year representing Italy for owner/breeders Franco Prosperi and Stefano Paolantoni.

In all, 33 dogs and handlers representing as many countries and qualifying events from all five continents competed for the prize of Euro 7,500 and the honour of being named Eukanuba World Challenge Champion.

They initially competed in one of four groups, from each of whom three dogs went on to the evening final. These were:

Group 1 (judge Leif-Herman Wilberg): Australia, Standard Poodle Ch Huffish Dynamite Street, Camilla Tell-Collinge and Brett Hamilton; Hungary, Old English Sheepdog Ch Bottom Shaker So Easy To Love, Zsuszanna Vörös and József Koroknai; UK, Shetland Sheepdog Ch Edglonian Singing The Blues, Debbie Pearson.

Group 2 (Damir Skok): Crufts, Samoyed Ch Nikara Diamond Dancer, Sue Smith and Val Freer; Ireland, Lhasa Apso Ch Heneva Raising The Bets, Eamon Keenan; Sweden, Saluki Ch Qirmizi Ovation, Nicklas and Ingunn Eriksson.

Group 3 (Aramis Joy Lim): Italy, Maltese Ch Cinecitta’ Sacha Baron Colen, Franco Prosperi and Stefano Paolantoni; FCI European Show, Wire Fox Terrier Ch Kingarthur van Foliny Home, Dieny Uiterwijk, Rony de Munter and Victor Malzoni; FCI World Show, Affenpinscher Ch Tricky Ricky from Yarrow-Hi-Tech, Jongkie Budiman and Mieke Cooijmans.

Group 4 (Ronnie Irving): Finland, Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen Ch Nightdream Ricky Martin, Kristina Bergström; Philippines, Standard Poodle Ch Kaylen’s Over The Moon, Lucy Chan and Nancy Chua; Poland, Pomeranian Ch Unbeaten Premiera, Bozena Borkowska-Grochala.

One of the competition’s commentators was DOG WORLD assistant editor Marina Scott.