Following on from the busy St Patricks and Celtic Winners International Shows, it has been a quiet week for the breed here in Ireland. There was an Open Show held in Sligo, however I don’t believe there were any Havanese exhibited at it. It seems that things have been quiet in the UK on the show front – I have not seen any results from open shows on my newsfeed. However following on from the big shows in the US (Westminster), the UK (Crufts) and Ireland (Celtic Winners), one of the largest shows on the Australian calendar, The Sydney Royal, which took place on 23rd March. The Australian show system is quite similar to both the FCI and UK systems. They have classes for Baby Puppy, Puppy, Junior, Intermediate, Australian Bred and Open. The winners of the classes compete for Challenge Dog and Challenge Bitch (best of sex) and both Challenge winners then complete for Best of Breed. Australia works off a points based system and a dog will earn its Australian Championship Title when they have won 100 points. The calculation of points is 5 points plus 1 point for every dog present. The Challenge winner will earn points based on the amount of dogs present of that sex and the BOB winner will also earn points for all the opposite sex exhibits. Best of Group and Best in Show wins will also earn points, however the maximum points that can be earned at one show is 25 points. If a dog earns one thousand points, they are entitled to apply for the Australian Grand Championship Title. Havanese are exhibited in Group 1, the Toy Group, in Australia.
At the Sydney Royal this year, there was an entry of 28 Havanese and the judge was Leif-Herman Wildberg from Norway. Best of Breed was awarded to the Challenge Dog, Mr P William’s Ch Haski Riskybusiness. Reserve Challenge Dog and Runner Up Best of Breed was awarded to Mr P William’s Ch Hashki Dennis The Menace. Challenge Bitch was awarded to Mr P William’s Ch Hashki New Girl in Town and Reserve Challenge Bitch was awarded to Mrs A Lay’s Ananda Pour Some Sugar On Me, who was also awarded Best Puppy of Breed. Best Baby of Breed was awarded to Mr R and Mrs S Shellback’s Shellbears Black Opal. Congratulations to all of the winners!
Another big show on the Australian calendar took place on 27th February, the Canberra Royal. The judge was Mr J Shoemaker (USA) and there was an entry of 12 Havanese. Best of Breed was awarded to the Challenge Dog Winner, Ms G Ransom’s Gr Ch Karyme Heartbeat At My Feet. Reserve Challenge Dog was awarded to Mr William’s Sup Ch Auskrest Elusive Effect. Challenge Bitch and Runner Up Best of Breed was awarded to Mr William’s Ch Hashki New Girl in Town and Reserve Challenge Bitch was awarded to S, S, T & P Hurst’s Karyme Your Grace. It proved to be a fantastic day for our breed as Ms Ransom’s boy, Gr Ch Karyme Heartbeat At My Feet went on to be awarded Best of Group! Huge congratulations to all the winners, especially to Ms Ransom and her big Group win!
This coming weekend see big events in both Ireland and the UK. On Saturday in Ireland, we have the Combined Canine Club International Show. Our judge is Jason Hoke (USA), who also judged the breed here in Ireland two years ago. There is an entry of 10 havanese and we are in ring 7. Judging of Havanese is not before 11 am. In the UK on Saturday, the UK Toydog Society’s show is being held in Stafford. There are 62 Havanese entered, giving an entry of 73 for judge Albert Wright. Havanese are first in ring 17 at 9 am. On Sunday, the Combined Canine Club’s National Show is being held in Cloghran. There is an entry of 11 Havanese and the judge is Mr Tim Thomas (Aust). We are in ring 6 and judging will be after 9 am after the Bolognese and Cavalier King Charles breeds have been judged. The very best of luck to everyone showing at these three shows, and of course there will be a report in next week’s breed notes.
Finally, I see that Margaret Fox Moore’s magazine has been published and gone live online. There are lots of photographs of Havanse at Crufts, as well as articles on the breed. The magazine can be found here https://madmagz.com/magazine/1286777#/
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