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National and International Dog Show, Douai, France 2013.

 

UK barbets in Douai, France

UK barbets in Douai, France

Despite the early start, very early for some, the small group of Club members met up at the Eurotunnel Terminal in Folkestone ready to head under the Channel with four barbet for a two day dog show in France. With three of the four dogs making their first trip abroad, the Tunnel is by far the preferred means of crossing the Channel as you are able to remain in your car with your dogs throughout the short crossing. Of course, with barbet being generally good travellers the crossing passed uneventfully and we were soon in convoy, heading south on the appropriately named `Autoroute des Anglais` or the A26 as the satnav prefers it. The show was being held in the town of Douai, only an hour and a half `s drive from Calais so we were able to stop for a coffee en route and let the dogs out for a comfort break.

Once booked into our hotel for the weekend, we had a chance to have a look around the old part of Douai and get a bit of shopping done before the show started.

We were up early on the Saturday morning and made the short drive to the exhibition centre without a problem. Once parked up, we were unloading dogs and paperwork ready to go in to the show with all the other dogs and owners, when who should pull up next to us but our friends Anne and Wouter who had driven from their home in Holland that morning. Anne and Wouter were visiting the show to have a look at Claude (Netis Hazzah) who they plan to mate with their bitch Quaciëndas Alba Aqua-Aura or Alba for short; we hadn`t expected it to be quite so easy to meet up!

 

 

A visit to the onsite vet.

A visit to the onsite vet.

We were quickly through the vet check on the way into the show (with over 1400 dogs in attendance on the Saturday, all dogs have their microchip checked against their vaccination record before entry) and made our way to the ring where the barbet would be shown later on. With some time to spare before our dogs were due in the ring we went back to visit the `vet in attendance` so that the dogs Pet Passports could be stamped showing that they had been wormed and treated for ticks at least 24 hours before entering the UK. The tick treatment is no longer required for UK entry but it was too much to try and explain the rule change at the time.

With that job ticked off there was still time for the main reason for our visit to France, `Confirmation`. While not a requirement for UK barbets, in France, dogs going on to possibly be used for breeding are `confirmed` by a show judge once they are over 1 year old. To pass `confirmation` the dogs should meet the breed standard and be good examples of the breed. So, although not required, we feel it is important for the breed in the UK to be able to demonstrate that the dogs we use are of a good standard. We duly joined the queue of owners and all different breeds waiting to see Mr Dupas the confirmation judge for the weekend. As we eventually got near the front of the queue, the judges assistant checked our paperwork, "did we have the dogs show critique?" .. "no, they haven`t been in yet".."OK, come back later". Luckily we were there for the weekend.

The Saturday of the two day show is the French show where dogs are challenging for the CACS or Certificat d'Aptitude de Conformité au Standard issued by the Société Centrale Canine(French Kennel Club). In addition to this, in France, all the dogs are given a critique which details what the judge did or didn`t like and the dogs are graded as either Excellent, Very Good, Good or Insufficient. As with most rare breeds, entry numbers can be low and so a good critique becomes more important than coming 1st in a class of 1!

Claude impressing the judge.

Claude impressing the judge.

The judge for the Saturday was Mr Manuel Borges from Portugal and after having a good look at all the dogs awarded the following :-

Best Puppy
Anouk (Netis Inara) - Very Promising
Young Female
Lotus (Nuphar`s Deep in a Dream), Excellent - 1st - Best Junior
Martha (Reeds Fowling Alexia),       Excellent - 2nd
Champion Female
Alba (Quaciendas Alba Aqua-Aura), Excellent - `Best of Breed`
Open Female
Hallie (Charamese Hermione), Excellent - CACS
Intermediate Male
Claude (Netis Hazzah), Excellent - CACS

A very good start for the UK barbets, all graded as `Excellent` and no sign of nerves on their first time in a show ring which can be a very strange environment for those not accustomed to it.

With the barbet being one of the last breeds to be judged before the group stages started we rushed round to the Conformation Ring, now with fresh show critiques in hand. Confirmation had closed as the senior judge, Mr Dupas was judging the Groups. Come back tomorrow.

All that remained was to collect our trophies and after a long, tiring, first day we all headed back to our hotel to eat and rest ready to do it all again.

 

No sign of nerves before showtime.

Up early on Sunday for breakfast and to pack as we would be heading back to the UK straight after the show. We were soon back at the Gayant Expo centre for the International day of showing and quickly noticed the increased numbers of dogs and exhibitors, up from 1400 the day before to 1900. Having first located our show ring we again waited in line to see the Conformation Judge. As we neared the front of the line, it again appeared that we were out of time, however this time we didn`t have a tomorrow so it was quickly explained that it had to be today and it had to be now. Finally common sense prevailed and one by one Claude, Martha and Hallie were measured and examined by Mr Jean-Jacques Dupas, the President of the Club Saint Hubert Du Nord who were hosting the show. Job done. All three confirmed!

 

By now the area around our ring for the afternoon was very crowded, standing room only, but true to form the dogs squeezed into a small space and laid down unperturbed by all the coming and going around them. For the `International` we were joined by Carole Engel from Luxembourg with her bitch Lulu to complete the international flavour of the event.

 

`Hallie` with Nikki Durullo and `Alba` with Anne Plomp

`Hallie` handled by Nikki
Frullo and `Alba` with Anne Plomp

Finally it was time for the barbet to be judged. The judge for the Sunday was Monsieur Jacques Medard-Ringuet, a senior French judge and one of only seven that are qualified to judge `all breeds`. He took care and time over his decisions and eventually awarded the following:-

Best Puppy
Anouk (Netis Inara) - Very Promising
Young Female
Lotus (Nuphar`s Deep in a Dream),          Excellent - 1st - Best Junior
Lulu (Keep Curly Lolo Vum Tempelshaus), Excellent - 2nd
Martha (Reeds Fowling Alexia),                 Excellent - 3rd
Champion Female
Alba (Quaciendas Alba Aqua-Aura), Excellent - RCACIB
Open Female
Hallie (Charamese Hermione), Excellent - CACIB
Intermediate Male
Claude (Netis Hazzah), Excellent - CACIB - `Best of Breed`

A great result for the UK with Claude getting Best of Breed, Hallie - Best Female and both awarded a CACIB ( Certificat d'Aptitude au Championnat International de Beauté) issued by the F.C.I. (Fédération Cynologique Internationale). With Martha again graded `Excellent` and Anouk `Very Promising` it was a satisfying result for the Brits.

 

Barbet in the Spéciale de Rasse.

Barbet in the Spéciale de Rasse
(Photo by Wouter Lemmen)

 

At the Douai show the barbet is listed as one of the `Speciality` breeds and so each of these breeds are invited en masse into the main arena with all the lights and loud music to showcase the breeds to a wider audience. Sadly the `Gagnam Style` barbets (or was it just the handlers?) were not captured on video as I`m sure it would be a popular addition to YouTube.

The final event for us was to see Karen Surrall take Claude (Netis hazzah) into the main ring for the Group 8 judging. Sadly Claude didn`t make the shortlist but it was still a great achievement to have a UK born barbet representing the breed at such a large show in France.

With the weekends` activities complete it was time to say our good bye`s and make the short trip north to Calais and the Eurotunnel Terminal. With all their paperwork being present and correct, there were no hiccups at the Pet Passport Control and we were soon back in the UK heading for home. Until next time..............

 

 


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