Barbet News (page 73)
National and International Dog Show, Douai, France 2014.
The Brits are coming!
While the barbet in the UK remains unrecognised by the Kennel Club, sadly we are unable to participate in dog shows in the UK. However, only a short hop across the Channel and
suddenly we have fully registered French pedigree dogs in the back of the car!
The show in Douai, northern France is fast becoming a regular event in the calendar for UK barbet owners. Held twice a year, the two day event is large enough to make the trip worthwhile and being just over an hours drive from Calais within easy reach of the Tunnel and ferry port.
Hector & Claude get their chance to shine.
Arriving at the venue on the Saturday we soon met up with the two other owners Helmie and Karen(and husbands)from Holland who would also be showing their barbet. On the Saturday the dogs are challenging for the CACS or Certificat d'Aptitude de Conformité au Standard issued by the Société Centrale Canine(French Kennel Club).
With the barbets being judged by Mr Jochen Eberhardt of Germany, first in the ring were Intermediate Males which was an all British affair. The judge awarding 1st place and the CACS to `Claude` (Netis Huzzah) and the RCACS to Hector (Charamese Hector), both graded as `Excellent`.
In the next round we didn`t fare so well with Hallie (Charamese Hermione) coming third and graded as `Very Good` in the Intermediate Female Class, still it was not all bad news for the UK as the winner of the class and eventual `Best of Breed` was Distel (Barbedoux Braille Erudiet) who is the daughter of Novaforesta Eton in the UK. Distel is owned by Karen Kaptein from Holland.
Next in the ring was Martha (Reed's Fowling Alexia) in the Open Female class. Martha was awarded the Reserve CACS and was graded as `Excellent`. Finally `Inouk` (Netis Inara) was graded as `Very Good` in the Young Female Class.
Hallie and Sade in the showring.
On the Sunday the dogs are challenging for the CACIB or Certificat d'Aptitude au Championnat International de Beauté issued by the F.C.I. (Fédération Cynologique Internationale) and the CACS. This time the barbets were to be judged by Mr Giovanni Tabo of Italy. In the Intermediate Male class we saw a reversal of the previous day with 1st place going to Hector (Charamese Hector)and `Claude` (Netis Huzzah) second, again both graded as `Excellent`.
A far better result in the Intermediate Female Class with Hallie (Charamese Hermione) winning the class and being awarded the CACS, the reserve CACIB and graded as `Excellent`.
Martha (Reed's Fowling Alexia) was again awarded the Reserve CACS and was graded as `Excellent` in the Open Female Class. `Inouk` (Netis Inara) was graded as `Excellent` in the Young Female Class and was also awarded `Best Junior` earning a chance to shine in the main ring later on. Best of Breed was awarded to Bisou (Poppenspaler's Fleur Petrus Bisou) who won the Champions Class and was awarded the CACIB; owned by Helmie Schefman from Holland.
On the whole a successful trip and proving once again that UK barbets can hold their own in the show ring.
Congratulations to Inouk (Netis Inara) and Charamese Hector who were `Confirmed` as being a good examples of the breed by the Conformation Judge at the event, we look forward to following their progress the future!
Time to head home - until next time.