Barbet News (page 75)
Dutch Club Show
The show was to be held near Zaltbommel, 40km east of Rotterdam so in theory only a three hour drive from Calais and the Eurotunnal terminal. Having met up with Karen and Annette on the UK side of the Tunnel we set out on the drive north which was uneventful apart from the hour long traffic jam getting through Antwerp. We had arranged to meet up with Anne Plomp at her favourite dog walking spot. Anne is the breeder of Karens young bitch Breea (Nuphar`s Neccessity) and on meeting up, we were able to let the dogs have a good run and stretch their legs after the journey. We later headed to our respective hotels for a good meal and an early night, ready for the show the following day.
The show was being held in a hall at a specialist `Dog Centre` and with sixty-two barbet attending (more than the entire UK population) this was a clear sign of the growing popularity of the breed in Holland. While the day was being run as a normal conformation show it was also a great opportunity to catch up with some old friends, finally meet some friends we had only previously `met` online and to cast an eye over some of the males present with a view to future matings. Thankfully, being Brits, and so naturally linguistically challenged, English is widely spoken as a second language in Holland and so we were able to mix easily and chat to all the barbet owners about their dogs.
Added to our interest was the fact that several UK males have been used for litters in Holland (Novaforesta Dudley, Netis Huzzah and Novaforesta Eton) and several of their offspring were at the show so we could see how they had developed - we were not to be disappointed.
Judging Breea (Nuphars Neccessity)
First into the ring in the Female Youth Class (9 to 18 months) was Karen Surrall with Breea making her debut in the show ring. The judge, Mrs T. van Adrichem Boogaert-Kwint gave all seven females in the class a good look over. Finally, Breea came third in her class and was graded `Excellent`. Breea, a daughter of Netis Hazzah, was given a very positive critique afterwards, so this was a promising first outing for Breea.
Once the Intermediate Males had finnished it was the Open Female class and time for Martha (Reeds Fowling Alexia) to have her moment in the showring. Again the judge gave all the dogs
a good looking over, looking at each dog individually and looking at their movement around the ring. Martha was graded as `Excellent` and given a good critique which was not bad considering that she had been working
on a shoot the weekend before. Martha was placed third in her group behind the winner Barbedoux Joule Erudiet, a daughter of Novaforesta Eton and in second place, Nuphar`s All my Tomorrows
a daughter of Novaforesta Dudley. All in all a very good showing from the Brits.
Best of Breed went to Lotus (Nuphar`s Deep in a Dream) owned and bred by Anne Plomp (another of Novaforesta Dudly`s offspring)
The Barbet Revealed
While at the show we were lucky enough to be able pick up a copy of `The Barbet Revealed` a new book written and published by Elisabeth Roest Kempemo and Brigitte Waller-Rengelink who were both at the show with their book, having only arrived from the printers two days previously. The book is available in both English and Dutch so we didn`t have to limit ourselves to just looking at the pictures!
Copies of the book can be ordered directly from The Barbet Revealed
With our time at the show over, we headed off for a thankfully straightforward journey back, across Belgium, to France and the crossing to the UK. A lovely weekend, and one we are keen to repeat next year.