We had an incredible weekend, with the Finnish Lapphund Club of Victoria holding the inaugural Finnish Lapphund Specialty Championship show today. It was matched with a big weekend of events for all of our members and interstate visitors, with the Working Dog Club of Victoria Championship Show on Saturday followed by our club's trivia night. Then both our show and the Victorian Spitz Breeds Club's Championship today, followed by our award ceremony and dinner. It may take some time to catch up on sleep!
But what a fantastic time it was, with friends arriving from all over Australia to take part in this momentous occasion.
In the show ring, the performance of our own babies wasn't too shabby! First up at Saturday's show under Ms G Alexander (Vic) with a Lappie entry of 32, Louis (Ch C'est Louis Armstrong des Chevaloupsgreg CD PT (Imp USA)) was Best of Breed, and Emmi (Ch Lumiturpa Emmi (Imp Fnl)) Runner up of Breed. I was pretty stunned by Emmi's performance because she is still very bald after having the diamonds and normally wouldn't be shown except that it was such a special occasion. We were also thrilled to see little Lumi (Armahani Diamond Davvir) out for his first show and winning his class against two other spectacular baby boys, only losing to one of Louis' daughters, Janoby Frilly Nickers, for Baby of Breed.
At Monday's Spitz Show, under judge J Oates (Vic) with a Lappie entry of 65 Emmi again won Runner Up Best of Breed, to a lovely male from NSW, Ch Ausvarg Dragonvalcore. I was also very proud to handle Taija (Ch Armahani Crystal Cuovgat) to first in the Intermediate Bitch class of 9 lovely girls, and Kulta (Ch Theldaroy Best Treasure CCD HT) out of retirement for the day taking third place in the Australian Bred Dog class - behind the eventual BOB winner. But the star had to be Lahti (Ch Armahani Amethyst Apina) who won Neuter of Breed and then went on to win Best Neuter in Show!
Then it was the big one. An entry of 81 Lappies under judge Ms M Martin (Vic). I am very proud that all five of my dogs that I handled won their class - Louis, Kulta, Taija, Emmi and Lahti. Louis went on to win Reserve Dog Challenge behind a lovely SA boy, Kalevi Blessed in Wonder (who went on to win Best in Show), and later was Runner Up Best in Show! Emmi was the Reserve Bitch Challenge behind one of Louis' beautiful daughters from the Puppy Class, Kalevi Cheri Blossom from WA, who had been reserve to her in the last two shows. Taija was 1st Intermediate Bitch in our largest class entry (11), and Best Opposite Intermediate in Show to the BIS winner. Kulta was Best Veteran in Show. Lahti was Best Opposite Neuter in Show in another large entry (6).
We were also very proud of how some of our other Armahani babies went with Lumi going Best Opposite Baby in Show, Ahti (Ch Armahani Bloodstone Bihci HT) winning 2nd place in the competitive State Bred Dog class, and Mischa (Ch Armahani Bloodstone Bilaidit) winning 3rd place in the Neuter Bitch class.
To finish things off in fine style, in the property classes, Emmi then went on to win Best Headed Bitch, under judge Ms C Evans.
Nik Boyd videoed our show for us, and segments can be viewed here:
Part 1 - Baby Puppy Dog, Puppy Dog, Junior Dog
Part 2 - Intermediate Dog
Part 3 - State Bred Dog
Part 4 - Australian Bred Dog
Part 5 - Open Dog
Part 6 - Veteran Dog
Part 7 - Dog Challenge
Part 8 - Baby Puppy Bitch
Part 9 - Puppy Bitch, Junior Bitch
Part 10 - Intermediate Bitch
Part 11 - State Bred Bitch, Australian Bred Bitch
Part 12 - Open Bitch, Veteran Bitch
Part 13 - Challenge Bitch
Part 14 - Best in Show
Part 15 - General Specials (Excluding Best in Show)
Part 16 - Best Neuter Dog, Best Neuter Bitch, Best Neuter in Show