BIR og BIM den 22. 07.2017

Val Davies og Tim Jones 21. og 22.07.2017

The Danish Beagle Club held their Very special Show2017 at Skaerbaek on the 21. and ognbsp;22. July.ognbsp;A two day show with a British judge oneach day. ognbsp;Val Davie (Barvale) on thefirst day, and Tim Jones (Eardley) on the second day. There were excellententries on both days. The Skaerbaek venue was ideal with access ognbsp;to the Leisure Centre facilities. The Clubalso has a lovely big marquee for socializing and The Friday night party.

I found the Committee very hospitable and friendly. ognbsp;Proving the Danish reputation for their great ognbsp;hospitality.

The exhibitors set up camp on a large, well kept grass area. The show ring wassurrounded by exhibitors ‘Show day tents with dogs, crates and show gear alllodged inside. A strange sight to British eyes but it adds colour and characterto the show.

Exhibitors were on good form, cheerful and friendly. Winners were well catered forwith many sponsored bags of dog food right through the placings. Lovelyrosettes and many trophies were on offer too. Even special prizes of dog bedswere in evidence. People must have fun trying to squeeze it all into their carsand still have room for the driver!

Stewarding was very efficient as was the critique typing. Some of our Britishterms and wording caused some head scratching and explanations.

The Beagles were all well turned out. The puppies had a great time, full ofbounce, while their elders were well schooled and dignified in their job.

We both enjoyed our judging and were happy with our winners on our respectivedays. Fortune was with us as the weather was sunny and Friday dry, if a bit windy,on the Saturday. Thank you to the committee for the invitation to judge and
ognbsp;the exhibitors for their entries.

Best regards Val Davies

Hazel Deans 20.05.2017

Firstly I would liketo thank the Danish Beagle Club for inviting me to judge their championshipshow at Arslev, Fyn and for the hospitality shown me and my sister Susan whoaccompanied me. We had an enjoyable short stay in Odense (when we eventuallygot there!). I would also like to thank Christina my ring secretary who lookedafter us on the day, drove us to the show and back to our hotel and kepteverything in the ring running smoothly.

This was my first time judging outside the UK and I was looking forward tojudging my Danish beagle entry. Apart from a couple I had seen at Crufts thebeagles and exhibitors entered were unknown to me. The weather was dry though acool wind in the dog classes made it a little chilly at times which a few ofthe beagles felt. The sun came out to make it somewhat warmer for the bitchentry. The ring was of a good size to allow the beagles plenty room to move.Around the ringside was a friendly, relaxed atmosphere

Judging started with two baby puppy dogs who showed very well for their tenderages. A baby puppy bitch and a puppy dog followed. All were very promising andI awarded best puppy to Ob-La-Dis Pumba By Disney. So here was the firstdifference between Denmark and the UK, as in the UK you cannot enter a puppy lessthan 6 months old and the puppy class is from 6 to 12 months. The other majordifferences between judging in the UK and Denmark, is the grading andcritiquing of every exhibit. I think this would prove too time consuming to doat the majority of UK shows where the entry is generally over 100. It wascertainly amazing to find that the results, gradings and critiques went onlinealmost instantly! In the UK champions compete in the open class along with non championsand can win multiple CCs. In Denmark dogs cannot win the CAC once it is achampion and although it could be said this makes it easier to make upchampions, the giving of the CK ensures that only dogs of champion quality canwin the CAC.

The rest of the dog and bitch entry followed the puppy judging. I found theentry to be of a high standard which is reflected in the number of dogs andbitches I graded excellent and the number of CK ribbons awarded. I felt in anumber of classes when the competition was very close and little separated themthat it was right to award all four placed the CK. All six dogs in the championdog class are worthy champions and although I only awarded the CK to the fourplaced this was only because I knew that only four could be placed in the bestdog competition and not because they were not of champion quality.

Overall I found movement to be very good, the majority moving straight in frontwith good width behind and with reach and drive. I look for overall balance,without exaggeration, and I found this in the majority with good height tolength ratio, compared to the UK where some may be a little short in leg andlong in body. Heads were mostly pleasing with some

beautiful soft expressions. Although size was good I found a number of bothdogs and bitches were lighter in bone than in the UK where even the smaller sizedbeagles generally have strong, solid bone. However I found many Danish beagles ofhigh quality that I’m sure would have a successful show career in the UK.

I was very happy with my four best dogs and bitches and indeed all my winners. Decisionswere close and many will no doubt change places on another day. BD and BIS camefrom the champion class. This was Multi Ch Free Stride’s Busy Appointment, adog who was naughty on the day when it came to standing but his quality andsuperb movement could not be ignored. BB and BOS also came from the championclass, being the beautiful DKCH
Sopwith Camel’s Vanilla.Best veteran was the lovely nearly 10 year old bitch DKCH INTCH Free Stride’sWaltzing Pumpkin. The CACs went to Sweet Courage Apollo and Sopwith Camel’sRosa Melina who were second best dog and bitch. The Res CACs went to Ob-La-Di’sLight of Baruch and Gold Line’s Posh Cocktail.

Thank you to everyone who entered and showed their beagles. It was a pleasureto judge them. Whether you won or not I hope that you all enjoyed the day. ognbsp;ognbsp;

Hazel Deans(Scotland)