World Samoyed Meeting in Estonia
Written by Elizabeth Clausen, President of Auckland Provincial Samoyed Association.
Jim and I returned from our trip to the World Samoyed Meeting at Sagadi Manor, Tallinn, Estonia earlier in the week. It was a stunning event consisting of two shows judged by international Samoyed specialist judges, Janet Ainscow (Australia) and Tuula Pratt (Finland), and Penny Roberts (Uk) and Katarzyna Szutkiwicz (Poland). The event was held at Sagadi Manor, a most beautiful venue in picturesque grounds, about an hour’s drive out of Tallinn. The after-Show dinners were held in the Manor, which was absolutely exquisite, and we were utterly impressed with the organisation of the whole event!
There were well over a hundred entries for both shows, and the European Samoyeds we saw were impressive! The main attributes we noticed were the larger dogs, bigger, coarser coats and the consistency of typical working dog movement. I found it quite bemusing as all the dogs exited the ring for individual judging, only returning at the end for a mass run around the ring for placing. It was mildly disconcerting to hear the rumbling of 12 alpha males as they ran around the ring, trying to overtake the one in front!
At the first show, the Best Bitch and BIS was Multi Ch Smiling Snowball My Highlight and Best Dog was Multi Ch Smiling Snowball Luminous Phobos. Both were exquisite examples of the breed, and while their ring performance was faultless, outside the ring they showed typical playful behaviour that epitomises our breed!
At the second show, Smiling Snowball My Highlight was again BIS, with Multi Ch Klajokliu Suo You Rock My World Best Dog (also BIS in Finland).
All the winners and place-getters were popular choices, and it was wonderful to have the opportunity to talk with these breeders of such fantastic dogs.
Needless to say, we were delighted to return home to our three, and reflect on how they would fit in such prestigious company. I am challenged by the depth of health scrutiny these European dogs undergo, and what we as breeders need to focus on in our short and long term breeding programme.
Below is a selection of photos from the event: click on the right to scroll through! Photo credit: Siim Kinnas: https://www.flickr.com/photos/125312754@N03/sets/72157710321816726/