Sieger 2007 - Pakros d' Ulmental -
Held in Braunschweig,
situated in Northern Germany, some 40 miles (60 km east of Hannover,
this is the first time the Sieger Show has been held here.
Braunschweig is a recently modernized city with a very attractive
layout and old town.
Braunschweig, the city
of Henry the Lion, is the biggest city in the south-eastern part of
Lower Saxony. It is characterised by an appealing and exciting blend
of the past and the present, tradition and the future.
There was some difficulty with available hotel accommodation, with
many visitors staying in hotels some distance from the venue. Some
out of choice, to exercise and accommodate their dogs in a rural
surrounding, others because most 3 and 4 star hotels within
Braunschweig were fully booked early in the year.
Let this serve as a strong recommendation for the many thousands
planning to attend next year’s Sieger Show at Aachen, to reserve
their Hotel accommodation as early as possible. The hotels in Aachen
are also very likely to be more expensive than the usual venues for
the Sieger Show, so make sure you budget accordingly. It appears
their prices rise steeply when a major event is held at the
The Braunschweig Sieger Show 2007 was held in the Eintracht-Stadion,
a superb venue for this hugely popular World Sieger Event, far more
suitable than the venue for 2006, Niederrheinstadion Oberhausen, and
very close to the excellent venue at Ulm, near Stuttgart. I fully
appreciate the difficulties the SV have in finding suitable venues
each year, and the tremendous organisation that goes into the
planning and staging of this enormous event. We should all
appreciate and thank everybody involved who work so hard to put this
fabulous event on for us, year on year. Long may it continue, and
long may we enjoy continuous improvements in all aspects of this
vitally important event for the GSD.
The rings for the two Junior (12 to 18 months) classes (male &
female) and the two Yearling classes (18 to 24 months) classes (male
& female) were a short and pleasant walk from the main stadium,
spacious well sized rings, with valuable access around all sides,
which is of huge benefit to spectators and the numerous double
handlers. It was notable how improved the facilities were for double
handling, a very important part of exhibiting and presenting the
German Shepherd Dog to its best advantage.
Inside the main stadium the seating was closer to the dogs than the
usual stadiums at other Sieger Show venues. This considerably
improved the experience for the spectators, and reduced the need for
binoculars. It also offered some wonderful vantage points around the
stadium to see all the famous dogs and their progeny, and the first
20 of the younger classes when they were paraded in the main stadium
around noon on the Sunday. This was hugely appreciated by the
spectators and exhibitors, many leaving the show feeling they had
gained more from this show, than many previous Sieger Shows.
I sincerely hope the SV make plans to hold this event again in
Braunschweig in the near future, as well as Ulm, another of my
There was a variety of facilities for various foods and drinks,
Bratwurst, western steaks (marinated pork steaks) especially, and
copious supplies of fabulous German beer, all of which was certainly
enjoyed by many Brits. Many stalls selling a variety of dog-related
products were located around the stadium.
The usual social gatherings took place, especially amongst friends
and acquaintances from different countries. It is a valuable aspect
of the Sieger Show to meet up with people and discuss the GSD world,
its ups and downs, the speculation and the rumours, the tips for
success, the disappointments, and the likely winners and placings
for each class, etc. etc. This is a most enjoyable part of this
great show and it provides many an insight into a person’s knowledge
and perception of the German show scene. It always surprises me how
many people fail to grasp the German Show System, and that the
judging for this spectacular event starts back in April each year.
It would be useful for the GSD League, the progressive WUSV Breed
Club here in the UK, to hold seminars on the German breed & show
system. Other WUSV clubs in various countries could do the same, I
am sure they would be well attended and appreciated by all.
The final groups of the Working Classes (over 2 years) are judged in
the main stadium on the Sunday afternoon. Of necessity, because of
the very large entry, all the classes are placed in groups of
approximately 50 to 60, and to cater for the larger younger classes,
there can be as many as four groups, as for example in the young
female class. It is quite normal when a group has been judged, for
several from the front of a lower group to be moved up to compete in
the next highest group.
The weather forecast suggested the show would have some sunshine,
cloud, some showers and rain, over the 3 days. Whereas the weather
for most of the show was very good; with some cloud and heavy rain
on Friday, on the Sunday the weather was almost perfect for the dogs
and spectators alike. The temperatures were quite pleasant during
the three days. Considering this show was being held in Northern
Germany, which has weather similar to the UK, many feared it could
rain, and dampen their pleasure. I am sure most people had packed
clothes suitable for their best and the worst expectations.
Once again I have compiled the ‘MAIN RESULTS’, and I hope you
find these useful. It also means that you can easily see the major
winners, and the sire and dam of each one, at a glance, which also
highlights those males producing the best youngsters at the show. I
will draw your attention to these results later.
TOP 8 VA DOGS
The 2007 Sieger Show brought a change in the Judges for the adult
working class females, Bernhard Norda of the Klostermoor
kennel, and the judge for adult working class males being
Reinhardt Meyer of the vom Bergmannshof kennel, Reinhardt
is the newly elected National Breed Warden of the SV.
Bernhard Norda is a well known SV judge. Bernhard has a quiet and
pleasant manner, and his ability and experience while judging the
Working Class females was a pleasure to watch.
Reinhardt Meyer, with his election to National Breed Warden of the
SV, in December 2006, brought many questions and expectations as to
how he would judge the Working dog males, and how he would implement
some of his declared plans and views on our breed. Reinhardt is well
known for his strongly held views regarding our breed’s future
direction; he has a steely determination which will ruffle many
feathers in the SV hierarchy, and amongst his fellow Judges, and
Körmeisters. I will refer to this later.
The Ursus bloodlines figured prominently throughout the classes;
however it is clear that other bloodlines are now emerging, and
combining very well with the many qualities Ursus gave our breed. It
should always be remembered that the strength and substance that Ursus gave, and which continues through many of his sons and
daughters, can combine very well to the benefit of the current medium sized males with
medium strength and substance. The successful kennels in our breed
know the value of a producing female line, and the careful
consideration that must be given when looking for suitable dogs to
complement their female.
One of the prominent bloodlines in 2006 was that of Dux della
Valcuvia. His son Quantum von Arminius VA2 and the
Quantum son, Zamp vom Thermodos making VA1 & Sieger,
continues to produce very well. Zamp had an outstanding progeny
group. The very best group I have seen in all my visits to the
Sieger Show. For me it topped his group of 2006. This bloodline is
without doubt going to play a major role in the future development
of our breed.
In my previous “Impressions” I stated the value of top producing
females in a Stud dogs pedigree, and the Dux, Quantum, Zamp
bloodline emphatically proves this point. Couple these top producing
females with outstanding producing Sires and you can see the
important sire line that has emerged. This is exactly what makes
these bloodlines so valuable to our breed. Of course they will be
combined with other lines, and continue to make a positive
contribution to our breed.
Adult Male Class
– Working Male Class, there were eight VA Males this year
VA1 Pakros d’ Ulmental,
was crowned Sieger, up from VA4 last year. He is absolutely correct
size, a medium strong male of outstanding conformation; he is sired
by Sieger Bax and out of Siegerin Karma. He is proving to be an
excellent producer, siring the VA4 Vegas du Haut Mansard, and
several beautiful females, notably the female V3 Lyra vom Radhaus,
the V16 Nannila vd Freiheit Westerholt, the jugend female
SG7 Dara vom Murrtal. His young son Vegas is already proving his
value as a sire, producing many outstanding females, and some
excellent males, in the Jugend (Junior) classes. (See MAIN
QUENN VOM LOHERWEG
VA2 Quenn vom Loher Weg,
up from VA6 last year, and wholly justified with a substantial
improvement in his progeny group, compared with last year. Many
thought that his progeny were of such merit that he deserved the
Sieger title; the results of the progeny of both Pakros and Quenn
offer the clearest reason for such thoughts. Quenn sired many highly
placed males and females, of particular note were SG1 & Youth
Sieger Godalis Tino, and his sister SG11 Godalis Tiara,
the Jugend class male, SG2 Furbo degli Achei. I consider
Furbo one of the STARS of this year’s Show. I urge you all to
closely examine my MAIN RESULTS.
de CUATRO FLORES
VA3 Dux de Cuatro Flores,
up from VA5 last year, and fully deserving his place, he offers an
alternative bloodline. I consider him a better producer of females
than males, and his offspring appear to confirm this. One notable
exception being the Junghund male SG2 Sony vom Heinrichplatz,
an excellent young male. Sony will surely take this excellent sire
line forward, and I look forward to seeing him next year.
VA4 Vegas du Haut Mansard,
up from VA8 last year, and the Young Sieger of 2005, a STAR
without a doubt. He had his first progeny group; all were entered in
the Jugend classes. It is very important for you to realize that
Vegas was at Stud on the 16th March 2006, when he was 2
years old. Allowing for the 2 months gestation time, his very first
litters would be born on or after the 16th May 2006,
maybe a few days earlier, allowing for some being born early. This
means that only the litters born from the middle of May to the
beginning of September 2006 would reach 12+ months of age by this
year’s Sieger Show in order to be eligible for entry- only three and
a half months worth of progeny.
Winfried - Vegas - Lara
When you consider these very important facts, you will appreciate
the tremendous producing ability that Vegas has signalled with this
his first, progeny group. Jugend males, SG5 Belisar vom Aurelius
a top class male, owned and bred by the owner of Vegas, Winfried
Benitz, SG18 Dean vom Karlsfelder Hof, SG22 Orus d’
Ulmental and SG23 Peppermint’s Charlie Brown.
In the Jugend female class we had the FABULOUS FOUR, SG2 Birdy du
Domaine du Parc, again owned by Winfried Benitz, SG3 Ussi vom
Pallas Athene, SG4 Jana von der Plassenburg, and SG6
Rimini von der Zenteiche. I watched these females when they
walked and gaited around the ring, in the first group of 6, ordered
by the Judge. They were magnificent- absolutely correct size and
superb movement. This group of six was headed by what I consider the
most superb female I have ever seen. More about this female later.
Vegas also sired in this class, the SG13, SG14, SG26, SG38, and
SG39. I look forward to seeing him and his progeny next year–a
Sieger in waiting, surely.
ORBIT VOM HUHNEGRAB
VA5 Orbit vom Huhnegrab,
a VERY BIG male, he was VA3 last year. He had an improved progeny
group this year, not a difficult task as last year’s was poor. I
just do not see this male as a worthy VA, and I certainly do not see
him playing any significant role in continuing the Ursus, Yasko
Farbenspiel line. If the SV measurement rules were applied to this
male, would he have a Körung?
Nando vom Gollerweiher
VA6 Nando vom Gollerweiher,
a VERY BIG male, he failed his courage test last year, and was VA9
in 2005. A male with unusual pigmentation, and of very large size,
if the SV measurement rules were applied to this male, would he have
a Körung? I hear he made Italian Sieger some weeks later – (RIP
SV Breed Standard & Rules on size)
VA7 Ingodd’s Agassi,
a large male of excellent strength and substance, His movement,
particularly his pick up and forward reach, takes full advantage of
his powerful hind thrust, resulting in impressive far reaching,
ground covering and harmonious movement, which he clearly imparts to
his progeny. He was V14 last year, and he gained his VA title this
year. I have noted him in my previous IMPRESSIONS; indeed I wrote
the following in 2005, when he was SG25 in the Junghund Male Class.
The SG25 Ingodd's Agassi, a Ghandi son who is a powerful male with a
strong head and excellent colour, which enhances his excellent
conformation. For me Agassi is the best Ghandi son I have seen, and
he could have been placed much higher. Agassi also has the benefit
of a motherline of Norwegian Champions which, I am informed,
contains many superb females and several top producers. Ingodd’s
Agassi is a Norwegian bred and owned male, based in Germany, and I
feel sure he will be a top producer continuing the VA Ghandi von
I am delighted with his progress, and I was very impressed with his
first progeny group. VA Agassi was born on the 7th
October 2003, so was at stud on the 7th October 2005, you can
calculate that he had less than 7 months of studs, not getting the
best of the females, unlike many German top young males, and just
look at what he has produced. Of particular note the Jugend male
SG3 Gio vom Frankengold, and the Jugend female SG15 Vienna
vom Heinrichplatz. His young progeny group had many valuable
qualities, clearly inherited from their father. I am certain that
given a full stud quota, and some of the top females, this male will
make a positive contribution to our breed, and I certainly look
forward to seeing him and his progeny next year.
VOM HOLTKAMPER HOF
VA8 Odin vom Holtkamper Hof,
down from VA7 last year, and in my opinion very lucky to retain his
VA title. A VERY BIG male, of excellent conformation, who has
impressed greatly in his last two Sieger appearances, however this
year he presented his first progeny group. Admittedly it came from
only seven months of studs; similar to VA Agassi, but that is
where any similarity ends. The progeny of VA Odin was very
disappointing, with only one or two exceptions. In stance they gave
a good impression, they were certainly not impressive, but as soon
as they began to move, especially on a loose lead, problems became
obvious. When they started gaiting any pretence in anyone’s mind
regarding this group had to be completely removed. The majority held
their loins higher than their wither, at the same time they either
fell on the forehand, or moved with dipped withers, whichever
terminology you prefer or understand regarding such a fault. They
lacked hindthrust, and subsequently had little power to transmit
into any kind of effective forereach. I was extremely disappointed,
particularly as I had strongly admired him during the last two
years, and harbored plans to use him later this year. I hold out a
forlorn hope that he may be able to present a much improved progeny
group next year.
V1 Yimmy van Contra,
up from V5 last year, something I completely fail to understand. His
progeny is disappointing, remembering that I had expressed great
hopes for this dog in my previous “IMPRESSIONS”. Yimmy has a Breed
ZW of 114, which some judges would certainly consider bars him from
a VA title, but having gained V1 at this year’s Show would indicate
he was producing some excellent and maybe one or two outstanding
progeny. If he has, I have not seen them. It would be very cynical
of me to suggest that maybe this dog is very well connected, so I
will not. I see he made Vice Sieger in Italy some weeks later; some
decisions in our breed never cease to amaze me.
The V2 Aron della Terra dei Forte,
has excellent movement, being another male with limited time to have
a progeny group, I never saw any offspring from this male. Once
again the grading of this male eludes me, more so when I consider
the male immediately behind him.
V3 Negus vom Holtkamper See,
a Sieger Zamp vom Thermodos son. A well constructed male, with
excellent movement, and what I consider excellent producing
bloodlines, including a top producing mother, as well as his
fabulous producing father.
Paula vom Gut Lethe
His magnificent daughter SG1 and Young
Siegerin Paula vom Gut Lethe, is the very best female I have
ever set my eyes on. I could certainly not fault her, and her
virtues were outstanding, head and expression, proportions,
substance, overline and underline, pigmentation, forehand angulation,
and her length of upper arm, and lay of shoulder blade. Her hind
angulation, breadth of thigh, short strong hocks, all of this
culminating in a majestic walk, balanced and purposeful, which then
went smoothly into a fabulous gait, which was spine tingling with
its effortless, harmonious and extensive ground covering qualities.
I am sure many others will agree a STAR; I will go further and say
she is a SUPER STAR. Her mother Ondra vom Gut Lethe, is a
daughter of Esto van Noort, a twice Sieger Yasko son, and brother to
VA Erasmus van Noort, these being grandsons of the legendary Sieger
Ursus von Batu. The female line of Ondra goes back to Quartz dei
Templari, an Amigo vom Belgier son. There are also lines to Hoss vom
Hasenborn and to Sieger Jeck vom Noricum, the bottom female line
goes back to Larry vom Wiesenborn, a VA Fando vom Sudblick son.
Whatever clicked on this breeding?
I feel sure that the combination of Zamp, Wallace, the
excellent Holtkamper See female line, and the excellent producing
Ursus through Yasko line, played the major part in
producing such a fabulous female. I am planning similar
combinations, more particularly with Zamp, Wallace and
Yasko bloodline combinations. I should be so lucky!
Please also note that V3 Negus was born 11th May
2004, so has very few litters, from which progeny could be entered
at this year’s Sieger show. I certainly look forward to seeing his
progeny next year, and also the progeny of his brother V29 Naxos,
who is also being used extensively.
QUANTUM VOM FIEMERECK
V4 Quantum vom Fiemereck,
born 4th July 2004, so no chance of any progeny here. An
excellent male who is being used extensively, being the obvious male
to continue the VA Ando line. I thought at one time during this
class that he was being considered for a VA title, maybe next year.
There were several males further down the line that took my eye for
various reasons. I will mention a few:
Bazi v.d. Urbecke
V6 Bazi v.d. Urbecke,
an excellent male, being well used, I look forward to seeing his
progeny next year.
V7 Yerom vom Haus Salihin,
an excellent male with much to offer.
V8 Djenges Kahn of Sante’s Home,
is a VERY BIG male of otherwise excellent conformation, but he is
somewhat lacking in movement.
Andrjuscha van Noort
V13 Andrjuscha van Noort,
a VA Hill vom Farbenspiel son, an impressive male, not surprisingly
proving to be popular with many breeders. A few very good offspring
coming through - I hope more emerge for next year.
V16 Astana Alfons,
He disappointed me somewhat this year, his courage test was
outstanding, but he has not made the progress I expected over the
last year, with normal development. I will look out for him next
V17 Irok Karanberg,
last year’s Youth Sieger, an excellent male, I thought he looked
better this year, could have been a little higher in this class, but
lost places during the gaiting phase.
V23 Digger vom Elzmundungsraum,
I was impressed with this male. Excellent conformation, with much to
offer, and all three in this litter, which include Daphne and Daira,
are without a doubt outstanding. I feel confident he will be a top
class producer in very high demand by breeders. I also considered
him worthy of a much higher place.
V34 Yukon v.d.Bastillie,
a young male, with very useful bloodlines.
V46 Wallace vom Holtkamper See,
I like this excellent male, he has much to offer- another worthy of
a much higher place.
EZ Vidoc des Collines du Boischaut,
an excellent young male, who was excused for some reason. I thought
this male would have comfortably been in the first 25 V males.
There was the usual large number of dogs excused at this year’s
Sieger Show. I despair at this annual exodus. It is an insult to the
Judges, and should be more tightly controlled. I am aware, from
emails received, that many exhibitors felt their dog has been
insulted by the Judge, with an unworthy call out place given to
their dog, and this is why they withdrew their dog. My response is
simply this, you have entered your dog for the Judges opinion, when
you get it, just accept it. I am always surprised at the apparent
acceptance by the Judges of the Sieger Show, of these insulting
levels of withdrawals.
The inclusion and placement of some VERY BIG males in this class,
and other classes, including some VA males and females, and other
Adult females, in this year’s Sieger Show, raises fundamental
questions as to the integrity of the German Körung system. To say it
LACKS integrity is certainly not an inaccurate statement.
The SV Körung requires all Class 1 males being measured at 65 cms or
less at their withers. Of course a male over 65cms up to 66cms can
only receive a class 2 Körung, and according to the SV rules and
regulations, EVERY MALE OVER 66cms CANNOT BE AWARDED A KORUNG and
EVERY FEMALE OVER 61cms CANNOT BE AWARDED A KORUNG. The SV rules
further state there is NO appeal against a Körmeister’s decision in
this matter, even if he measures a 65cms or 66cms male at a higher
measurement, and consequently he denies the male a Körung. Such
rules are unreasonable in our sport. NO man is an island unto
himself, and absolute power corrupts.
Many believe that Herr Reinhardt Meyer is going to seriously tackle
many challenges facing our breed, particularly the size issue, the
jury is out. Clearly this must be an immense task for Reinhardt, as
this year there were some VERY BIG males in his VA group and the
rest of his class. (The Italian Sieger results will also
influence many people with regards to any serious assault on the
size problem – with Nando making Sieger)
I certainly have more to say on the issue of size. However do not
think that I dislike big dogs - my clear position is that I
simply want our breed size standard raised to a genuinely realistic
one. The dishonest practices regarding measuring that prevail in
Germany, and elsewhere, must end; it is simply no longer acceptable
Many German dogs winning top honours are being used extensively at
stud, and often sold abroad. I believe that many of these dogs have
completely false height to wither measurements in their Körung,
which if the measurement was accurate, under the SV existing rules &
regulations would STOP such dogs receiving a Breed Survey (Körung)
pass grade. Such a loss to our breed would be a tragedy. In the past
many well oversize males, including many Siegers and VA’s, have been
hugely beneficial to our breed’s progress. Can you imagine our breed
today without some of those great (big) males? SV rules &
regulations should not exclude such males from our breeding pool,
and their inclusion should not rest on the breaking of such rules
and regulations, this is why I call for changes.
It has been reported to me that many German Import males, with Class
1 Körung, were entered in this year’s Canadian Sieger Show, and I
was informed that the German SV Judge measured these males, and
threw them out of the adult class, for being oversize. I am also
informed that many of the incensed owners of these males are
considering legal action against the SV, for providing their
Korung’s, under their rules and regulations, with obvious and very
serious inaccuracies. I would like to receive more information about
this occurrence and any similar. There can be no doubt that changes
have to be made in our breed standard relating to the size of our
GSD, and to the Rules and Regulations connected to measuring dogs.
Our current breed standard states the ideal size for a male is 62.5
cms - what a joke - how many males do you see of this size among the
thousands at the Sieger Show? It then goes on to allow 2.5 cms
either side of this ideal. Can you even imagine a male of 60 cms; I
would collapse in hysterics if I ever saw one. And if I ever bred
one I would be very concerned about its genetic makeup. Can you
imagine taking a male of less than 62.5 cms into a show ring, or
using such a male in your breeding programme? We need to get real, I
have been in this breed for well over 30 years, and I am a
Championship Show Judge and a reasonably successful breeder. I
despair at our breed standard regarding height to withers, and I am
angry at the insults to my intelligence that I am forced to tolerate
on a continuing basis. At many GSD Shows, throughout the World, when
I am told dogs have a Körung class 1 from Germany, and then when I
look at them, and even having measured some of them, they are higher
than 66 cms, and many go up to 70 cms.
It is way beyond time that the SV stop refusing a Körung based on
oversize, and change the Breed Standard on size. I would suggest
that 65 cms is the ideal size for a male, and we should allow 2.5
cms either side of this for a Class 1 Körung. Outside of this range
should result in a Class 2 Körung, and an appeal should be allowed
if the owner disagrees with the measurements taken by the Körmeister.
One thing I am absolutely certain about, well over 95% of males in
the Show rings around the World, fall within my suggested
measurements. With a very large portion within the upper half.
We have a breed standard for size, which is considered sacrosanct,
“cast in stone”, by the SV, the SV Judges and Körmeisters. Then this
system allows these very people to persist in inaccurate measuring,
particularly in the Körung, on a very selective basis. If anyone
thinks my questioning of a Körmeister’s ability to measure both
accurately and honestly is wrong, and we do not need an appeal
system, then let the perfect Körmeisters step forward, please.
If the SV doubts the size of the problem, or in any way wishes to
challenge my comments and assertions, I would respectfully request
that they organise the independent measuring of the first 20 dogs in
ALL classes at the Sieger Show 2008, in Aachen. My suggestion is NOT
intended to replace the judge’s responsibilities in any way
whatsoever; it is intended to provide independent and factual
information of the size of each of these exhibits. The measurement
information to be published in the SV Zeitung at the earliest
opportunity. Such open and transparent checks on easily obtained
information about the top dogs at the Sieger Show, on an annual
basis, would be invaluable to our breed’s future progress. Surely
this is obvious to all.
I am not forgetting for one moment that this Sieger Show is the
“German Sieger Show”. However the SV are fully aware of the
Worldwide responsibility they hold for our breed, and the Worldwide
impact this Sieger Show has. Not forgetting the SV Worldwide power
and influence through the WUSV.
I firmly believe that if the SV do not introduce changes to the
Breed Standard regarding size, and changes in their Rules and
Regulations regarding size, especially with regard to their Körung,
they will in future be faced with litigation cases from within
Germany and from around the World. They should be aware that we live
in ever increasing litigious times, as well as very easy and
comprehensive global communications. The current situation in
unsustainable, the challenge is to formulate changes which are
sustainable and will encourage transparent honesty. Perhaps legal
action may be directed at the Körmeisters who have such absolute
power regarding the Körung, and particularly measuring the size of
Note Körung Rule:
2.5.4 The decision of the
acting Körmeister is final. An objection against it is not
Note Körung Rule:
Measurements and weights
The measurements for weight, depth of chest and chest diameter can
be taken by the Körmeister or his authorized helper or Körung
manager; the withers measurements are taken by the Körmeister.
Note Körung Rule:
7.5 Unsuitability for the Körung b)
Oversize or undersize of more than 1 cm;
Note Körung Rule:
7.7.3 The breed survey can
end, become invalid, through the process of revocation. This comes
about through a recommendation by a Körmeister or conformation judge
to the Köramt (survey office at HQ). A “hold” can be put on the
process of recording the survey results for whatever time is
necessary to iron out any possible problems.
The Sieger Judges in 2008, and all SV judges, should measure
EVERY DOG, that is shown in Germany, and where they are oversize
– they should implement
immediately – if they cannot do this, then at least be honest about
the ACTUAL SIZE PREVALENT in our breed, and adjust the breed
standard accordingly. Ostrich behaviour is unacceptable. The size
problem is NOT reducing, if anything it is growing, we need to face
up to reality, and implement new breed standard height measurements
urgently. I totally refute the argument that if the breed standard
height is raised, our breed will get even bigger. This is an
argument put forward by those that wish to retain the present
dishonest and corrupt system. The way to absolutely ensure this
does NOT happen is very simple, Judges and Körmeister’s measure
honestly and very strictly, with absolutely NO EXCEPTIONS,
not even for friends or other Judges or Körmeister’s, or any other
connections. The SV must then implement a Rule to remove a Judge or
Körmeister from office if they measure any dog dishonestly. Perhaps
the famous German “efficiency with quality” can be illustrated by
the SV in this important matter.
Perhaps the SV Judge of the Canadian Sieger Show 2007 – had the
courage (sic) to throw oversize dogs out of the class, but not
enough to implement
7.7.3 above. Then again
perhaps he did???
Again I make no apologies for writing about these very serious
issues here in my IMPRESSIONS. The Sieger Show is the most
globally important and globally influential German Shepherd Show. We
must highlight all the most important issues affecting the breed’s
present and future for open debate, so that they may be taken
seriously by the powerful and influential German Shepherd
organisations, especially those within Germany- the Homeland.
VA1 Gina - VA2 Pania - VA3 Hasel
In the Adult female class
- working female class, there were 9 VA’s
Most bitches in the front group of this class were very big, and
very beautiful. I was very impressed with the quality, and more
particularly the substance of many females presented on Sunday.
Gina vom Aquamarin
VA1 & Siegerin Gina vom Aquamarin, – a big substantial
female who was VA7 last year, and fully justifying her title this
year. Lovely feminine head and expression, harmonious conformation,
superb overline and underline, correct angulations. Her gait was
outstanding, with perfect forward reach, fully complementing her
tremendous hindthrust. Her performance throughout was exemplary, a
very worthy Siegerin.
VA2 Pania dell’ Alto Pino, moving up from VA9 last year,
again an excellent female, a daughter of Zamp vom Thermodos.
VA3 Hasel vom Streek, A very balanced female, of
correct size, beautiful conformation, and outstanding movement. She
was VA4 in 2005.
YASMIN VOM NIEUWLANDSHOF
VA4 Yasmin vom Nieuwlandshof,
a BIG female – down from VA3 last year, her size looked less obvious
amongst the bigger females this year. A very strong beautiful female
who performed better than last year. Bred by a top Dutch kennel. It
was very pleasing to see her breeder Geert Kroesen looking very well
after a long period of illness.
VA5 Lana v d Zenteiche,
up from V4 last year, a very beautiful female, giving an excellent
The remaining VA females were all excellent and fully deserved their
VA grades. It was good to see more fabulous females coming through
from Zamp vom Thermodos. In addition to the VA2 Pania, there
was VA9 Chiara vom Steffen Haus, up from V2 last year, V1
Alisha, V4 Chanel, V8 Daphne, sister to Sue
Belfield’s Daira, now in England, V19 Kurina. What an
excellent legacy Zamp is giving our breed.
This Adult class of females, particularly the front group, offer our
breed considerable promise for its future.
Judge Henning Setzer & his team - Junghund Male Class
In the Junghund (Yearling) Male Class, There were no stars
for me in this class, although it contained some excellent males,
there was something obviously lacking in all of them, or in the case
of the SG3 male something extra, his big size.
Junghund Sieger SG1
Godalis Tino, an excellent son of VA Quenn vom Loher Weg,
a very well constructed dog, of correct size, and proportions. With
his breeding and very low ZW of 73, and his excellent producing
female line, I am sure many breeders will use him. I look forward to
seeing him next year,
but I believe that the SG2 Furbo degli
Achei (ZW=78) in the Jugend male class, will seriously challenge
Tino for their fathers VA crown.
Tyson vom Kottersbusch
Another challenger should certainly
be the SG3 in this class Tyson vom Kottersbusch (ZW=79),
a very big male, and another outstanding VA Quenn son, out of
a superbly bred female. On balance I firmly believe Tyson deserved
the title of Youth Sieger. I certainly found that Tyson had all the
qualities of a Youth Sieger. He is a big male, but I am sure his
Körung will measure him at 65cms. Look how many other very highly
placed sons of VA Quenn were in this class. It is therefore no
surprise that many people thought Quenn a worthy Sieger- maybe next
SG2 Sony vom Heinrichplatz,
this son of VA Dux Cuatro Flores is a very good male, but lacked in
the forehand, and should have been further back.
SG4 Tuareg v.
(Yanox Bad-Boll - Fanny Val del Lambro)
SG14 Magnum z.
(Quenn Löher Weg x Helen Kolbenguß)
SG21 Victor vom Zellwaldrand
(Zamp vom Thermodos x Melinda Niemberger