Show 2002 in Karlsrühe
Payne – Videx
Held in Karlsrühe
Germany, a rather compact venue, regularly used by the SV and considered
by many exhibitors and visitors to be somewhat less than ideal for this
great annual show. The spectators viewing around the four rings outside
the main stadium is the main reason for their dissatisfaction. I must say
the compact area for the stalls, including the traditional fruit stall,
complete with running water and sinks for washing the fruit, and the food
and drinking facilities, does tend to get rather over-crowded. The benefit
being the social gathering that takes place, especially with many foreign
friends, is most enjoyable. Some Brits seem to take advantage of every
opportunity for social drinking, I regularly bumped into Dennis Vessey,
having said that, I do find his company most enjoyable, and the more I
drink the more I enjoy it.
The FOUR day CNN weather forecast
suggested the show would have cloud, showers, rain and storms, over the 3
days. Apart from rain and a little thunder and lightning on Saturday
evening, the weather for the three days was superb, clear blue skies and
sunny all day, with very comfortable temperatures (except at 7am on Sunday
morning) when we went early to get a good seat to watch the 12 to 18 month
males class. It was really cold, and Brian (no jacket) Wadlow suffered in
I go to most Sieger Shows with, Brian
Wadlow. We spend considerable time with our many foreign friends. Friends
from Germany, Netherlands, Italy, Belgium, India, Spain, Peru etc. This
year many were very successful and we celebrated regularly, culminating in
a wonderful celebration on Sunday evening with the owners of the very
beautiful SG4 female JHKLH, Anta vom Ben Harten, in a superb
Italian restaurant, filled with many nationalities, such was the
popularity of the female and her owner/breeders.
2002 was definitely a vintage year, with
several superb males and females from every class. Whatever one thinks of
the SV President Peter Messler, he has without doubt took our breed
forward. A testimony to this were the superb VA males of this year, all
bar one sired by a VA male, and several with VA mothers. Peter may not
Judge to everyone’s liking, but there can be no doubting his integrity,
sincerity, and his vision for our breed. This very rare combination has
resulted in our breed making real and obvious progress.
There are rumours galore that Peter
Messler intends to resign, and rumours that several ambitious hopefuls,
including one notable judge, who spent a lot of time in every ring this
year, are planning to stand for the election of SV President in December.
I hope these rumours are unfounded and Peter Messler continues as
President for many years to come. I also hope he now accumulates the
loyalty and support across the whole SV that he clearly deserves. Our
wonderful breed will undoubtedly be the winner.
Once again I have compiled the ‘main
results’ of the show, and I hope you find these useful. It also means that
you can easily see the major awards, and the sire and dam of each one, at
I must tell you at this point, I had
bought a powerful and excellent pair of binoculars for this years Sieger,
and believe me they were worth every penny I paid. In the stadium the dogs
were so close and detailed through these binoculars it brought a new
dimension to my enjoyment of the show. In the outside rings the dogs
appeared to be never more that 5 or 6 metres away.
The Shepherds that I found most
impressive were as follows:
Yasko Farbenspiel, Sieger for the second successive year, out of 10
VA’s, and sire of the outstanding VA Larus von Batu and last
years Young Sieger, and this years Young Sieger the absolutely superb
Quentin Karenberg, a real SUPER STAR. Quentin is owned and was bred by
Cedric Blackbourne, a quiet, modest man, who many of you will know. I was
delighted to meet up with him at Birmingham Airport, and enjoy the same
flight to Frankfurt for the Sieger Show. Cedric is a stalwart of our breed
in the UK, and has now taken strides into the breed in the homeland of
Germany, including a Kennel based in Viernheim. We could not ask for a
better person to represent the UK, in these important stages of the UK
breeders participation in the Germany Sieger Show. Cedric exudes honesty
and integrity, he has an eye for a good shepherd, and for breeding
partners, He once judged Videx Havoc, placing her a little down the
line, then asked to see the owner, me, he proceeded to tell me she was a
little over size, thus the placing, but in his opinion would prove to be
an excellent producer, how right he was. Cedric also owns the V2 Champ
von Dakota, I hope he makes VA next year, and SG23 yearling class
Opal Karenberg who I felt should have been somewhat higher placed.
VA5 Kevin vom Murrtal
VA Kevin vom Murrtal, a son of
twice Sieger Rikkor Bad-Boll. Kevin is a correct size, my ideal
type, and an obvious male, almost exemplary construction, very strong head
with very attractive dark mask, beautiful rich red/gold colouring, with
deep black. He has matured very well during the last twelve months, and
moved with power and conviction, both on and off the lead. Kevin’s progeny
was of excellent quality, in both construction and colour/pigmentation. I
was fortunate to use Kevin two weeks after the Sieger Show, I now hope and
dream about the anticipated litter.
VA7 Ghandi Arlett, although he
looked a little out of place in the superb VA line up, being a comparative
smaller male than the others, his excellent progeny (predicted last year)
made it essential that he was included in the VA group. In my opinion
Ghandi follows his motherline, ie. A Nico von Arlett daughter,
rather than his sire, Ursus von Batu. As a result some of his
progeny failed for me in head and muzzle strength, although type,
construction, colour and masks were generally excellent. VA Hill
VA Larus von Batu looked and performed
superbly, I await their progeny next year with interest.
VA10 Orbit von Tronje
VA Orbit von
Tronje is without a doubt magnificent, he fully deserved his VA
placing, and indeed I would have placed him VA 6, above Bax. Orbit is of
outstanding construction, and his progeny was most impressive. I sincerely
believe Orbit could be one of this decades TOP producers and a future
V1 Erasmus van Noort, I felt he deserved VA status, along
with the sable V2 Champ von Dakota, a dog I admired last year;
these two were in my opinion a class above the remaining V dogs placed
immediately behind them.
Siegerin - Karma vom
In the adult female
class there were 9 VA’s, although I must say the Siegerin Karma vom
Ochsentor was absolutely stunning, and the clear winner of this class.
All of the VA grades were fully deserved, with for me, one exception, VA 7
Nasa vom Hochmoor appeared to be out of place. She was lacking in
several aspects of construction, and I was not alone in thinking there
probably 20 females behind her, of superior construction and movement. I
am still perplexed at her placing. I am now even more puzzled because when
I arrived home, I looked this female up in the Photo Urma book for 2001,
there she is SG 3 in the JHKLH, looking absolutely beautiful. I can only
say that this year I saw her walking and gaiting, or standing on a loose
lead. Maybe she is one of those shepherds that can be stacked superbly,
but once they move it all but disappears. I also felt the overall standard
of the open bitch class was much higher than last year.
Youth Sieger - Nero vom
In the Young classes
there were several outstanding shepherds: Youth Sieger Nero vom
Nobachtal, an Enzo Buchhorn son, in my opinion his best ever,
and an improvement on his father. Peter Messler said of Enzo at the Sieger
Show 2000 “It is to be hoped that male offspring will appear which
will be in a position to perpetuate the line of his sire Lasso.”
You can be certain that Nero meets all the criteria to achieve
Youth Siegerin -
Farina von der Noriswand
Farina von der Noriswand, an Orbit von Tronje daughter of
genuine magnificence. Big, strong, beautiful type, and proportions, and
excellent overline, exemplary angulations, culminating in the expected
fabulous movement. A future Siegerin and top producer, if I have ever seen
one. Farina is owned by Uday Jani, a shepherd enthusiast who lives in the
UK. Uday has acquired several top class shepherds over the last few years,
including the VA Enzo von Buchhorn. I am sure this success with Farina is
surely only the beginning of an exciting future for his kennel. Uday’s
kennel name is GODALIS. He also has a kennel near Frankfurt, Germany,
shared with Reiner Gunst of the von Satyr kennel. It is to be hoped the UK
shepherd scene will continue to benefit from Uday’s enthusiasm for
shepherds, especially through the use of the many top quality males he
owns, maybe he can arrange for more to be available to UK breeders, even
if it is only for part of the year.
Anta vom ben Harten
The SG4 in this class
Anta vom ben Harten, who for me definitely would have been SG2,
bred in Peru, by a top breeder in Peru, Luz-Maria & Rogue (Rocky) Benevides. Anta had many wins in South America, including the Sieger Show
of Argentina, She then came to Europe some three months prior to the
Sieger Show, under the expert eye of my friend Henning Setzer (Fidelius)
and trained by Ron & Barbara van Drooge, handled by Dennie Timman, Anta is
a granddaughter of Indra von Fidelius. I am delighted to learn that
Anta will be completing her training early next year in Holland and
Germany, with the intention of her competing at next years Sieger Show.
Everyone I spoke to were most impressed by her and her performance, a
credit to Ron & Barbara, not forgetting Henning or the owner/breeders.
Young Sieger - Quentin
It is with pleasure
that I write about the Young Sieger Quentin Karenberg, the clear
winner of his class. A son of the Sieger Yasko, out of Mary von Tronje
(V1 at Bremen 2000) many thought her worthy of VA. Quentin is a dog right
out of the top drawer, black and red/gold, a beautiful colour. He is of
absolute correct size and a type that makes me tingle. His construction,
type, and movement is the nearest to my ideal I have seen. I hope he
fulfils all his opportunities and expectations, for here is a dog that
could raise the quality of our breed by a margin.
Chandra von Arline and the SG2 Larissa vom Fichtenschlag, these
two were clearly above the remainder. Chandra, a daughter of Wallace
incidentally Wallace had some excellent progeny, just look at the main
results, SG1 - SG25, in this class, SG2 - SG15 in the junior male class,
SG8 in the yearling female class, SG21 – SG22 in the yearling dog class.
VA3 in the open female class. Larissa is one of the best offspring I have
seen from Pascha von der Jahnhohe, an Ulk x Zamb combination.
The progeny groups are
always a highlight at the Sieger, on a Saturday morning. Karlsruhe has
probably the worst facilities for enjoying this wonderful spectacle. They
are spread down a narrow wooded lane, with bends, dips, and hollows, along
with the many trees, providing unwelcome and rather dense shade. They exit
the woods, into a small packed passage then into the stadium. My comments
on the progeny groups are as follows:
an excellent group with some very highly placed individuals, lack of mask
on some was apparent, as were some incorrect fronts, a tendency to twist
Untox von Ducati,
an excellent group, females tended to be better than males, having said
that Ryan Rambridge – Tramella GSD has a super young male with a powerful
head, excellent construction and super movement, out of Untox in the UK.
Esko von Dänischen Hof,
An excellent group, with outstanding females, and some excellent males,
including one of my favourites Henry von der Dunieschenke who moved up to
V10, from V12 last year. Next year should see Henry’s first progeny group.
The Esko group convinces me of the value his blood is for correct
construction, of minor concern is paling colour, generally easy to
Mack von Aducht,
A group I could not really take to, there was a tendency for oversize, and
forehand assembly could have been much better, colour also tended to be
quite plain and bland.
Kevin vom Murrtal,
already mentioned, and good enough to convince me to use him.
Bax von der Luisenstrasse,
a group from studs of only some 11 or 12 weeks, bearing in mind his date
of birth and that studs cannot commence until 2 years of age. The result
is very promising, SG4 – SG6 junior males, SG6 junior females, I look
forward to seeing many more next year.
Ghandi von Arlett
already commented on.
Hill vom Farbenspiel,
and Larus von Batu, no progeny yet, but awaited with considerable
Orbit von Tronje,
already commented on, a TOP producer surely.
Others with some
excellent progeny, Baru von Haus Yu, and Dux della
Valcuvia, VA last year, but failed the working test this year. I do
not like this male, as I said last year, mainly because of his forward
placed front assembly. It amazes me the amount of people who just cannot
see it. Many of his progeny have acquired it, and have been highly placed.
I dread the thought of this fault becoming ‘the norm’. Having said that,
Dux has produced some excellent progeny without this fault. Saber vom
Steffen Haus, a very disappointing group, mainly because of lack of
masculinity in the males.
Of the remaining
progeny Groups I liked the following: Hoss vom Larchenhain,
Rikkor von Bad-Boll, Neptun von Bad-Boll, and Ursus von Batu.
Carol - Vlori - Alyson
One highlight of this
Sieger Show was a daughter of Saber vom Stefan Haus, V40 Vlori
vom Rhein-Moselring. She is heading to become a Champion in the UK,
owned and loved by those lovely girls Carol Eastwood and Alyson Reilly. It
was a very proud moment for the many Brits, lined up around the working
test ground, watching Carol take Vlori in herself for the working test,
both performed with a calm assurance achieving a positive result, the
Brits erupting in applause. Stephen Cox completed this British effort by
handling Vlori to a very creditable V40 position. Congratulations to all
concerned, it was a wonderful experience, let’s have many more.
I look forward to next
years Sieger Show to be held in Ulm, near Stuttgart, a small town, so book
your hotel early. Rose & Harry Emmett have booked their trip for next
year, and I understand they have reserved a lot of spare rooms; I also
look forward to going to several shows in Europe during 2003. If you have
never been to a Sieger Show, then go in 2003, you will not be
disappointed, it is an unforgettable experience.
God willing, I will see you next year at
Ulm. 2003 show date - 5th to 7th September.
SIEGER SHOW - 2003
Ulm - near Stuttgart
5th to 7th September
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