Held in Oberhausen,
situated in an industrial area of Germany, near Dusseldorf, this is
the first time the Sieger Show has been held here, and I believe it
is planned to return here in 2008. Oberhausen is a somewhat smaller
city than the usual large city venues, which causes some difficulty
with available hotel accommodation, with many visitors staying in
hotels some distance from the venue.
The Show was held in
the Niederrheinstadion, which is not an ideal venue with a lay out
not to everyone’s liking for this huge German Shepherd Dog
Spectacular Show. 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 considerable distance from
the entrance to the stadium, although they were on a flat well
grassed area, there was also some distance between the (12 to 18
months) rings and the (18 to 24 months) rings.
Walking around the
venue presented many stairs, and elevations, some excessive
distances, and continually dodging the dog faeces which was in most
of the public places, with little evidence of facilities for
collecting and disposing of it. On the Saturday afternoon there was
an almost constant odour of dog faeces which was being regularly
stepped on around the venue.
The young classes
(male & female) had very good sized flat rings, with spectator
viewing available around almost the full rings. This is a very
important facility for the Sieger Show because many thousands of
spectators attend and they need ample space to be able to see the
dogs being judged. Some Sieger venues have only 3 sides of the ring
accessible to spectators, with restrictions of various kinds on
other sides. Inside the main stadium was somewhat smaller than the
usual stadiums at other Sieger Show venues, but adequate.
There was a variety
of facilities for various foods and drinks, between the young dog
rings and the stadium and near the front entrance to the stadium. It
was not far from these areas where most of the stalls were situated,
although some stalls were somewhat separated from the main group.
SIEGERIN 2006 - XARA VOM AGILOLFINGER
Prachensky and the Siegerin Xara vom Agiloifinger and Lothar Quoll
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 highest placings for
each class, etc. et. This is a most enjoyable part of this great
show and I had conversations with GSD enthusiasts from many various
countries including Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, France,
USA, New Zealand, Canada, Hawai and South Africa.
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
thunderstorms, over the 3 days. Whereas the weather for most of the
show was very good; with some cloud and occasional showers, and on
the Sunday quite heavy rain for a couple of hours, mainly during the
Working classes. The temperatures were quite warm during the whole
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 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.
The 2006 Sieger Show brought a change in the Judge for the adult
working class females, Gunter Schwedes of the von der
Wilhelmswarte kennel. The judge for adult working class males
being the same judge as last year Heinz Scheerer of the vom
Huhnegrab kennel, who is the National Breed Warden of the SV.
Gunter Schwedes is a
well known and respected SV judge. Gunter has a quiet but
authoritive manner, and his obvious enthusiasm and enjoyment,
coupled with his ability and experience while judging the Working
Class females was a pleasure to watch.
Ursus von Batu again
figured quite strongly in the bloodlines of this Sieger Show,
although it was apparent that some alternative bloodlines are being
brought forward. The strongest bloodline to be promoted in 2006
being Dux della Valcuvia. His son Quantum von Arminius
VA2 and a grandson, the son of Quantum von Arminius, Zamp vom
Thermodos making VA1 & Sieger
It is very clear
that Dux della Valcuvia is already a very influential sire
within our breed, and is not only a top producer himself, but his
two top class producing sons, Marko della Valcuvia VA7
2005, Quantum and his grandson Zamp, ALL carrying his
excellent reproductive abilities.
I, again, offer the following explanation of these very important
producing abilities which will help breeders understand where much
of it originates from. It will also strongly emphasize the
importance for breeders to more closely examine the producing
females in a potential stud dog’s pedigree.
Dux della Valcuvia
- his powerful reproductive capabilities not only come through VA
Max della Loggia dei Mercanti, they also come strongly through Una
della Valcuvia. Una is the daughter of the outstanding female VA "Ulme
de Valdovin", a female bred in Spain by Javier Mallo.
Marko della Valcuvia is line - bred 3-2 on this fabulous female VA "Ulme
de Valdovin" who was undefeated in Germany in 1996. Ulme was twice
VA6 in Germany, Siegerin of Spain, two times Siegerin of Italy and
also Belgian Siegerin. Ulme was a magnificent daughter of Sieger
Visum vom Arminius and the Spanish Siegerin Ora von Batu.
Look how the "della Valcuvia" breeder has based his kennel,
and inbred Ulme. Many of her offspring follow her type. Ulme is a
half sister to the great V male Lux de Valdovin SG3, (a Zamb v.d.
Wienerau son and one of his best). Lux is apparent in many of the
German VA's - like Larus, Untox etc. Lork de Valdovin was VA in
Spain and one of the best Spanish producers of all time. Lina de
Valdovin SG16 Germany, and of course Ulme, Lux, Lork, Lina, are all
through the VA1 & Spanish Siegerin Ora v. Batu.
Ora von Batu, mother to Ulme,
is also sister to Ossa v. Batu mother to Immo v. Batu, a top
producer in his own right, and sire of Australia's top producer of
many years Iwan vom Lechtal. It is clear that much of Dux della
Valcuvia's great 'producing ability' comes through several
outstanding producing females.
The results of the 2004 Italian Sieger Show emphatically illustrated
the producing abilities of Marko della Valcuvia. The progeny of
Marko at the 2005 German Sieger Show continued to re-enforce his
producing abilities, as does the progeny of Quantum, and his
son Zamp vom Thermodos, who at the 2005 Sieger Show had 13
daughters in the TOP 50 in the Jugend female class (junior class)
and 7 males in the TOP 50 in the Jugend male class (junior class) –
a TOTAL of 20 out of these 100 TOP GSD,
ONE IN FIVE, a tremendous achievement.
At the 2006 Sieger Show at
Oberhausen Zamp vom Thermodos gained the much coveted Sieger
title and Quantum von Arminius gained the Vice- Sieger title
for the second time. On the Saturday morning the progeny groups of
BOTH these top producing males were kept in the Stadium TOGETHER,
while the Judges Heinz Scheerer and Gunter Schwedes extolled the
virtues of their respective progeny groups. This was clear
recognition of the very high value to be placed on both these males
for their very positive contribution to our breed.
sired the excellent male V9 Winner vom Assaut SG3- 2005,
Dux sired Boss vd Grafenburg V13- 2005 and V11- 2006,
Marko sired Wafa di Casa Cacozza VA6- 2005 and VA4- 2006,
and Zamp sired Pania dell Alto Pino SG6- 2005
and VA9- 2006.
Please read the MAIN RESULTS
carefully to fully appreciate the tremendous producing ability
through Dux della Valcuvia, and his two sons Quantum &
Marko and his illustrious grandson, through Quantum, Zamp vom
Thermodos, without a doubt the star of the 2006 Sieger Show. I
hope you can fully appreciate why I have gone into so much detail of
these valuable bloodlines.
The ADULT MALE
– working dog class, was for me the best class of this Sieger Show,
there were 8 VA males.
Zamp vom Thermodos
fully deserving his Sieger title with a superb performance and
equally superb progeny group, with many gaining very high places,
some I thought should have been even higher.
QUANTUM VON ARMINIUS
Quantum von Arminius
– a BIG male, looking and performing very well for his age at VA2,
with a very impressive progeny group.
ORBIT VOM HUHNEGRAB
VA3 Orbit vom Huhnegrab
a BIG male who had the largest progeny group entered at the Show,
but his progeny group was disappointing. The owners may consider
putting quality before quantity in future progeny groups.
VA4 Pakros d’ Ulmental for
me should have been in front of Orbit, on conformation and the
quality of his progeny, he is also the sire of the magnificent VA8
de CUATRO FLORES
VA5 Dux de Cuatro Flores,
again in my opinion Dux should have been in front of Orbit, Dux is
the continuation of his father VA Hill vom Farbenspiel, and produced
several outstanding females.
QUENN VOM LOHERWEG
VA6 Quenn vom Loher Weg, I
was more than a little disappointed in his progeny group and he must
surely improve on this quality next year to retain his VA status.
VOM HOLTKAMPER HOF
VA7 Odin vom Holtkamper Hof,
(Youth Sieger 2005) A BIG male is from a very successful kennel, and
I have received several reports that he is producing superb puppies,
although too young for a progeny group this year. A superb male,
with excellent conformation and very good performance - I feel sure
he will present an exciting progeny group next year.
VA8 Vegas du Haut Mansard,
(Young Sieger 2005) my favourite male of all time, and again this
year he looked the star that he is. Vegas is also too young for a
progeny group, but again I am sure he will produce. We will see in
2007, as I have received reports of many outstanding puppies in his
first crop of litters. Vegas, as with his father Pakros, is a very
exciting male for the future of our breed.
I have no doubt that a tie up of
Pakros and Vegas lines with Ursus and Yasko
lines and Dux, Zamp, Quantum, Marko lines will figure
VERY STRONGLY in the future of our breed. Families to compliment
families, and certainly royal combinations. I would add that Dux de
Cuatro Flores and Esko vom Danischen Hof lines, especially where
they are in the female line, should certainly combine very
positively with the above lines. I am also hopeful that Odin vom
Holtkamper Hof will prove a very successful producer and add to the
exciting bloodlines developing in Germany, presently being promoted
by Herr Heinz Scheerer. Most credit of course must go to the
excellent breeders in Germany, they predominantly choose the male
that suits their female. In many other countries, the majority of
breeders choose the male for their female by ‘who owns the male’,
a certain route to the mediocrity of our breed in those countries
whose breeders adopt this practice.
It must also be
noted that VA4 Pakros and VA1 & Siegerin Xara are BOTH out of the
fabulous female Karma Ochsentor VA twice & Siegerin 2002
It would be most valuable if all
other countries, particularly those with WUSV member Clubs,
SUPPORTED MUCH MORE POSITIVELY THE PROGRESSIVE APPROACH OF THE
GERMAN SV AND GERMAN BREEDERS. We could all gain so much more
for and from our breed, and so much sooner.
Before I go on to some of the
higher placed V males, I would add here that the VA male
line up this year was for me the best VA line up for many years, in
conformation, performance, and in bloodlines, Herr Heinz Scheerer
should be congratulated for his positive influence on this. Some
progeny groups disappointed, but this was more than made up for by
the outstanding progeny groups of the others and the exciting
prospects for the future.
At this point I should mention
that Nando vom Gollerweiher VA9- 2005 failed his TSB test, as
did Karat’s Yoker (now sold), these two were expected to be
included in the VA group, but could not compete after their TSB
failure. Ken vom Elzmundungsraum V2- 2005 and Sony vd
Neudenauer Holzsteige SG2- 2005 had suffered injuries some weeks
prior to the Sieger Show so could not compete. Sony has since been
sold to China, joining many other top males and females the Chinese
have acquired over recent years. Sadly Flipp vom Arlett had
passed away shortly prior to the Sieger Show.
BRAVOS STEFFEN HAUS
V1 Bravos Steffen Haus
was widely expected to move up into the VA group, being the best son
of the prolific producer Esko vom Danischen Hof, but a somewhat
disappointing progeny group and with him not looking as impressive
as he did last year, he once again missed out.
V2 Janos Noriswand,
A VERY BIG male, I was very surprised that he made such a high position
as V2, particularly because he is such a big dog. I found it quite
staggering that he went on to obtain the title of Sieger at the
Italian Sieger Show some weeks after this event. The SV must surely
address the problem of size in a more consistent and structured
manner. I have much more to say on the subject of size within our
breed later on.
QUANTUM VOM FIEMERECK
V3 Quantum vom Fiemereck,
a top quality Rocky vom Haus Tepferd son. He was the best male this
year representing the VA Ando line, he was SG6 JKLR 2005. I look forward to seeing him and his progeny in future years.
he is being very well used in Germany.
I would point out some other
males in this class that particularly impressed me, V6 Idol
Holtkamper Hof, he had an excellent progeny group, and therefore
in my opinion should have been graded much higher.
photo by John Ward
Other males of notable quality
were V8 Dux Jabora, V9 Winner
Assaut, V13 Xaro d’ Ulmental, V14 Ingodds Agassi, V17 Bazi Urbecke,
and the brothers V15 Negus and V 24 Naxos Holtkamper See,
sired by Sieger Zamp out of a top producing Wallace daughter.
There were once again a large
number of dogs who failed the TSB Working Dog test. 47 adult males
and 38 adult females (the TSB ‘working dog test’ is compulsory for
all dogs in the Adult classes, and is also commonly known as the
courage test, the bite test, the Schutzhund test.)
Several notable failures in the ‘TSB’ were: Karat’s Yoker V1-
2005, Nando vom
Solo vom Team Fiemereck V14- 2005,
brother to Sammo vom
Team Fiemereck who failed last year, and was not presented this year.
Merlin Osterberger Land SG12- 2005, Tony degli Achei SG13- 2005,
Kenzo Grafenburg SG7- 2005, Cello Haus Yu SG4- 2005, Bijou Freeze
Land SG18- 2005. Notable failures amongst the females were: Atrice
Regina Pacis VA10- 2005, Osaka Fichtenschlag SG15- 2005.
In the Adult
- working female class, there were 9 VA’s
WORLD SIEGERIN 2006 - XARA VOM AGILOLFINGER
VA1 & Siegerin Xara Agilolfinger, – a female who was
VA7 last year, and fully justifying her title this year. A correct
size female with a good head and expression, harmonious
conformation, superb overline and underline, absolutely correct
angulations. Her performance throughout was exemplary, she had
obviously been shedding her coat but this did not detract from her
overall excellence, a very worthy Siegerin.
CHAKIRA OSTERBERGER LAND
VA2 Chakira Osterberger Land, A BIG female, moving up from VA12- 2005, again
an excellent female hailing from one of Germany’s most
successful kennels. An Esko daughter who should certainly give much
to our breed through her offspring.
YASMIN VOM NIEUWLANDSHOF
VA3 Yasmin vom Nieuwlandshof a BIG female – making a significant
move from her SG11- 2005, a very strong female who could have
performed a little better. Bred by a top Dutch kennel, that moved to
Germany a few years ago. What an achievement.
VA4 Wafa di Casa Cacozza a BIG female, VA6 last year and Youth Siegerin
2004, A BIG female, fully deserving her higher VA position this
year, a daughter of the top producer VA Marko della Valcuvia
BOA VON ARLINE
The remaining VA females were all excellent and deserved their VA
grades. I must say that I was very impressed with the judging of
this class by Gunter Schwedes. He clearly enjoyed the experience and
judged in a vigorous and professional manner throughout the class,
and did a very fine job. The quality of this class was again very
high, and many V females could have been considered for VA titles,
hopefully several of them will return and succeed next year. It is
always difficult for many females during their most productive years
to cope with litters and the demands of appearing at the Sieger
Show. I applaud the owners that manage to bring them back for
several years, between litters.
One very serious
aspect that I would draw attention to - many females in this class
were clearly over 60 cms. This alone offers the opportunity for interesting dialogue as
to how size is being handled by the SV, perhaps it’s “who you know
and not what you know”?? The German ‘rubber’ measuring stick has
been the subject of discussion for many, many years. Another regular
topic of discussion at the Sieger Show, which this year reached even
higher levels of incidence is the comment from many German
breeders/exhibitors and spectators and also many foreign breeders
and spectators, NO CONNECTION – NO CHANCE.
This is a very
important issue for debate and resolution within our breed and
throughout our breed World-Wide. The various aspects of this issue
affect the FUNDAMENTALS which will determine the FUTURE
of our breed. This issue affects the absolute necessity that the
CREAM OF OUR BREED MUST RISE TO THE TOP.
The best dog or bitch, regardless of ownership or connections,
should be promoted to the highest position in order that they
positively influence the progress of our breed. No importance should
be placed on who owns/breeds a dog.
I would congratulate
the SV on the introduction of hair testing in order to check for
THE ASSISTED COLOURING OF SOME DOGS WITH DYES at the 2006 Sieger
Show. The taking of hair samples of the first TEN in the
young dog classes and the first FIFTEEN in the adult classes
was the most positive step in recent years to genuinely tackle
CHEATING. The difference in the appearance of the dogs
throughout all classes was very significant, I found it very
reassuring how normal the colours appeared this year, and how some,
who vied for top honours in previous years, now had colour which was
very different. The owners should be in no doubt that this was well
and truly noticeable. I sincerely hope the hair testing next year
can be expanded to the top 20 in each class.
I also hope the SV
will consider implementing a FOOLPROOF height to withers
measuring system for the first 20 in each class at the Sieger Show.
It is unacceptable for obviously well oversized dogs to be most
influential in our breed’s gene pool. For too long a blind eye has
been turned in this regard, and this practice should end.
The SV cannot, on
the one hand rigidly refuse to increase the Breed Standard in regard
to height to the withers, and on the other hand continue to allow SV
Judges and SV Kormeisters to write down false measurements when they
choose to. This is two faced, and this is cheating, and it must stop
The SV sets the
breed Standard and the Rules and Regulations; they must also set the
standard for integrity in our breed, which is of equal if not higher
CHEATING IS WRONG –
TO CONDONE CHEATING IS EQUALLY WRONG.
The SV Körung regulations are very clear as follows:
7.2 Koerklasse 2
Dogs included in the rating of Korklasse-2:
b) with measurement over or under the limits of withers height by up
to 1 cm;
please note: the
breed standard for height to withers are as follows: Males 60cm to 65cm – Females 55cm to
In my opinion this 1cm is
far too restrictive to facilitate totally genuine measuring
practices, especially in the Körung, and I believe that 2cm at
the top end is much more realistic. This becomes very apparent
when one looks at the size of many top placed dogs at the German
Sieger Show over the years. Not forgetting that most of these males
have the greatest influence on our breed. The German ‘rubber’
measuring stick has been an international joke for as long as I can
remember. The Korklasse 2 grade is surely preferable than FAILING
the Körung and losing otherwise outstanding dogs from our breeding
pool. This coupled with honest measuring is surely worth
I would also suggest a double check system for measuring height. It
is far too important to leave to a single Kormeister, and measuring
dogs using modern sophisticated methods which can eliminate or
substantially reduce human error should certainly be explored. With
modern technology surely this is possible.
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 GSD Show within our breed. 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.
In the Junghund (Yearling) Male Class, the SG1 and Junghund
Sieger Irok Karanberg, would not have been my
choice, but he is a very well constructed dog who sadly lacked
showmanship on this big occasion. At this point I have to say I was
disappointed in the two young male classes, they did not contain any
outstanding males, unlike last years classes. There was certainly no
Odin or Vegas or Sony amongst them. I also felt that several better
males were down the line in both classes, which left many
disappointed in the Judging.
It is crucial that the SV appoint the most talented amongst their
Judges for the Sieger Show. We are all aware that some Judges are
outstanding and have an eye, a real talent for judging our breed. We
should make maximum use of these specially gifted judges. Let’s be
very clear on one fact, that all GSD judges are not equally skilled
and talented in judging our breed, and it becomes very obvious, at
major shows, especially the Sieger Show, to the many thousands of
German Shepherd aficionados who attend these shows from around the
SG2 Flipp Bujenter Land somewhat impressed, as did the three
Zamp sons SG3 Yumbo Barenschlucht, SG5 Sirio della
Real Favorita (Belgian Youth Sieger 2006) and SG6 Cito Haus
Portofino. Zamp had SEVEN sons in the first fifty of this class.
Orbit Huhnegrab had SIX sons in the first 50 of this class, although
I was somewhat less than impressed with the very large SG4 male
Greif Karl-May Hohle, as I was with the other Orbit sons who I
considered lucky to be placed so highly.
In the Junghund
(Yearling) Female Class, I was generally impressed with the
quality - much more so than the Junghund male class.
TIANA VOM FICHTENSCHLAG
The SG1 and Junghund
Siegerin Tiana Fichtenschlag was a very beautiful female,
sired by Wilko Fichtenschlag, a VA Orbit von Tronje son out of a
Hoss Larchenhain daughter, her mother Lufti Huhnegrab being a VA
Hill Farbenspiel daughter with the VA Karly Arminius, Marit
Wildsteigerland line on the female side. Certainly Tiana is a female
to look out for next year.
The SG4 Yelly Dreisbachtal a VA Dux Cuatro Flores daughter
was also very impressive, as was the SG5 Dux daughter Finny
Jahnhohe. There were three Dux daughters in the first fifty; in
fact they were in the first 20. There were six Pakros daughters in
the first fifty and seven Zamp daughters in the first fifty.
(Junior) Male Class was certainly my most disappointing class of
the Show. This was not a vintage year, with no outstanding stars for
the future, and the judging of this class left me perplexed to say
the least. Several excellent males deserved much higher positions in
this class. I have never seen a judge at the Sieger Show scrutinize
his paperwork so much; indeed there were times when I was at a loss
as to just what was going on.
XADRO VOM STREEK
In my opinion,
having watched this class from the beginning through to the final
group placings, the SG10 male Xadro vom Streek an excellent
VA Orbit von Tronje son would have been my winner, and the
SG9 male Lasso Rieser Perle, a VA Orbit Huhnegrab son,
who also stood out in Orbit’s progeny parade – deserved second
place, both these males should have bright futures.
I was also very
impressed with the SG28 male Thor Friedenspark who I
certainly felt should have been in the first five. He is an
excellent sable male of much strength and substance, excellent
conformation and outstanding movement. I will follow his career with
YEROM VOM HAUS SALIHIN
I must mention two
other excellent males in this class, both British bred and British
owned, and both highly placed, although I must say that in my
opinion both should have been placed higher.
One was the SG14
Astana Alfons, whose performance was exemplary, congratulations
to Julie and Tom Bridge. He is sired by Mentos Huhnegrab a
dog who was imported into the UK half owned by John Ward of
Belezra GSD Cornwall. Mentos also gained a credible V42 in the
Adult male class, congratulations John.
The other excellent British bred male in this class was SG29
Shotaan Fabius, another who gave an exemplary performance.
Fabius is bred, owned, and handled by Steve Cox - congratulations
Steve and to your dad Mike. Alfons and Fabius are a
credit to their breeders and owners and the British GSD fraternity
who they represented so admirably. They were certainly a British
highlight of this very special show.
My eye was also caught by the two brothers SG19 and SG24 Flash
and Fello Zomerdijkslanden, Dutch bred and sired by
Zamp. I have to say I preferred Fello.
A very interesting
observation of this class is to look at the sires of the first fifty
dogs and see how varied they are, I cannot remember such a wide
variation of sires in the first fifty of this class at any previous
Sieger Shows, something to ponder!
VIANA VOM FICHTENSCHLAG
(Junior) Female Class, The SG1 Jugend Siegerin Viana
Fichtenschlag was from the same kennel as the Junghund Siegerin
Tiana Fichtenschlag, a remarkable achievement,
The SG4 Nadia della Loggia dei Mercanti
surely has a bright future,
DESPINA VOM WEINBACHER LAND
and also the SG6 Despina Weinbacher Land, a VA Quenn
SG11 Gwendy aus
Agrigento a beautiful female sired by the superbly bred Leo
aus Agrigento must surely contend for a VA grading in future
years, one I feel sure is destined for top honours.
The Zamp daughters SG18 Daphne Elzmundungsraum and her
sister SG30 Daira Elzmundungsraum who is owned by Sue
Belfield in the UK, also impressed me, indeed I felt Daira should
have been a little higher.
The SG52 Calibra Panoniansee, also a Zamp daughter
caught my eye.
Many females in the
final group of this class were very impressive. There was depth of
conformation quality and consistent type enhanced by excellent
performance. For me this was the most impressive young class of the
show. The Judge Eric Bosl did an excellent job and I heard very
little disagreement with his placings. Once again there was wide
variation in the sires of the first fifty in this class, look at the
MAIN RESULTS, which clearly illustrates the wide choice of producing
sires and successful combinations now available to breeders.
We must all
appreciate how important it is for the future of our breed that we
continually encourage young people, boys and girls, into our breed.
I am delighted to report, what must be a “FIRST” for a young GSD
enthusiast from Great Britain, 12 year old
who hails from Wales not only attended her first Sieger Show, she
also handled the young VA3 Orbit vom Huhnegrab daughter
Veneze Addie in VA Orbit’s progeny parade. Jazz
was very impressive in the big ring of the stadium, handling her dog
with confidence and skill well beyond her tender age. She certainly
has much to offer to the British show scene, and I hope we all give
Jazz maximum encouragement within our breed.
We should all be inspired by
Jazz Davies to build a very strong junior participation in our
sport, always remembering how important they are for its future. We
should fully support the magnificent efforts of John Ward in
developing a very successful junior handling programme, much more
needs to be done by every one of us, including seminars, training
classes and many more handling opportunities for juniors.
STADIUM - HAMBURGER STRASS 210 - BRAUNSCHEIG, GERMANY
venue for the Sieger Show 2007
I now look forward
to next years
Sieger Show 2007 to be held in
near Hannover, in northern Germany. It is once again a
relatively small town, so please book your Hotels very early if you
do not want to be disappointed. Rose & Harry Emmett had once again
organised their excellent Sieger Trip to this years Show, and they
will be organising it again for next year and hopefully for many
years to come. It is very well supported and appreciated by all -
the atmosphere on their trips is fantastic. For those of you who
have never been to a Sieger Show, or have not been for some years,
make up your mind to go in 2007, God willing I will see you
Payne – Videx GSD
– David Payne